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Post time 2007-2-22 08:11:05 |Display all floors
Prime Minister Tony Blair has declared that at least a third of the British troops will be home before christmas. The rest is likely to follow.

This has really set the cat among the pigeons ( what is remaining ) now. That formidable all-conquering coalition of the willing has been in the thick of it for 4 years now. They managed to score with a " shock and awe ", also achieved a " mission accomplished ", a " cake walk " and several premature and exaggerated self congratulations.  4 years on, the Spanish , the Ukranians, the Japanese have gone. The very core of the coalition is also starting to show signs of being spooked. Britain ( and Tony Blair ) has at last seen the evils of their ways and are doing the right thing ( how the rest of us have told them all those years ago ) and pulling out. Good show Tony. You are half forgiven.

The Aussies under the " deputy sheriff " Howard is steady as she goes still. That jut out chin and the steely eyes to the horizon , right in the midst of all the wheels falling off, is a tragic comedy. " No cut-n-run " trumpeted little Johnny from the parapet , " stay till the job is done " echoed that general flip-flop Nelson from the moat. If the Aussies are not careful, they may be the only ones left to hold the hands of the Yanks. Howard would automatically be elevated to a " full sheriff " Think of that !!   Success and glory . Go Johnny Go!

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Post time 2007-2-22 18:14:57 |Display all floors
Deputy Howard was quick to reaffirm his loyalty to Dubya ("bring em on").

But would he be so loyal if Dubya removed the American troops? Would he "stay the course" on his own?
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Post time 2007-2-22 18:33:48 |Display all floors

Up the creek without the paddle.

The ONLY strategy Howard has on matters Iraqi is : " whatever and whenever the Yanks say " jump :" I say how high ? "

I am delighted with the way the leader of the oppositon ( Labor party) Kevin Rudd is giving little Johnny's cabinet ( also called the gallery of rougues ) the run around. Together they cannot come up with a single strand of excuse to explain away that sickening sychophantic sucking up game to the Yanks that they play.

I have noticed none of the usual " mouths " have bothered or willing to chance their hands here defending the indefensible.  Where are you emu & co ?

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Post time 2007-2-23 00:01:47 |Display all floors
Originally posted by mengzhi at 2007-2-22 18:33
I have noticed none of the usual " mouths " have bothered or willing to chance their hands here defending the indefensible.  Where are you emu & co ?


After seeing Howard's performance on TV, emu & co must be cringing and hiding their heads in shame.

I thought only Bush acted like he is not in full control of his faculties. I didn't realise that Howard was the same. When he opened his mouth all I can think is how come these men are in control of their nations. Are these people the nation's finest? Surely there must me more intelligent people there.

As the saying goes: God help us all! It seems as if most of the leaders in the west are village idiots. Am I being unfair to them?
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Post time 2007-2-23 03:05:19 |Display all floors

Don't disparage " village idiots ".

Dear Chang,

You are being unfair to " village idiots " haha.

Seriously as far as little Johnny is concerned, he is still praising the ' righteousness ' of the Vietnam war !? And he thinks that the US-Aust alliance won there .

He is now caught with his pants down , so to speak.  His mantra is " we will not cut-n-run and we will stay till the job is done ". This is that fig leaf of " how long is a piece of string " ie when is this job " done " ? He has not been able to outline the shape or size of this ever and the public is now getting restive and sceptical as to what it means . We know exactly what he means. It means that  the Aussies will go home when the White House says so.

His Defence Minister, one discarded medical doctor called Brendan Nelson has just declared that " There will never be victory in Iraq ". This is when his boss is trumpeting how the coalition is going great guns and the final victory is nigh. So there is a state of  chaos and confusion here. There is panic and catatonic on display.

This is all good theatre and makes breakfast time exciting. As you said ,that " shocked " look on little Johnny's face when questioned about the " willing " turning into the " wilting " and the stuttering and stammering with his answers is a comedy worth watching.

Still no sign of the hide or tail of the cheer squad or bleating apologists in sight here.They know when they are up against it . My message to them is " You can run but you cannot hide " as one village idiot said before. Hahaha.

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Post time 2007-2-23 05:20:15 |Display all floors
US puts positive spin on British Iraq drawdown

The US government, battling domestic opposition to its surge of extra troops into
Iraq, Wednesday greeted Britain's decision to reduce troop numbers as progress and denied its coalition was crumbling.

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But as pressure mounted on the Bush administration, Vice President
Dick Cheney insisted Britain's move was a sign of progress, arguing that improving conditions around the southern city of Basra had facilitated the drawdown.

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Staunch US ally Australia however said Blair's announcement did not mean it would reduce the number of its 550 combat troops in Iraq, part of a 1,400 strong deployment attached to the US military operation.
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Blair telephoned President George W. Bush on Tuesday to warn him of the announcement, the White House said.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070221/ts_alt_afp/britainiraq_070221162622
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Post time 2007-2-23 05:24:40 |Display all floors
Originally posted by mengzhi at 2007-2-23 03:05
Still no sign of the hide or tail of the cheer squad or bleating apologists in sight here.They know when they are up against it . My message to them is " You can run but you cannot hide " as one village idiot said before. Hahaha.


At long last, emu and company has admitted they were wrong!

Their silence is proof of this.
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