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WAR: White House Scraps Coalition of the Willing List

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posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 09:18 PM
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Coined when Washington was making its case for the war in Iraq, the "coalition of the willing" list has been scrapped. At its inception the list was composed of 45 members, and now will be replaced with a smaller list of 28. Officials declined to comment as to why the list was being scrapped.
 



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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has scrapped its list of Iraq allies known as the 45-member "coalition of the willing," which Washington used to back its argument that the 2003 invasion was a multilateral action, an official said on Friday.


The senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the White House replaced the coalition list with a smaller roster of 28 countries with troops in Iraq sometime after the June transfer of power to an interim Iraqi government.

The official could not say when or why the administration did away with the list of the coalition of the willing.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


The list served its purpose, however, it is alarming that the number of countries have dropped by so many since the invasion, but a core group of countries remain loyal to the cause. This comes on the heels of the United States ending it search for weapons of mass destruction without finding any. However, the cause of removing Saddam is just MD or not and I applaud the countries that have remained committed.




posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 09:30 PM
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It's not that alarming that it dropped so low.
As they state in the article:


The coalition, unveiled on the eve of the invasion, consisted of 30 countries that publicly offered support for the United States and another 15 that did not want to be named as part of the group.


They had countries like Costa Rica and Iceland on there.

The list was a sham to make the coalition appear bigger than it really was.

EDIT:
Here's a list of the remaining countries on that list and how many troops they are contributing:
globalsecurity

What would the US do without those 10 troops from Norway and the 12 from Moldova?

[edit on 21-1-2005 by AceOfBase]



posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 09:41 PM
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Don't forget poland! Or Togo



posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 09:45 PM
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Or Zulu Nation in the house.

Gots to get me some of that OIL, I mean...



posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 09:57 PM
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The White House web site underwent an unprecedented scrubbing in the final days before the election erasing not only the offical list in question, but speeches and documents galore deemed embarrassing to the administration.

There was a thread a while back with links to some screen captures from before the fall. Truth is the first casualty and all that.

One would be hard pressed now to find any offical accounts of some of the more infamous quotes about WMD's or any or the prior mis-speaks. History in the re-making.

The fact that deleting the historical records violates any number of acts of public information law...well, you know. More of the same lawlessness we've come to love from the political dynasty that brought you Iran-Contra.



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