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Someone Mention the Coalition of the Willing?

multinationalforce-iraqdui.jpgYesterday afternoon I heard a story on NPR about the dwindling support of coalition forces. Now imagine my surprise when I later heard President Bush make reference to some 36 nations making up the multinational forces in Iraq. How to put this – BULLSHIT. I counted 25.

As reported, there were dozens of small countries who helped lend that “multinational veneer” of U.S. coverage as 90% of troop strength is from U.S. troops. Of the four major allies: UK (Britain), Poland, Denmark, and Australia – three still have a significant present. Via NPR, most coalition forces are in noncombat zones and are serving as engineers, mine clearers, health care workers.

Troop Strength – Coalition Forces [25 countries]

  • UK – down to about 5500
  • Poland – 1/3 of the original contingent
  • Australia – 1/2 of original, NPR gave troop strength at 2000.
  • Denmark – Denmark may be out by now. *
  • Czech Republic & El Salvador – scheduled to leave this year.
  • Georgia – increasing forces
  • S. Korea
  • Bulgaria
  • Latvia
  • UN troops & NATO-sponsored troops.

Those in blue are the U.S.’s major allies in Iraq. Denmark’s mandate* ended in June of this year (2007) and was extended until August, but that was changed and the Danes begin leaving early. As reported, “Danish military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jes Rasmussen denied that the early withdrawal was due to security reasons.

“We have found a way of packing our bags more quickly than expected and the soldiers have worked hard for that,” he told TV2.

Yep, I can throw my shit into a sack at the speed of light too when the need calls for it.

The Brookings Institute had this list. Regardless of how it’s spun, it’s an American (U.S.) operation.



  • US -132,000
  • UK – 7,100
  • South Korea – 3,200
  • Poland – 900
  • Georgia – 800-850
  • Australia – 900
  • Romania – 600-865
  • Denmark – 460
  • El Salvador – 380
  • Bulgaria – 150
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