So all the bloggers want to know who the evil and bad men were that Sen. Clinton (D-NY) was “joking” in Iowa the other day. I don’t really care who she was or was not joking about. I would much rather know what exactly she meant by this statement (emphasis added):
I said that we should not go to war unless we have allies. So, [President Bush] took the authority that I and others gave him and he misused it. And I regret that deeply. And if we had known then, what we know now, there never would have been a vote and I never would have voted to give this President that authority!
Unless we have allies???
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- South Korea
- the United Kingdom
- the Ukraine
That’s as of August 2006. If we go back further, we have even more countries on this list:
- Countries which had troops in or supported operations in Iraq at one point but have pulled out since:
- Nicaragua (Feb. 2004);
- Spain (late-Apr. 2004);
- Dominican Republic (early-May 2004);
- Honduras (late-May 2004);
- Philippines (~Jul. 19, 2004);
- Thailand (late-Aug. 2004);
- New Zealand (late Sep. 2004);
- Tonga (mid-Dec. 2004)
- Portugal (mid-Feb. 2005);
- The Netherlands (Mar. 2005);
- Hungary (Mar. 2005);
- Singapore (Mar. 2005);
- Norway (Oct. 2005);
- Ukraine (Dec. 2005);
- Japan (July 17, 2006);
- Italy (Nov. 2006)
- Countries planning to withdraw from Iraq: Poland had earlier claimed that it would withdraw all soldiers by the end of 2006. It however extended the mandate of its contingent through at least mid-2007.
- Countries which have recently reduced or are planning to reduce their troop commitment:
- South Korea is planning to withdraw up to 1000 soldiers by the end of 2006.
- Poland withdrew 700 soldiers in Feb. 2005.
- Between May 2005 and May 2006, the United Kingdom reduced the size of its contingent by 1,300. The United Kingdom also is planning to reduce significantly the size of its contingent by the end of 2007.
- Countries supporting UNAMI:
- Fiji (150);
- Georgia (550)
This is a very troubling statement that Sen. Clinton has made. In fact, I remember hearing these same criticisms ( in a whiny tone: “Where are the allies???”) back in 2003. No doubt, the 34 nations that were with us had to be offended that people, even elected leaders were failing to recognize the contributions of others. So, here we are, four years later and the same thing is going on (note: if elected, the transplanted New Yorker wants the Iraq issue solved before she takes the oath).
My question in the open dialogue with Sen./Presumptive Nominee Clinton (D-NY) is this: if we didn’t have any allies going into Iraq, what were the other 34 nations that joined us? Were they just as upset at the UN for passing meaningless resolutions and thus deciding to “go it alone,” coinicidentaly showing up at the same time we did? To the common sense voter, it seems that we did (and still do) have allies in this war front.