11 January 2007
America sends more troops to Iraq as the Brits prepare to leave.
The Chimp has announced that the USA will send a further 20,000 troops to Iraq, at the same time as the British prepare to withdraw almost 3,000 of theirs. That will leave only about 4,500 British troops in the south of Iraq, far too few to influence events, if the American adventure goes pear-shaped.
In fact, Blair refused to comment on America's troop surge, when invited to do so in the House of Commons. Rather he fell back on some generalities about how different the two countries' roles were.
It now looks fairly certain that the American aim really is to take on the Shia militia headed by Moqtada al-Sadr. It is possible that even Tony Blair has realised that this could lead to disaster, and this is why the British are starting to head into the sunset.