Remember the Coalition of the Willing? Remember that? All those nations, supposedly coming to the aid of the Mighty United States, those supporting actors who were going to help bring peace and democracy to the people of Iraq?
And then someone forgot Poland and it all went to hell.
At any rate, we've lost Italy now, too . . .
The Italians join Nicaragua, Spain, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, The Philippines, Thailand, Poland, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Tonga, Hungary, Portugal and Moldova on the Coalition of "Yeah, Uh, We Have This, Uh, Thing We Have To Do" in pulling out of Iraq. Norway, the Ukraine and the Netherlands have significantly reduced their troop deployment, but remain distractedly engaged in the war.
What this all proves, I think, is that the Coalition itself was, at best, an afterthought and more than anything, just a sort of sham aimed at getting Americans to support the actions in Iraq. "See?!" the administration said. "We're not going it alone! We have the mighty force of the Tongan army to help us out!"
Sad thing is that any Americans ever bought it at all.