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Bush the Lesser had started pushing the smaller members of the UNSC around by blackmailing them with threats of withdrawing foreign aid

Yes. Authorization to do this was part of the American Servicemembers Protection Act, introduced as an amendment to an important appropriations bill by Jesse Helms. Bush's "coalition of the willing" is more likely termed the "coalition of the coerced/bribed." Or how we got international powerhouses like Costa Rica, Georgia, Romania, Iceland, Thailand, Honduras and Mongolia to give some sort of half-assed diplomatic cover for his war of aggression.

It has been pointed out (by a Russian, btw) that the lack of support for the war by any continental European country pretty much predicted how disastrous this was would turn out. Which speaks volumes about the international perception that Britain merely follows in Washington's footsteps.

"Coalition of the Willing." Rhetoric at its worst.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 10:12:27 AM EST
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