DAVOS, Switzerland - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Friday offered strong support for President Bush's new plan for Iraq and said he believes the Iraqi prime minister can meet the benchmarks the United States has set.
All this while the Brits take steps to reduce their military force in Iraq.
Signs of tension between the US and Britain over London's plans to withdraw some of the 7,000 UK troops in southern Iraq from this spring emerged yesterday. Speaking on the day that the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, said she remained confident that British troops would start to be withdrawn from Basra in the spring, the US ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he wanted Britain to keep its troops at its current level.
It all reminds me of this:
“Asked by Cherie Blair what Americans thought of her husband, McAuliffe responded that ‘most people think you’re a lap-dog for President Bush.’ Cherie Blair then elbowed her husband and said ‘See, Tony, I told you so.’”