Britain to send 2,000 more troops
By Michael Evans, Defence Editor
MORE than 2,000 Royal Marines will soon be on the way to the Iraqi hotspot town of Najaf and other positions in the centre of the country, it was confirmed last night.
In a big expansion of Britains role in Iraq, Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade and also The Black Watch Regiment have been put on short-notice standby for Iraq. They are expected to deploy early next month.
The first indication that the Government was nearing a decision on expanding Britains role in Iraq came from Tony Blair in the Commons yesterday, when he said that discussions were under way with the coalition to provide British reinforcements for different areas of Iraq. The Times reported last week that British troops would be moving into the region that had previously been Spains responsibility. Najaf is home to an extremist Muslim cleric and thousands of loyal armed militia.
Yesterday the chiefs of staff of the three Armed Forces and General Sir Michael Walker, the Chief of the Defence Staff, held an operational meeting at the Ministry of Defence to draw up detailed proposals for ministers.
You know, I'm sure the Beloved Leader (May his name echo etc etc0 said "No more troops"
That must have been right up to the time that the Simian in Casa Blanca said "Send more troops and do it now"
Shafted in Iraq
Shafted over the "Road Map for Peace" (My how we laughed)
Shafted over the "Interim Government"
Shafted over Contracts
Shafted by agents provocateur in the Press
Shafted in what say we have over how Iraq is actually run
But still he rushes to support , without gaining concessions or recognition, to clean up the mess that the Yanks have made, and still won't admit or acknowledge , just how we got into this damn fine stew.
A stunning catalogue of failure (and you didn't include the lies over WMD or kit shortages), and all over just one area of policy.
The Mighty Navigator's blind, unquestioning obedience to the Texan Primate is extremely worrying. What is to be our reward? More dead soldiers? More defence cuts to pay for yet more overstretch? There seems to be no benefit to the UK in this latest action, so why is Bliar doing it?
We need to be looking at ways to end involvement in Iraq, not increasing it.
Why can't we bring the General Election forward - to next week, say?
40 Cdo to leave by June. On BBC today. I'm sure they won't be the last - question is, will they be operating under US command?
The only good to come out of this is that it will finish Bliar. However, this will not be before he tries to use the craven excuse that the (alleged) photographed actions of a few Brits upset his carefully-planned plan to bring peace to the world!