http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2838593.stm US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has suggested that America would be prepared to take military action against Iraq - with or without Britain. He told a press briefing that the US had alternative plans if the UK decides not to go to war with Iraq. But Downing Street has expressed shock and surprise at his remarks, insisting that if Saddam Hussein made the wrong moves, then Britain would be in at the front. Nice to know we are held in such high regard by Rumsfeld. In other words, Rumsfeld just told the war that America are going in without a UN resolution But Mr Rumsfeld said: "To the extent that they are able to participate - in the event that the President decides to use force - that would obviously be welcomed. "To the extent they are not, there are work arounds and they would not be involved, at least in that phase of it." In other words, we'll declare a victory, then leave the Brits with the most difficult job. Oh yes, and don't think you'll be getting the rebuilding contracts either. Asked if that meant the US would go to war without its "closest ally", he added: "That is an issue that the president will be addressing in the days ahead, one would assume Before anyone comes back, and suggests he said it, because we might look wobbly ...BOLLOX This is typical of the way this US administration operates. It is mercenary, self-centered,self serving and doesn't give a sh1t. How can such a truly great nation of people , have elected these numpties?