Man: Begging your pardon, sire... the men of the congress beg you to accept their usual post-consultation rubber stamp for your latest glorious war.
Barack Obama: Fools!!! Can't they see I'm busy spreading democracy?!
As I recall, after the US, the next largest contingent of troops in the “coalition of the willing” was Great Britain with about 45,000 troops -which dropped to about 4,000 very quickly after the initial invasion, Australia with about 2000 (to our 150,000 +another 150,000 paid contractors). Then the remaining support troops from coalition countries were in the hundreds, not thousands.
The coalition consisted of every country whose arm the US could twist, with carrots or sticks. It was called the “Coalition of the Billing” by some, because we paid countries in foreign aid to put their name on the “Coalition list)—The descriptor, “Coalition” was more PR than functional…but it was clearly effective PR, because here you are touting the “48 countries in the coalition” as if it meant real support.
October 01, 2016
August 17, 2016