…see how soon the troops come back!
Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to announce a timetable for the withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq.
Mr Blair is set to make a statement about the 7,000 British troops serving in Iraq at the Commons.
The BBC’s James Landale said 1,500 troops were expected to return home in months, rising to 3,000 by Christmas.
It couldn’t have anything to do with this, could it?
Prince Harry is to be sent to Iraq next year as a troop commander and is likely to patrol the hazardous border with Iran, defence sources have disclosed.
The third in line to the throne will join the Army’s 1st Mechanised Brigade, which will be deployed to Basra in May 2007.
The prince has told colleagues that he is determined to go on operations and be treated as normally as possible – not kept out of the line of fire.
Naaaah…just a pure coincidence, I’m sure.
This would put the “Spare”, as he’s known (as opposed to big brother William, who is the Heir) streets ahead of King George the Dubya, who infamously shirked his duty during Vietnam and went AWOL even in the Chickenhawk Champagne Unit of the Texas Air National Guard.
But hey! Jenna and Barbara Bush could still get patriotic, even if their daddy isn’t. What say, girls? Feel like ending a war anytime soon?