British Troops: Home By Christmas?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown indicated there would be a significant withdrawal of British troops from the Basra area. He proposed “over the next few months to move from a situation where we have a combatant role for an overwatch role.” He pledged to bring British troops home by Christmas.

The prime minister’s comments are interesting because as he pledged to get British troops home by Christmas reports are circulating that Brown has indicated his support for Bush plans to launch an air attack on Iran. If such attacks are made, there is no doubt the world will witness an incredible increase in suicide bombing and insurgent activities against American and British troops in Iraq. If Gordon Brown is serious about his desire for switching from combat to an “overwatch role” in Iraq, he must oppose Bush plans for war with Iran. Only a naive person would actually believe there will be peace and quiet in Iraq after an attack on Iran.