Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg of the Czech Republic indicated his support to withdraw their troops from the present mission of protecting Basra. The British are pulling out of the area which leaves Czech troops in a rather untenable position. The foreign minister is part of a coalition government and his Green Party is hostile to the Iraq war. The Czech Republic parliament has voted to extend the presence of their armed forces for several more months. However, Schwarzenberg and his party appear interested in ending the Iraq commitment.
Withdrawal of the massive Czech Republic contingent of 100 troops might result in disastrous consequences for the entire Iraq venture. One by one the coalition of the willing is unwinding as nations in the world grow to realize they were suckered into a war that could not be won by a president who doesn’t have a clue how to successfully conduct foreign policy.