Now that Bush has made it a point that Kerry insulted Poland (although Kerry never mentioned Poland, only Bush did) a lot of right wing pundits have also made it a point to inform everyone how insulted Poland's president felt. "It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience does not recognize Polish contribution. This is immoral," said Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.
Yes, Bush proved that we really have a coalition, because it isn't just Britian- hey, what about Poland? As Bush said, "What about Poland? He forgot Poland."
Kerry's point was that we were carrying the burden mostly by ourselves, and talk of a "coalition" was crap because we are pretty much on our own.
Bush: "What about Poland?" And the right-wing blogs are all over it.
Yet, today, we hear this:
(CNN) -- Poland may reduce its commitment of forces to the war in Iraq by 40 percent by January 2005 and have all its troops out by the end of that year, Polish officials said Monday.
Currently, Poland has 2,500 troops committed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, but would reduce that number to 1,500 January 2005, and the remaining troops would leave Iraq by December 2005.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski told the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza that Poland planned a 40 percent reduction in January, followed by complete withdrawal by the end of the year.
So I guess our grand coalition is Britian and... the Ukraine? Bulgaria?
Watch as the right-wing tries to make this Kerry's fault too. Or blame Clinton, they sometimes like to do that. But notice the tough position Bush is in - he made it a point to recognize Poland in the debate, insinuating that their contribution was really helpful, and now that they are leaving and he has to try and show it doesn't really hurt us.
Fact is, it won't hurt us that much - because they weren't helping us that much. We are pretty much on our own, something Kerry has been saying all along.
Spin away right-wingers. Spin away.
Then there is this: http://www.speakeasy.org/~joshudan/gopconstrm.mov
Pretty much says it all.