Brits, Americans, and Iraq

Americans who fear the Brits are becoming weasels should be reassured – the nations share a similar mix of opinions.

The UK

VHD is depressed by the MSM reports of a Brit cut-and-run from Iraq. But the Brit MSM is the same 90% left wing as the US MSM, so it’s just lefty chatter. Although the Brits are poorly equipped and undermanned, they’re fighting valiantly and skillfully, and Brown has not said he’ll pull them out.

That’s smart politics, since the descent of Basra into chaos after a Brit retreat under fire will destroy the UK’s reputation with the people the UK depends on for its future survival – the US military.

Plus if the Brits do pull out, the French may well step in, and Brown would hate that.

(Brit military procurement has been hopeless for generations – the slaughter on the Somme was caused by lack of artillery capable of penetrating German bunkers; Brit tanks in WW2 were a joke (in spite of having invented them); and our forces in Iraq lack anti-mortar and rocket defenses, 24*7 air cover, and IED-proof vehicles. When I worked with this procurement agency it was popularly known as sleepy valley).

That’s the pols, but what about the Brit people? This poll showed just 51% of Brits having a favorable view of the US, against 42% unfavorable. But that’s driven by the same factors effecting public US opinion.

A hard core of 30% or so Brits and Americans think the US is always wrong, and added to that now are the Brits who support the US but are horrified by the US left’s adoption of a policy of retreat, and it’s apparent endoresment by a mojority of Americans. Why sacrifice for such an inconstant ally?

However, the core of Brit public opinion is sound – they don’t like losing sovereignty to the EU and they don’t like Brit Islamofascists.

The US

Is not of course an inconstant ally, and is showing encouraging signs of defeating the insurgency, giving General Petraeus the fastest and most humane counter-insurgency win in history.

But Americans are as divided as Brits:

Currently, 32% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing as president, a far cry from the record-high 90% he received in September 2001. Bush’s current job approval rating is just three percentage points above his lowest.

The disapprovers are a combination of Dem retreaters and Republicans who disdain Bush’s attempt to rush through his amnesty bill – the Brit equivalent is Brown’s attempt to ram through the EU Treaty.

But Americans are as sensible as Brits – here’s what they think of their new rotten Congress, with its defeatism, private jets, and corruption:

…Congress’ approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007, Gallup Poll.

So the range of opinions in the two nations are pretty similar, and Americans should not feel that their natural allies are deserting them.


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