Last night George W Bush announced 21,500 more US troops would be deployed to Iraq, bringing the total number in Iraq to 150,000For many this is seen as too little too late and reinforces the impression that the whole US military strategy has been botched from start to finish.
This strategy of extra troop deployment runs completely counter to the impression given of the British strategy which is to gradually withdraw troops over the next year.
I find it almost inconceivable that the US adminstration has not asked Britain a) to halt any planned troop withdrawal and b) to increase the number of British soldiers in Iraq.
If we were to mirror the proportions, Blair would now be sending an extra 1,000 troops to the region. The trouble is, even if he wanted to send them, Blair couldn't as the military is in a state of complete overstretch.
I do think, however, we are entitled to be told if the request has ever been made. We'll never find out from Blair or the MOD, but if anyone knows how to do an FOI request to the US government, that might provide some useful information.