Coalition is Growing (Thanks Palau)
The Coalition is now 46 countries strong
. Turkey is still inexplicably on the list. My new favorite is Palau
After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986, but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.
Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the US; under a Compact of Free Association between Palau and the US, the US military is granted access to the islands for 50 years
Ok, we're responsible for their military, so they can't help us there. The Factbook says they have typhoons--not sure if they can use them in the war. I appreciate the help, but it seems to me that there's a lot of pressure the US can put on poor Palau to drive up the coalition numbers.
What kind of pressure? Forbes reports the foreign aid we send to the coalition
The 34 nations publicly backing the U.S. campaign in Iraq may truly believe Saddam Hussein is a tyrant who must go. They also know who helps pay the bills.
Twenty-four of those countries, including Macedonia, Eritrea and Nicaragua, are slated to receive direct financial assistance from the U.S. in 2004