Rumsfeld Exercises Newly Won "Right to Lie"
I watched Donald Rumsfeld today. In prepared remarks (8:00 on the c-span
video) he said:
The coalition against iraq, called "Operation Iraq Freedom", is large and growing. This is not a unilateral action as is being characterized in the media. Indeed, the coalition in this activity is larger than the coalition that existed during the gulf war in 1991.
The press release from State listed this support:
The Coalition for the Immediate Disarmament of Iraq is: Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Japan (post conflict), Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan. [link]
This list from 1991
(pointer from dailyKOS
) has more than 30 countries, and look what they gave--not "fly-over" rights, but real help. If we expanded this list to include those that gave moral support or "secret" support, then we could probably pad it too. The point is: in 1991, you didn't have to spin multilateral support, because you actually had it.