British Voters Want out of Iraq

October 24, 2006

The Guardian published a poll suggesting that the majority of British voters want their troops out of Iraq. This poll is published just a day after Deputy PM Saleh pleaded with the international community (and Tony Blair specifically) to not bail on Iraq.

In terms of electoral politics, the kind of numbers that the Guardian has printed (61% of voters want the troops out within the year, regardless of mission completion) would make withdrawal inevitable. If Labour is to be re-elected, they must respond to electoral demands. However, things are not as clear-cut. Blair is serving his last term as PM and in that sense may bail on his party, which forced him to announce his resignation recently. In his last year as PM, Blair will want to leave a mark and staying in Iraq could be his way of doing it (though this does not appear to be the case).

The two main questions are how loyal is Blair to his party and how loyal is he to the mission that he started with George W. Bush in 2003?

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