Honest mistake! Honest!

Washington Post Undercounts the Number of Countries Committing Troops to Iraq

The WaPo wrote

‘Some critics have said’ U.S. foreign policy is too unilateral, Bush allowed, before ticking off a list of 17 countries with troops in Iraq and citing his teamwork with ‘the international community’ to contain threats in North Korea and Iran.

Bush said

Some critics have said our duties in Iraq must be internationalized. This particular criticism is hard to explain to our partners in Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway, El Salvador, and the 17 other countries that have committed troops to Iraq.

(Emphasis mine.) And let’s say, just for grins, that the WaPo was actually right and that there are only 17 nations that have committed troops. Why does Nancy Pelosi claim that we’re taking the “go-it-alone” approach. Can she not count? 17 is not 1.

And, for that matter, 34 is not 17. (big HT to Darren Kaplan.)


  1. Salah! I said NO camels! That’s 4 camels! Can’t you count???’ OK, so I may not have the words exactly right, but it was a damn funny line. And he was so much taller in Indiana Jones than he was in LotR. I guess people just get shorter with old age.