Bribing the “Willing”

In a classic case of diplomacy for dollars, the $80 billion War on Terror supplement that President Bush sends to Congress next week will include a $400 million provision to reward those left on the dwindling, discarded “coalition of the willing” list. The White House is describing the list as funding for those who took “political and economic risks in order to act on their convictions.” The blind desperation and obvious agenda behind the move is made apparent by the fact that a quarter of the money is going to Poland, which was once a key ally but as of late has been strongly hinting at the possibility of pulling out its troops from Iraq.