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    Bush Urges Resolve on Iraq
    After Spain's promise to withdraw its forces, the president calls on other wavering coalition countries to keep their troops in place.
    By Paul Richter
    Times Staff Writer

    March 17, 2004

    WASHINGTON — President Bush urged wavering members of the U.S. led-coalition Tuesday to keep their troops in Iraq, but his plea did not win over at least two nations that are considering joining Spain in plans to withdraw their forces this summer.

    As the White House downplayed suggestions that its coalition was beginning to fray, Bush lobbied the Dutch prime minister on the issue but won no commitment that 1,300 troops from the Netherlands would remain in Iraq beyond June. At the same time, Honduran officials said Tuesday that they would pull their 370 troops out of Iraq during the summer, and diplomats speculated that El Salvador and Guatemala might follow suit.

    Spain's newly elected Socialist leaders promised this week to withdraw the country's 1,300 troops from Iraq by June 30 unless they were serving under a new United Nations mandate. Incoming Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called the Iraq war "an error" based on "lies," and his condemnations of U.S. and British war efforts have helped stimulate antiwar public sentiments in other countries.

    A new poll showed that two-thirds of Italians favor the withdrawal of their country's 3,000 troops — although Italy's leaders promised to stand pat — and opposition Dutch political parties called for military withdrawals.
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    "You're either with us, or with the terrorists."

    "Bring it on!"

    Clueless. Texas foreign policy was so much easier.

    The Dude abides.