"Coalition of the Willing"

I came across a short essay about the supposed “Coalition of the Willing” that we keep hearing about. I searched quite a bit around the net and couldn’t find a definitive list of who actually is a part of the coalition. The essay covers how many of the countries in the coalition are only a part of it because the US is increasing aid, paying them outright, or threatening action if they don’t join the coalition. Brings new meaning to the word “willing” doesn’t it?

I don’t have a source, but I remember hearing that Spain, Portugal, and Britain were the main allies. With Tony Blair’s own cabinet members threatening resignation I wonder how much help Spain and Portugal have to offer. Last time I checked neith Spain nor Portugal were considered anywhere near “global players.”

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