So, the U.S. coalition in Iraq is insignificant? Well, let’s compare it to the U.S.-led U.N. coalition during the peak of the Korean War.
Korean War (peak troop numbers, by country, excluding Republic of Korea forces):
United States: 348,000
Great Britain: 14,198
New Zealand: 1,389
South Africa: 826
Total: 16 nations; 387,570 combat troops
Iraq War (troop numbers, by country, as of July 2004, excluding Iraqi forces):
United States: 126,500
Great Britain: 8,300
South Korea: 600
El Salvador: 380
Czech Republic: 110
New Zealand: 60
Total: 32 nations; 149,985 combat troops
In terms of overall troop level, the Iraq war is a much smaller war than the Korean War. Yet the number of nations in the Iraq war coalition currently doubles the Korean War coalition. Moreover, the United States was by far the largest contributor of military personnel in the Korean War, even though that was a U.N.-led coalition. And Poland, the Ukraine, and the Netherlands each contribute more military personnel to the Iraq War coalition than France contributed to the Korean War.
The Korean War was fought with minimal support from France, no support from the then-Federal Republic of Germany, and against the Russian-backed Communist regime in North Korea.
The fact is that President Bush has built a real and impressive coalition in Iraq.