That’s what France said, too

Spain hopes Iraq pullout won’t hurt U.S. ties

While I don’t think the withdrawal of Spanish troops, to happen ASAP now that the new Socialist government has taken power, will end relations between Spain and the US, Spain had better not be surprised when they’re off the Christmas card list.

Bush & Co. have repeatedly made it clear that allies will receive preferential treatment, which is as it should be, and Spain has voluntarily taken itself off the list of allies in Iraq. That’s too bad, and it’s not what I’d do in their place, but I can sort of understand, especially given the waves of fighting over the past few weeks.