Apparently the USA was just about to withdraw all its troops from Iraq, till suddenly Alexander Downer (MP) talked them out of it:
Mr Downer says he told the Bush Administration not to pull out too quickly from Iraq.
"The consequences would not only be disastrous for the Iraqi people, it could lead to neighbouring countries being drawn in to military conflict over Iraq and in Iraq," he said.
"And, of course, the consequences for the struggle against terrorism internationally would be utterly disastrous.
"That's one message that we have delivered to the Americans. I know it's not a very popular message."