What amazed me is that it actually came as a shock to many that the US was, as of August, the only member of "Multi-National Force Iraq", as per this conversation.
Me: What classification should we use for this briefing? I know it says "releasable to Multi-National Corps-Iraq", but that really only means the US, since everyone else left.
Another officer: What do you mean? The British are still here.
Me: No, they left last month.
Officer: And the Ugandans guard the dining facility...
Me: Fuck my life...
Although there is reason for a bit of optimism: December 2009 is the first month in which no US forces have been killed in Iraq.