look everyone!! the Bush League, having alienated most of the globe against its citizens, is now turning on Britain for having the common sense to pull out ... what a sad, transparent, insecure cabal we have at Pennsylvania Ave. White House Retaliates Against UK For Withdrawal: âBritish Forces Have Performed Poorlyâ In Iraq This week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that he would reduce British presence in Iraq from 5,500 troops to 4,500 by Christmas. The Guardian reports today that Brown will cut âsignificantly more than the 1,000 announced yesterdayâ by next year. In response to the withdrawal announcement, the White House has decided to slander Britain. The London Telegraph reports today that a senior White House official has revoked Britainâs status of being âthe closest Bush allyâ: The White House official added that Britain would always be "the cornerstone" of US policy towards Europe but there was "a lot of unhappiness" about how British forces had performed in Basra and an acceptance that Mr Brown would pull the remaining 4,500 troops out of Iraq next year. "Operationally, British forces have performed poorly in Basra," said the official. "Maybe it's best that they leave. Now we will have a clear field in southern Iraq." Another White House official described Mr Brown as "challenging" and far less close to the US than Mr Blair. There has been a notable reduction in contact between Downing Street and the White House since Mr Blair left and US officials have remarked on how few British ministers have visited Washington in recent months. When Britainâs future in Iraq was up for debate, however, the White House showered praise on the new Prime Minister. âI found a person who shares [my] vision and who understands the call,â President Bush said of Gordon Brown in July. âYouâve proved your worthiness as a leader, and I thank you for that.â The White House has also praised the work of British troops. â[T]hey had made progress in southern Iraq,â said Vice President Cheney in February.