As of Saturday, at least, Costa Rica was still up on the White House site, despite the fact that the AP story --which ran just about everywhere -- mentioned this little detail as early as Thursday.
As readers of this blog know full well, El Salvador is actually the only Latin American country with troops in Iraq, so why the heck is Costa Rica considered part of the coalition? Again, according to AP:
Controversy over the issue erupted when local newspapers noted that the White House had listed Costa Rica as a member of the coalition "that has already begun military operations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction."The Bush administration really is desperate to have something it can call a "coalition," isn't it? Check it out for yourself here: White House's Iraq coalition web site.
The White House page in question reads "Forty-nine countries are publicly committed to the Coalition, including ... Costa Rica."
Dated Feb. 4, 2004, the Web page continues: "Contributions from Coalition member nations range from: direct military participation, logistical and intelligence support, specialized chemical/biological response teams, over-flight rights, humanitarian and reconstruction aid, to political support."