The blogosphere is abuzz with the news that the Pentagon has a list of approved countries for American funded contracts in Iraq. This is certainly a good idea - actions must have consequences.
I don’t think we should exclude countries that didn’t help in the run up to the invasion. We should exclude countries that actively opposed the USA. I can understand a country that decided to not participate and I don’t see any need to retaliate (such countries shouldn’t be rewarded but that’s a different thing). However, despite the frequent portrayal of France as simply a nation that didn’t help, the record is clear that France actively opposed the USA and provided aid to the Ba’ath regime in Iraq. It’s more than appropriate to cut nations like that out of any flow of American funds in Iraq.