One can certainly understand – due to the failure to find WMDs, etc. – the internal pressure facing the Filipino government that led them along the path towards considering the idea of pulling their troops from Iraq. But actually going through with this plan and essentially coming to terms with hostage takers is a massive error that will likely have far reaching consequences. And those on the receiving end of those consequences will be future hostages along with those abducted today in Gaza.
The general deterioration of the coalition, and indeed its small number of members in the first place, represents a dramatic failure of leadership on the part of this administration. That failure has only been magnified by this horrendous move out of the Philippines.