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ASK Clinton/Obama/Edwards about Military Bases in Iraq AFTER Troop Withdrawal (whenever the heck that is)
 


25 May 2007 at 12:28:47 PM
salon

WILL there be American military in Iraq after a so-called troop withdrawal? (which seems to be couched as *combat troops* versus, what? Training-The-Iraqi-Troops? Ad infinitum? I want to hear a straight answer on this. Obama and Clinton actually have already said this, that they are going to leave troops in Iraq after some Pacify-The-Public Withdrawal that will only bring a bulk of troops home. (That is, if the spineless wimps in the Democratic Senate stop cowering in fear of what Bush will say and actually FIGHT him.) If they don't, and are merely biding time hoping to get the Democratic presidency, then, again, what about military bases in Iraq?

Article, Permanent Bases: A Recipe for Permanent Terrorism- about the HUGE Embassy in Iraq and Plan B. As you read this, consider WHAT are the Democratic candidates for president's position on this?

While the White House has often denied having a Plan B for Iraq, it turns out that the Pentagon has thought about what to do if Plan A, the "surge" doesn’t work. According to Steve Inskeep and Guy Raz of National Public Radio, plan B would involve maintaining a series of military bases around Iraq with some 30,000 to 40,000 U.S. troops. That plan would have them stay for decades, under the excuse that they could train the Iraqi troops and deter neighboring countries, such as Iran and Turkey, from sending their own troops into the country. Already the U.S. has built military compounds that look permanent, supplied with air-conditioning, movie theatres, Starbucks coffee houses, and fast food outlets.

The idea is hardly new. For the last decade, the neocons have advocated that the U.S. establish bases in Iraq to police the Middle East and make the area safe for Israel. Although no one is totally certain why the Bush Administration took us into the quagmire of Iraq, it seems plausible that securing bases in that part of the world was one significant factor. At the time, the U.S. had major military installations in Saudi Arabia; but they had generated considerable opposition among the Saudis and in the rest of the Arab world, with the result that the Royal family was increasingly desirous of getting rid of them.

In 1998, Osama Bin Laden issued a Fatwa Urging Jihad Against Americans, ostensibly because American troops were now stationed on "sacred" soil, the land that contains Mecca and Medina. In the latest Republican debate, Ron Paul raised that issue, only to be widely criticized by the Republican right. Paul, however, was correct: that was a major factor in 9/11. The U.S. strong bias favoring Israel no doubt contributed as well. The twin towers were not brought down, however, because we attempted to provide equal rights for people of all genders or that we wear immodest clothing and live "immoral" lives. They were destroyed because of our foreign policy, in particular, because we had troops in Muslim parts of the world. We now have even more of them and are seen as a new version of the Crusades.

This implies that, if we maintain a strong military presence in Muslim countries, including Iraq, we will continue to generate hatred and terrorism. Osama and his allies will persist in attacking us. Permanent or long term bases in Iraq will only bring more fire and brimstone to the world. The only way to reduce terrorism significantly is to leave the Middle East to the Middle Easterners.

Why are we building the largest embassy in the world in Baghdad? Iraq is a relatively small, unimportant, and backward country sitting on a lot of oil. That the U.S is constructing this mammoth compound tells the world that it is planning to occupy that part of the globe for a long time. Iraq will become an unofficial colony used to police the rest of the Middle East.


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