A base by any other name is just as permanent.It is all a matter of semantics. Congress has voted, repeatedly, to ban permanent US military bases in Iraq. Bush has said that there will be no permanent US bases. But, no one has said anything about enduring bases. By simply using a different word the US military is building 14 permanent bases in Iraq. The consistency of this plan for long term military occupation of Iraq is stunning.
~ 2004 - Christian Science Monitor
~ 2006 - CommonDreams
~ 2007 - Newsweek
Some of these bases are huge. Camp Liberty houses 16,000 soldiers and is one of the largest military bases the United States has built since the Vietnam War. Apparently, it even has a golf course.
Don't buy the lie about "no permanent bases."
Other sources: Balad Air Base, 17,000 population; Syracuse Peace Council; Permanent Iraq Colony