Saturday, August 04, 2007

No Permanent, Just 'Enduring' Bases in Iraq

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

1 comment:

PoliShifter said...

Welcome to Orwell's 1984 newspeak.

As I was commenting to you at my other blog, I think what will happen is we will draw down about 2/3 of our troops in 2 years, most of which will stay in Kuwait and launch raids if needed.

About 50,000 will stay in Iraq for 50 years or until the oil runs out.

Bush likes the Korean Model, it seems most in Congress and our presidential candidates except for a few, feel the same way.

It will be billed as "the war is over, we're out of Iraq....Hurray!!" but Iraq will still be colony under the gun.

What amazes me is the bravado of the assholes in the Pentagon that think Iraqis will tolterate a permanent occupation. I don't think they will.