Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bush Finally Admits He Wants Permanent Bases in Iraq

The Bush White House is finally admitting what we know they have always wanted - permanent bases in Iraq.

From Reuters:
President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.

The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.

Most astute observers have known from even before the invasion of Iraq that there was every intention of putting permanent bases there. The nation's strategic location is too valuable to lose especially with the loss of bases in Saudi Arabia.

Bush has constantly stated that troops would leave Iraq "when the job is done". Now we understand. The job won't ever be done.



Blogger Paul Hue said...

I support the call to shut all US military bases outside of the US. But not because those bases represent exploitative US imperialism raping the host nations of Germany, Italy, Japan, France, UK, etc. But rather because I believe that those nations no longer require any assistance in maintaining civilization.

Thus I find nothing sinister in any plans for permanent US military bases in Iraq. I do worry, however, that not enough people in Iraq are committed to the concept of civilization, and and too many are committed to dreadful alternatives to civilization. That would make US bases there a waste.

Perhaps Nadir and Pat Buchannon are correct: leave, and let those people do with each other as they will, and negotiate petro contracts with whichever brutes establish consistent power.

June 01, 2007 1:13 PM  

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