Iraq is for keeps:
US builds bases in Iraq
Any thought that the US intends to quietly get out of Iraq after "democracy" has been restored is blown away by the fact that the US is already building a number of "enduring bases" in Iraq. It is appropriate to recall that the US has occupied South Korea ever since the early 1950s and shows no signs of pulling out. Its many other bases in the over 130 countries are also there to stay as the US imposes its global empire. Christine Spolar, of the Chicago Tribune writes: "US military engineers are overseeing the building of an enhanced system of American bases designed to last for years. US engineers are focusing on constructing 14 "enduring bases," long-term encampments for the thousands of American troops expected to serve in Iraq for at least two years. "As the US scales back its military presence in Saudi Arabia, Iraq provides an option for an administration eager to maintain a robust military presence in the Middle East and intent on a muscular approach to seeding democracy in the region. The number of US military personnel in Iraq, between 105,000 and 110,000, is expected to remain unchanged through 2006, according to military planners. "The US plans to operate from former Iraqi bases in Baghdad, Mosul, Taji, Balad, Kirkuk and in areas near Nasiriyah, near Tikrit, near Fallujah and between Irbil and Kirkuk. "There also are plans to renovate and enhance airfields in Baghdad and Mosul, and rebuild 70 miles of road on the main route for US troops headed north".
* * *Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space http://www.space4peace.org email@example.com