The Guardian 25 October, 2006

Iraq: What does "job done" mean?

Sarah Meyer

The mantra, since the bloody and illegal war in Iraq started, has been: "we will leave Iraq when the job is done". What exactly does this mean? Why doesn’t anyone ask Mr Bush/Blair what "job done" means?

Last week, Prime Minister Blair told MPs at Question Time: "Troops will be out of Iraq in 16 months". No one asked him about an earlier report by Kim Sengupta in The Independent (22.09.06), who wrote: "A force of around 4000 British troops will stay behind in Iraq for an indefinite period, even after all provinces controlled by the UK are handed over to the Baghdad government in nine months’ time, senior defence sources said yesterday." The soldiers will be positioned at a base in Basra ready to act to "protect the investment" made by US and British forces in the country, it was disclosed."

What "investment"?

It is important to read Joshua Holland’s well researched article that Bush’s petro-cartel almost has Iraq’s oil (AlterNet), "Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize". This "prize" is probably also why there is reportedly a new US base being built near the oil fields in Northern Iraq.

With regard to the disintegration of Iraq, a recent Washington Post article (14.10.06) spoke of Iraqi death squads and their connection with the Facilities Protection Service (FPS). It neglected to mention that Donald Rumsfeld, with the enthusiastic support of President Bush, was the originator of the FPS. Rumsfeld was/is ultimately thus responsible for the training of these Iraqis, now labelled as "death squads".

One must then ask if the reason for the disintegration of Iraq is directly related to US government policy. This breakdown goes "shoulder to shoulder" with corporate control of resources remaining in the hands of the occupiers.

It no longer matters whether there are troops in Iraq or not, as long as "some" US/UK troops are in the Green Zone and at key US/UK bases surrounding Iraqi oil resources to safeguard to "protect their interests". That Iraqis are being tortured and murdered in obscene numbers is irrelevant to the more important matters at hand for the US/UK Governments. "Job Done".

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