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07:05 PDA Bulletin -- Is Washington Preparing to Stay in Iraq for Forty Years?

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  • Charles Knight
    Is Washington Preparing the Option of Staying in Iraq for Forty Years? Congressional Withdrawal Plans, Iraqi Permanent Bases, and More Ground Troops , Issue 4
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2007
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      Is Washington Preparing the Option of Staying in Iraq for Forty Years?

      "Congressional Withdrawal Plans, Iraqi Permanent Bases, and More
      Ground Troops", Issue 4 of Defense Analysis Bulletin, by Bipasha Ray,
      Project on Defense Alternatives, 01 May 2007 --

      http://www.comw.org/pda/dab/dab4.html

      Congressional "withdrawal" plans have only mandated partial withdrawal
      from Iraq. They would allow for at least 40,000 to 60,000 troops to
      remain behind to train Iraqi forces, battle terrorists and protect
      American "interests." This brings up the unresolved issue of permanent
      bases. Does an increase in ground forces mean that the United States
      plans to be in Iraq indefinitely, and is Iraq prelude to building a
      larger military? Accumulating evidence suggests the answer to these
      questions is "Yes." Yes to a growing US military, yes to permanent
      bases in Iraq and yes to an indefinite occupation.
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