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