Thursday, August 26, 2010
Iraq troop drawdown, what troop drawdown?
|War is over, if you want. A collapsed building is seen at the site of a bombing in Baghdad on Wednesday, August 25, 2010.|
It was about a week ago the corporate media, with much sickening fanfare, announced the “official” end to the occupation of Iraq.
‘The last American combat troops left Iraq today, seven-and-a-half years after the US-led invasion, and two weeks ahead of President Barack Obama’s 31 August deadline for withdrawal from the country,” the Guardian reported on August 19.
“U.S. military officials are hustling to reduce the number of troops in Iraq to 50,000 to meet President Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline for an end to U.S. combat operations,” reported Fox News the same day.
NBC went so far on August 18 as to air what Brian Williams called an “official Pentagon announcement” — such candor is hardly surprising, considering NBC (formerly owned by death merchant General Electric) has unofficially read from Pentagon scripts for years — and showed images of “the last combat brigade in Iraq” (as the New York Times deemed it) hustling toward the Kuwait border, “symbolizing an end to fighting in the country.”
The supposed exit, of course, was all for show.
The Boston Globe added a caveat to the propaganda effort, maybe to confuse the American people, who are seriously weary of the occupation, especially as millions of them can no longer rationalize spending billions on it now that the economy is crumbling. “Given the human and material toll of the American invasion and occupation of Iraq, the United States has an obligation to continue helping Iraqis,” states a Globe editorial.
In other words, the troops ain’t going anywhere.
“After this month, 50,000 American troops will remain in Iraq to train the country’s security forces, protect Americans and US facilities, and conduct counter-terrorist operations — until they, too, are withdrawn a year from now,” added the Globe.
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The above figure is misleading. The U.S. has over 100,00 contractors in Iraq. The number is admittedly down from just a few years ago when it was well over 180,000. Your average Iraqi, however, does not draw a distinction between a soldier and a contractor. Both are occupiers. Both are in his country illegally.
The U.S. didn’t build a fortress — officials like to call it an embassy — “the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq’s turbulent future,” as the Associated Press called it in 2006, because they plan to leave.
The U.S. has around 1,000 bases and military installations in 156 countries scattered around the world. The Pentagon does not plan to “drawdown” its presence in these countries anytime soon. In fact, it is continually looking for excuses to expand its presence.
It seems like the “insurgency” in Iraq has bad timing. Just as Obama and crew plan to get most of the troops out of Iraq, the bad guys strike.
“Insurgents launched more than two dozen attacks across Iraq on Wednesday, mainly targeting security personnel and killing at least 56 people just as the U.S. combat role is officially ending,” reports the Dallas Morning News. “In attacks in 14 towns and cities, from southernmost Basra to Mosul in the north, insurgents deployed their full arsenal: hit-and-run shootings, roadside mines and more than a dozen car bombs.”
Is it possible the insurgents are nostalgic for the invasion (death toll: over a million) and nearly a decade of occupation and want to give the U.S. an excuse to stick around?
Or maybe this “insurgency” is driven in large part by white guys.
“It had been long known to the Iraqis, to the Arabs, and to all Moslems in countries bordering Iraq that the majority of the terrorist attacks in Iraq, especially car bombing, are perpetrated by covert British, American, and Israeli operatives,” Dr. Elias Akleh wrote in 2005.
Akleh posted his article soon after two British SAS operatives were captured in Basra. “They were disguised by wigs and Arab dress. Iraqi sources reported that the Iraqi police were watching the two, and when they tried to approach them they shot two policemen and tried to escape the scene. The Iraqi police chased and captured them, to discover large amount of explosives planted in the car, which apparently was planned to be remotely detonated in the busy market of Basra,” writes Akleh.
This article was posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 3:06 am