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US: Iraq will be left to it's own devices

"ideology has become subordinate to the schedule"--a senior official involved in the Iraq reconstruction
King of Iraq
King of Iraq
"Ladies and gentleman...we got him!"

With those words spoken by L. Paul Bremer, the King of Iraq, America entered a new phase in the post-major hostilities era of the war on terror, Iraq division. This new phase involves completely disentangling the US from what it has created in Iraq, and to do it by July 1, the deadline for transfer of sovereign power to a provisional government. Among the many projects and previous goals that will be abandoned are:

-the effort to replace Saddam Hussein's socialist economy with a free market system

-the goal of having the Iraqis (the Iraqi Governing Council) write a constitution before the transfer of power on July 1

-the effort to forge compromises with religious and tribal leaders

-the effort to combat insurgency

After not finding the ever-important WMDs, and then claiming that that wasn't so important in the first place, the Bush admin. is now going to tow the line that Iraq has become too dangerous, and it's not worth American blood to try and mediate the crisis which the invasion created.

Who would argue against bringing the troops home? No one. And some are going to stay there even after the July 1st deadline, to continue to fight the insurgents. The question is: should US forces be the ones to mediate the ever-growing civil war that the invasion created?

It's a real Catch-22.

With all of the aid agencies gone from Iraq, and with the limited UN help, I think Iraq is being set up for a truly awful fate after withdrawal of US forces. It may not be Rwanda, but it will surely be something like Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Dude, it's gonna be like Afghanistan 28.Dec.2003 23:22


but at least george bush and the major media conglomerates will help us magically forget all about iraq shortly before (or after) the 2004 'election'.

Iraq still has a constitution 29.Dec.2003 03:58


It dates back to 1958. They can use it again.

Saddam can return as President of Iraq, or whoever else the Iraqis elect at the next democratic election.

No problem with that, in my opinion.

The Object of Colonial Powers 29.Dec.2003 10:18

Gary Sudborough IconoclastGS@aol.com

The object of all capitalist colonial powers now is to install a puppet leader and have the facade of elections as a cover for continued corporate control over the economy and natural resources. The elections can be rigged or they can be between two parties both of which are controlled by the elite collaborators of the colonial power. The result ,naturally, of such elections is that the economy of the country remains wide open to exploitation by the foreign colonial power. It is much more cost effective than the former method of establishing colonial governments and maintaining large occupying forces, as say the British did in India and other parts of their empire in the 19th century.

The problem they have in Iraq is establishing enough stability with local police and military to be able to withdraw some of their forces after a puppet government and so-called free, democratic elections are held. The Iraqi resistance movement is simply too strong to allow a withdrawal of US troops and still maintain US corporate control over the economy. Even with a puppet government established,US military bases would still remain in Iraq because the US undoubtedly has aspirations to control other countries in the region like Iran and Syria, particularly Iran because it has large oil reserves and lies between Iraq and Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, where US corporations also have interests.

Therefore, the war in Iraq is likely to drag on indefinitely like Vietnam until the peace movement in the United States becomes strong enought to effect a change in policy. There is simply too much oil in Iraq for the US to withdraw voluntarily.

A good article 29.Dec.2003 10:23

Major W WhittingtonMaj@hotmail.com

Here's a good article by Sandro Contenta from The Star in Toronto. He's a real person, not just a made up name like me.

Yes, Iraq will be like Afghanistan, but they have the resources (weapons, money, fighters) on both sides for a very long civil war. It would be not just Sunni vs. Shiite, but also the Kurds would be involved one way or another to try and keep some autonomy in their region, which may prompt Turkey to occupy northern Iraq and crush them once again, while at the same time they would likely be fighting the Sunnis. Even within the Shiite movement there may be splits, such as the ones between pro-American Shiites and those who want America out.

A good article 29.Dec.2003 10:28

Major W WhittingtonMaj@hotmail.com

Here's a good article by Sandro Contenta of The Star in Toronto. He's a real person, not just a made up name like me.

A good article 29.Dec.2003 10:31

Major W WhittingtonMaj@hotmail.com

Here's a good article by Sandro Contenta of The Star in Toronto. He's a real person, not just a made up name like me.

put it this way... 29.Dec.2003 17:08

this thing here

... there will be just enough "freedom" in iraq, just enough "democracy", and a "strong enough"leader, as to insure the continued security and ongoing development of the oil fields in northern and southern iraq, and to insure the eventual "monetization" on the world market of those resources.