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There's Not Supposed To Be a Post War Iraq

This from the Washington Post today:
Long before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld forbade military strategists to develop plans for securing a postwar Iraq, the retiring commander of the Army Transportation Corps said.

Brig. Gen. Mark E. Scheid told the Newport News Daily Press in an interview published yesterday that Rumsfeld had said "he would fire the next person" who talked about the need for a postwar plan.

Scheid was a colonel with the U.S. Central Command, the unit that oversees military operations in the Middle East, in late 2001 when Rumsfeld "told us to get ready for Iraq."

"The secretary of defense continued to push on us . . . that everything we write in our plan has to be the idea that we are going to go in, we're going to take out the regime, and then we're going to leave," Scheid said. "We won't stay."

Planners continued to try "to write what was called Phase 4" -- plans that covered post-invasion operations such as security, stability and reconstruction, said Scheid, who is retiring in about three weeks, but "I remember the secretary of defense saying that he would fire the next person that said that."

But the evidence leads one to a different conclusion; that the Bush war criminals never intended to leave Iraq. The war was planned to be indefinite. Rumsfeld's statement above, about going in, taking out the regime and then leaving, was simply what he told his underlings to keep them in the dark, so they wouldn't question his 'superior' military knowledge and tactical skills. The plan, from the beginning, was to occupy Iraq. Why else is the US building up to 14 permanent military bases there?

From the New York Times, April 20/03:

the U.S. is planning a long-term military relationship with the emerging government of Iraq, one that would grant the Pentagon access to military bases and project American influence into the heart of the unsettled region.

The Iraq war started on April 19, 2003. At the exact same time they were carrying out plans for a long term occupation.

Still don't believe me? Lets examine history. What does the USA do after it's stated mission for a war is complete?

  • Japan - Following the end of World War II and the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, for 27 years Okinawa was under United States administration. During this time the US military established numerous bases on Okinawa Honto and elsewhere. On May 15, 1972, Okinawa once again became part of Japan, although to this day the United States maintains a large military presence there.
  • Korea - A mile or so outside of Yongsan U.S. Army Garrison in central Seoul is one of the 180 GI camptowns that exist outside of every significantly sized military base in South Korea. Source
  • Kosovo - Camp Bondsteel
  • Cuba - Guantanamo Bay
The US military, as of 2003, owned or operated 702 military bases in approximately 130 countries. This doesn't include the 6000 or so bases in the US itself. For a more complete picture, read this excellent article by Chalmers Johnson of Common Dreams.

And none of these places has anywhere near the natural resources of Iraq.

Consider this little tidbit of information; the US Department of Defense is the largest purchaser of oil in the world. In 2004, annual US Military fuel consumption reached 144 million barrels of oil, making them the worlds largest consumer (the entire UK uses around 650 million barrels per year). Since the start of the Iraq war, up to 2005, the US military has burned 2.1 billion gallons of fuel.

The occupation of Iraq is intrinsic to the dreams of empire floating in the villainous minds of the men behind the American war machine. Without it their planes, tanks and hummers sit idle.

From the beginning, the plan has been never ending war. A war straight out of the pages of Orwell's 1984, the vade mecum of the Bush administration.


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