[Marxism] Preparing the retreat

g.maclennan at qut.edu.au g.maclennan at qut.edu.au
Thu Nov 9 13:39:46 MST 2006

Hi Carroll,  

I am inclined to agree with you that the US intended and most probably still intends to be  in Iraq for a long time.  But the best laid schemes...   The material reality is that the bases being built will have to be secured militarily and politically.

It is by no means clear that the US can do either. At present they can only hold on in Iraq with the tolerance of the Iraqi Shia and the Iranian govt.  Neither of these two entities desire a long term American prescence in Iraq. when they say "go" the mighty USA will have no alternative but to obey or resort to bombing the Middle East back into the stone age.  A process they are more than capable of but one that would also defeat the objective that makes them seek to build bases.



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