[Marxism] Revealed: Secret Plan to Keep Iraq Under US Control

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Thu Jun 5 21:30:31 MDT 2008


By Patrick  Cockburn

05/06/08 "_The Independent_ 
(http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/revealed-secret-plan-to-keep-iraq-under-us-control-840512.html) " --- A 
secret deal being  negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military 
occupation of Iraq  indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US 
presidential election in  November.

The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been  leaked to The 
Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in  Iraq. Iraqi 
officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy  permanent 
bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity  from Iraqi 
law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the  basis 
for unending conflict in their country.

But the accord also  threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. 
President Bush wants to push  it through by the end of next month so he can declare 
a military victory and  claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated. But by 
perpetuating the US presence  in Iraq, the long-term settlement would undercut 
pledges by the Democratic  presidential nominee, Barack Obama, to withdraw US 
troops if he is elected  president in November.

full - 
New Agreement Lets US Strike Any Country From Inside  Iraq

A proposed Iraqi-American security agreement will include permanent  American 
bases in the country, and the right for the United States to strike,  from 
within Iraqi territory, any country it considers a threat to its national  
security, Gulf News has learned.


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