Democracy Now! | Iraq Correspondent Patrick Cockburn on the US-Iraqi Clash Over the Status of US Troops

The Bush administration is leveraging tens of billions of dollars in seized Iraqi assets to force the Iraqi government to accept several demands in a long-term deal on keeping US troops in Iraq. The demands have included maintaining fifty-eight permanent military bases in Iraq, immunity for American troops and contractors, a free hand to conduct military operations without Iraqi approval and control of Iraqi airspace. We speak to journalist Patrick Cockburn of the London Independent, who broke the story last week.

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I sincerely hope that the Bush administration’s efforts to push for a long-term US military presence in Iraq is an unsuccessful one. The people of Iraq need to begin the process of healing and rebuilding. They cannot move forward with a constant US presence and occupation. There is absolutely no legitimate reason for the United States to have 58 permanent military bases in Iraq. All this adds up to is greed and the expansion of an empire that looks like it is over extending its reach and may crumble if not careful. Peace 🙂


~ by peaceseeker99 on June 13, 2008.

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