Thursday, January 31, 2008

Enormous and undiminished

Paul Rogers looks at what's in store for Iraq, an enormous and undiminished US presence for the foreseeable future.

In sum, the United States plan for Iraq is to establish a series of tight political mechanisms of control deriving from the original CPA-era agreements; a huge embassy-based structure in Baghdad to oversee and maintain these; immunity for over 300,000 foreign personnel; and continuing, direct authority over and access to Iraqi detainees. The entire operation is to be secured by the US military and its private contractors, increasingly protected by the use of air power.

This ambitious project is hardly consistent with the idea - still the official line propagated by Washington, and uncritically recycled by much of the establishment media - that the US's political objective is to bolster the independent governance of Iraq by the Iraqis themselves. Indeed, it goes further than the considerable power exerted by the United States in several central American countries in the early 20th century; its sheer grandeur might better be compared to some of the French or British colonial-era protectorates. In contemporary terms, it comes close to the establishment of a fully-fledged American colony in the heart of the Arab and Islamic world. Whether or not the George W Bush administration and its supporters realise it, the implications of that - for Iraq itself and for the whole region - are set to match even what has happened over the last five years.

What he doesn't answer: how all this is going to be paid for? How long is the world going to continue to accept our funny money?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

top [url=][/url] check the latest [url=]casino online[/url] manumitted no set aside hand-out at the foremost [url=]casino games

1/16/2013 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We [url=]roulette online[/url] be subjected to a ample library of absolutely unsolicited casino games in regard to you to play privilege here in your browser. Whether you call for to procedure a provisions recreation strategy or even-handed try out a insufficient original slots once playing on the side of genuine filthy lucre, we procure you covered. These are the exact same games that you can with at earnest online casinos and you can play them all representing free.

3/11/2013 4:35 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home