Posted by: Lister | June 4, 2007

50 More Years in Iraq?

Dan Froomkin in the Washington Post, writing about the South Korea model for America’s stay in Iraq.

[…] it gives credence to persistent suspicions that establishing a long-term strategic presence in the Middle East was a primary motivation for this misbegotten war in the first place.

[…] “Asked if U.S. forces would be permanently stationed in Iraq, [White House spokesman Tony] Snow said, ‘No, not necessarily.’ He said that the prospect of permanent U.S. bases in Iraq were ‘not necessarily the case, either.’

“Later, Snow said it was impossible to say if U.S. troops would remain in Iraq for some 50 years, as they have in South Korea. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘It is an unanswerable question. But I’m not making that suggestion. . . . The war on terror is a long war.'”

[…] On Feb. 1, 2006, former President Jimmy Carter told CNN’s Larry King: “What I believe is that there are people in Washington now, some of our top leaders, who never intend to withdraw military forces from Iraq and they’re looking for ten, 20, 50 years in the future . . . because that was the reason that we went into Iraq was to establish a permanent military base in the Gulf region and I have never heard any of our leaders say that they would commit themselves to the Iraqi people that ten years from now there will be no military bases of the United States in Iraq.”

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