“WHO IS IN CHARGE?” October 24, 2010Posted by wmmbb in Iraq Policy.
Following the precedent as required by imperialism, the American presence with “combat” troops and mercenaries continues in Iraq.
The land bases and installations controlled by the US military continue to expand on a worldwide basis. Apparently bases are more controllable than governments, even those that can be overthrown and replaced by a junta as in the case of Honduras. Iraq is following the established pattern, although why exactly anybody would want to steal the land around the green zone in Baghdad setting up a massive installation under the guise of an embassy I haven’t a clue. No doubt there is a rationale rather than throwing money at a wall, a feature characteristic of military spending in general as explained in 1984.
Iraq was a glorious episode in US Imperialism with the current Wikileaks release giving some of the chapter and verse when the details can be framed into their various narratives. How many civilians have been murdered, directly or indirectly, in the course of the pursuit of glory is the kind of question that cannot, or will not be answered. The Secretary of State speaks out for the safety of collaborators (which may be a legitimate concern) but is mute as an American citizen is executed on a vessel in international waters.
Dennis Kucinich has spoken out against the occupation of Iraq and the death of civilians. Last August he wrote to the Administration (via The Raw Story):
“Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq now?” he asked. “George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops. … This is not the end of the war; this is simply a new stage in the campaign to lull the American people into accepting an open-ended presence in Iraq.”
Somehow Mr Kucinich’s concerns escaped the notice of the media, who were no doubt chasing the ambulances and picking up the press releases from Afghanistan (and now Pakistan) at the time.
Talking with Scott Horton, Pepe Escobar gives his update on the developing political scene in “post-occupation” Iraq. We will see to what extent Iraq becomes another Honduras.
David Batty and Jamie Doward in The Guardian report that some of the war crimes identified in the documents released by Wikileaks may have involved British troops and therefore would need to be followed through the British courts.
Robert Frisk in The Independent on Sunday outlines some of the cases related to the Wikileaks release.