Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Secret US plan for military future in Iraq

A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country.
The draft strategic framework agreement between the US and Iraqi governments, dated March 7 and marked "secret" and "sensitive", is intended to replace the existing UN mandate and authorises the US to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security" without time limit.

without time limit!? In other words, the US isn't going anywhere.

Critics point out that the agreement contains no limits on numbers of US forces, the weapons they are able to deploy, their legal status or powers over Iraqi citizens, going far beyond long-term US security agreements with other countries. The agreement is intended to govern the status of the US military and other members of the multinational force.
no limits on the numbers of US forces or weapons that can be deployed with what seems is unlimited power over Iraqi citizens?

The authorisation is described as "temporary" and the agreement says the US "does not desire permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq".
Does that seem legitimate?
If the agreement is temporary and the US does not desire permanent bases or military in Iraq, why would they leave the agreement totally open ended, with no time limits for withdrawal, no limits on troop numbers, no limits on weapons, etc.,

If they don't want a permanent military presence, why build so many massive bases and one of the most enoromous embassies in the world, bigger then vatican city!

In this case the actions of the US speak much louder then the words.

oh and that US embassy?

You don't build an embassy that is described as a city of it's own, 21 buildings on 104 acres, that is 10 times bigger then the US embassies elsewhere, unless your intending to have a major presence for a long, long , long time.

With its own water wells, electricity plant and wastewater-treatment facility, “systems to allow 100 percent independence from city utilities,”

Besides two major diplomatic office buildings, homes for the ambassador and his deputy, and the apartment buildings for staff, the compound will offer a swimming pool, gym, commissary, food court and American Club, all housed in a recreation building.

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