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Thursday, May 10, 2007


Permanent bases in Iraq

The devil is in the details. Everyone knows about the massive U.S. Embassy, the airfields, etc. But here, from the middle of an article headlined "Cheney defends extended deployments" (except for himself, of course, he had "other priorities"), we find this little detail:
Cheney spoke to several thousand mostly Army forces in a huge tent that is scheduled to be a gymnasium.
Think the troops are leaving any time soon? Not if the Administration, or, sadly, the vast majority of Congress (even the ones posing as "anti-war" and "for withdrawal") have anything to say about it. After all, even "non-combat" troops need planes (and hence airbases) to ferry them around, armed convoys (oh, but don't worry, they won't be members of the "Armed Forces," just mercenaries who are equally well (better?) armed), and, of course, gymnasiums (and lots, lots more).

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