Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I want to occupy you forever

By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times

"The riposte to Pentagon head Robert Gates' entreaties for the Iraqi government to allow the US to stay on beyond the end of the year came swift and sharp from nationalist politician [and Electric-Driller-in-Chief] Muqtada al-Sadr: Leave as agreed or face Mahdi Army guerrilla tactics. The bottom line is that most Iraqis share the Shi'ite cleric's desire to end the Iraq chapter of the US empire of military bases....

The bottom line is that the majority of Iraqis, Sunnis and Shi'ites want the US to pack up and go on December 31. In the unlikely event Baghdad would want air security (against whom? The House of Saud?), the US could come up with an arrangement out of the al-Udeid base in Qatar. The Maliki government is not suicidal; forget about a SOFA extension. As of December 31, 2011, the tragic Iraqi chapter of the US worldwide empire of bases may be finally over. "

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