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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

E-raq

Hey, remember Iraq?

"What's that?"

Some place.

Big news, though:

"US military to build four giant new bases in Iraq"

Hey hey!
US military commanders are planning to pull back their troops from Iraq's towns and cities and redeploy them in FOUR GIANT BASES in a strategy they say is a prelude to eventual withdrawal.

The plan, details of which emerged at the weekend, also foresees a transfer to Iraqi command of more than 100 bases that have been occupied by US-led multinational forces since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

However, the decision to invest in the bases, which will require the construction of more PERMANENT STRUCTURES such as blast-proof barracks and offices, is seen by some as a sign that the US expects to keep a PERMANENT PRESENCE in Iraq.
You're kidding.

QUICK QUESTION: Who gets to build these FOUR GIANT BASES with "more PERMANENT STRUCTURES," and how much is it gonna cost the American Taxpayer?

"Do you work for Halliburton or Bechtel?"

No.

"Then don't worry about it."

Grrr.
Under the plan, for which the official said there was no "hard-and-fast" deadline, US troops would gradually concentrate inside four heavily fortified air bases, from where they would provide "logistical support and quick reaction capability where necessary to Iraqis". The bases would be situated in the north, south, west and centre of the country.

He said the pace of the "troop consolidation" would be dictated by the level of the insurgency and the progress of Iraq's fledgling security structures.
Which...seems to be going "well." Right?

14 U.S. soldiers killed since Sunday (see below).
US officers told the paper that the bases would have a more PERMANENT CHARACTER to them, with more ROBUST buildings and structures than can be seen at most existing bases in Iraq. The new buildings would be constructed to withstand direct mortar fire.
1. The word PERMANENT has been used three times in this article.

2. What's a "robust building?"

One of the administration buildings on the Disney/Buena Vista/ABC lot (Burbank) is decorated with giant statues of the Seven Dwarves.

Something like that?
A source at the Iraqi defence ministry said: "We expect these facilities will ultimately be to the benefit of the domestic forces, to be handed over when the US leaves."
"Hey, we're gonna build these bases for YOU GUYS."

"Really?"

"Totally. We'll build 'em, take care of biz, get you guys up to speed, and we're gone."

"You're serious?"

"Absolutely."

"Great. (Pause) Is there any chance that, uh, some of our people could get in on the construction deals?"

"I'm sorry...what?"

"Nevermind."

*

Back to the latest on the "level of the insurgency."

1,000 U.S. Troops Launch Offensive in Iraq

Huh?
HADITHA, Iraq - Helicopters swept down near palm tree groves and armored vehicles roared into this Euphrates River city before dawn Wednesday as 1,000 U.S. troops launched the second major offensive in less than a month aimed at uprooting insurgents.

The assault, called Operation New Market, focused on this city of about 90,000 people, where the U.S. military says fighters are using increasingly sophisticated tactics. Insurgents have killed more than 620 people since a new Iraqi government was announced on April 28.

Violence continued elsewhere Wednesday, a day after four U.S. soldiers were killed, pushing the number of U.S. troops killed in four days to 14, part of a surge in attacks that also have killed about 60 Iraqis.
Hmm.

1,643 US troop casualties to date.

And some people are beginning to notice.

Last bit from the UK's Guardian:

French fries protester regrets war jibe

That's an awkward title for an interesting story:
It was a culinary rebuke that echoed around the world, heightening the sense of tension between Washington and Paris in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. But now the US politician who led the campaign to change the name of french fries to "freedom fries" has turned against the war.

Walter Jones, the Republican congressman for North Carolina who was also the brains behind french toast becoming freedom toast in Capitol Hill restaurants, told a local newspaper the US went to war "with no justification".

Asked by a reporter for the North Carolina News and Observer about the name-change campaign - an idea Mr Jones said at the time came to him by a combination of God's hand and a constituent's request - he replied: "I wish it had never happened."

Although he voted for the war, he has since become one of its most vociferous opponents on Capitol Hill, where the hallway outside his office is lined with photographs of the "faces of the fallen".

"If we were given misinformation intentionally by people in this administration, to commit the authority to send boys, and in some instances girls, to go into Iraq, that is wrong," he told the newspaper. "Congress must be told the truth."
Whoa.

Comments?

1 Comments:

  • I can't believe you passed up making the clear target of "Operation New Market"... Come on: that one is just waiting for someone to knock it out of the park.

    I am sure the NewCon name for the whole war has been "Operation New Market(s)" or "Operation Privitization"...

    "Freedom Fry" guy now regrets war? You know what? So does Robert McNamara... good company there. what a schmuck.

    There's blood on that guy's hands and he's bummed about the whole french/freedom thing? Sorry pal: your penance isn't just putting up "faces of the fallen" it's doing the right f#@king thing right f#@king now: tell your constituents/the public/the world that you got conned and you want to set things right.

    By Blogger Outsourced, at 11:30 AM  

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