Earlier today, I watched a montage that CNN had put together to commemorate the last four years and the war; this commercial made everything look so damn great. Maybe I am reading about a different war on the internet. Anyway, I don’t know what to really say that can’t be better summed up in this article.
Post-invasion, the U.S. military established 110 bases in Iraq. By spring 2006 the Pentagon had “reduced the size of its footprint” by consolidating them into approximately 75 bases across the country.
Organized around airfields “to facilitate resupply operations and troop mobility,” the major bases in Baghdad include: Camp Victory at the airport, which hosts as many as 14,000 U.S. troops; Anaconda Air Base, just north of Baghdad, which spreads across 15 square miles and is being built for 20,000 U.S. troops; Camp Falcon / Al Sarq, which will accommodate 5,000 U.S. soldiers; and the so-called U.S. “embassy complex” in the Green Zone. There, $1 billion is being spent on a 100-acre installation, comparable to the size of Vatican City, with a Marine barracks, 300 homes, 21 other buildings, and its own electrical, water, and sewage systems.
Read the article in its entirety here.
The US is not going anywhere anytime so, so don’t let the Democratic candidates try and tell you otherwise. This plus this does not bode well for people looking for a democratic Middle East. So what now? What do we do now?