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sheelz Donating Member (869 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 02:26 AM
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58. Here is snip:
" The largest base in the country, Ricks tells us, has an American "small-town feel" and is sizable enough to have "neighborhoods," including "KBR-land" (in honor of the Halliburton subsidiary that has done most base-construction work) and the walled-in "CJSOTF" (the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, so secretive that even the base Army public affairs chief hasn't been inside). There is as well a Subway, a Pizza Hut, a Popeye's, "an ersatz Starbucks," a twenty-four-hour Burger King, two post exchanges where TVs, iPods and the like, convoyed in, can be purchased, four mess halls, a hospital, a speed limit of ten miles per hour, a huge airstrip, 250 aircraft, air-traffic pileups of a sort familiar over Chicago's O'Hare airport and a "miniature golf course, which mimics a battlefield with its baby sandbags, little Jersey barriers, strands of concertina wire and, down at the end of the course, what appears to be a tiny detainee cage." Ricks reports that, of the 20,000 troops living in "air-conditioned containers" (soon to be wired for Internet, cable television and overseas telephone access), "only several hundred have jobs that take them off base." Recently, British reporter Oliver Poole visited the still-under-construction al-Asad Air Base in a stretch of desert in Anbar Province that "increasingly resembles a slice of US suburbia." In addition to the requisite Subway and pizza outlets, this super-base even has a Hertz rent-a-car office. In fact, al-Asad is so large--such bases may cover fifteen to twenty square miles--that it has two bus routes.
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  -US vows no permanent bases in Iraq UpInArms  Mar-12-06 08:05 AM   #0 
  - No bases "IN" Iraq ... because Iraq will "BE" a base.  hippiechick   Mar-12-06 08:06 AM   #1 
  - Just a simple, bald-faced lie  tom_paine   Mar-12-06 08:08 AM   #2 
  - Exactly. nt  bemildred   Mar-12-06 08:14 AM   #5 
  - No, they plan to pull out within 1,000 years.  ladjf   Mar-12-06 09:29 AM   #14 
  - Well then the opposite is true.  Chimichurri   Mar-12-06 08:10 AM   #3 
  - I'm sure that Balad will be given to  annabanana   Mar-12-06 08:12 AM   #4 
  - key phrase - "Permanent".  peacebird   Mar-12-06 08:15 AM   #6 
  - We have "Temporaries" on my campus.  BiggJawn   Mar-12-06 08:31 AM   #8 
  - Define "permanent"  Lasher   Mar-12-06 08:40 AM   #11 
  - The PATRIOT Act was supposed to be "temporary" as well.  no_hypocrisy   Mar-12-06 09:49 AM   #18 
  - from Jan 2006 article: EXCLUSIVE U.S. plans Baghdad embassy more secure th  UpInArms   Mar-12-06 08:17 AM   #7 
  - Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad then stated.....  ucmike   Mar-12-06 08:32 AM   #9 
  - Khalizad - PNACer and former Unocal adviser  UpInArms   Mar-12-06 08:38 AM   #10 
     - he has an extremely sordid history  leftchick   Mar-12-06 09:32 AM   #15 
  - and that explains the billions spent on new bases.  truthisfreedom   Mar-12-06 08:41 AM   #12 
  - They use a "tiny detainee cage" as part of "miniature golf"?  Solly Mack   Mar-12-06 08:44 AM   #13 
  - Cam Rahn Bay...  Bigmack   Mar-12-06 09:39 AM   #16 
  - They've already poured the concrete.  Gregorian   Mar-12-06 09:46 AM   #17 
  - LIE, number uhh I lost count.  pdurod1   Mar-12-06 11:02 AM   #19 
  - Bush appointee speaks with forked tongue  Jack Rabbit   Mar-12-06 11:05 AM   #20 
  - Pull The Other Leg, Please!  Demeter   Mar-12-06 11:18 AM   #21 
  - Khalilzad is funnier than Baghdad Bob  MrPrax   Mar-12-06 12:53 PM   #22 
  - "Balad will be here, I believe, to the very end"  The_Casual_Observer   Mar-12-06 01:51 PM   #23 
  - Guanatanamo is not a permanent base either  IndianaGreen   Mar-12-06 01:59 PM   #24 
  - kick  maddezmom   Mar-15-06 02:25 AM   #25 
  - US vows no permanent bases in Iraq  ECH1969   Mar-15-06 02:25 AM   #26 
  - Liars. WTF did they spend all that taxpayer money on building then?  cantstandbush   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #27 
  - "Does not want..." Later will be "we have no choice but to build  LynnTheDem   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #28 
  - "that's our goal...we are serious...we mean it..." righhhht  uppityperson   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #29 
  - Don't we already have them there? n/t  Debi   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #30 
  - Tell it to the US Army .....  doublethink   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #31 
  - Abizaid says U.S. may want to keep bases in Iraq  NYC   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #45 
  - Damn! I just read the exact opposite in these pages 5 minutes ago  Don Claybrook   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #32 
  - Define "permanent"...  SoCalDem   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #33 
  - The "temporary buildings I went to Jr High in 47 years ago are still being  mom cat   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #46 
  - OK, 100 years. For suuuure no longer than 100 years. Unless...  oblivious   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #54 
  - We believe you! because if the bush guys are anything, it's honest! n/t  redqueen   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #34 
  - Yeah sure...whatever  MichiganVote   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #35 
  - They voted for the permanent bases before they voted against them  The_Casual_Observer   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #36 
  - Yes, we only built our largest in the world there....for fun!  soothsayer   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #37 
  - Why the f**k should Iraq be any different from any of the other  4MoronicYears   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #38 
  - They began building FOURTEEN of them just after the invasion began  rocknation   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #39 
  - "no-one could have anticipated permanent military bases"  arcane1   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #40 
  - Ah so they're setting up bases now.  neuvocat   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #41 
  - "Yeah.... That's the ticket! And I'm married to Morgan Fairchild."  Tom Yossarian Joad   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #42 
  - That's a pack of unadulterated, baldfaced lies.  Media_Lies_Daily   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #43 
  - we spend millions and billions on bases for what???  lovuian   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #44 
  - suuuuuuuuuuuure  HuffleClaw   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #47 
  - So, which is it: Should we stay or should we go?  no_hypocrisy   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #48 
  - Funny that Bush won't say it.  Teaser   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #49 
  - If you believe this, I've got a bridge to sell you. . .  DinahMoeHum   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #50 
  - won't matter  arewenotdemo   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #51 
  - Permanent means forever.  Disturbed   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #52 
  - We intend to rename the country.  buddysmellgood   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #53 
  - HAHAHAHA!!! LMAO!!  MrSlayer   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #55 
  - That's about as close as these guys have ever gotten  cliss   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #56 
  - Read about the bases here:  sheelz   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #57 
     - Here is snip:  sheelz   Mar-15-06 02:26 AM   #58 
  - I believe them  jaredh   Mar-15-06 03:05 AM   #59 
  - Congresswoman Barbara Lee's amendment to budget bill  realFedUp   Mar-17-06 06:01 PM   #60 

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