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bhunt70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:39 AM
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Poll question: Do you think we will ever fully pull out of Iraq?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:43 AM
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1. After 450 the Romans left England
It won't take us that long.
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connecticut yankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:00 AM
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2. When they run out of oil
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 08:01 AM by connecticut yankee
Or, maybe, after we elect Kerry.

GO, HUSKIES!!!!
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3rdParty Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:07 AM
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3. Well...we're still in Germany since WWII so......
I wouldn't count on us leaving anytime soon with our track record.

(I think we still have around 50,000 troops still in Germany...unbelievable)
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AG78 Donating Member (840 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:19 AM
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4. Not if we...
want to play a larger role in Gulf region security.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:25 AM
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5. Not without alot of bloodshed
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 08:25 AM by mmonk
because our goal of permanent bases is still in place.
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:25 AM
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6. I think one of the objectives of this war
was to set up a military base there.
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SpaceCatMeetsMars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:44 AM
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8. They are building fourteen military bases and the world's
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 08:49 AM by CalamityJane
largest embassy. I think that means they plan to have much more than an ambassador there.

Here's where I got that info from:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1184993,00....

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The US occupation authority has also found a sneaky way to maintain control over Iraq's armed forces. Bremer has issued an executive order stating that even after the interim Iraqi government has been established, the Iraqi army will answer to US commander Lt General Ricardo Sanchez. In order to pull this off, Washington is relying on a legalistic reading of a clause in UN security council resolution 1511, which puts US forces in charge of Iraq's security until "the completion of the political process" in Iraq. Since the "political process" in Iraq is never-ending, so it seems is US military control.

In the same flurry of activity, the CPA announced that it would put further constraints on the Iraqi military by appointing a national security adviser for Iraq. This US appointee would have powers equivalent to those held by Condoleezza Rice and will stay in office for a five-year term, long after Iraq is scheduled to have made the transition to a democratically elected government.

There is one piece of this country, though, that the US government is happy to cede to the people of Iraq: the hospitals. On March 27 Bremer announced that he had withdrawn the senior US advisers from Iraq's health ministry, making it the first sector to achieve "full authority" in the US occupation.

Taken together, these latest measures paint a telling picture of what a "free Iraq" will look like: the United States will maintain its military and corporate presence through 14 enduring military bases and the largest US embassy in the world. It will hold on to authority over Iraq's armed forces, its security and economic policy and the design of its core infrastructure - but the Iraqis can deal with their decrepit hospitals all by themselves, complete with their chronic drug shortages and lack of the most basic sanitation capacity. (The US health and human services secretary, Tommy Thompson, revealed just how low a priority this was when he commented that Iraq's hospitals would be fixed if the Iraqis "just washed their hands and cleaned the crap off the walls".)

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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:47 AM
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9. That and control of oil was the whole idea of going into Iraq
The Saudis wanted us out and we needed bases, so we're going after 'em, Hitler style.
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AG78 Donating Member (840 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:00 AM
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10. Just one?
I think that was THE objective. Oil plays a part, but I think we're beyond oil at this point. The oil will be used to keep the military as healthy as possible.

Iraq is in the middle of the Middle East. Syria directly west. Iran directly east. Saudi Arabia directly south. Central Asia basically to the north, and east somewhat(to paraphrase Rumsfeld). We're already in Afghanistan. We're in Uzbekistan. Pretty sure we're in Azerbaijan. We're in the Balkans. We've got our new friends in Pakistan(to a certain extent), until we say that they've developed WMD(and they actually have, and sold them around the world) and go to war with them in roughly 15 years from now.

It was never about Saddam.
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aneerkoinos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:38 AM
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7. Quicker than from Vietnam n/t
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IrateCitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:00 AM
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11. We will be forced to when the Empire collapses...
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 09:01 AM by IrateCitizen
And at the rate at which it is hollowing itself out in the pursuit of expansion, I don't think that will be all too long....

If you don't know what I'm talking about here, I suggest you read The Sorrows of Empire by Chalmers Johnson. It will open your eyes unlike any other book. If you're really ambitious, start with his book Blowback and then proceed to Sorrows.

Buckle up, folks -- there's some bumpy roads ahead. :scared:
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:09 AM
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12. Yes, probably later rather than sooner
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 09:21 AM by MadHound
Sadly, it looks like the Dems and the 'Pugs will get into another decades long pissing contest, with each side racheting up our involvement in the Iraqi quagmire, just so they won't look soft on the war on terror. Shades of Vietnam. And again, like Vietnam, we will withdraw from Iraq, with our tail between our legs, having achieved nothing in the time we were there, other than destroying the country's infrastructure, poisoning the society's support mechanisms, raiding the land's natural resources and killings millions of innocents.

When will we learn from the lessons of history? You cannot build a nation with the power of the gun. You cannot change a society with the heavy hand of oppression. All you can do is prolong a bloody occupation.
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