The Iraq War Still Won’t End Despite ‘Pullout’

Four months ago, Steve Rendall wrote here (9/10/10) about the militarization of the State Department and its role in the continuing occupation of Iraq–developments that were getting little attention amidst all the talk of the “end” of thewar.

Now Aaron Davis of the Washington Post (1/14/11) fills in some of those details,writing that “the contours of a large and lasting American presence here are starting to take shape.” Davis adds that:

Planning is underway to turn over to the State Department some of the most prominent symbols of the U.S. role in the war–including several major bases and a significant portion of the Green Zone.

The department would use the bases to house a force of private security contractors and support staff that it expects to triple in size, to between 7,000 and 8,000, U.S. officials said.

The piece is worth reading, despite its unfortunate headline: “U.S. Plans for Presence in Iraq After Pullout.” Obviously, if you’re planning on being present somewhere, then you’re not really “pulling out.”

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.