The Iraq War’s New ‘Complications’

The Washington Post today (5/10/11) has a perplexing article by Aaron Davis about U.S. troops leaving Iraq. Here’s the lead: BAGHDAD — The United States’ pleas for Iraq’s government to decide “within weeks” whether American troops should stay beyond a year-end deadline to leave will not be met, Iraqi politicians say, complicating plans for the U.S. military withdrawal. If the deadline to extend U.S. troop presence is not extended, then (if I’m to understand what the words mean) U.S. troops have to leave, as they’re planning on doing. How does that “complicate” anything? There’s a political problem in Iraq, in […]


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 […]