On leaving Iraq
Posted by TP on Monday, October 15, 2007
It’s not going to happen. Why the US general public, for the most part, believes that a change in its leadership will facilitate a departure from Iraq I can understand. By and large, the US public are ignorant of their military footprint on the world and easily persuaded, as we all are, by politicians in a hope for something different. Why the free and independent US media also obsess with this fantasy, and therefore contribute to the miss-education of its citizens, we struggle to understand.
The obvious truth of the matter to anyone who has traveled abroad is that the US does not voluntarily leave a country or region it conquerers. They have not done so since its first major foray on the international stage with the Spanish-American war. Today nearly a half million U.S. troops are currently deployed around the globe. There are some 100,000 US troops in Europe where WWII and the cold war are a distant memory, another 100,000 remain East Asia (including the 40,000 each in Japan and South Korea), in addition to the 140,000 in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. Indeed, the entire northern quarter of Kuwait (1,600 square miles out of Kuwait’s 6,900 square miles) remains under the control of US troops 16 years after they routed Iraq forces in the first gulf war.
Africa too has its share of US troops, but no where near the scale of other regions. That will change however as that continent increases its contribution of oil to the US and world economies. Any one looking for the US troops in Africa, need just follow the oil.