Continuing the U.S. Occupation and War in Iraq

August 18, 2010

According to the Pentagon, U.S. troop presence in Iraq is scheduled to reach a level of 50,000 by August 31. In recent weeks, the monopoly controlled media and the Obama administration have tried to claim that this means that the U.S. is ending its "combat mission" in Iraq. This is a fraud from beginning to end.

After August 31, U.S. troops will operate out of 94 bases and will carry on "training Iraqi security forces, providing logistic support for Iraq security forces, protecting U.S. infrastructure and personnel, and participating in targeted counterterrorism activities." According to Obama, "These are dangerous tasks. There are still those with bombs and bullets who will try to stop Iraq's progress. And the hard truth is we have not seen the end of American sacrifice in Iraq."

Furthermore, military officials are already warning that the July 31, 2011 deadline for troop withdrawal will be pushed back. According to the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi armed forces, General Babakir Zebari, there is a projected need for U.S. military presence until 2020.

In other words, the Obama administration is carrying out a program of continuing the U.S. occupation and war while giving yet another version of the Democrats' "exit strategy."

The Obama administration's posturing is an attempt to buy time for U.S. imperialism to win the war. The hope is that empty talk about "ending combat operations" and plans for future withdrawal will lend legitimacy to the puppet Iraqi government, gain more international support for the war and thus, undermine and defeat the insurgency. In the U.S., the aim is to deflect the anti-war movement.

No. U.S. imperialism is not ending and will not willingly end its war in Iraq.

But it is unable to win and will be forced out by the Iraqi resistance. The stand of the American people is to support Iraq's independence and sovereignty by demanding nothing less than the immediate and total withdrawal of all U.S. troops.