Obama Talks "Withdrawal" While Preparing More War

July 2, 2009

The Obama administration is stepping up its political deception about its counter-insurgency war in Iraq.

Without even denying that there are over 130,000 U.S. troops occupying Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi officials declared June 30 yet another date of transition to Iraqi "sovereignty."

In fact, the changes made by the U.S. military since the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) took effect earlier this year have made it crystal clear that the U.S. government has no plans to give up its dictate over Iraq or its war and occupation. For example, the current "withdrawal" of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities means, in point of fact, that thousands of troops have been relocated to more flexible positions surrounding the cities.

At the same time, U.S. officials are feebly trying to mask the continued presence of thousands of fully armed U.S. combat troops inside Iraqi cities by reclassifying them as "support troops."

While U.S. troops and private military contractors in Iraq now amount to over 262,000 forces, the Pentagon has also institutionalized its command of over 600,000 Iraqi puppet forces through a "Joint Military Operations Coordinating Committee," established under the rules of the SOFA.

The American people must make no mistake about what the continued presence of the U.S. military in Iraq means. It means not only that the U.S. government has no plans of getting out, but also that it is preparing for long-term counter-insurgency war.