U.S. Military Chief Explains Latest Battle Plans for Iraq

June 22, 2015

In order to buy time and continue the war in Iraq, the Obama administration is preparing public opinion by blaming its atrocities on the national liberation struggle of the people. U.S. military officials deny that it is the U.S. war and occupation which prevent the people from governing themselves, and claim that the real reason is that they haven’t yet been “mentored” in the ways of U.S.-style “democracy.” All of this serves not only to promote the most bestial chauvinism against the Iraqi people, but also to cover over the ongoing crimes of the U.S. military.

Most recently, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey insisted that in order for the New Iraqi Army to employ the correct military strategy against the correct enemies at the correct pace, they must continue to receive help from U.S. forces. In order to “help” the Iraqi people in this way, the remaining U.S. military will maintain a permanent military presence, expand its military “footprint” in Anbar province, and assist local leaders to govern.  According to Dempsey as reported by the Department of Defense news on June 11, the latest U.S. military escalation “is an adjustment that is significant, in that it gives us access to another Iraqi division and extends their reach...” The most highly publicized aspect of the escalation is the deployment of an additional 450 U.S. troops to Iraq, as announced by the U.S. president this spring.

In order to cover over the colonial character of the “partnership” between the two militaries, Dempsey repeated the standard Obama administration refrain. Speaking about the New Iraqi Military, Dempsey said, “This needs to be their counterattack, their campaign. As we advise them, we will urge them to move at a pace that they can sustain.”  The U.S. will continue to test the success of its military campaign according to the degree of independence displayed in New Iraqi Army military operations. Dempsey insisted that, “The game changers will have to come from the Iraqi government itself.”

U.S. imperialism is waging an aggressive war aimed at subjugating Iraq and therefore it considers the vast majority of the people to be enemies who must be terrorized and forced to submit. According to Dempsey, “We haven’t given up on the idea that [the Iraqis] can achieve a national unity government. They can pass legislation that allows a path to reconciliation, change de-Baathification, [and can devise a] different model for sharing oil revenues [and] a National Guard law.”

Dempsey described the same small-unit “lily pad” model of military bases in Iraq as used by the U.S. to set up permanent military bases in other areas in the world, including Latin America.  According to Dempsey U.S. troops will settle in at a new “lily pad” at Taqaddum in Anbar province. U.S. troops stationed there will focus on training and equipping both New Iraqi Army and private military contractors recruited along religions and sectarian lines.  “That’s the centerpiece, with kinetic strikes from the air being an enabler for the Iraqi force,” said Dempsey, meaning that U.S and coalition forces will also launch airstrikes from the base.

The Iraqi people continue to oppose the reactionary regime installed by U.S. imperialism and the U.S. war and colonial occupation. The real struggle against terrorism in Iraq is the struggle for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops. The struggle for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops is a struggle against an aggressive war which tramples underfoot international law and the sovereignty of countries. It is a struggle against an imperialist war.  It is a struggle against an aggressive, colonial war waged in opposition to the expressed will of the peoples and governments of the world.