Iraq forever?

The American Prospect
by Spencer Ackerman

09/18/07

Having lost the battle over the surge, Democrats in the Senate are back to an incrementalist approach to the war. After Bush endorsed General David Petraeus’s plan to return to pre-surge combat strength of about 130,000 troops in Iraq by the end of July, the Democrats mobilized. Senator Jim Webb, the Vietnam veteran who won his Virginia seat last year on an antiwar platform, will push forward for a third time with his bill mandating that troops serving in Iraq remain at home for at least an equivalent amount of time as their deployments. The bill is a two-fer: Not only does it take a large burden off the Army’s shoulders, but it would, in practice, constrain the Pentagon’s ability to keep troop strength in Iraq at Petraeus’ desired levels...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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New Item: Interview with Aijaz Ahmad

THE "ENDURING" OCCUPATION OF IRAQ

"The invasion of 2003 has been used to restore the old ruling class of Iraq... other than U.S. interests . . . The struggle over resources is among various factions of this old ruling class " Part 1 of 2 Aijaz Ahmad: The US has restored Iraq's old ruling class to power
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Part 1 of 2 Aijaz Ahmad: Like Korea, the US is planning a long-term military presence in Iraq.
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