Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Iraq: It All Boils Down to Oil

U.S. won’t leave Iraq’s energy reserves untended after its troops pull out

by Eric Margolis, The Toronto Sun, Aug 8, 2010

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama restated his vow to pull all U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by the end of this month, and the remaining U.S. garrison by the end of 2011.

Has America’s long goodbye to Iraq really begun?

The 50,000 U.S. troops left until 2011 will supposedly “advise and assist” and perform “anti-terrorism” missions and training.

These troops will likely be six armor-heavy combat brigades, backed by warplanes from U.S. air bases in the Gulf.

A U.S. brigade withdrawn from Iraq will go to neighboring Kuwait. Most of the rest will transfer to Afghanistan.

No word about the 85,000 U.S.-paid mercenaries (a.k.a. “contractors”) in Iraq.

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