I haven’t had much to say about Iraq for a while because things seem to have stayed pretty much the same for months. There’s a civil war that neither the US military nor Iraqi government have the power to stop. The Surge that never had a prayer of working, isn’t working. The only hope for peaceful resolution would be for the Sunni, Shia and Kurds to negotiate for some sort of stability and equity, but I don’t see anyone working on that angle. The only “progress” I’ve seen recently is that an Iraqi insurgent was able to detonate a bomb inside the well-protected Green Zone– which implies that the US might be losing control of the one place where they thought they were safe.
This summary isn’t the result of in-depth research or insider info. It’s pretty fucking obvious how bad things are in Iraq.
Which begs the question: why the hell are we still there?
As I keep pointing out, opinion polls show that Americans want the US out of Iraq, the Iraqis want the US out of Iraq, the US soldiers want the US out of Iraq. And still we linger. Why?
I’d thought of all sorts of potential reasons, mainly focusing on the stubbornnes, idiocy, and domestic political agenda of the White House. And then I realized I was thinking to hard.
Why are we still in Iraq?
Apparently, the Iraqi parliament has spent the last month or so drafting a law that will allow the Iraqi government to sign contracts with domestic and foreign oil companies to extract the nation’s petroleum. According to the link above, this law is “thought to have been written with heavy U.S. involvement,” and passage of such a law “is one of four benchmarks the Bush administration has set for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s struggling government.”
Maybe once this law passes (estimated to take a month or two), and the ink is finally dry on contracts between Iraq and ExxonMobil, then maybe Bush will start talking about troop withdrawal. What’s a few thousand more Iraqi dead if it lets an oil CEO buy another private island?
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