måndag, oktober 03, 2005

Bombningar för att kunna rösta-- eller för att stanna?

PNAC, many of whose founders, including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, went on to serve in the Bush administration, published a document in 2000 titled "Rebuilding America's Defenses." It plainly cites the objective of an increased US military presence in the region as a rationale for invading Iraq: "While the unresolved conflict in Iraq provides the immediate justification [for US military presence], the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

In discussing the 14 "enduring bases" then under construction, Army Brig. Gen. Robert Pollman, chief engineer for base construction in Iraq, raised the question, "Is this a swap for the Saudi bases? I don't know," he told the Chicago Tribune. "When we talk about enduring bases here, we're talking about the present operation, not in terms of America's global strategic base. But this makes sense. It makes a lot of logical sense."


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