Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Permanent bases in Iraq

Here they come:

Iraq wants the United Nations Security Council to extend the mandate of the United States-led multinational force in Iraq only through the end of 2008, then replace it with a long-term bilateral security agreement, Foreign Ministry officials said Saturday.

Aides to Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the mandate extension for the 160,000-strong force, scheduled to be discussed at the end of this year, would be the last. Iraq would then seek an agreement with the United States like the ones Washington has with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Egypt, they said.



At 12:02 PM, November 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The plan was to reduce to rubble,
To "bomb them to the stoneage"--so
The evidence suggests, a trouble
For high-toned souls in stooping low.

But look: the experts in advance
Delineated all the flaws
About the strategy, the plans,
Which gave the planners nary pause.

We plan to "reconstruct" they said,
But had no wherewithal to do so
Put into place--not for one shed
Sufficient even for one Crusoe.

Conclusion therefore to be drawn
Were words were but a subterfuge,
The architects of which did pawn
False promise for deception huge.

It may not be the case; but how
Could anybody be so dumb?
It was design, one must allow,
Save in the eye he stick his thumb.

So they secured the oilfields and
Appurtenance related--yet
Allowed marauders out of hand
Upon the libraries to set,

Threshing accumulated works
Of "intellectual capital"
As may not be replaced--the Turks
May not be blamed for this at all.

If not design then what else could
Have been the motivating factor?
The words proclaimed it just and good,
But came from mouths of many an actor--

Actor in sense of perpetrator
Coterminous with thespian:
Plans were not made, but left for "later"
Which indicates such were the plan.


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