Iraq was never about weapons of mass destruction, it was about oil, re-making the map of the Middle East in the West’s image and securing military bases of operation in the region to fight other wars- like with Iran:
But in recent months, the U.S. has let it be known that it is willing to consider staying in significant numbers — if the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki requests it.
“I hope they figure out a way to ask, and I think that the United States will be willing to say ‘yes’ when that time comes,” Gates said.
“It’s part of a quasi-Cold War mentality: they want forward bases in the struggle with Iran, so they are looking to Iraq next door. But it cuts both ways. If they aren’t there with enough levels of indigenous support they will just get hammered by Iran. They will just be tethered goats.”
A recent spike in attacks against U.S. troops made June the deadliest month for Americans in Iraq in three years.
We have a U.S. embassy in Iraq that is larger than the whole of Vatican City, the State Dept. will have it’s own private contractor army and the American people will be paying the bill, all the while here in the U.S. we can’t get our own roads (federal highways) paved. And why are we staying in Iraq? To keep the region safe? Hardly. We’ve given Iran a huge boost and increased their power exponentially by removing Saddam. Iraq is a total mess but the media doesn’t want to talk about it because they played a huge role in selling the war.