The Permanent Role of the U.S. Military in Iraq

Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 03:23 PM

The permanent role of the U.S. military in Iraq is NOT to serve as sitting ducks for an Iraqi insurgency. Maintenance of large numbers of American ground forces in Iraq till now has been necessary to stabilize the installation of a government in Iraq suitable to U.S. interests and to protect that government until it could begin to defend itself by the recruitment of large numbers of armed men (ostensibly an Iraqi "army" and "police force"). This is literally the ONLY jobs program in Iraq for large numbers of able-bodied young men. In Iraq in 2005, if you want to work and provide an income for your family, you have to join the U.S. trained police or Iraqi military and defend the U.S.-vetted administration of your country. The U.S. goal is ultimately to recruit enough Iraqis to fight the insurgency on a daily basis that the bulk of American ground forces will be able to withdraw from Iraq.

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