Blood For Military Bases
by Chris Bowers, Mon Mar 21, 2005 at 10:13:49 AM EST
...the famous Project for a New American Century military plan completed for the Bush campaign (PDF) in September of 2000:The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein. (p. 29)
From an American perspective, the value of such bases would endure even should Saddam pass from the scene. Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests in the Gulf as Iraq has. And even should U.S.-Iranian relations improve, retaining forward-based forces in the region would still be an essential element in U.S. security strategy given the longstanding American interests in the region. (p. 26)From a neo-con perspective, the invasion of Iraq has many purposes, but the central role that new, permanent military bases in southern Iraq played in the rationale never been seriously discussed by the media. In fact, it did not even make the top twenty-seven rationales for war identified in this study. However, in all the many rationales that have been discussed openly, the central role of new permanent military bases in southern Iraq cannot be avoided. The purpose of such bases is to buttress the forces already in Kuwait, prop up a puppet Iraqi regime with a permanent military presence, maintain an aggressive military stance against Iran, wield significant influence over Gulf region oil fields, and increase the reach of the American military over all of southwest Asia. Bush, the GOP platform committee and the majority of the now high-ranking members of the Defense Department either said or wrote this on several occasions during the 2000 campaign. Yet the media never talks about it.