Saturday, 30 October 2010

How Permanent Are America’s Afghan Bases?

Despite a pledge from the Obama administration to begin its troop drawdowns next July, this ongoing base-construction splurge, when put together with recent signals from the White House, civilians at the Pentagon, and top military commanders, including Afghan war chief General David Petraeus, suggests that the process may be drawn out over many years. During a recent interview with ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, for instance, Petraeus affirmed the president’s July 2011 timeline, but added a crucial caveat. "It will be a pace that is determined by conditions," he said.

Never trust any White House promises or declarations. The deaths of US troops come a distant second to the imperial ambitions of the US corporate and military elites. The war will continue at their leisure until the people can stand up and force a change in policy.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 30th, 2010.]

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