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Iraq starting to re-socialize

  1. Apr 6, 2008 #1
    & I thought the US would install a government of American bootlickers! (but maybe they did, & managed to lose control of it)

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  3. Apr 9, 2008 #2
    Did you know that Iraq had multi-party elections in which religious Shia parties won the majority, defeating the secularists like Ayad Allawi and Ahmed Chalabi, whom the U.S. had hoped would lead Iraq?

    The U.S. government did have significant influence over the Iraqi government between the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the January 2005 elections for Parliament, but since then the Iraqi government has been run by the elected representatives of the Iraqi people.
  4. Apr 9, 2008 #3
    The US still has bases in Guantanamo Bay, Korea, Okinawa.... there's no reason to believe that the US won't keep bases in Iraq. They've built a gigantic embassy in Baghdad also. There's no reason to believe that the US won't try to maintain some influence there indefinitely, especially given this recent story in the Guardian:

  5. Apr 9, 2008 #4
    I would expect that we are going to maintain military bases in Iraq. It's strategic to our efforts in Afghanistan and someday Iran.
  6. Apr 9, 2008 #5


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    So you are making the claim that those bases exist for the purpose of influencing those governments. Interesting. Care to provide some justification for that claim?

    In any case, it is not surprising nor bad that Iraq has nationalized the oil industry.
  7. Apr 24, 2008 #6
    the giant embassy is finally open for business:

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