Iraq Is Not America (We Only Own It)

American flag in Iraq

Remember the war?

Vaguely?

Yeah, THE war.  The one in Iraq we kind of remember and the other one in Afghanistan we completely forget.

Over the last few weeks the United States and the Iraq government have been publically squabbling over a new agreement that will go a long ways in determining whether Iraq really is an autonomous and self-determining nation or just another one of the many client states of the United States.

Apparently we’re not through creating a democracy in the desert and dammit we’re not leaving until we’re finished!

“The US government and the government of Iraq are in agreement that we, the US government, we want to withdraw, we will withdraw. However, that decision will be conditions-based,” State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.

Iraq said on Tuesday it will reject any security pact with the United States unless it sets a date for the pullout of US-led troops.

“We will not accept any memorandum of understanding if it does not give a specific date for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops,” national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters in the holy city of Najaf. link

When will that be? Pretty much when we say so and not the Iraqis. After all we liberated it. They just live there. Why should the Iraqis be expected to know what’s best for themselves?

Condition based? Who sets the conditions? Who determines when the conditions have been met? These are questions our well-behaved corporate media should be asking but won’t dare.

When you see a situation like this you call it what is is: Colonization and Imperialism. The latest piece of property to be seized in a hostile takeover by America Incorporated will not be permitted to be an independent and self-governing entity.

All this does is prove Bush never intended to invade Iraq just to get rid of Saddam Hussein. He’s dead, gone and rotting away. What is is about is making Iraq a safer place for Corporate America:

(Jerry) Bremer had the power to create laws by issuing “binding instructions or directives.” Bremer issued 100 Orders, Juhasz in 2005 interview describes some of the key orders:

“Order No. 39 allows for: (1) privatization of Iraq’s 200 state-owned enterprises; (2) 100% foreign ownership of Iraqi businesses; (3) “national treatment” — which means no preferences for local over foreign businesses; (4) unrestricted, tax-free remittance of all profits and other funds; and (5) 40-year ownership licenses.

“Thus, it forbids Iraqis from receiving preference in the reconstruction while allowing foreign corporations — Halliburton and Bechtel, for example — to buy up Iraqi businesses, do all of the work and send all of their money home. They cannot be required to hire Iraqis or to reinvest their money in the Iraqi economy. They can take out their investments at any time and in any amount.

“Orders No. 57 and No. 77 ensure the implementation of the orders by placing U.S.- appointed auditors and inspector generals in every government ministry, with five-year terms and with sweeping authority over contracts, programs, employees and regulations.

“Order No. 17 grants foreign contractors, including private security firms, full immunity from Iraq’s laws. Even if they, say, kill someone or cause an environmental disaster, the injured party cannot turn to the Iraqi legal system. Rather, the charges must be brought to U.S. courts.

“Order No. 40 allows foreign banks to purchase up to 50% of Iraqi banks.

“Order No. 49 drops the tax rate on corporations from a high of 40% to a flat 15%. The income tax rate is also capped at 15%.

“Order No. 12 (renewed on Feb. 24) suspends “all tariffs, customs duties, import taxes, licensing fees and similar surcharges for goods entering or leaving Iraq.” This led to an immediate and dramatic inflow of cheap foreign consumer products — devastating local producers and sellers who were thoroughly unprepared to meet the challenge of their mammoth global competitors.” link

A street level gorilla pimp couldn’t have more control over his ho’s.   The occupation may have started over oil and getting rid of one of our pet monsters that had slipped its leash, but it has become all about the dollars and there’s a lot of it to be made in Iraq.

We broke it. We bought it. It’s ours and we’re not giving it back.

The majority of America citizens want us out of Iraq. The majority of Iraqi citizens want us out of Iraq. Now even the Iraq government wants us out of of Iraq. Why are we still there?

Because there’s too much money to be lost if we get out now before we’ve squeezed every last dime out of Iraq, that’s why.

Back in 2005, George Bush said,  “Our strategy can be summed up this way: As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down.”

Remember that one?  It’s been superseded by  “We’ll stand up and the Iraqis can shut up.”

We keep hearing the U.S. is spending a billion dollars a week in Iraq. But that’s just the taxpayers getting screwed again. Instead of whining about how many billions of dollars are going into Iraq, maybe the question we should be asking are how many billions are coming out of Iraq and into the coffers of Corporate America.