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It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry when one reads Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s article in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. It is a delusional inversion of reality.
By Patrick Seale
In the teeth of much local and regional opposition, Washington is pressuring Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to conclude a “strategic alliance” with the United States, which would allow it to keep substantial military forces in Iraq for the foreseeable future.
Even at the cost of 4,100 of its soldiers killed, another 30,000 or more seriously wounded, its reputation sorely tarnished, and a trillion dollar hole in its public accounts, the United States has clearly not yet learned the lesson that occupation breeds insurrection.
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 -- the smashing and near-dismemberment of the country, the killing and displacement of millions of its people -- must surely be judged one of the great crimes of our time. To seek to stay on after this unmitigated catastrophe -- making nonsense of Iraq’s independence and sovereignty -- not only perpetuates the crime, but is a grave strategic mistake for which both the United States and its Iraqi vassals are likely to pay dearly.