Is Iraq a Sovereign and Independent Colony?
By Jacob G. Hornberger
-- - - One cannot help but be amused over the negotiations
taking place between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister
Nouri al Maliki over how long U.S. troops will be permitted to
stay in Iraq and whether occupation troops will be subject to
Iraqi law in the interim.
My question is: Why is this something that even needs to be
negotiated? I thought that Iraq was now a sovereign and
independent country. Isn’t that what President Bush and U.S.
officials have been telling us ever since U.S. troops invaded
and occupied Iraq some six years ago?
Well, if Iraq really is a sovereign and independent country,
then why does it have to negotiate anything with the United
States, including an exit date for U.S. troops and how criminal
offenses committed by U.S. troops in Iraq are going to be
handled? Why can’t Iraq simply tell the U.S. government when it
is going to leave Iraq and how the actions of its troops are
going to be handled as long as they are in Iraq? As a sovereign
and independent country, why does Iraq need consent or approval
from the U.S. government for how things operate within Iraq?
Does the U.S. government need the consent and approval of
foreign regimes before taking actions here within the United
The negotiations between President Bush and Iraq belie the
truth: President Bush and U.S. officials consider Iraq to be a
conquered nation and a colony now with the U.S. Empire. That’s
why the new U.S. Embassy is slated to be the largest of its kind
in the world—the size of Vatican City. It’s also why Bush’s
forces have been building permanent military bases during their
occupation of the country.
Bush’s problem, however, is that Iraqi officials don’t consider
themselves to be a vassal nation within the U.S. Empire. In
fact, as we here at FFF have been pointing out for years, the
Bush invasion, with the aid of clever political maneuvering by
Islamic radical Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, succeeded in
installing a radical Islamic regime into power in Iraq. Such a
regime, which has even aligned itself with Bush’s arch-enemy
Iran, isn’t likely to accede to Bush’s wish for a permanent U.S.
occupation of Iraq, especially given that Iraqi officials know
that Bush will soon find himself without political power
clearing brush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Mr. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom
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