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Analysis: Bush Pledge To Give Sovereignty To Iraq

Analysis of Associated Press Report on Bush's Pledge to "Full and Complete Sovereignty" of Iraq

By Les Blough, Editor
May 28, 2004, 14:13

(AP News report linked below analysis)

Axis of Logic's asks two questions not ventured by the Government/Corporate Media:

1. On what grounds does the Neocon/Bush Regime assume the right to "give" sovereignty to any other nation-state? Sovereignty belongs to the Iraqi people based upon the 1648 Westphalian treaty that has served nation-states for nearly 4 centuries, forbidding interference by foreign governments.

2. How can Mr. Bush pledge "complete and full sovereignty" when simultaneously 14 U.S. Military bases are currently under construction in Iraq?

Pepe Escobar reports:

"Iraqis also know that 14 US military bases are already under construction, enough to accommodate the (for the moment) 110,000 American soldiers who will stay in Iraq until at least 2007. No sovereign Iraqi government has approved the construction of these bases. Kimmitt - the No 2 Pentagon man in Iraq, and the one who launched total war on Fallujah - said the bases are "a blueprint for how we could operate in the Middle East". A ring of US military bases throughout what the Pentagon calls the Greater Middle East is a key element of the neo-conservative-driven strategy to control world energy resources as the way to control the destiny of America's economic rivals - the European Union and Northeast Asia."

Meanwhile 500 Danish troops remain in Iraq, at the chagrin of the Danish people, but at the behest of their PM, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Associated Press calls Rasmussen, a "a steadfast U.S. ally in military operations in Iraq", but makes no reference to the fact that 79% of Danes are opposed to the war. When questioned about keeping the Danish troops in Iraq, Rasmussen stated:

"The Danish troops will stay in Iraq and stay and finish our job ... Our troops will stay in Iraq as long as the Iraqi government decides."

But what "Iraqi government" does Rasmussen have in mind? The U.S.- installed IGC just nominated Iyad Allawi as the new PM of Iraq. Allawi is a Chalabi replacement who has had long time ties with the CIA.

We note that the corporate press report on Bush's "pledge" asks typical edental questions sold to the public as "investigative reporting".

We also note that the AP headlines of this report are a strong:

"Bush Pledges Sovereignty Transfer in Iraq",

- rather than something like ...

"Bush Pledges Sovereingty while building U.S. Military Bases in Iraq"

- the latter being the kind of headline they reserve for opponents of Empire's war and occupation.

Finally, we ask the reader to note how AP allows the White House subterfuge to stand without question:

"The White House says the soldiers will remain under the command of an American general and will have primary responsibility for Iraq's security"

...Then reinforcing such a patently absurd statement with AP's own words:

"After the handover, the United States will continue to be responsible for security in Iraq".

We ask "Whose security?" - The security of the Iraqi people who have made it clear they want all foreign troops to leave their country? Or is it for the security of the Global Corporate Empire, of their new "possessions" - the oil fields and the military bases currently under construction?

This U.S. war and occupation of Iraq were conceived in layers of deceit, executed in profound dishonesty and now their "exit strategy" is propounded and girded in more blatant lies. Lies upon lies, manifold lies!

Join with us on June 5 when we march on Washington DC and confront Bush and Cheney with their war crimes! Vote on your Feet! Vote on the Street! - Les Blough, Editor


The Associated Press Report Today
Bush Pledges Sovereignty Transfer in Iraq

May 28, 2004 - WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites)pledged Friday that the U.S.-led coalition will transfer "complete and full sovereignty" to a caretaker government in Iraq (news - web sites), responding to doubts that Washington will yield total control to the new leaders.

Bush expressed his commitment in a telephone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) and then in a Rose Garden appearance with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a steadfast U.S. ally in military operations in Iraq. Bush said Rasmussen pressed him about the U.S. promise.

One of the unanswered questions is the extent of Iraqi control over the roughly 135,000 U.S. troops who will remain in Iraq after the transfer of political power on June 30. The White House says the soldiers will remain under the command of an American general and will have primary responsibility for Iraq's security.

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