Robert Fisk on the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq

A must read, Robert Fisk’s article in the Independent.

One quote should suffice to prompt you to read this article, if the subtitle (Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has certainly left its mark) does not:

“They are leaving behind 50,000 men and women – a third of the entire US occupation force – who will be attacked and who will still have to fight against the insurgency.

Yes, officially they are there to train the gunmen and militiamen and the poorest of the poor who have joined the new Iraqi army, whose own commander does not believe they will be ready to defend their country until 2020. But they will still be in occupation – for surely one of the the “American interests” they must defend is their own presence – along with the thousands of armed and indisciplined mercenaries, western and eastern, who are shooting their way around Iraq to safeguard our precious western diplomats and businessmen. So say it out loud: we are not leaving.”

See the U.S. occupation of Iraq page

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