US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the United States is looking to a long-term military presence in Iraq under a mutually agreed arrangement similar to that it has long had with South Korea.
I continue to think that we’re going to have several brigades and some airpower, plus pre-positioned equipment for another couple of brigades, in Iraq for a very, very long time. Maybe more, maybe less. And maybe some (or most) of it in Kuwait. But we will have a significant military presence in Iraq for decades.
I also continue to believe that that is a very large part of why we’re there in the first place.
This news will be spun as a some sort of failure or as proof of Bushitler’s secret plan to steal the oil or something, but anyone that’s spent more than thirty seconds thinking about what a real war on terrorism will look like knows that it’s a necessary part of the plan.