Even though it has been announced that some 40,000 troops will leave Iraq by the end of 2011, and despite White House claims that “President Obama Has Ended the War in Iraq,” we, regrettably, do not see The War as ending. Iraq is, or was, only one theater—a particularly misguided, costly, and tragic one—in the larger War on Terror that has already expanded into Pakistan and threatens Iran, not to mention Yemen and other nations being struck without warning by Predator drone missiles.
The following surveys how the announced “withdrawal” is not an end “as promised” to an unpopular quagmire, but rather a strategic relocation of forces in an ongoing hundred years’ war for access to oil, natural gas, and other natural resources (and maybe good old “full spectrum dominance” while we’re at it?).
[ See illustrated version at Levees Not War.org ]