President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.
Most astute observers have known from even before the invasion of Iraq that there was every intention of putting permanent bases there. The nation’s strategic location is too valuable to lose especially with the loss of bases in Saudi Arabia.
Bush has constantly stated that troops would leave Iraq “when the job is done”. Now we understand. The job won’t ever be done.