Not leaving Iraq any time soon
As the massive U.S. embassy complex on the banks of the Tigris River in Baghdad nears completion, the notion that our stay in Iraq is only temporary seems somehow silly. The American embassy complex covers 104 acres of land and will offer the 8,000-member embassy staff such amenities as restaurants, shops, gym facilities, a swimming pool, a food court, a beauty salon and a movie theater. The entire complex of 21 buildings is surrounded by walls 15 feet thick, making it possible to stay in Iraq safely isolated from the pain and suffering of the average Iraqi.
The construction of the $592 million facility was outsourced to a Kuwaiti firm using imported labor largely from Asia. Couple this knowledge with the information that the Bush administration is attempting to negotiate a long-term security pact with the Maliki government, it appears that we will be hunkered down in the desert for a very long stay. According to an article by Harold Meyerson, this "status-of-forces" agreement would not need Senate ratification because it is technically not classified as a "treaty." However, the end result will be that the removal of our troops by our next president will be greatly complicated due to our being locked into treaty obligation.
If the occupation of Iraq by the United States is going to be, more or less, permanent, it seems only honest that the Bush administration level with the American people and put to rest the lie that we intend to leave at some point. The candor would be refreshing.
Reader apparently missed the joke
About a month ago, I wrote a letter to "Voice of the people" poking fun at David Cloninger and the University of South Carolina.
This letter was written in response to an article written by Mr. Cloninger poking fun at Clemson fans.
Recently, a letter was written to "Voice of the people" by someone named M. Gardiner. In this letter, M. Gardiner said, among other things, that my letter had upset a lot of USC fans. If that is true, all I have to say is: "Mission Accomplished!"
Some people such as M. Gardiner don't realize when their chain is being pulled, yank-yank! I bet these same USC fans were upset at the end of the last Clemson-USC football game -- 23-21, Clemson.
I know and very much like a lot of USC fans, but some USC fans are very gullible and easily upset.
Robert H. Grant