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Submitted by Gary kardon (United States), Apr 13, 2004 at 17:44

Good article. I had the same gut feelings about this as well. But it also seems to me that the middle east cannot be allowed to further degenerate into its support and export of terrorism the way it has even pre 9/11. It would be a great strategic military advantage for us to set up permanent army and air force bases throughout Iraq regardless of what kind of gov't there emerges or whether or not they like it. We already have a base in Cuba and I don't think we bothered to ask Castro if he minds. Also bases remain in Germany and Japan from the end of WW II although they are now obsolete. Keep in mind that nobody suggests we are occupying those countries. Eventually our forces in Iraq should withdraw from the cities and redeploy to secure desert bases. From there we can make sure the Iraqis keep their noses clean and also threaten Iran (we already outflank them) and Syria. Other troops in Europe, Saudi and Japan could be redeployed as well as they are no longer urgently needed where they are now. It is high time for the U.S. to be the dominant power in the middle east. Also what do you think about splitting Iraq in three? Easier to manage I would think. I hope you can take the time to comment.
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