The Public Position of President Bush: No Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq
Text of Signing Statements, G. W. Bush, 2008, Public Law 110–181

Bush’s most recent action: issuing a signing statement rejecting provisions of legislation that prohibits the use of taxpayer money “to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq” or “to exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq.

Iraq Facilities
“Good News,” Iraq and Beyond (Noam Chomsky, February 2008)
U.S. Asking Iraq for Wide Rights on War (NY Times, January 2008)
We Own the World (Noam Chomsky, June 2007)
Shi’ite Leader Says No to Permanent Foreign Bases in Iraq (October 2007)
U.S. Public Opposes Permanent Military Bases in Iraq But Majority Thinks U.S. Plans to Keep Them (March 2006)
Balad Air Base in Iraq Evidence That U.S. Planning to Stay For a Long Time (April 2006)

  • 15-Square-Mile Mini-City One of Four ‘Superbases’ Where The Pentagon Will Consolidate U.S. Forces
  • New $592 Million ‘Massive’ U.S. Embassy Being Built in Baghdad
UK Unwilling to Divulge U.S. Plans to Stay in Iraq (January 2006)
US Military to Build Four Giant New Bases in Iraq (May 2005)
Commanders Plan Eventual Consolidation of U.S. Bases in Iraq (May 2005)
Digging In (March/April 2005)

If the U.S. government doesn’t plan to occupy Iraq for any longer than necessary, why is it spending billions of dollars to build “enduring” bases?

*This background photo depicts Vietnam War protesters as they marched to the Capitol in April 1971.*