A good reason not to have permanent military bases in Iraq, besides the prevention of more needless death, is to help mitigate the United States dependency on oil. The Bush administration, and many other politicians on both sides of the aisle, want the US to stay in Iraq to secure Middle East oil all for themselves.
The desperation of the coming escalation of criminal lunacy is based not on some fantasy but on a real and coming competition between the U.S. and basically everyone else for these energy stores, even as most honest experts agree that world production of oil has now peaked and will begin an inexorable and irreversible decline. The reason for attempting to implant permanent U.S. military bases in the Persian Gulf area and install compliant governments (the real reason for the war from the very beginning) has everything to do with securing control over the region.
Read the rest of Stan Goff’s new article Petraeus! Is Baghdad Burning? on the Truthdig site.