December 23, 2005


No Plans for Long-term U.S. Bases in Iraq, Rumsfeld Says (Jim Garamone, Dec. 23, 2005, American Forces Press Service)

The United States has not discussed basing American troops in Iraq, and would do so only following negotiations with the new Iraqi government, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

"At the moment, there are no plans for long-term bases in the country," Rumsfeld told a Marine during a question and answer session here today. [...]

The United States would base troops in the nation only if it would be mutually beneficial, he said. they'll tell us this war was about nothing more than liberating 27 million Iraqis and bringing them liberty.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 23, 2005 3:06 PM

At the moment I have no plans for dinner. I may eat something if I find it beneficial.

See how easy it is to say nothing.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 23, 2005 3:37 PM

"At the moment, there are no plans for long-term bases in the country,"

Like Lou Gots suggests, Bush made a similiar statement in Germany prior to the Iraq invasion to the effect that he had no plans on his desk to invade Iraq. Actually this time it may be correct, since Kurdistan may not be part of Iraq in the long-term.

Posted by: h-man at December 23, 2005 4:12 PM

No US bases in Bosnia, Sommalia or Grenada but to date there are bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. Guess its just a matter of who you believe, isn't it?

Posted by: oldkayaker at December 23, 2005 4:53 PM

John: You said,

"but to date there are bases in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Are you drinking again?

Posted by: AllenS at December 23, 2005 5:12 PM

Must be if he believes we didn't have bases in Grenada, Bosnia and Somalia--still do in Bosnia I think.

Posted by: oj at December 23, 2005 5:17 PM

I hope he is lying. we need bases or the eastern, western and southern borders in Iraq to launch our attacks on Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 24, 2005 3:25 PM