.....the building of US military bases in Iraq continues apace, at a cost of over $1bn a year. Shortly after the invasion, the US established 110 bases in Iraq. The present plan appears to consolidate these into 14 "enduring bases" in Iraqi Kurdistan, at Baghdad airport, in Anbar province, and in the southern approaches to Baghdad. This does not point to an early US disengagement. And nor does the construction of a US embassy able to house 1,000 staff on a 100-acre site on the banks of the Tigris - the biggest US embassy in the world.
Read the rest of Patrick Seale's piece on the real reasons for the Iraq invasion, here.
ps it wasn't to 'liberate' the Iraqi people or spread 'democracy', as I think most people, (with the exception of a few simpletons who frequent a certain pub in Euston) have gathered by now!