U.S. Imperialism Must End Its Military Occupation and Interference in Iraq!

March 12, 2012

On February 16 Ali Al-Adeeb, Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research attended a meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss Iraq's internal affairs with U.S. State Department officials. A February 22 press release from the U.S. State Department openly flaunts the fact that the meeting was held to discuss "educational and cultural exchanges" between the two governments. The press release noted that, "the delegations stressed the importance of ongoing consultation and information exchange at all levels" between the two governments. Relying on the arbitrary power of the executive branch of government and the strategy outlined in the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, the Obama administration has simply decided that these matters do not belong exclusively to the internal affairs of the States concerned.

The Strategic Framework Agreement is designed to permanently bind the Iraqi State to the developing interests of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class – the interests of U.S. imperialism – by means of its open-ended provisions which are left to be worked out by the "U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee" which oversees the interpretation and implementation of the SFA. The SFA openly treats Iraq as a "protectorate" and assigns responsibility to the U.S.-chaired committee, its subcommittees and workgroups, to plan and decide on the political, economic and military policy of the country. Areas of "cooperation" specifically mentioned in the document include security, trade, education, culture, law enforcement, environment, and energy. In other words, the U.S. government will control not only Iraq's export and import trade, but will also retain all-sided control over every aspect of Iraq's affairs.

In order to impose this program, U.S. imperialism is using its military role inside of Iraq to brutally suppress the people. Today, thousands of military "advisors" and tens of thousands of "security contractors" occupy Iraq and "police the country" on behalf of the U.S. multi-national corporations. U.S. militarization of Iraq is also being used by U.S. imperialism to further project its military power in the region.

Thus, the war against Iraq has not "liberated" the Iraqi people but rather imposed a military, colonial regime on them. The latest period in the imperialist conquest of Iraq is one in which Iraq's national sovereignty is trampled underfoot and the U.S. government makes the law. The U.S. war machine is consolidating its new base of operations in Iraq and new wars of conquest and colonization are being prepared. The American people must continue to oppose the U.S. military role in Iraq. We must step up our struggle to demand that U.S. imperialism get out of Iraq, lock, stock, and barrel! We must support the sovereign right of the Iraqi people to determine their own affairs free from imperialism's interference and dictate.