What Lies in Store for the Future of Iraq?
Some sixteen years after U.S. administrator Paul Bremer dissolved all of the Iraqi military, security and intelligence agencies through his "dissolution of entities" declaration, the Iraqi military is once again nearing readiness for large-scale military action. Since 2003, the newly constituted air-force, navy, and army has acquired strength of at least 100,000.
The new Iraqi army has collapsed several times since Paul Bremer issued this decree.
Much of the U.S. training of Iraqi recruits has today been absorbed into U.S. armed forces academies, while much takes place within the borders of Iraq. Small numbers of U.S. forces are embedded with the Iraqi battalions that fortify the entire span of the country. The formation of Iraq's current military, after the old one was dissolved, marks the first time since the American revolution that a newly raised army took its beginning as a result of a U.S. war.
The military and strategic importance of Iraq for U.S. imperialism lies in the fact that it is in the heart of the Middle East.
At the present time, the doctrine of "Might Makes Right" is the program of U.S. imperialism both for trying to reassert its domination over the formerly colonial and dependent countries as well as for retaining its control over nations it has completely subordinated such as Iraq and Puerto Rico. So too, faced with failure after failure in its ever-intensifying competition with rival imperialist powers, U.S. imperialism relies more and more heavily on its military power.
In short, to achieve its economic goals U.S. imperialism is preparing to rely more on its program of militarizing every situation and imposing its will through force of arms.
In order to try to assert U.S. imperialist hegemony in the Middle East, U.S. oil monopolies who want to maintain their domination of the region and its vast oil wealth are turning Iraq into a military appendage - a military outpost of aggression for the United States.