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Stop Dispatching U.S. Troops to Iraq!

By January 1, the Department of Defense (DoD) is anticipated to be 1/4 or some $43.5 billion, through its annual spending of military appropriations budgeted for prevention of an “Islamic State in Iraq.” For the fiscal year 2020, which began on October 1, the amount allocated by Congress was $174 billion. According to S.1215 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, the purpose of the spending is, "to authorize appropriations for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2020 to provide additional funds for overseas contingency operations being carried out by the Armed Forces."

The huge sums apportioned to Iraq are bled from the American working class through death and taxes and used to guarantee the U.S. role as superintendent and taskmaster of the “Iraqi Security Forces.”

One important development within the increasing standardization of the Iraq campaign is that much of Iraqi Security Forces Combat Advisor training was relocated to permanent centers in the U.S. in recent years. For example, before occupying a responsible position, many recruits must now plan to matriculate at combat advisor training centers at Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Polk, Louisiana. So too, in the Army division in 2017, the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) was solidified as a regular detachment for assignments to combat advising rotations in the theater of war. The SFAB, with only slightly over 500 grunts, was created to be smaller and therefore more adaptable than traditional 3,600-strong Brigade Combat Teams.

By relying principally on the state machine and the two big capitalist parties – the Republicans and Democrats – U.S. imperialism's program of fascism and war in Iraq has been carried out in the name of "nation-building and democracy," as well as in the name of "freedom of religion," "weapons of mass destruction," "fighting international terrorism," etc., etc.

In the U.S., the capitalist class and capitalist government are carrying on the all-around militarization of society; against the will of the working people the country has become a base of aggression against other nations and peoples and the American masses are forced to live with a titanic military budget, national debt, and the cloud of war always looming over their heads.


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