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No Permanent Bases in Iraq


Guest James P. Moran
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Guest James P. Moran

Today, the House passed legislation (H.R. 2929) banning the establishment of permanent U.S. bases in Iraq.

 

The perception that the U.S. intends to permanently occupy Iraq and control its oil aids extremists and insurgent groups in Iraq, helping them to recruit supporters that are fueling hostilities there. By clearly stating that the U.S. will not have a permanent presence in Iraq, we send a strong signal to the Middle East and the broader international community that the U.S. fully supports the efforts of the Iraqi people to exercise their full national sovereignty.

 

Congress has gone on record in the past banning the establishment of permanent U.S. bases in Iraq. But because these bans are set to expire September 30th, the bill passed today is both timely and necessary.

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