The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Iraq War:
Judge What They Do, Not What They Say

Jun 30, 2008

The Pentagon reported on June 23, that violence in Iraq is down by “as much as” 80% since January 2007. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared “Iraq’s in a much better position that it was a year ago, across the board, politically, economically, and from a security standpoint.” But then he added, “But we’re not at the sustainable point yet; we’re not at the irreversible point yet. I think we’ve still got a way to go.”

In other words, the war goes on–and for a very long time, judging by Army contracts just awarded to KBR and two other military logistics companies. They are to get 150 billion dollars over the next ten years to provide food, housing and other support to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ten years! Not ten weeks or ten months. Ten years!