Monday, August 9, 2010

Foreign Troops to Prevent Foreign Influence

Via Glenn Greenwald, this is the type of shit you can't make up:
Odierno: Troops staying in Iraq to prevent foreign interference

U.S. forces are staying in Iraq to prevent foreign powers from meddling with the new government, Gen. Ray Odierno said Sunday.

"A strong Iraq will defend itself against interference from outside countries, and I think as we build a strong Iraq and as we continue to build a strong security mechanism and as we continue to help them economically and diplomatically, that will make it less likely of others from the outside being able to interfere," he told ABC's Christiane Amanpour on "This Week."

Odierno said the United States will keep a "significant civilian presence" and 50,000 troops on the ground to "ensure that this government can be formed by the Iraqis, and that all the other nations respect their sovereignty as they go about forming their government."

"We will not allow undue maligned influence on the Iraqi government as they attempt to form their government," he said.
No foreign influence...

... except for the 50,000 or so foreign troops to ensure that more foreign troops don't show up.

The indefinite presence of a foreign influence to prevent foreign interference.

This makes sense.

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