The continuing problems of US imperialism

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The continuing problems of US imperialism
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Quite quietly, over the weekend, President Obama announced the withdrawal of the remaining 43,000 US troops from Iraq by the end of the year. I know that the announcement of US troop withdrawals from Iraq had been make earlier but the plans of the Pentagon was for many, possibly tens of thousands troops to remain on Iraqi territory along with many of the 50,000 mercenaries that are in the country. That was the plan. But the refusal of the Iraqi government about a week ago, very likely under Iranian influence, to continue to grant US forces legal immunity - in fact to withdraw legal immunity altogether opening up the possibility of retrospective actions - means that the administration had no alternative but to withdraw its soldiers on the ground. This is a significant geo-strategic and political blow to the interests of US imperialism (and something of a plus for Iran) that is completely in line with the with the position of the weakening of US imperialism overall. Another punctual expression of this - along with the analysis of "everyman for themselves" - is the fact that the war in Afghanistan is taking more and more of an overt turn towards a war of the US against Pakistan. This is striking confirmation of the irrationality of imperialism and the fact that whatever the US is driven to do in order to reassert its dominance only makes matters worse.

While Tehran continues to exert great influence on the Iraqi government, here again the same imperialist conundrums exist with Turkey and China - amongst others - increasing their influence of late.

 

jk1921
This actually wasn't so quiet

This actually wasn't so quiet in the U.S. The right-wing has been openly denouncing the decision as leaving the region open to Iranian influence. The idea that this withdraw means the U.S. will be compelled to intervene again in the future has been repeated ad nauseum by the right. The bourgeois left, on the other hand, is touting this as another great foreign policy acheivement by Obama as he moves towards his reelection campaign.

KT
Fall back position?

This scribbler in the UK's Guardian appears to confirm Iran's growing influence in Iraq (not news to us) while outlining US alternative plans for a 'Mid-East NATO'.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/31/america-middle-east-gulf-military 

 

zimmerwald1915
mini-NATO stillborn?

It is no coincidence that this new "mini-NATO" overlaps exactly with the membership of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.  The organization's already made up of US allies and have set up a kind of joint military command.  However, this joint military command was unable to function during the first Gulf War, and while several units belonging to it were sent to Bahrain to help repress the unrest there, doing so took a significant part of the force, demonstrating its continued weakness.  Furthermore, several member countries have been unable to meet various target dates, including the setup of a common currency, indicating some centrifugal tendencies in the bloc.  US efforts to co-opt and arm this bloc seem incredibly desperate and demonstrate the weakness of US imperialism.

KT
Other alleged US/UK plans

Psychological warfare or preparations for the real thing?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/02/uk-military-iran-attack-nuclear

 

 

  

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baboon
Sorry about that - having

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It's a good link from KT. I think that these are indications of the real preparations of the US/UK bourgeosie for war with Iran. I think that these are only the latest developments, probably adapted in the light of the defeat suffered by the US in Iraq, in the long-term plans of the Pentagon that have been in place for some time for an attack on Iran. Given the dynamics of imperialism, I don't see how the US can continue to put off such an attack.

Some time ago, in analysing the new world order and the difficulties that US imperialism faced as the sole military world cop, the ICC described it as a "wounded beast". A war with Iran arising out of an attack on that country would not be rational and it would carry within it all sorts of further problems in its aftermath, but the US will have to strike out.

KT
Don't forget the Gendarme...

 The same newspaper 'reveals' (these 'leaks' are evidently no accident) that Israel has test-fired a new missile capable of carrying a nuclear 'payload' to Iran. The least one can say is that tensions in the region are being seriously wound-up.