Take nothing that any US Administration says about foreign policy at face value.

After all, they can't say "We did it because Empire!"

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Why are we still in Iraq and still killing Iraqis 30 years after Desert Storm? Excellent question! Perhaps because the oligarchy that runs the U$ wants their profits, and the power and privilege that goes with Empire.

So, the next several months should be interesting if they complete the withdrawal from Afghanistan, it seems likely our military presence in Iraq and Syria quickly becomes untenable. What will they distract us with next?

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