3 Sep 2010
In his Oval Office address Tuesday night, President Obama said the US had closed or transferred hundreds of bases to the Iraqis. But many US bases remain in Iraq, as well as the massive US embassy in Baghdad, the size of eighty football fields, reports Democracy Now, as it features a report on the reality of US bases in Iraq by independent journalist Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films.
Independent journalist and Democracy Now correspondent, Jeremy Scahill contends, "The United States is going to continue to train Iraqi special operations forces. What this essentially amounts to is an Iraqization of the US occupation…What this means is that the United States can say, 'We don’t have a military occupation in Iraq', while at the same time having US military forces effectively directing forces that are masquerading as indigenous, but in reality amount to basic proxy forces for the United States."