Thursday, August 16, 2007


Only mega-successful levitation would force the Pentagon to get rid of its must-list of four "enduring bases" (whatever the costs) in Iraq:
  • al-Asad Air Base in Anbar province;
  • sprawling Balad Air Base, with attached Camp Anaconda in the Sunni belt;
  • Tallil Air Base in the south; and
  • Camp Qayyaragh near Irbil, Kurdistan.

And we're not even talking of the three Baghdad bases -
  • Camp Victory (adjacent to Baghdad, formerly Saddam Hussein International Airport);
  • Camp Taji (25 kilometers north); and of course
  • the 10-square-kilometer, hit-every-day-by-mortars Green Zone, which is a base in itself containing the Vatican-sized, 40-hectare, biggest embassy in the world.

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