Just a coincidence?
It is a mantra of Bush and Blair that the US/UK do not have any
imperial ambitions in Iraq. They are, they stress, spending nearly
$200 billion and killing hundreds of thousands out of the kindness of
their hearts, to free the Iraqi people. Strange, then, that the US is
constructing up to 14 permanent bases there and that Congress has
recently passed a huge supplemental wartime appropriations bill that
includes, at the request of the Bush Junta, $500 million for military
base construction in Iraq.