Coalition Not Seeking Permanent Bases Says Ambassador
The surge has been successful, and the overall effort of the coalition has resulted in a huge turn about for efforts in Iraq. The United States increased their presence in Iraqi in the fall of 2007, and now that the efforts have been successful, it is evident that troops will be able to be removed. As that happens the total security will fall back into the hands of Iraqi Army and Police hands.
In fact, in an address to the media the US Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker has assured the public that the United States is not seeking to have a permanent base in Iraq. “Reports that we are seeking a permanent base is patently untrue,” said Ambassador Crocker.
The status of forces in Iraq is left up to the government of Iraq, and the Federal US Government to decide, but at no point is there anywhere a statement that the United States intends to be in Iraqi permanently. Such statements claiming that the USA is seeking a permanent base is not true, according to military and civilian US leaders.
There is a need for coalition and United States forces inside Iraq in the short term, over the next year or two the need for ongoing coalition forces is constant, but as the Iraqi personnel and security forces are trained then the need for Coalition personnel and US personnel will continue to be reduced.