By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times Online
October 27, 2011

The new Holy Trinity mythology peddled by Washington to an unsuspecting world is that the Libya war is over, the Iraq war will be over by New Year’s Eve, and the Afghan war will be over by 2014. 

Oh yes; and Lindsay Lohan is a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary. 

Let’s focus on Iraq. There is one real reason for the United States troop withdrawal in December; the Nuri al-Maliki government in Baghdad bluntly denied blanket immunity from prosecution of war crimes to US soldiers. This implies, crucially, the Maliki government evicting the Pentagon from very convenient military bases in Iraq out of which a strike on Iran could be conducted. 

It’s essential to remember that this Shi’ite-majority Iraqi government – which inherited a totally devastated country – was arrived at via US-approved democratic elections. Now that entails two poetic justice developments; a democratic Iraq getting closer to the Islamic Republic of Iran; and democracy expelling the militarized face of empire. 

No wonder Washington is dazed and confused. Naturally the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the State Department and/or all of the above are already working around the clock to come up with any number of mischief scenarios. 

Expect reams of think-tank Middle East “experts” suggesting a US withdrawal as a diversionist tactic; the creation of a false flag/black ops gambit, such as the suicide bombing of a Saudi ambassador (oops, already tried this one); blaming the “terror” on Tehran; and then reshipping thousands of troops back to keep Iraq “safe from terror”. 

Washington currently has fewer than 40,000 US troops in Iraq, down from an all-time high of 170,000 in late 2007. For the moment, some 16,000 Americans (the size of an army division), split between US diplomats and “civilian contractors”, aka weaponized mercenaries (8,000 of them, plus 4,500 “general life support”, aka the help) are supposed to be staying on in Iraq. 

This mix of bureaucrats, CIA spooks, special forces and barely disguised slaves will be the de facto US Secretary of State Hillary “We came, we saw, he died” Clinton’s private army. 

Real wimps go to Tehran via Baghdad