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IL Green Party Candidate Alesch Opposes Secret US-Iraqi so-called Compact

Steve Alesch, Green Party Candidate for Congress (IL 13), announced today his opposition to a plan pushed by the Bush Administration to keep U.S. forces in Iraq well into the future, undermining Iraq’s sovereignty and indefinitely hindering its ability to rebuild its own political system.

“When George Bush ran for president in 2000, he derided an interventionist foreign policy he called ‘nation building’,” said Alesch, who is running against Rep. Judy Biggert (R), an ardent Bush supporter. “What he is proposing now, however, not only ensures we’ll continue nation building in Iraq through his term, but for many future presidential terms.”

Details of the secret U.S.-Iraqi Compact have come to light over the last week in reports by the London Independent, McClatchy Newspapers, Washington Post, and DemocracyNow. If accepted by the Iraqi government, the U.S.-Iraqi Compact would mean:

  • Future presidents would be forced to continue to occupy Iraq, regardless of what other crises may emerge that may require a redeployment of U.S. personnel and resources.
  • An expanded number of U.S. military bases in Iraq from over 30 to 58, which will increase tensions with both our enemies and allies in the Middle East.
  • No hope of civil rights for Iraqi citizens, as U.S. troops and mercenaries would have full legal immunity from prosecution, even if they arbitrarily arrest, detain, kill, rape, or torture innocent Iraqi civilians.
  • No sovereignty for Iraq, in that U.S. troops and mercenaries could conduct military activities, including invasion of neighboring countries, without any consultation with the Iraqi government. The U.S. would control Iraqi air space up to 30,000 feet.
“Many Americans believed that taking down Saddam Hussein would lead to the liberation of the Iraqi people,” said Alesch. “This one-sided agreement means that the Iraqi people will not see liberation until we get rid of George Bush and all those in Congress who continue to enable this occupation.  This agreement would effectively make Iraq a colony of the U.S.”

Alesch called on voters to bring about an orderly end to the occupation beginning immediately.

“This Administration said that U.S. soldiers would be greeted as liberators when they invaded Iraq, but this deal takes liberation off the table,” Alesch continued. “Now it is up to the U.S. voters to liberate the Iraqi people. The only way to end this occupation is to get rid of those in Congress who, like Representative Biggert, support Bush’s occupation and continue to fund it.”

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