Yes, Jacques Delacroix, Iran IS Surrounded

Over at his other blog, Jacques Delacroix has made it a habit of trying very, very hard to discredit the facts that Ron Paul spouts during the televised Presidential debates (I don’t think he has bothered to read any of the relevant literature that Ron Paul has put out over the years, especially on foreign policy).

This is fair enough, and, as a senior citizen (what else could it be?), Ron Paul is prone to sometimes babbling on out of turn about unrelated topics or topics that the media establishment deems unimportant (like free trade, sound money, and honest friendship).

Anyway, Dr. Delacroix wonders aloud in a recent piece about Ron Paul’s statement concerning the 45 U.S. military bases surrounding Iran.  He writes (in a tone none too condescending):

Reminder: I have said before that Ron Paul lives in an imaginary world as far as international policies are concerned.

The “imaginary world”, is, of course, referring to Paul’s argument that the U.S. is not a benevolent actor in international affairs but rather a bellicose, juvenile world power struggling to assert its primacy across the globe.  This could be accomplished if it were not for the constitutional restraints placed upon the executive branch, of course, but I am digressing.

Here is a map of the bases and airports that the United States uses for military purposes in the Arabian Gulf: 

Most of the stars have names on them too. You can Google them all yourself if you want the details…

Of course, the Persians have a way out of this predicament, through their ancient, eternal friends in the Caucasus hills and Russia, so I don’t feel too sorry for this awful regime’s predicament (it’s okay, I rolled my eyes too).

A good way of putting this current state of affairs into some sort of historical context would be to remind readers that the U.S. government overthrew a democratically elected government in Persia during the late 1950’s (“because it was socialist”) and re-installed a brutal tyrant – the recently deposed monarch of the Persian empire – to rule the state as he saw fit.

In 1979, the brutal, U.S.-sponsored regime was overthrown by religious fundamentalists and a new dictatorship was installed in the Shah’s (as the monarch was called) place.  Nothing really changed much after the revolution, except that clergyman began to receive favors from Tehran instead of the aristocracy (as was done under the Shah).

On a side note, I live in an area of Los Angeles that is home to many of the refugees of the 1979 revolution, and pictures of the Shah – a brutal and disgusting man – abound in all of the Persian-language bookshops that adorn Westwood’s luxurious streets.  I’ll bet these refugees have lots of lobbying money invested in Washington.

Anyway, after the revolution of 1979 in Persia (which became known as “Iran” after the National Socialist German Worker’s Party of the 1930’s concept of “Aryan nation”; a fitting harbinger of things to come from the new theocratic regime) occurred, a General in Iraq associated with a secularist, socialist, but anti-Soviet political party just happened to take over the Iraqi state in a coup.

In case you are wondering: the U.S. government was very involved in Iraqi affairs during the 1950’s, ’60’s, ’70’s and ’80’s.  Also, Washington’s clandestine operations are widely rumored to have sponsored the coup, just as they had done in countless other client states during the Cold War.  Just after Saddam Hussein’s succession to power, a war broke out between Iraq and Iran (how convenient!), and the U.S. was eventually outed for supporting both sides of the conflict.

Huh?

To make a long story short (I have to go to class), the wars in the Middle East that the United States is involved in are hardly due to “Islamo-fascism” or aggression on the part of the despotic regimes there.  Rather, they are all creatures of previous meddling done by Washington, and the blowback has just now begun to haunt us, starting with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers.

3 thoughts on “Yes, Jacques Delacroix, Iran IS Surrounded

  1. This is Jacques Delacroix, the accused.

    1 Like Ron Paul, I may be having a senior moment but I did not see the source of this map. Of course, it matters. Sources always matter. SInce I don’t really know how many American bases “surround” Iran and what’s a “base,” I need to know if the map comes from the Pentagon, from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, or from some obscure Trostskyte organization. If it’s “source unknown,” justs ay so.

    2 It’s difficult to give the map much credence when it shows several American bases in Iraq. I wish this were correct that there were US military bases in Iraq but it’s not, unfortunately. And, I am not quibbling about numbers( I will take 40 as an approximation of 45), but if the response is false on the Iraq issue what else is false about it. I have to ask?

    Brandon, Brandon, don’t give this old heart emotions by appearing to be correct once. And, please, don’ waste my time. I have to go read People (the magazine, I mean).

    I suspect that, one more time, Ron Paul spoke with authority of an important matter of which he is ignorant.

    • I did just a little research (that is what even us non-senior amateurs do when there is no source and it is worth fretting over). You are correct, there are currently NO US military bases in Iraq. But this is entirely besides the point. The point is that we had a presence up until just moments ago and that Iran has every reason to have felt threatened by it. Whether they were ever OFFICIALLY our bases or not is irrelevant. We invaded the country and made the military decisions.

      And while we our knickers are knotted over sources, the following, which is consistent at least with the Iraq portion (looks like 4 bases) of the map, comes from globalsecurity.com, via antiwar.com (The former appears to be a pro-Israel war monger site thriving off of adds from the defense industry. The latter I know to be Libertarian site ‘devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, “greens,” and independents alike, as well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism.’):

      As of mid-2005, the US military had 106 forward operating bases in Iraq, including what the Pentagon calls 14 “enduring” bases – all of which are to be consolidated into four mega-bases.

      1) Green Zone (Baghdad)

      The Green Zone in central Baghdad includes the main palaces of former President Saddam Hussein. The area at one time housed the Coalition Provisional Authority; it still houses the offices of major US consulting companies and the temporary US embassy facilities.

      2) Camp Anaconda (Balad Airbase)

      Camp Anaconda is a large US logistical base near Balad. The camp is spread over 15 square miles and is being constructed to accommodate 20,000 soldiers.

      3) Camp Taji (Taji)

      Camp Taji, former Iraqi Republican Guard “military city,” is now a huge US base equipped with a Subway, Burger King and Pizza Hut on the premises.

      4) Camp Falcon-Al-Sarq (Baghdad)

      In late September 2003, the 439th Engineering Battalion delivered over 100,000 tons of gravel and is assisting with building roads, walls, guard towers, and buildings for Camp Falcon. Camp Falcon is planned to house 5,000 soldiers.

      5) Post Freedom (Mosul)

      Saddam Hussein’s former palace in Mosul is currently home to the 101st Airborne Division.

      6) Camp Victory- Al Nasr (Baghdad Airfield)

      Camp Victory is a US Army base situated on airport grounds about 5 kilometers from Baghdad International Airport. The base can house up to 14,000 troops. Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory is surrounded by a man-made lake and serves as an unofficial conference center for the Army.

      7) Camp Marez (Mosul Airfield)

      Located at an airfield southwest of Mosul, Camp Marez has a tent dining capacity for 500. In December 2004, a suicide bomber killed himself and 13 US soldiers at the base’s dining tent.

      8) Camp Renegade (Kirkuk)

      Strategically located near the Kirkuk oil fields and the Kirkuk refinery and petrochemical plant, Camp Renegade has a dormitory that houses up to 1,664 airmen in 13 buildings with six to eight people to a room.

      9) Camp Speicher (Tikrit)

      Named after F/A-18 pilot Michael “Scott” Speicher who was shot down during the first Gulf War in 1991, Camp Speicher is located near Tikrit in northern Iraq, approximately 170 kilometers north of Baghdad.

      10) Camp Fallujuh (Rail Station?)

      The exact whereabouts and name of this base is unknown. Analysts believe that the US is building an “enduring base” in Fallujah, a large town forty miles west of Baghdad. Fallujah has proved to be the most violence prone area in Iraq. Between early April 2004, when Marines halted their first offensive against the city, and November 2004, when the city was “re-taken” from insurgents, Fallujuh was a no-go area with numerous murders and bombings.

      11) Unknown name (Nasiriyah)

      The exact whereabouts and name of this base is unknown. Analysts believe that the US is building an “enduring base” near Nasiriyah, a provincial capital of South-East Iraq on the Euphrates River.

      12) Unknown name (between Irbil and Kirkuk)

      13) Unknown

      14) Unknown

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