President Obama met this afternoon with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri

     Paul is executive director of Global Policy Forum and has written
extensively on Iraq. He said today: "For all the talk of 'U.S.
withdrawal' from Iraq, the reality on the ground is starkly different.
U.S. troops still patrol the cities, in flagrant violation of the
U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, while Washington remains hugely
influential in the politics of the country. The gigantic U.S. embassy
looms large in Baghdad, U.S. forces still hold thousands of Iraqi
prisoners in the vast U.S. prison camp in the southern desert, dozens of
U.S. military bases remain in place including the sprawling 'Camp
Victory' complex in Baghdad and Washington continues to press towards
its ultimate goal -- the de facto privatization of Iraq's vast oil

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