War in Iraq, 2003-??
But unbeknownst to the press, the public, and most of the Army itself, the clues to an American military occupation of Iraq — that could last for years and even decades to come — can be found inside Fort Monmouth. What is happening within that facility suggests that the White House continues to mislead the world about its ultimate intentions.
You Try To Take What’s Mine I’ll Sure As Hell Retaliate
Indulge me for a second. Two years ago I shopped around a deeply-reported piece about U.S. plans for permanent bases. No one wanted it. Print and TV. Seriously. Too shrill, too conspiracy-theory, too hot. Mike Tomasky was the only editor I could interest, and I’m proud of the result.
So lets cut out the soft shoe shuffle,
The CIMS project has a simple objective: to connect the sprawling U.S. base outside of Baghdad, known as Camp Victory, with the rest of the U.S. bases in Iraq. Three aspects of CIMS are especially noteworthy: First, it’s a land-based network of huge communications towers and underground fiber-optic cables, rather than a comparatively costly but temporary system reliant on satellite signals. Second, it won’t connect every base in Iraq to Baghdad — just the bases that the United States plans on keeping far into the future. Finally, its completion will connect Baghdad to the other U.S. military installations in the Middle East, from Qatar to Afghanistan.
When a company called Galaxy Scientific Corp., which has a branch near Fort Monmouth and is now part of the defense conglomerate SRA International, received a $10 million contract to build CIMS in late 2004, savvy defense observers knew exactly what the deal represented. “This is the kind of investment that is reflective of the strategic commitment and intention to continue a military presence in Iraq,” Thomas Donnelly, an Iraq hawk at the American Enterprise Institute, told Eli Lake of The New York Sun. “This is one of the indicators of an intention to stay, these kinds of communications networks.”
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.