There are already permenent bases in Iraq. The government can say whatever they want, but the facilities are there and I don't think we will ever hand over the larger FOB's to the Iraqi's. On one hand, I think it is great that living conditions have improved for the military, but we never should have been there in the first place. Obviously someone knew we were going to be there for a long time, beacuse of how the bases have been coverted. It certainly seems like colonization.
One example is al-Asad:
Marines and soldiers at the outlying forward operating bases have another name for al-Asad -- "Camp Cupcake." Latrines have running water and porcelain commodes in the can cities, not portapotties. Showers are spotless, just the place to refresh after an "abs" session with the on-base trainer. A theater shows movies day and night. Soldiers, Marines, Air Force personnel and sailors can do laps in the indoor swimming pool. The large PX faces competition from nearly a dozen Iraqi merchants, who are licensed to sell everything from local crafts and rugs to Cuban cigars and pirated DVDs. The living conditions at Al Asad have been very good, with daily showers and air conditioning reported. The food and gym facilities have been reported as being excellent and, as from February 2006, Al Asad has had a telephone center and Internet café (albeit with a lengthy wait).
As of mid-May 2005 it was reported that US forces occupied a total of 106 bases. These ranged in size from the massive Camp Victory complex near the Baghdad airport, to small outposts with as few as 500 soldiers. The US also operates four detention facilities and several other convoy support centers. In the first five months of 2005, US forces had turned over 13 small facilities in Baghdad to Iraqi military or police units.http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...iraq-intro.htm