Editor’s Note: Although this article can be seen as a standard piece of consensus reality propaganda coming out of Washington, it contains some real truths about how the US arm of the New World Order will be conducting its overseas affairs in the event of a large troop draw-down. The US will have left a considerable ‘stay behind operation’ in both Iraq, and later in Afghanistan. This will include not only a CIA presence mentioned in the article, but also NGO’s with clandestine employees, clandestine businesses, possibly transport/import/export operations for shipping cash and narcotics, but most importantly – fully functioning ‘as-directed’ paramilitary (al-Qaida-type) cells which can be deployed to foment internal strife, or against any neighboring country.
The CIA is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the departure of conventional U.S. troops as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S. interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said.
U.S. officials said that the CIA’s stations in Kabul and Baghdad will probably remain the agency’s largest overseas outposts for years, even if they shrink from record staffing levels set at the height of American efforts in those nations to fend off insurgencies and install capable governments.
The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in December has moved the CIA’s emphasis there toward more traditional espionage — monitoring developments in the increasingly antagonistic government, seeking to suppress al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the country and countering the influence of Iran.
In Afghanistan, the CIA is expected to have a more aggressively operational role. U.S. officials said the agency’s paramilitary capabilities are seen as tools for keeping the Taliban off balance, protecting the government in Kabul and preserving access to Afghan airstrips that enable armed CIA drones to hunt al-Qaeda remnants in Pakistan.