Saturday :: May 10, 2008

Neo-Con Dreams

by Mary

We've always known that when George W Bush launched his preemptive war against Iraq, the public reasons and excuses for war were a mere cover for the actual reasons the neo-cons wanted war. In 2003, the American Public thought that the war was for: 1) Saddam was seeking to create weapons of mass destruction, 2) Saddam was behind 9/11 and 3) Saddam was an ally of Osama bin Laden.

However, the invasion of Iraq was always about more than "the central front on the war on terror", it was the first step on the way to creating the American empire. Now there is even more proof that this was true.

Many in the Bush administration were eager to invade Iraq immediately following the September 11 attacks, regardless of who was later deemed to be responsible. This is well-known. What's gotten less attention are claims, made by Wesley Clark in 2003, that Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and possibly Lebanon were on the hit list as well. New credence has now been given to these claims -- credence that comes from examining passages in Douglas Feith's recent book War and Decision. In the book, Feith wrote of the September 30, 2001, memo from Rumsfeld to President Bush advocating "new regimes" in some states -- in quoting from the document, Feith mentions Afghanistan but deleted the rest of the list, putting "some other states" in brackets, seemingly as an irrelevant aside.

So the enterprising historian Gareth Porter did what, apparently, nobody deigned to do: he simply asked Feith what other states the Secretary of Defense proposed invading. Feith declined to say, for national security reasons, what the states were -- but the wily Porter pressed on, asking Feith what countries on Clark's list were in the document. Feith acknowledged, "All of them."

It was supposed to be easy. Iraq was first on the long list of countries that would be violently yanked into America's list of vassels. Saddam was seen as weak and a suitable object lesson.

Altercation asks a frightening question: What if Iraq had gone well? In that case, how many countries would we have invaded already?

One other point. If John McCain is elected president, the neo-con dreams would continue unabated as voting for McCain would be seen as a total vindication of the neo-con's approach to foreign policy as so aptly noted by Turkana.

Mary :: 9:33 PM :: Comments (17) :: Digg It!