COLUMN SEVENTY-EIGHT, NOVEMBER 1, 2002
(Copyright © 2002 The Blacklisted Journalist)
MAN OF THE YEAR
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind... And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.
"How do I know?
"For this is what I have done.
"And I am Caesar." --William Shakespeare
We thank Allan Winans for the following
FW: [SRRTAC-L:8921] Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before 9-11
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 18:46:36 -0700
From: allan winans email@example.com
Iraq "regime change" before becoming President
By Neil Mackay
blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet
were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure "regime change"
even before he took power in January 2001.
uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a "global Pax
Americana" was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald
Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W.
Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The
document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And
Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the
neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
The plan shows
Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or
not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: 'the United States has for decades
sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the
unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for
a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the
regime of Saddam Hussein."
document supports a "blueprint for maintaining global US pre-eminence,
precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international
security order in line with American principles and interests."
"American grand strategy? must be advanced for "as far into the future as
possible," the report says. It also calls for the US to "fight and
decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars? as a "core
describes American armed forces abroad as 'the cavalry on the new American
frontier." The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document written by
Wolfowitz and Libby that said the US must "discourage advanced industrial
nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or
The PNAC report
to key allies such as the UK as 'the most effective and efficient means of
exercising American global leadership?;
describes peace-keeping missions as "demanding American political leadership
rather than that of the United Nations?;
worries in the administration that Europe could rival the USA;
"even should Saddam pass from the scene? bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
will remain permanently---despite domestic opposition in the Gulf regimes to the
stationing of US troops---as "Iran may well prove as large a threat to US
interests as Iraq has?;
spotlights China for 'regime change," saying "it is time to increase the
presence of American forces in southeast Asia." This, it says, may lead to
"American and allied power providing the spur to the process of
democratisation in China?;
for the creation of "US Space Forces? to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent "enemies? using
the internet against the US;
that, despite threatening war against Iraq for developing weapons of mass
destruction, the US may consider developing biological weapons---which the
nation has banned---in decades to come. It says: "New methods of attack---
electronic, non-lethal, biological---will be more widely available ... combat
likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the
world of microbes ... advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target?
specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to
a politically useful tool?;
pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes and says their
existence justifies the creation of a "world-wide command-and-control
the Labour MP, father of the House of Commons and one of the leading rebel
voices against war with Iraq, said: 'this is garbage from right-wing
think-tanks stuffed with chicken-hawks---men who have never seen the horror of
war but are in love with the idea of war. Men like Cheney, who were draft-dodgers in the Vietnam War.
'this is a
blueprint for US world domination---a new world order of their making. These are
the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to control the world. I am
appalled that a British Labour Prime Minister should have got into bed with a
crew which has this moral standing." ##
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