[OPE-L:7671] War plan predated presidential election

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Tue Sep 17 2002 - 07:34:39 EDT

> Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President
>  By Neil Mackay,
> The Scottish Sunday Herald, Sunday 15th September 2002
> http://www.sundayherald.com/27735
>  A SECRET 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.
>  The blueprint, 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.'
>  The PNAC 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'.
>  This '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 mission'.
>  The report 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 global  role'.
>  The PNAC report also:
> -refers 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';
>  -reveals worries in the administration that Europe could rival the USA;
>  -says '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';
>  -calls 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;
>  -hints 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';
>  -and pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes
> and says their existence justifies the creation of a 'world-wide
> command-and-control  system'.
>  Tam Dalyell, 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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