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January, 2008



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Bush Is Winning
By Karen Nakamura

If Iran gave up its nuclear weapons years ago, the only near Middle East state with nuclear weapons is Israel. Why then isn't the United States asking Israel to reduce tension by disarming its nuclear arsenal and getting out of Palestine?
For that matter, why did we have that fiasco in Annapolis when we could have been implementing the very fair Pan-Arab Peace Initiative? Despite Israel and the US's refusal to seriously look at the Initiative, it's still on the table. The Syrian Ambassador reiterated the offer after the Annapolis Conference.

The answer is obvious. America's military policies are joined tightly to neocon Israel and American interests and objectives. But what are these interests and objectives that neither government will define and that are tearing down our country?

It's time for a review of the now defunct Project for the New American Century (PNAC). According to the goals of that organization, Bush/Cheney are doing great. And the PNAC should know. It has had an unusually large number of members in the Bush administration in military, intelligence and foreign policy posts and included Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Ken Adelman, Daniel Pipes, Richard Perle and a host of other Bushies including Jeb Bush.

The idea originated in Vice President Cheney's office when he was Sec. of Defense under Bush Sr. Worried about the military reduction when leaving office, he came out with a paper on the threat in the Middle East and how to squelch it. This 'plot' is best described by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), an organization established in 1997 around Cheney's premise and of which he was a founding member.

The neo-conservative think tank's goal promoted American global leadership which was "good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principal." They also declared Americans need to "strengthen ties to democratic allies, challenge regimes hostile to US interests" and "accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles." That's advocating world domination.

It is this paper or one related that Paul Wolfowitz handed President Bush just days after 9/11. On September 20, 2001, (9 days after 9/11), the PNAC sent a letter to Pres. Bush, advocating "a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq." In other words, take over the government of another country by force. It goes on, "...Even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein."

It's obvious the only strategy the Bush Administration is interested in, is to take control of the Middle East for American interests, a sinister plot if you're an Iraqi, Iranian or even Lebanese. Under the Cheney/PNAC plan, the US and its surrogate, Israel, will govern according to their interests. Israel is already softening up Palestine and Lebanon. The US is doing its part by occupying Afghanistan and Iraq and helping destabilize Pakistan.

No wonder Gary Schmitt, former executive director, saw the PNAC's demise: "as having come to a natural end: "When the project started, it was not intended to go forever. ...Our view[s have] been adopted... The work now is to see how they are implemented."

While PNAC's principles have been debunked in the general public, they are still the oil that greases the engine of the Bush state. The only possible motive is to establish a long-term presence in the Middle East. What does that mean other than Pax Americana and the suppression of local governments in favor of American interests?

One link in the chain of conspiracy theories is the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) a Washington think-tank. Richard Perle, and R. James Woolsey (PNAC members) are or have been on its board, while VP Cheney, John Bolton, and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith were on JINSA's Board of Advisors and members of PNAC before joining the Bush administration.

In a letter addressed to President Bush the PNAC urged: "Israel's fight against terrorism is our fight. Israel's victory is an important part of our victory. For reasons both moral and strategic, we need to stand with Israel in its fight against terrorism.

JINSA advocates increased defense cooperation with Israel and joint U.S.-Israeli training/ weapons development. Not surprisingly it also rejects "any peace process with the Palestinians that includes the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state." And it seeks regime change in "rogue" nation-states including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Libya, and re-evaluating the U.S. defense relationships with Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Surprisingly a number of Democrat candidates don't understand the democratic implications of the word "occupation" and seem to be going along with the plan. Hillary's website states: "As we replace military force with diplomacy and global leadership, Hillary will not lose sight of our very real strategic interests in the region. She would devote the resources we need to fight terrorism and will order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region."

Research shows Barak Obama said October of 2002, "I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne." However, he also said at that time: "...even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences." Like Hillary, he courts powerful Israeli organizations such as AIPAC.

Edwards believes we should completely withdraw all combat troops within nine to ten months and prohibit permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. After withdrawal, "We should retain sufficient forces outside Iraq, in friendly countries like Kuwait. Bill Richardson wants to get out fast with small forces in friendly nations. Biden agrees with leaving a small number to maintain order. Chris Dodd would withdraw with exceptions including specific counterterrorism operations.


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