The chicken hawks are at it again. They have given President Bush more or less of an ultimatum, demanding regime change in Syria, Iran and a Cuba-style blockade of North Korea plus planning for a pre-emptive attack on that countrys nuclear sites.
A British newspaper, The Telegraph, said the demands were presented to the president near the end of last month.
The newspaper reported the manifesto, as it was termed, is contained in a new book by Richard Perle, the intellectual guru of the neo-conservative movement and an Ariel Sharon loyalist, and David Frum, a former speechwriter for the president.
They warn of a weakening will to win in Washington these days. Hence their book: An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror.
The document extracted from the book appeared just as Secretary of State Colin Powell, the chief opponent of their strategy, fired a broadside at the highest levels of the Pentagon.
Powell recently told reporters he sees encouraging signs of a new attitude in Iran, and he called for the U.S. to keep open the chance for dialogue with the authorities in Tehran.
That sort of talk riles the neo-conservatives who see the manifesto as a blueprint to break out of the post-Iraq doldrums and to hit back at hostile leaking by their enemies in the State Department or the dissident lower levels of the Pentagon.
They are urging Washington to ignore Irans mullahs and to support Iranian dissidents in a bid to overthrow the religious-political authorities in that country.
The main representatives of this belligerent bloc are Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney.
They were prime movers in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, but they now are seen by more rabid advocates of war as becoming more compromising and eager to get political power in Iraq transferred by next June.
Looking at their next front, the nucleus of hawks led by Perle and Paul Wolfowitz stipulate that any talks with North Korea must be predicated on the immediate and complete halting of its nuclear program.
They are uneasy about an apparent thaw in the North Korean hard line indicated by a recent invitation to U.S. security experts, congressional staff and private scientists to tour the Yongbyon nuclear facility.
The chicken hawks hope North Korea will continue to reject a complete halt to its nuclear weapon program, so they can call for a military blockade of the sea lanes coupled with preparations for war. Those include moving our troops there back from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to put them outside the range of North Korean artillery.
Perle and company hope such strategy would cause China to remove Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, and replace him with a more rational ruler.
As for the Syria front, the hawks propose ousting Bashar Assad from power by cutting off his oil supplies from Iraq, seizing the arms he gets from Iran and raiding Syrian territory to chase terrorists.
Perles posse also urges the president to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. They claim, as do many others, wealthy Saudis, some of them royalty, are funding al-Qaeda and hope to spread extremist Islamic fundamentalism through the Muslim world and into Europe and North America.
The book also wants strong action against France. We should force European governments to choose between Paris and Washington, the book says, according to The Telegraph.
The tome calls for preserving British independence from Europe and possible open access to U.S. defense markets for British arms makers.