Viewpoint: Iraq is step one

“I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”—Ariel Sharon to Shimon Peres, Oct. 3, 2001, reported on Kol Yisrael radio.

Is the United States really out to stop terrorism, or is the proposed attack on Iraq merely the first step in a larger scheme? Does the regime of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lead the Bush administration by the nose in this venture?

Ten years ago, the New York Times published a document titled “Defense Planning Guidance” (DPG). Its authors were Paul Wolfowitz and I. Lewis Libby, at the time two obscure political hacks in the Pentagon’s policy office. The secretary of defense then was one Richard Cheney, now vice-president of the United States.

The DPG’s central point was that U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century should be guided by the need to establish permanent American dominance over all of Eurasia.

Sen. Joe Biden called it a plan for “literally a Pax Americana”—an American empire—(Peace as a result of conquest.).

Wolfowitz’s and Libby’s scheme envisioned a world in which U.S. military intervention would be a constant. “…We will retain the pre-eminent responsibility for addressing selectively those wrongs which threaten not only our interests, but those of our allies or friends,” they wrote.

They intended to prevent other ambitious nations from taking a larger regional or global role and to take pre-emptive action against any states trying to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Their hawkish rhetoric was toned down at the insistence of Brent Scowcroft, then National Security advisor, and James Baker III, then secretary of defense.

Wolfowitz, Libby and Cheney bided their time until the right opportunity came along. That arrived on Sept. 11 of last year.

The two policy wonks had advanced to deputy defense secretary and national security adviser, respectively. In the year since the attacks, they have been joined by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other officials of the same mindset throughout the administration.

During the Cold War, American foreign policy was based on either containment and deterrence of potential threats, or building multilateral institutions and alliances promoting open market-based economies and democratic values.

Now, says Georgetown University Professor G. John Ikenberry, “for the first time since the dawn of the Cold War, a new grand strategy is taking shape in Washington.” Ikenberry says our foreign policy now is driven by a desire for global dominance rather than the threat of terrorism.

Advocates of this approach hold a number of attitudes in common that shape their foreign policy design. They include: disdain for multilateralism; disdain and distrust of Europeans; a conviction that Islam is a major threat to the West, and they view China as a long-term strategic threat to be dealt with in the near future.

These views also shape the White House’s policy decisions, including strong support of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, which leads to a push for regime changes in not only Iraq, but a number of Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia.

Last Thursday former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the House Government Reform Committee. He called on this country to cause a leadership change in both Iraq and Iran.

Netanyahu favors an invasion of Iraq—by U.S. forces, of course, and be sure no harm comes to any Israelis—and broadcasting of Western television programs via satellite to Iran to corrupt the conservative Islamic regime in that country.

He said programs such as Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 could incite a revolution against the conservative Iranian clergy. “This is pretty subversive stuff,” Netanyahu said. “The kids of Iran would want the nice clothes they see on those shows. They would want the swimming pools and fancy lifestyles.”

He said Iraq is close to getting weapons of mass destruction and that a pre-emptive strike is justified. Referring to Israel’s 1981 attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, Netanyahu said: “Did Israel launch this pre-emptive strike with the coordination of the international community? Did we condition such a strike on the approval of the United Nations? Of course not.”

Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich saw through the manipulative rhetoric of Netanyahu. “While you’re here, Mr. Prime Minister,” he said, “are there any other countries besides Iraq that you would suggest we invade?

Interestingly, the Jewish Defense League, Israel’s political arm in this country, has targeted members of Congress who have voted against uncritical support of Israel. They are appealing to their members to work to defeat these senators and congressmen, including Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, Gerald Kleczka of Wisconsin and Ron Paul of Texas. It is said financial contributions from the Jewish community were instrumental in the primary defeat of Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia.

Past members of Congress, such as Sen. J. William Fulbright, have stated the U.S. legislative process is strongly influenced by Israel. U.S. foreign policy today very much resembles the DPG model which, in turn, strongly resembles Zbigniew Brezynski’s foreign policy blueprint for Eurasia in the 21st century.

It’s apparent that Cheney and his proteges have seized the tragedy of Sept. 11 to validate their delusions of grandeur. The “war on terror,” it seems, is just a convenient excuse for unilateral use of military force to establish the New World Order.

Now that Saddam Hussein has said U.N. weapons inspectors can come into Iraq, it will be interesting to see how the excuse is expanded to attack Iraq.

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