"Weapons of Mass Deception"


Neocons: War In Iraq

Mar. 11, 1992
Neocon Agenda: Aggressively Pursue Global SupremacyWolfowitzed and Libby supervised drafting of "Defense Planning Guidance" for high-level circulation. Still secret, but quotes leaked. Agenda: (1) prevent the emergence of a rival superpower, (2) take unilateral action, and (4) fight in Iraq and North Korea simultaneously.

Jul. 8, 1996
Neocons Suggest to Israel: Remove SaddamWashington office run by Dr. David Wurmser publishes "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm [Israel]" (presented to the prime minister in Israel by Richard Perle, July 8). - more A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, Iraeli think tank in Washington DC

Podhoretz explains the Iraqi threat to IsraelPodhoretz explains in Comentary Mag. why Iraq is a threat to Israel: "with the missiles available to Iraq and Syria that could easily reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, many civilians would die." "Yet surely for Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia--and for Iran as well--the opportunity to dispose of Israel once and for all would be more than enough to make them temporarily set their mutual hatreds aside and unite in a final jihad."


Neocons: Iraq is crumbling. US, Israel should take it over."Iraq, a nation of 18 million, occupies some of the most strategically important and well-endowed territories of the Middle East. ... whoever inherits Iraq dominates the entire Levant [Middle East] strategically." - more Coping with Crumbling States [Iraq]

Jan. 26, 1998

Open Neocon Letter to Clinton: Oust Saddam"The only acceptable strategy ... means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power." --Rumsfeld, Kristol, Wolfowitz, and Perle, among others. Of the 18 neocons who signed the letter, 10 now work for the Bush Administration. Project for the New American Century

Mar. 1, 1999
Neocon Book on Why Saddam Must GoWurmser, Cheney's assistant on the Middle East concludes "Iraq's strategic importance to the US derives from a source beyond the pernicious, extortionist character of Saddam's regime. Iraq occumpies some of the most strategically blessed and resource-laden territory of the middle east. ... Iraq also has large, proven oil reserves, water, ..." Wurmser also notes that Iraq theatens its neighbors [Israel is the only one directly meantioned]. Tyranny's Ally: America's Failure to Defeat Saddam Hussein

Jan. 29, 2001
US & Israel should strike fatally Damascus, Baghdad, Tripoli, Tehran & Gaza"Instead, Israel and the United States should adopt a coordinated strategy to regain the initiative and reverse their regionwide strategic retreat. They should broaden the conflict to strike fatally, not merely disarm, the centers of radicalism in the region—the regimes of Damascus, Baghdad, Tripoli, Tehran, and Gaza. That would reestablish the recognition that fighting with either the United States or Israel is suicidal.", Middel East 'War,' David Wurmser

May 14, 2001
Neocons' Invasion Plans Foreshadowed Before 9-11• Shock-and-awe: "America's hayba—its ability to inspire awe, the critical factor". • Small invasion force: "50,000 troops" • Mass defections: "Thousands of Iraqi soldiers would likely change sides." • Complete disbanding of military: "Iraq will need an institution, untouched by the Ba'ath." • Misjudgment of Chalabi: "Chalabi may be ideal: rich, upper class, well educated, highly Westernized ..." - • The small invasion force: \"At minimum, two divisions -- roughly 50,000 troops -- would probably be needed in the beginning. Given the U.S. military's doctrine of overwhelming force -- more Field Marshal Montgomery than General Patton -- theArmy would likely press for far more, even though Saddam would be wary of concentrating an equivalent force given U.S. tactical airpower and the desert terrain.\" • Mass defections: \"Thousands of Iraqi soldiers would likely answer theopposition's call to change sides and fight. Yet\" • Complete disbanding of military: \"Once freed of Saddam, Iraq will need an institution, untouched by the Ba'ath,\" • Misjudgment of Chalabi: \"Chalabi may be ideal for the task, for the very reasons that often cause critics to trash him. He is rich, upper class (in the old-world sense), well educated, highly Westernized, an expatriate, and, last but not least, a Shi'ite Arab.\" ")"
more Liberate Iraq

September 11, 2001

Sep. 19, 2001
Neocons' 9-11 Letter to Bush: Iraq, Israel, HezbollahThe Rumsfeld-neocon letter contained only one sentence on bin Laden, but six on Hezbollah, all aimed at convincing the U.S. that Israel's nemesis was a major threat to the U.S. It contained one sentence on Afghanistan, but seven on Iraq and two on Iran and Syria, all threats to Israel, not to the U.S. It recognizes no U.S. ally but Israel, which we are told to “fully support.” The neocons’ response to the attack on America was to ask America to help Israel with Iraq, Syria, Iran, Palestine and Hezbollah. More on Rumsfeld's meeting Timeline including summary of Rusmfeld-neocons' meeting

Aug. 2002
Israeli Def. Minister: US attack on Iraq will help Israel"The more aggressive the attack is, the more it will help Israel against the Palestinians. The understanding would be that what is good to do in Iraq, is also good for here." –Gideon Ezra, Israel's Deputy Interior Minister, Christian Science Monitor.

Sep. 12, 2002

"Saddam may well attempt to launch his remaining missiles, with their biological and chemical warheads, at the Jewish State." –Netanyahu, former Israeli Prime Minister, Speech to U.S. House Committee.

May 21, 2004
General Zini Says Neocons' goal: 'Strengthen ... Israel'Zinni is talking about ... "the neo-conservatives" who saw the invasion of Iraq as a way to stabilize American interests in the region and strengthen the position of Israel. ... “everybody I talk to in Washington has known and fully knows what their agenda was and what they were trying to do,” - “And one article, because I mentioned the neo-conservatives who describe themselves as neo-conservatives, I was called anti-Semitic. I mean, you know, unbelievable that that's the kind of personal attacks that are run when you criticize a strategy and those who propose it. I certainly didn't criticize who they were. I certainly don't know what their ethnic religious backgrounds are. And I'm not interested.”Adds Zinni: “I know what strategy they promoted. And openly. And for a number of years. And what they have convinced the president and the secretary to do. And I don't believe there is any serious political leader, military leader, diplomat in Washington that doesn't know where it came from.”Zinni said he believed their strategy was to change the Middle East and bring it into the 21st century.“All sounds very good, all very noble. The trouble is the way they saw to go about this is unilateral aggressive intervention by the United States - the take down of Iraq as a priority,” adds Zinni. “And what we have become now in the United States, how we're viewed in this region is not an entity that's promising positive change. We are now being viewed as the modern crusaders, as the modern colonial power in this part of the world.”")
more CBS News: Gen. Zinni: 'They've Screwed Up'

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