Posted by Catch of the day (188.8.131.52) on October 10, 2001 at 23:26:28:
Paul Wolfowitz, the man who pushed behind the seen (with Richard Hass, and others) for the Gulf War in 1990, is again working hard to start a war against Iraq, with or without an excuse.
From listening to Bob Novak, a Republican Party insider, and a brave man who is not afraid of the Israeli Lobby, apparently Wolfowitz has been rebuffed for his nagging, and demand to hit Iraq sooner than later. Apparently both Powell, and Armitage do not see attacking Iraq in the interest of the US at this stage.
This articles below show how the Israeli lobby use the American might, and American children to fight Israel wars, and bring about all the anger of the Arab, and Muslims, and all these problems the US has been suffering from because it let the Israeli lobby manipulate it.
Friday October 5 11:00 AM ET
Wolfowitz Insists Top Aides Back Bush Strategy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, at the center of debate over U.S. anti-terror strategy, said on Friday there is ``broad agreement'' among President Bush (news - web sites)'s aides to focus first on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) but indicated Iraq could be a future target.
``I think there is great broad agreement among his (Bush's) advisers on the direction that he set,'' Wolfowitz told a program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where he used to be dean.
Wolfowitz has been a key proponent of making Iraq an early target in the anti-terror campaign launched after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (news - web sites).
But the decision appears to have gone against him as the United States focuses first on rooting out bin Laden's Afghanistan (news - web sites)-based al Qaeda network of Islamic militants and the Taliban leaders who control most of the country.
Asked about the extent to which it might be possible to also target Iraq, Wolfowitz stressed that al Qaeda operates in 60 countries and Bush has made clear that any nation continuing to support terrorism will be regarded as a ``hostile regime.''
October 9, 2001
Fire Paul Wolfowitz
Memo To: Don Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: The Monkeys on your Back
In case you have not noticed, Don, your deputy at the Pentagon, Paul
Wolfowitz, has promoted himself and is now the Defense Secretary, and you
are his deputy. We still see you quoted here and there, but Paul has already
wrested policymaking from your hands and is making it himself. It is almost
as if you have become his press secretary. He was bored with Afghanistan and
Osama bin Laden long before the strikes began Sunday, as he is maniacally
determined to cut to the chase, “finishing the war against Saddam Hussein,”
as his many followers in the pundit community put it.
Do you realize how much more difficult it is for President Bush and
Secretary of State Colin Powell to hold together the coalition of the
international community in the fight against terrorism when the Islamic
world every day reads in the public prints or sees television commentary
about how Iraq is next on the list? Do you realize that Wolfowitz, and his
pal Richard Perle who chairs your Defense Policy Board, have been calling
all their friends in the press corps, urging them to beat the drums for war
with Iraq? Perle actually signed the “famous” letter of 41 drafted by Bill
Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, who is Perle’s mouthpiece in
Washington. (Bill Safire of the NYTimes is of course Perle’s mouthpiece in
New York.) It is incomprehensible to me that you would allow Perle to remain
at that post, where he is permitted to read all the most sensitive secret
traffic flowing through the Pentagon. Not that he wouldn’t see it anyway,
courtesy of Wolfowitz, but how brazen can he be and get away with it. The
only thing I can conclude, Don, is that you have become so addicted to these
monkeys over the years that you can’t get them off your back.
Why is Wolfowitz so maniacal about Iraq? Remember that in 1991 he was the
senior member of the network created by the late Albert Wohlstetter in the
Bush administration, working for then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. It was
Wohlstetter to whom I introduced you in 1975 when Albert was masterminding
the strategic victory over the USSR from his office at the RAND corporation
in Santa Monica and his seat at the President’s Foreign Intelligence
Advisory Board (PFIAB). In 1991, the more senior Perle had left the
government to make megabucks as a consultant to foreign governments (Turkey
being the most generous at $800K per year). So Wohlstetter gave Wolfowitz,
next in line, the assignment of persuading Cheney to not only kick Saddam
out of Kuwait, but also to chase him all the way to Baghdad, slaughtering
the Republican Guard on the way. Thank God Wolfowitz failed in his
assignment!! Cheney sided with Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs,
thus keeping our word to the Islamic world. You are a smart fellow, Don. Did
you ever think of the jihad that would have begun back then if we gave the
finger to our Islamic allies? Take a few minutes, take a deep breath, and
try to think this through.
One of my favorite conservative columnists, who has thus far resisted the
mindless entreaties of Perle and Wolfowitz to “finish the job in Iraq,” on
Monday wrote a boilerplate rendition of the nonsense being turned out by the
press ringleaders: Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer and Michael Kelly. It
was so alarming to me that they might persuade the President to “take out
Saddam” that I wrote the fellow an e-mail. I won’t mention his name, but
here is how I put it:
Now that Osama bin Laden has pushed us into the arms of the Russians,
Chinese and French...who have for years been advocates of lifting the
embargo against Saddam...it is not likely that Wolfowitz is going to
persuade Bush/Cheney they have to give Moscow, Beijing and Paris the finger.
For the same reason, an outlay of a zillion dollars to build a silly
national missile defense system that won't stop an ICBM, let alone a
boxcutter, has to be forgotten.
Iraq was the least radical of all the Islamic states, the most civilized and
modern and hospitable to Jews and multiculturalism....which is why the
Iran/Iraq war was fought, with Saddam doing our killing for us, at times
with the chemical weapons the CIA supplied him with. After the war, our
State Department gave Saddam its passive assent to grab the Kuwaiti
oilfields, but when he did, Maggie Thatcher and the Wohlstetter boys
persuaded Bush to kick him out. Okay. Reluctantly I went along, after
swallowing some whoppers about Saddam planning to invade Saudi Arabia. But
Bush also announced that we would not lift the embargo as long as Saddam was
in power and Nixon agreed that was the thing to do. Bin Laden DOES speak for
the entire Islamic world in noting that at least a million Iraqi civilians
have died as a result of that policy. There would have been no attack on the
WTC if we had dealt honestly and responsibly with Iraq. The reason Jack Kemp
did not sign the Perle/Kristol letter is that I forced him to confront all
these facts, which I dug out on my own. He actually assigned a researcher to
check my facts because they seemed diametrically opposite of what the
American people were being told. Jack met with Nizar Hamdoon when Hamdoon
was Iraqi ambassador and was seriously considering a trip to Baghdad with
Sam Nunn, endorsed by Jimmy Carter. But the Perle crowd was always a step
ahead of any diplomatic solution, pushing the Clinton team and Mad Madeleine
into expansions of the illegal no-fly zone and target-practice on Iraqi
civilians. The Democrats went along with all this because the
American-Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) thinks it's a good idea
to keep Saddam "contained."
Here is a column by Gordon Prather, which is about what you should really be
worrying. There are no nukes in Iraq. There are in Pakistan. If Bush gives
the world the finger and turns on Iraq, there is no way the Pakistani
government will survive, and Osama will have the Islamic bomb. Wolfowitz
should be fired. He is a menace and one of the most dangerous men in the
world as long as you let him play Defense Secretary. HE MUST BE FIRED!!
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