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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The NEO-CON Letter

Good morning.

Simple article in Newsweek:

"Prelude to a Leak"

"Gang fight: How Cheney and his tight-knit team launched the Iraq war, chased their critics—and set the stage for a special prosecutor's dramatic probe."

The article gives a very simple account of Cheney & Libby's push for war...in light of all things Plame-gate...for the average bear:
At the time of Wilson's debunking, the VICE PRESIDENT was the Bush administration's leading advocate of war with Iraq.

Cheney had long distrusted the apparatchiks who sat in offices at the CIA, FBI and Pentagon.

He regarded them as dim, timid timeservers who would always choose inaction over action. Instead, the vice president relied on the counsel of a small number of advisers.

The group included Defense Secretary Donald RUMSFELD, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ and two Wolfowitz proteges: I. Lewis (Scooter) LIBBY, Cheney's chief of staff, and Douglas FEITH, Rumsfeld's under secretary for policy.

Together, the group largely despised the on-the-one-hand/on-the-other analyses handed up by the intelligence bureaucracy.

INSTEAD, THEY WENT IN SEARCH OF INTEL THAT HELPED ADVANCE THEIR CASE FOR WAR.
One more time:
INSTEAD, THEY WENT IN SEARCH OF INTEL THAT HELPED ADVANCE THEIR CASE FOR WAR.
TRANSLATION: Cheney & Rumsfeld (et al) were gonna invade Iraq come hell or high water - and relied on, uh, shaky intelligence.

Like the intelligence they got from Ahmed Chalabi, an alcoholic named "Curveball," and FORGED ITALIAN DOCUMENTS that claimed that Saddam was looking to buy nuclear materials from Niger.

Back to Newsweek:
Central to that case was the belief that Saddam was determined to get nukes—a claim helped by the Niger story, which the White House doggedly pushed.
Please take a quick trip to Talking Points Memo for more on that disputed Niger story - and the documents that ultimately sent JOE WILSON to Africa:
"When foreign intelligence agencies met the documents with skepticism, Pollari used his own contacts in the Pentagon's OFFICE OF SPECIAL PLANS and an aide to the president's national security adviser to promote the dossier, La Repubblica said, without elaborating."
The Office of Special Plans is Rumsfeld's own little intelligence unit in the Pentagon, run by Neo-Con Douglas Feith.

An office that was designed to go around the CIA and SEARCH for INTEL THAT HELPED ADVANCE THEIR CASE FOR WAR.

(The "aide to the president's national security adviser" was...?)

You see how deep this goes?

Now...

The average bear is finally asking the question:

"Why did these dudes - the NEO-CONS - want to go to war so bad?"

Let's revisit the LETTER the NEO-CONS sent to PRESIDENT CLINTON back in January of '98.

Excerpts:
Dear Mr. President:

We are writing you because we are convinced that current American policy toward Iraq is not succeeding, and that we may soon face a threat in the Middle East more serious than any we have known since the end of the Cold War.

In your upcoming State of the Union Address, you have an opportunity to chart a clear and determined course for meeting this threat.

We urge you to seize that opportunity, and to enunciate a new strategy that would SECURE THE INTERESTS of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world.
"Secure the interests" is a nice way of saying "Take Saddam's kick-ass business opportunities, like oil."
That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power. We stand ready to offer our full support in this difficult but necessary endeavor.

The policy of “containment” of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months. As recent events have demonstrated, we can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections. Our ability to ensure that Saddam Hussein is not producing weapons of mass destruction, therefore, has substantially diminished.

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It hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass destruction, as he is almost certain to do if we continue along the present course, the safety of American troops in the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of oil will all be put at hazard.

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The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction.

In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing.

In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power.

That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy.

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We urge you to act decisively.

If you act now to end the threat of WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country.

If we accept a course of weakness and drift, we put our interests and our future at risk.
Needless to say, Clinton took a course that the NEO-CONS would describe as "weak and drfit."

But a course that was WORKING.

Because "Saddam" did not have "weapons of mass destruction."

That letter was signed by Messrs RUMSFELD, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Armitage, Kristol, Perle, Woolsey and Abrams (among others).

THE MEN WHO ARE RUNNING THE SHOW TODAY.

Think they were thinking about invading Iraq BEFORE the election in 2000?

And what do you think they'd do to someone who stood in their way?

Someone like...Joe Wilson.

Horse-head in bed.

More later...

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