Scottish paper says Bush team planned Iraq war before 2000 election, saw biowar as "politically useful tool"

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sun Sep 15 17:00:48 MDT 2002


Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President
By Neil Mackay

A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that
President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated
attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took
power in January 2001.

The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the
creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick
Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence
secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W
Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief
of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's
Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New
Century, was written in September 2000 by the
neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American
Century (PNAC).

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military
control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was
in power. It says: 'The United States has for decades sought
to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security.
While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the
immediate justification, the need for a substantial American
force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the
regime of Saddam Hussein.'

The PNAC document supports a 'blueprint for maintaining
global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power
rival, and shaping the international security order in line
with American principles and interests'.

This 'American grand strategy' must be advanced for 'as far
into the future as possible', the report says. It also calls
for the US to 'fight and decisively win multiple,
simultaneous major theatre wars' as a 'core mission'.

The report describes American armed forces abroad as 'the
cavalry on the new American frontier'. The PNAC blueprint
supports an earlier document written by Wolfowitz and Libby
that said the US must 'discourage advanced industrial
nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to
a larger regional or global role'.

The PNAC report also:

- refers to key allies such as the UK as 'the most effective
and efficient means of exercising American global
leadership';

- describes peace-keeping missions as 'demanding American
political leadership rather than that of the United
Nations';

- reveals worries in the administration that Europe could
rival the USA;

- says 'even should Saddam pass from the scene' bases in
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently -- despite
domestic opposition in the Gulf regimes to the stationing of
US troops -- as 'Iran may well prove as large a threat to US
interests as Iraq has';

- spotlights China for 'regime change' saying 'it is time to
increase the presence of American forces in southeast Asia'.
This, it says, may lead to 'American and allied power
providing the spur to the process of democratisation in
China';

- calls for the creation of 'US Space Forces', to dominate
space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent
'enemies' using the internet against the US;

- hints that, despite threatening war against Iraq for
developing weapons of mass destruction, the US may consider
developing biological weapons -- which the nation has
banned -- in decades to come. It says: 'New methods of
attack -- electronic, 'non-lethal', biological -- will be
more widely available ... combat likely will take place in
new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the world
of microbes ... advanced forms of biological warfare that
can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological
warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful
tool';

- and pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as
dangerous regimes and says their existence justifies the
creation of a 'world-wide command-and-control system'.

Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP, father of the House of Commons
and one of the leading rebel voices against war with Iraq,
said: 'This is garbage from right-wing think-tanks stuffed
with chicken-hawks -- men who have never seen the horror of
war but are in love with the idea of war. Men like Cheney, w
ho were draft-dodgers in the Vietnam war.

'This is a blueprint for US world domination -- a new world
order of their making. These are the thought processes of
fantasist Americans who want to control the world. I am
appalled that a British Labour Prime Minister should have
got into bed with a crew which has this moral standing.'

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