Perle: France no longer ally, must be contained!

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Wed Feb 5 09:11:37 MST 2003


 In  the immediate context, this declaration by career hawk Perle  is more
intended as intimidation than a statement of practical policy.  Perle, as
one of the Bush administration house "extremists," is attempting to bully
the French rulers into swinging behind the "moderate" Powell's call for the
UN Security Council to back the planned slaughter  and occupation in Iraq.

The administration's adaptation of the hard-cop, soft-cop routine, which (as
is probably sometimes true among cops) reflects real tactical differences
over how to do the job,  has been highly successful so far in rallying
support for or acquiescence in, its crimes.  The fact that the UN has
concealed the  antiwar classic  Picasso painting "Guernica" in order to make
Powell's argument go down easier is one small example.

But in the longer term, this is also  the inevitable drift of U.S. policy,
which
aims to prevent any forces from emerging in Europe or Japan which would seek
to limit U.S. domination in favor of extending or preserving its own sphere
of influence.. France, Germany, Japan, and to some extent Italy all have
ruling classes that, in whole or part, have reason to be alarmed at the
prospect of complete U.S. or U.S.-British control of their oil supplies.

The Japanese, who bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 to prevent strangulation by a
U.S. and allied oil embargo -- which stemmed from competition over
domination of China and the Pacific --  are particularly aware of this even
though they find it politic to appear  as strong backers of a U.S.war on
Iraq which they cannot prevent.  That is one reason they are looking for
pretexts to openly establish their own arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Fred Feldman

Pentagon adviser: France 'no longer ally'
By Martin Walker
UPI Chief International Correspondent
>From the International Desk
Published 2/4/2003 8:43 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- France is no longer an ally of the United States
and the NATO alliance "must develop a strategy to contain our erstwhile ally
or we will not be talking about a NATO alliance" the head of the Pentagon's
top advisory board said in Washington Tuesday.
Richard Perle, a former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan
administration and now chairman of the Pentagon's Policy Advisory Board,
condemned French and German policy on Iraq in the strongest terms at a
public seminar organized by a New York-based PR firm and attended by Iraqi
exiles and American Middle East and security officials.
But while dismissing Germany's refusal to support military action against
Iraq as an aberration by "a discredited chancellor," Perle warned that
France's attitude was both more dangerous and more serious.
"France is no longer the ally it once was," Perle said. And he went on to
accuse French President Jacques Chirac of believing "deep in his soul that
Saddam Hussein is preferable to any likely successor."
French leaders have insisted the country will oppose any military action
against Iraq without a second resolution by the United Nations Security
Council, where it holds one of five crucial veto powers. Last November
France did vote for Resolution 1441, which promised "serious consequences"
if Iraq did not cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors verifying that Iraq
has indeed dismantled its programs for chemical, biological and nuclear
weapons.
"I have long thought that there were forces in France intent on reducing the
American role in the world. That is more troubling than the stance of a
German chancellor, who has been largely rejected by his own people," Perle
said, referring to the sharp electoral defeat suffered by Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder's party in state elections Sunday.
Although he is not an official of the Bush administration, Perle's position
as the Pentagon's senior civilian adviser gives his harsh remarks a
quasi-official character and reflects the growing frustration in the White
House and Pentagon with the French and German reluctance to support their
U.S. and British allies.
"Very considerable damage has already been done to the Atlantic community,
including NATO, by Germany and France," Perle said.
"But in the German case, the behavior of the Chancellor is idiosyncratic. He
tried again to incite pacifism, and this time failed in Sunday's elections
in Hesse and Lower Saxony. His capacity to do damage is now constrained.
Chancellor Schroeder is now in a box, and the Germans will recover their
equilibrium."
Perle went on to question whether the United States should ever again seek
the endorsement of the U.N. Security Council on a major issue of policy,
stressing that "Iraq is going to be liberated, by the United States and
whoever wants to join us, whether we get the approbation of the U.N. or any
other institution."
"It is now reasonable to ask whether the United States should now or on any
other occasion subordinate vital national interests to a show of hands by
nations who do not share our interests," he added.
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