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Sunday, September 15, 2002
 
BELLUMORRHOEA
DADDY'S 'NEW WORLD ORDER' ALL OVER AGAIN: THE BUSH DOCTRINE AND YOUR PLACE IN IT

Yesterday's Sunday Herald ('Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President' by Neil Mackay) tells us of a blueprint messrs Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Libby had prepared for them by the neo-conservative think-tank Project
for the New American Century (PNAC) back in September 2000.

Entitled REBUILDING AMERICA'S DEFENSES: STRATEGIES, FORCES AND RESOURCES FOR A NEW CENTURY, the plan styles itself 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'.

Turns out there's a bit about Iraq in there; well, not so much Iraq the nasty dictatorship, as Iraq the pretext: "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."

And there's a bit about the rest of the west, too (hitherto known as 'allies'). Says the Sunday Herald: "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'."

That's the trouble with imperialism, eh? Today's friends might be tomorrow's enemies. So best to make enemies of 'em here and now. More certainty that way.

Our neoconservative visionaries do allow Britain a certain fleeting status, however. Tory Blur and his squaddies should be kept sweet as a trans-Atlantic Anglo-Saxon alliance might be "the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership".

Oh, and poor Kofi's UN ain't part of the picture, I'm afraid; world 'peace' "demanding American political leadership rather than that of the United Nations".

The 'Axis of Evil' has its roots in this document, too. More to come on that, though, as Libya, Syria and China are also on that list of 'things to do'. Here, too, do we find the an early mention of the term 'regime change'.

Then there's a bit about how the US should rule space and the enticing observation that "advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool."

So, a Great Game is afoot, whereby Anglo Saxon alliances will be drawn upon to buttress 'American global leadership' of a world effectively divided into three parts: Anglo Saxon good guys (for now, anyway), a coupla billion bad guys in need of near-term defeat and control, and Europe (probably Japan, too; the Herald doesn't say) who need to be firmly kept in their place and 'discouraged' from playing a role in world affairs. Cornering Gulf oil is simply step one.

Now let's go back to S11 and look for signs of a White House ready to put Operation Fourth Reich into play at the earliest convenience.

(Note: I do not believe we have to go along with Ruppert-like conspiracy theories to take this route. Conspiracies do happen, of course, but it's poor form to explain history in terms of conspiracy. All the more so when we're talking something as huge, ghastly and complex as S11. All we have to allow is that a strategic scenario plan was in place should something nasty come along to commend its implementation.)

Straight away, Dubya tells us that the awful act of terrorism we'd just witnessed was not an act of terrorism, but one of *war*, and that the US shall target not only terrorists, but the 'harbours' of terrorists. In a trice, Dubya is not a President with a Dodgy Mandate, but a Commander-in-Chief. Dissent is not democracy, but treachery. The targets are not the murderers themselves, but places and countries. And the official enemy would be 'terror' - an abstract noun or a methodology can not be defeated, so the war can go on interminably, and axes of evil conjured at will.

And all in the name of the voiceless slaughtered of S11.

Oh, and what was Cheney up to just then? This (in case you didn't see it last time I posted it) from CBS News (4 September 2002)


"With the intelligence all pointing toward bin Laden, Rumsfeld ordered the military to begin working on strike plans. And at 2:40 p.m., the notes quote Rumsfeld as saying he wanted "best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H." – meaning Saddam Hussein – "at same time. Not only UBL" – the initials used to identify
Osama bin Laden.

Now, nearly one year later, there is still very little evidence Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. But if these notes are accurate, that didn't matter to Rumsfeld.

'Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things
related and not.' "

British Labour MP Tam Dalyell nails it succinctly when he says of REBUILDING AMERICA'S DEFENSES: "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."

I agree with Dalyell that such grand schemes ultimately prove themselves to be disastrously fantasist.

But ya do gotta give credit where it's due.

After all, it's all been running pretty well to schedule so far, hasn't it?
 
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