Top Bush Aides Worked for Pro-War Think Tank

The Observer (UK)

Could Tony Blair look at the internet now, please?

Why is the British Prime Minister the only person who seems to be unaware of the US hawks’ agenda.

It’s heart-warming to hear Tony Blair’s concern for the plight of the Iraqi people and how the only possible way to help them is to bomb them with everything the Americans have.

Mr Blair’s sudden sympathy for the Iraqis’ political aspirations comes as a welcome relief after all these years of US, UK-led sanctions, which have caused the deaths of over half a million Iraqi children, according to the UN.

But I’m a bit worried that Tony may be deluding himself that his friends in the White House share his altruistic ideals. I’m sure Tony has been reading all the recent stuff about PNAC – “The Project For The New American Century” – but has he looked at their website?

As everybody knows, the PNAC is a think-tank founded in 1997 by the people who are now closest to President Bush – Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush and so on. It’s a pretty safe bet that what PNAC think is what George W. Bush thinks. PNAC represents the thinking of the men now in power in the United States.

PNAC’s stated aims are to: “to shape a new century favourable to American principles and interests”, to achieve “a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad”, “to increase defence spending significantly”, and to pursue “America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.”

They don’t split hairs at the PNAC. George W. Bush and his advisers’ stated aim is to ensure that America and American interests dominate the entire world for the foreseeable future. And what’s more they make no bones of the fact that they intend to achieve this without diplomacy – that’s old hat. What PNAC intend to do is enforce the Pax Americana through military might.

Does Tony Blair know that? Has Tony Blair read the PNAC Report called “Rebuilding Americas Defenses 2000”? It refers to the new technologies of warfare and goes on: “Potential rivals such as China are anxious to exploit these transformational technologies broadly, while adversaries like Iran, Iraq and North Korea are rushing to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent to American intervention in regions they seek to dominate.”

So when George Bush and his colleagues talk about Saddam Hussein posing a “threat” to America – they don’t mean he’s going to drop bombs on Washington (how on earth could he without committing national suicide?) – what they mean is that he poses a threat to American military dominance in the Middle East.

Does Tony Blair know that’s what they mean?

In fact, does Tony Blair know that President Bush’s advisers regard Saddam Hussein as merely an excuse for military action in the area? The PNAC Report of 2000 states: “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.”

So Iraq is merely “the immediate justification” and Saddam’s regime is not so important as establishing American military might in the Gulf.

Does Tony Blair know that?

If he has read PNAC’s Report he knows that he is simply aiding US right-wing militarism and extremist Republican plans for world domination. Surely in such a cause he would not be prepared to expose the British people to the nightmare of permanent terrorist threats and attacks. Surely for such a cause he would not be prepared to set fire to the Middle East, to destabilize the entire world for the foreseeable future and – most important perhaps – to risk his own political neck by pursuing an evil and almost universally despised policy.

On the other hand, if Tony Blair, has not read “Rebuilding Americas Defenses 2000” or gone to the PNAC website to learn exactly what motivates Rumsfeld, Cheney, Perle and Wolfowitz, and so on then why the hell hasn’t he?

Go to your computer now, Mr. Blair. Look at the reality behind all this sanctimonious wringing of hands over the plight of the Iraqi people. Read what your American Republican friends are really intending.


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