While the Bush White House promotes the possibility of armed conflict with Iran, a tantalizing passage in Wesley Clark’s new memoir suggests that another war is part of a long-planned Department of Defense strategy that anticipated “regime change” by force in no fewer than seven Mideast states. Critics of the war have often voiced suspicions of such imperial schemes, but this is the first time that a high-ranking former military officer has claimed to know that such plans existed…
More than a decade and a half later, the neoconservative obsession with regime change persists and flourishes in the upper reaches of the Bush administration, where Vice President Dick Cheney is reportedly pressing for action against Iran. (Of course, by overthrowing Saddam and putting the Shiites in control of Iraq, Cheney and President Bush have already done more to empower Tehran than the ruling mullahs could ever have imagined in their fondest fantasies.) The stated reasons range from Iran’s suspected sponsorship of attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq to its worrisome pursuit of nuclear power, but Clark’s allegations strongly suggest American policymakers chose war years ago, no matter what Tehran ended up doing.
In “Time To Lead…” Clark also tells of meeting a senior Pentagon general less than a week after 9/11. The senior staffer is beside himself, furiously waves a paper around, and tells Clark “..see this; seven countries in five years!”
Seven countries in five years? Sounds like somebody had a plan., hell…still has a plan. Those of us who relentlessly castigated The Dark Lord & George the Lesser took Clark’s revelations as a teaching moment: always listen to your gut.
A few events recently brought back to mind Clark’s warnings; the drumbeat for war with Syria is just the most obvious. More subtly, but more convincingly, is the way the mainstream press has ignored Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh’s (Minnesota’s Mint Press) thorough article claiming –with evidence — that Saudi supplied rebels were behind the chemical attacks.
The kicker is how Obama quietly had DOJ go to court last week seeking a Get Out of Jail Free card.
Back in March an Iraqi single mother (Sundus Shaker Saleh) filed a federal case in San Francisco, alleging George the Younger & The Dark Lord should be tried for violating international law in the execution of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.
However, DOJ argued Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfield, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc et alis fall under the Westfall Act umbrella , which grants absolute immunity to government employees for actions taken within the scope of their employment.
Taken en toto it seems blindingly obvious the president intends, at a minimum, to bomb the holy fuck out of Syria for his own reasons, regardless of the wants of America’s citizens and her allies, while disregarding the inevitable collateral damage
Seven countries in five years…