By Jerry Drucker
PNAC is the most clear cut smoking gun as well as the seed for the creation of the U.S. second unnecessary and senseless Iraq war. It was birthed by Dick Cheney and Company. Shortly after HW Bush ended the first Iraq war, Cheney, as Bush’s Secretary of Defense, explained to the media by suggesting prophetically: ‘The reason we didn’t go into Baghdad is it would have created a quagmire.’
After the ‘quagmire’ statement, Cheney, now the CEO of Halliburton, apparently started to revise his thinking about causing the huge quicksand of a war by going all the way to Baghdad. In 1997, in order to invade a much weakened Iraq, Cheney apparently thought, America should now create a Destination Baghdad strategy. Several articles suggested that Cheney turned over his written thoughts on invading Iraq again to neo-cons Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan to form an educational think tank in Washington D.C. titled
Of course its PNAC white paper suggested that the U.S. didn’t have to invade Iraq , however the U.S. could cause transformation of that country by forcing a regime change. And also, there was all that Iraqi oil to consider. The PNAC paper suggested the U.S. would have to protect the oil industry so that Iraq could become the U.S. permanent base. Then our supreme dominance could eventually control all of the Middle East .
On page 51 of the PNAC paper it was stated: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor .” (Or maybe like a 9/11?) Continuing: “Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions.” (What about Shock and Awe?)
Who were some of the prominent neo-cons who signed on to this PNAC White Paper?: Dick Cheney of course, Donald Rumsfeld, I Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Elliot Abrams, Richard Armitage, Richard Perle, John R. Bolton, the ever popular Paul Wolfowitz, and today’s potential G.O.P. Presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who may now want to show how conservative he was by signing on to the neo-con PNAC White Paper.
By now readers are wondering what the PNAC 90-page paper is all about. Transformation is the key word. Like today’s GOP doesn’t accept the word ‘compromise,’ the neo-cons won’t accept the word ‘invasion’ in the PNAC manifesto. The neo-cons determined ‘transformation’ is how they will enter and occupy a country.
In 1998, the PNAC group sent a letter to President Clinton in the White House, urging him to attack Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power. Clinton at the time was focusing on al-Qaida and the terrorists. PNAC was rejected by President Clinton.
The neo-con thesis suggested by using the super-power of the United States, we could exercise world dominance after the collapse of Russia. Then the U.S., by entering and controlling Iraq, could in time control all the oil production out of the Middle East. An added plus by controlling the Mideast oil, is that the U.S. could slow down the sleeping giant China as well.
Enter Shock and Awe to quicken the transformation and occupation. S & A is a rapid dominance, a military doctrine using overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze the enemy, destroying its will to fight. It seemed to Cheney and Company that Shock and Awe may be the answer to occupy Iraq quickly. After delivering Shock and Awe, the idea of the neo-cons was that the U.S. walks in, takes control of the oil production for protection of their valuable commodity, and builds an embassy bigger than the Vatican. That way the U.S. will be committed to stay in Iraq for decades to come. Never mind the Iraqi people, the hundreds of thousands killed, the millions that are displaced from their homes, the buildings, intuitions and the Cradle of Civilization nearly destroyed, is just a part of the transformation.
Apparently the Halliburton Board of Directors was set to fire Cheney, for his lack of due diligence, but then the CEO told them of his devious corrupt plan.
First, Cheney reminds the Directors that he’s been picked by George W. Bush to find a Vice President for the upcoming national election. Cheney tells them he will select himself and become the power behind the throne after Bush is elected. As Vice President, he’ll make many billions for Halliburton and their subsidiaries. Cheney asked for and received $33 million up front, a $100 million or more in Halliburton stock options, along with $9 million annual salary for life after he resigned. In return, once Iraq is occupied by the U.S. , as V.P, he’ll issue Halliburton and subsidiaries no-bid war contracts. (The last up-to-date figure is $39.5 billion to Halliburton and subsidiaries and still growing.)
Oil and taking over Iraq were Vice President Cheney’s first priorities. The busy VP would take care of the U.S. Security next. From the very start of Bush-Cheney being in office it was their goal to take over Iraq . Follow the PNAC plan and nothing will stop them. Matter of fact, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill at the very first cabinet Security meeting observed that the debate wasn’t “should we attack Iraq ?” but “how do we go about attacking Iraq ?” Of course, O’Neill was the first cabinet member to be fired.
September 11, 2001: Cheney and Company’s new Pearl Harbor !
Another strong voice against going to war with Iraq was Richard Clarke, the chief counter-terrorism advisor to George W. Bush. Clarke became very critical of the administration for going into Iraq instead of going after the terrorists. Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld created The Office of Special Operations, for such fear mongering phases like “Mushroom Clouds,’’ “Weapons of mass destruction” and “Deadly germ warfare.” that gave Congress the confidence no administration would lie about something as serious as going to war. Clarke was the only member of the Bush Administration to offer an apology to the victims of 9/11 and to admit the government’s failure.
Imagine the world today if in 2000, the five partisan Supreme Court members hadn’t grievously and unconstitutionally selected George W Bush as the President of the United States . President Al Gore wouldn’t have found the need to go to war in Iraq. Nor would Gore have ignored the 56 “hair on fire” warnings from the CIA regarding an attack from Osama bin Laden. V.P. Cheney had been too busy working on the privatized and secret U.S. Energy program to be bothered by the 56 CIA warnings of a major Osama bin Laden’s attack on the United States.
Hopefully future historians will realize the true impact that The Project for the New American Century had and was the actual roadmap, concept and birth certificate of the 2nd Iraq war for oil, greed and power. In addition, hopefully historians will conclude that Cheney and Company should be considered “War Criminals.”