1998: Neocons Ask Clinton for Iraq War

Jan. 26, 1998. Open Letter to Clinton
[#PNAC]'s first public action was an open letter to Clinton stating:

"Turn your Administration's attention to implementing a strategy for removing Saddam's regime from power. This will require a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts. ... including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf."

Signed by the following members of the Bush Administration: [#Rumsfeld], [#Wolfowitz], [#Perle], [#Bolton], [#Abrams], Armitage, and Woolsey.


July 31, 1998. Neocons Push Chalabi as Good for Israel
[#Wurmser] (from [#IASPS]) and Perle from both IASPS and PNAC met with members of the American Jewish community to convince them to more actively oppose Saddam and to back Chalabi and the INC (Iraqi opposition group).

These neocons' objectives were both open and reasonable. The problem comes when these objectives are later hidden from the American public and, as Wolfowitz explained the WMD excuse was used to obscure this objective.

Dec. 1, issue of the Weekly Standard with the cover “Saddam Must Go: A How-To Guide.” Two of the articles were written by current administration officials, including the lead one, by Zalmay M. Khalilzad, later special White House envoy to the Iraqi opposition, and Paul D. Wolfowitz, now deputy defense secretary.

"We will have to confront him sooner or later -- and sooner would be better," Khalilzad and Wolfowitz wrote. They called for "sustained attacks on the elite military units and security forces that are the main pillar of Saddam's terror-based regime." 


Jan. 1, 1999.  Tyranny's Ally: America's Failure to Defeat Saddam
David [#Wurmser]'s book on why removing Saddam mattered to the U.S. and Israel

"Iraq's strategic importance to the US derives from a source beyond the pernicious, extortionist character of Saddam's regime. Iraq occupies some of the most strategically blessed and resource-laden territory of the middle east. ... Iraq also has large, proven oil reserves, water, ..."  [Note that lack of water is a long-standing Israeli problem.]

Wurmser also notes that Iraq threatens its neighbors but mentions only Israel.

Wurmser became Cheney's Assistant for Middle East Policy under Bush II. In the Acknowledgements, Wurmser mentions "two mentors who guided my understanding of the Middle East." One is Ahmad [#Chalabi].


  
  

[#PopNotes]

[=IASPS] Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies
"A Jerusalem-based think tank with an office in Washington, D.C."
Explained importance of Iraq war for Israel.  more...
[=Clean Break] 1996 Report from Richard Perle and IASPS to Israeli Prime Minister urging Iraq war.  
[=PNAC] Project for a New American Century
Neoconservative think tank formed by Cheney,  Rumsfeld,  Wolfowitz,  Feith,  Bolton,  Libby,  Abrams,  Wurmser,  Perle, etc.
Main force behind Iraq war from 1998 (before 9/11).  more...
[=JINSA], The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
"explaining the link between U.S. national security and Israel’s security"
Served on JINSA's Advisory Board:  Cheney,  Wolfowitz,  Feith,  Bolton,  Perle  more....  
[=Board] Defense Policy Board
This board was at the heart of the push for war, from the first days after 9/11.
Richard Perle, Chairman, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, Dan Quale, James Woolsey, etc.   more...
[=Standard] The Weekly Standard
Main neoconservative magazine.
Editor: William Kristol, co-founder of PNAC,
son of Irving Kristol, the neconservative's "godfather."  more...   
[=Abrams] Elliot Abrams, Deputy Assistant to G. W. Bush
1997, Signer of founding PNAC "Principles" with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Libby.  more...  
[=Bolton] John Bolton
Undersecretary of State. Signed PNAC Letters to Clinton (1998), Gringrich, Lott advocating Iraq War.  more...
[=Chalabi] Ahmed Chalabi
The Iraqi who conned the neocons and the CIA with fabricated evidence of weapons of mass destruction.  more...  
[=Cheney] Dick Cheney
Principle force behind Iraq war. Signed PNAC's Founding Principles in 1997.  more...
[=Fairbanks] Charles Fairbanks
Paul Wolfowitz subordinate under Reagan.
Co-authored the IASPS "Clean Break" report with Feith, Perle and Wurmser.   more...  
[=Feith] Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Dumbest (expletive) guy on the planet.  —General Tommy Franks.
Leading member of the "Office of Special Plans" which pressured CIA to accept fake information from Chalabi.  more...
[=Kagan] Robert Kagan
Co-founder with Kristol of PNAC the main neocon lobby.   more...  
[=Kristol] William Kristol
Co-founder and chairman of PNAC. Son of neoconservative “godfather” Irving Kristol.  more...  
[=Libby] Scooter Libby, Cheney's Chief of Staff
Indicted for revealing the identity of a CIA agent in 2005 in retaliation for her husband revealing fake WMD information.  more...   
[=Perle] Richard Perle, Defense Policy Board Chairman
In 1996 brought IASPS "Clean Break" report, advocating Iraq war,  to Israeli Prime Minister.  more...
[=Rumsfeld] Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense.  more...  
[=Wolfowitz] Paul Wolfowitz, Asst. Sec.of Defense
Wolfowitz--the intellectual godfather of the war--is its heart and soul. (12/29/2003, Time)  more...
[=Wurmser] David Wurmser, Middle East Adviser to Cheney.
1999 Published book on why Saddam must go and why that's good for Israel.  more...
[=PopNotes] Just hover over green-underline links above to see the "pop" notes.
 

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[#PopNotes]

[=IASPS] Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies
"A Jerusalem-based think tank with an office in Washington, D.C."
Explained importance of Iraq war for Israel.  more...
[=Clean Break] 1996 Report from Richard Perle and IASPS to Israeli Prime Minister urging Iraq war.  
[=PNAC] Project for a New American Century
Neoconservative think tank formed by Cheney,  Rumsfeld,  Wolfowitz,  Feith,  Bolton,  Libby,  Abrams,  Wurmser,  Perle, etc.
Main force behind Iraq war from 1998 (before 9/11).  more...
[=JINSA], The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
"explaining the link between U.S. national security and Israel’s security"
Served on JINSA's Advisory Board:  Cheney,  Wolfowitz,  Feith,  Bolton,  Perle  more....  
[=Board] Defense Policy Board
This board was at the heart of the push for war, from the first days after 9/11.
Richard Perle, Chairman, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, Dan Quale, James Woolsey, etc.   more...
[=Standard] The Weekly Standard
Main neoconservative magazine. Funded by Rupert Murdoch. Editor: William Kristol, co-founder of PNAC, son of Irving Kristol, the neconservative's "godfather."  more...   
[=Abrams] Elliot Abrams, Deputy Assistant to G. W. Bush
1997, Signer of founding PNAC "Principles" with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Libby.  more...  
[=Bolton] John Bolton
Undersecretary of State. Signed PNAC Letters to Clinton (1998), Gringrich, Lott advocating Iraq War.  more...
[=Chalabi] Ahmed Chalabi
The Iraqi who conned the neocons and the CIA with fabricated evidence of weapons of mass destruction.  more...  
[=Cheney] Dick Cheney
Principle force behind Iraq war. Signed PNAC's Founding Principles in 1997.  more...
[=Fairbanks] Charles Fairbanks
Paul Wolfowitz subordinate under Reagan.
Co-authored the IASPS "Clean Break" report with Feith, Perle and Wurmser.   more...  
[=Feith] Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Dumbest (expletive) guy on the planet.  —General Tommy Franks.
Leading member of the "Office of Special Plans" which pressured CIA to accept fake information from Chalabi.  more...
[=Kagan] Robert Kagan
Co-founder with Kristol of PNAC the main neocon lobby.   more...  
[=Kristol] William Kristol
Co-founder and chairman of PNAC. Son of neoconservative “godfather” Irving Kristol.  more...  
[=Libby] Scooter Libby, Cheney's Chief of Staff
Indicted for revealing the identity of a CIA agent in 2005 in retaliation for her husband revealing fake WMD information.  more...   
[=Perle] Richard Perle, Defense Policy Board Chairman
In 1996 brought IASPS "Clean Break" report, advocating Iraq war,  to Israeli Prime Minister.  more...
[=Rumsfeld] Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense.  more...  
[=Wolfowitz] Paul Wolfowitz, Asst. Sec.of Defense
Wolfowitz--the intellectual godfather of the war--is its heart and soul. (12/29/2003, Time)  more...
[=Wurmser] David Wurmser, Middle East Adviser to Cheney.
1999 Published book on why Saddam must go and why that's good for Israel.  more...
[=PopNotes] Just hover over green-underline links above to see the "pop" notes.