A Short History of the Neocons' Push for War. Click Years for Details.
1996. Report: why removing Saddam is crucial to Israel.
Written by Feith
Delivered in person by Perle
to the Israeli Prime Minister.
1997. PNAC's founding "principles" signed by necons:
1998. PNAC letter to Clinton: removal of Saddam ... military efforts
signed by: Rumsfeld
Bombing Iraq Isn't Enough
(NY Times) / A way to Oust Saddam
("the Wolfowitz plan ... US military might") —PNAC
1999. The Neocons' book on US/Israeli strategic interest in Iraq
"Iraq also has large, proven oil reserves, water
, ..." —Wurmser
PNAC Memo: "Above all, only ground forces
can remove Saddam."
2000. Talk of war with Iraq was discontinued during the election.
2001. War planning by neocons' PNAC.
"At minimum, 50,000 troops." "Thousands of Iraqi soldiers would likely change sides and fight." "Chalabi
may be ideal man to lead the opposition. He is rich and upper class."
September 11, 2001
2001. War selling by neocons' PNAC
Sept. 11. Rumsfeld: "Go massive. Sweep it all up. Related and Not."
Sept. 15. At Camp David, Wolfowitz
made the case for action against Iraq.
Sept. 19. Rumsfeld, Perle
call two-day meeting. Outcome summarized in The PNAC Letter
, signed by Perle. "Even if evidence does not link Iraq ... remove Saddam Hussein." Focuses on Iraq, Hezbollah, the Palesinian Authority, little on Bin Laden.
All that remained was to convince Bush, and they had him surrounded
The man who did most to convince Bush and America, a long-time favorite of necons, was not even an American. Chalabi
sold us the Iraq WMD hoax. The WMD Report to the President
concluded that all of Iraq's WMD were destroyed by 1991. Returning to Iraq, Chalabi, a Shiite, passed to the Iranians the most damaging top secret information—that we had broken their code.