Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Iraqi invasion was primed in 1997

The argument that the Iraq invasion was a response to terrorism is based upon a false premise: Namely, that September 11th is what led to the decision to effect a regime change.

The Project for the New American Century suggests that the Iraq invasion plans were in the works since 1997. Here's an excerpt:

"In June 1997, a group of self-proclaimed foreign-policy experts drafted a statement of principles aimed at making a case that the United States should use its position as the world's only superpower to shape the events of the 21st century, to ensure they are favorable to America's principles and interests. The statement maintained that the United States has a vital role to play in advancing the cause of peace and security throughout the world and that the use of military power and bold global leadership will be essential elements of this plan. The goal was to make America as great a nation in the 21st century as it had been in the 20th century.

These principles, and the group of men who espoused them, became known as the Project for the New American Century. The 25 original signatories of the statement included Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber.

On the surface, these principles seem a reasonable definition for the role that a superpower should take to provide the global leadership expected by our friends and allies. But as the group became more active in their pronouncements, their motives became highly questionable . . ."

Why American business should care
by Ronald Bosrock, Published October 27, 2003

Posted at 06:00 AM in Current Affairs, Politics, War/Defense | Permalink


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