Robert Fisk: Iraq's occupiers suspected of losing touch with reality
COMMENT BAGHDAD - A culture of secrecy has descended upon the Anglo-American occupation authorities in Iraq. They will give no tally of the Iraqi civilian lives lost each day. They will not comment on the killing by an American soldier of one of their own Iraqi interpreters on Thursday ? he was shot dead in front of the Italian diplomat who was official adviser to the new Iraqi ministry of culture ? and they cannot explain how General Sultan Hashim Ahmed, the former Iraqi minister of defence and a potential war criminal, should now be described by one of the most senior US officers in Iraq as "a man of honour and integrity." On Thursday, in a three-stage ambush that destroyed an American military truck and a Humvee jeep almost a hundred miles west of Baghdad, a minimum of three US soldiers were reported dead and three wounded ? local Iraqis claimed the fatalities numbered eight ? yet within hours, the occupation authorities were saying that exactly the same number were killed and wounded in a sophisticated ambush on Americans in Tikrit. Only two soldiers were wounded in the earlier attack, they said. And for the second day running yesterday, the mobile telephone system operated by MCI for the occupation forces collapsed, effectively isolating the 'Coalition Provisional Authority' from its ministries and from US forces. An increasing number of journalists in Baghdad now suspect that US proconsul Paul Bremmer and his hundreds of assistants ensconced in the heavily guarded former presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in the capital, have simply lost touch with reality. Although an enquiry was promised yesterday into the shooting of the Iraqi interpreter, details of the incident suggest that US troops now have carte blanche to open fire at Iraqi civilian cars on the mere suspicion that their occupants may be hostile. Pietro Cordone, the Italian diplomat whom Bremmer appointed special adviser to the Iraqi ministry of culture, was travelling to Mosul with his wife Mirella when their car approached an American convoy. According to Mr Cordone, a soldier manning a machine gun in the rear vehicle of the convoy appeared to signal to Mr Cordone's driver that he should not attempt to overtake. The driver did not do so but the soldier then fired a single shot at the car, which penetrated the windscreen and hit the interpreter who was sitting in the front passenger seat. A few minutes later, the man died in Mr Cordone's arms. The Italian diplomat later returned to Baghdad. Yet the incident was only reported because Mr Cordone happened to be in the car. Every day, Iraqi civilians are wounded or shot dead by US troops in Iraq. Just five days ago, a woman and her child were killed in Baghdad by an American soldier after US forces opened fire at a wedding party that was shooting into the air. A 14-year old boy was reported killed in a similar incident two days ago. Then on Thursday afternoon, several Iraqi civilians were wounded by US troops after the Americans were ambushed outside the town of Khaldiya. At least two American vehicles were destroyed and eyewitnesses described seeing body parts on the road after the ambush. Yet 12 hours later, the authorities said that the Americans had suffered just two wounded ? even though at least three Americans were first reported to have died and witnesses said the death toll was as high as eight. Then came the ambush at Tikrit ? almost identical if the authorities are to be believed -- in which exactly the same casualty toll was produced: three dead and two wounded On this occasion, the incident was partly captured on videofilm. During an arms raid around Saddam's home town, guerrillas attacked not only the American raiders but two of their bases along the Tigress river. It was, an American spokesman said, a "coordinated" attack on soldiers of the US 4th Infantry Division. Up to 40 men of "military age" were then arrested. In what must be one of the more extraordinary episodes of the day, General Sultan Ahmad, the former Iraqi ministry of defence, handed himself over to Major General David Petraeus ? in charge of the north of Iraq ? after the American commander had sent him a letter describing him as "a man of honour and integrity." In return for his surrender ? or so says the Kurdish intermediary who arranged his handover to US forces ? the Americans had promised to remove his name form the list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis around Saddam. I last saw the portly General Ahmed in April, brandishing a gold-painted Kalashnikov in the Baghdad ministry of information and vowing eternal war against his country's American invaders. It was Ahmed who persuaded now retired General Norman Schwarzkopf to allow the defeated Iraqi forces to use military helicopters on "official business" after the 1991 US-Iraqi ceasefire agreed at Safwan. These helicopters were then used in the brutal repression of the Shia Muslim and Kurdish rebellions against Saddam which had been encouraged by President George Bush's father. Afterwards, there was much talk of indicting General Ahmed as a war criminal, but US General Petraeus seems to have thrown that idea in to the waste-bin. His quite extraordinary letter to Ahmed ? which preceded the Iraqi general's surrender and was revealed by the Associated Press news agency ? described the potential war criminal as "the most respected senior military leader currently residing in Mosul" and promised that he would be treated with "the utmost dignity and respect." In the same letter ? which may be studied by war crimes investigators with a mixture of awe and disbelief -- the US officer said that "although we find ourselves on different sides of this war, we do share common traits. "As military men, we follow the orders of our superiors. We may not necessarily agree with the politics and bureaucracy, but we understand unity of command and supporting our leaders in a common and just cause." Thus far have the Americans now gone in appeasing the men who may have influence over the Iraqi guerrillas now killing US soldiers in Iraq. What is presumably supposed to be seen as a gesture of compromise is much more likely to be understood as a sign of military weakness ? which it clearly is ? and history will have to decide what would have happened if similar letters had been sent to Nazi military leaders before the German surrender in 1945. Historians will also have to ruminate upon the implications of the meaning of "supporting our leaders in a common and just cause." Are Saddam and Mr Bush supposed to be these 'leaders'? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4792.htm
a poignant Iraqi tragedy
By Robert Fisk in Baghdad
22 September 2003
Pietro Cardone is an elegant, discreet man, an Italian diplomat who hates polemics and who pleaded with me that his story should speak for itself.
It does. Three days ago, he held in his arms his dying Iraqi interpreter, shot through the heart by an American soldier. Mr Cardone, 69, works for the occupation authorities. So did his translator. So did the soldier who killed his translator. But here tragic irony must give way to a terrible narrative.
On the day after two more US soldiers were killed and 13 wounded by guerrilla mortar fire at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, Mr Cardone's story might seem mundane, even prosaic. But it is a poignant Iraqi tragedy.
Saad Mohamed Sultan was 36 and had two children, aged three and five. Mr Cardone's wife, Mirella, who was travelling with her husband in the back of the car in which their interpreter died, says she can still hear the shot that killed him. "I came here on 15 May, sent by my Foreign Ministry at the request of the American government," Mr Cardone says. "They were looking for an adviser on culture. I have spent all my career in the Arab world. I speak the language. I understand the mentality." Indeed, Mr Cardone served in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria and Morocco and was Italian ambassador in Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. But nothing could have prepared him for last Friday. He had set out for archaeological sites in north Iraq with a project that would provide guards and police to protect the ancient cities.
"I was driving in a Land Cruiser with a second car behind," he says. "Saad and my driver were in the front of my car, my wife and I in the back. At 1.45pm we approached two American Humvees, both driving in the same direction as us." Mr Cardone's hands shake as he approaches the convoy again in his memory, now sitting in the lobby of the Rashid Hotel in Baghdad.
"Our driver started to overtake the first Humvee. The young soldier at the back made a gesture as if to say, 'Don't overtake, go back'. Perhaps our driver was slow and this created a suspicion in the soldier. We were five metres from him which was a bit close. The American soldier fired one shot from his machine-gun. That shot came through the car and hit Saad in the heart and came out of the back of the poor guy and scratched my arm and exited through the roof of the car." Then the Americans drove on. They didn't stop, Mr Cardone says.
"Mirella had been talking to Saad when the shot came into the car. Our driver turned and shouted, 'My God, my God, why?" We pulled to the side of the road but the Americans had gone. He was a very young soldier who killed Saad. I guess he was 19 or 20. I was keeping Saad's head upright but there was a lot of blood. He was making noises, saying 'Ugh! Ugh!' But when we reached the hospital, the doctor examined him and just said, 'There is nothing to be done'. The bullet had broken his heart."
Mr Cardone left Saad at the hospital and returned to Baghdad in their second car. "This morning, his sister and brother came to see me," he says. "They were very dignified. I expressed my sorrow and assured them the Americans would carry out a thorough investigation and that they would receive compensation. I am confident the Americans will have an investigation because they take these things seriously." Ask Mr Cardone for his opinion of what happened and he remains a diplomat. "I think it has been a needless death, generated by a misinterpretation of behaviour." Iraqis might interpret events differently.
"I hate the phrase," Mrs Cardone says. "But I think they call these things 'friendly fire'." Copyright: The Independent. UK.
For additional Fisk articles see the following URLs:
Robert Fisk: Secret slaughter by night. 1000 Iraqi civilians are being killed every week!: http://www.indybay.org/news/2003/09/1645030_comment.php http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/09/18/1757243
www.counterpunch.org (check left hand column for links to Fisk articles) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3524677&thesection=news&thesubsection=world
Saddam 'in talks with US'
LONDON - Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been in secret negotiations with United States forces in Iraq for the past nine days, a British tabloid newspaper claimed yesterday. According to the Sunday Mirror report, Saddam was demanding safe passage to the former Soviet republic of Belarus in exchange for information on weapons of mass destruction and his bank accounts. US President George W. Bush was being kept up to date by his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice who was co-ordinating negotiations led by US General Ricardo Sanchez, the paper said. Sanchez is the commander of US forces in Iraq. "A representative of Saddam ... came to coalition people at Tikrit ... on September 12. He led them to a house where the security official was waiting," the Sunday Mirror quoted a senior Iraqi as saying. "The discussions are now going on under the direct authority of General Sanchez," the source said. Meanwhile, gunmen seriously wounded a leading woman member of Iraq's Governing Council yesterday, as Europe's three biggest powers failed to resolve their rift over Iraq and its future, six months after the war began. They disagreed on how fast power should be handed back to Iraqis by the US, which tried again to put the bitter pre-war debate aside as it seeks international help to rebuild and stabilise the country. Officials said Bush would issue a "call to action" at the United Nations General Assembly, urging members to back a new resolution to share the financial and military burden of Iraqi reconstruction. In the latest in a string of strikes on Iraqis co-operating with the country's occupying powers, attackers in Baghdad fired on a car carrying Akila al-Hashemi, a Shiite Muslim career diplomat. She was hit in the abdomen. Some Iraqis have denounced the 25-member Governing Council for co-operating with the US-led administration in overall charge of the country since the war that ousted Saddam. Hashemi, who served in Iraq's Foreign Ministry during Saddam's rule, had been due to travel to New York with Iraqi delegates attending the General Assembly meeting. Leaders of Britain, principal backer of the US in the war, and Germany and France, main European opponents of the war that began on March 20, met in Berlin in an effort to overcome their differences over the conflict and its aftermath. But divisions remain. "Our views are not quite convergent," French President Jacques Chirac said after meeting German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Chirac and Schroeder want a much stronger UN role and a faster transition to democracy in Iraq. "It's important to give the UN a bigger role," Schroeder said. Chirac said: "On the technicalities and timetable, we are still not fully agreed." He restated France's position that Iraq must regain sovereignty within months. US Secretary of State Colin Powell has ridiculed the notion that power could be handed back overnight. Blair, in contrast, stressed the leaders' common ground. "We all want to see Iraq make a transition to democratic government as swiftly as possible. We all want to see, and know there must be, a key role for the UN." In the United States, Bush's approval rating for his handling of the situation in Iraq has fallen below 50 per cent, to 46 per cent, for the first time in a Newsweek poll. The poll also found that 50 per cent of people do not want to see Bush re-elected to a second White House term. Seeking help The United States is seeking a new United Nations Security Council resolution to pave the way for more countries to send troops to Iraq. America's 130,000 troops in Iraq suffer almost daily casualties from guerrilla attacks. Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that he would not send Russian troops to Iraq. Putin, who meets President George W. Bush at Camp David on September 26 and 27, reiterated his demand for a move back to Iraqi sovereignty. Washington also wants to spread the cost of rebuilding Iraq. Iraq's battered economy needs more donor money, with one estimate as high as US billion (1 billion) over three to four years.
The following is the Robert Fisk article which I mentioned on the phone (notice how Vice President Dick Cheney was on the board of advisors for JINSA for years before the tragic 9/11 attack as he was the CEO of Halliburton as well before receiving the 20 million dollar severance package to basically do Halliburton's bidding as Vice President-the Iraq invasion was for Israel (with JINSA/CSP/PNAC) and oil (Halliburton) with Dick Cheney being the key person for both): http://www.robert-fisk.com/articles114.htm
Here is the "Men from JINSA and CSP" article again which Fisk mentions in the above article: http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020902&s=vest&c=1
Long Night After (by Israeli Uri Avnery about the JINSA/PNAC cabal in the
Bush regime): http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery04102003.html
Check out the article about spies (to include Israeli spies) at the Pentagon who distorted intelligence for the invasion of Iraq (the article is linked under the pictures that appear at the following URL): http://www.nowarforisrael.com
Whose War (by Patrick Buchanan): http://www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html http://www.counterpunch.org/fisk0416.html
North Korea War Next for the JINSA/CSP/PNAC Neocons: http://iraqwar.ru/iraq-read_article.php?articleId=19695&lang=en
Behold, the Head of a Neocon: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn09172003.html
Iraq Invasion/Occupation for Greater Israel (and Oil): http://www.sutramanga.com/discuss/viewthread.php?tid=73&pid=239 http://www.nogw.com/warforisrael.html
Iraq Occupation Looking Like Lebanon: http://www.msnbc.com/news/966400.asp?0dm=s13Ak
Subj: RE: JINSA/PNAC Zionist Extremist John Bolton after Syria
Date: 9/17/03 4:51:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time
A couple of things you might consider on the Syria thing that Bolton raised again. First, reread Clean Break: http://www.dangerouscitizen.com/Topic.aspx?topic=War
which was prepared by Perle, Feith,
David Wurmser (Bolton's aide at the State Dept) for Bibi Netanyahu in 1996. It had three main pillars: attack Iraq; attack Syria; overthrow the Oslo Accords and declare the they are obsolete because the Palestinian Authority has VIOLATED the agreements by not living up to its side of the bargain.
So, the revival of the attack on Syria is a continuing implementation of Clean Break (many articles appear on larouchepub.com by Jeff Steinberg and myself, especially the 2002 classic: The Pollard Affair Never Ended.)
The sponsor of the hearings Rep. Ilana Rohs-Leitenen (forgive the incorrect spelling) is an oddball supporter of terrorism -- she is the champion for the
MEK, Mujahaddin e-Khalq, whose offices were just closed down in Washington, DC -- by the State Dept and Treasury, while John Ashcroft has supported the group, and Feith wants to create them as an armed force inside Iraq to be at the disposal of the neo-cons. Bear in mind, that MEK killed US soldiers and defense contractors by assassination during the time of the Shah of Iran, who they opposed.
Michele Steinberg wrote the following article about the Wolfowitz cabal in the current Bush regime: http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2001/2841wolfowitz.html
Separate but Unequal?
"From 1949 to the present, for every dollar the US spent on an African, it
spent 0.65 on an Israeli..."
This article was received from Jewish Peace Hews:
The Israelisation of America
By Ahdah Soueif
Al-Ahram Weekly 11-17 September 2003 http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/655/op41.htm
From: Boyle, Francis [mailto:FBOYLE@LAW.UIUC.EDU
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Subject: Neo-Cons,Fundies, Feddies & Con-Artists
Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies, and Con-Artists
It is now a matter of public record that immediately after the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001, U.S. Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld and his pro-Israeli "Neoconservative" Deputy Paul Wolfowitz began to plot, plan, scheme and conspire to wage a war of aggression against Iraq by manipulating the tragic events of September 11th in order to provide a pretext for doing so.1 Of course Iraq had nothing at all to do with September 11th or supporting Al-Qaeda . But that made no difference to Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, their Undersecretary of War Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, and the numerous other pro-Israeli Neo-Cons inhabiting the Bush Jr. administration.
These pro-Israeli Neo-Cons had been schooled in the Machiavellian/Nietzschean theories of Professor Leo Strauss who taught political philosophy at the University of Chicago in its Department of Political Science. The best exposé of Strauss's pernicious theories on law, politics, government, for elitism, and against democracy can be found in two scholarly books by the Canadian Professor of Political Philosophy Shadia B. Drury.2 I entered the University of Chicago in September of 1968 shortly after Strauss had retired. But I was trained in Chicago's Political Science Department by Strauss's foremost protégé, co-author, and later literary executor Joseph Cropsey. Based upon my personal experience as an alumnus of Chicago's Political Science Department (A.B., 1971, in Political Science), I concur completely with Professor Drury's devastating critique of Strauss. I also agree with her penetrating analysis of the degradation of the American political process that has been inflicted by Chicago's Straussian Neo-Con cabal.3
The University of Chicago routinely trained me and innumerable other students to become ruthless and unprincipled Machiavellians. That is precisely why so many neophyte Neo-Con students gravitated towards the University of Chicago or towards Chicago Alumni at other universities. Years later, the University of Chicago became the "brains" behind the Bush Jr. Empire and his Ashcroft Police State. Attorney General John Ashcroft received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1967. Many of his lawyers at the Bush Jr. Department of Injustice are members of the right-wing, racist, bigoted, reactionary, and totalitarian Federalist Society (aka "Feddies"),4 which originated in part at the University of Chicago. Feddies wrote the USA Patriot Act (USAPA) I and the draft for USAPA II, which constitute the blueprint for establishing an American Police State.5 Meanwhile, the Department of Injustice's own F.B.I. is still covering up the U.S. governmental origins of the post 11 September 2001 anthrax attack on Washington D.C. that enabled Ashcroft and his Feddies to stampede the U.S. Congress into passing USAPA I into law.6
Integrally related to and overlapping with the Feddies are members of the University of Chicago "School" of Law-and-Kick-Them-in-the-Groin-Economics (e.g., Richard Posner, Frank Easterbrook, Richard Epstein,etc.), which in turn was founded upon the Market Fundamentalism of Milton Friedman, now retired but long-time Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Friedman and his "Chicago Boys" have raped, robbed, looted, plundered, and pillaged economies and their respective peoples all over the developing world.7 This Chicago gang of academic con-artists and charlatans are proponents of the Nazi Doctrine of "useless eaters." Pursuant to Friedman's philosophy of Market Fundamentalism, the "privatization" of Iraq and its Oil Industry are already underway for the primary benefit of the U.S. energy companies (e.g., Halliburton, formerly under Vice President Dick Cheney) that had already interpenetrated the Bush Jr. administration as well as the Bush Family itself. Enron.
Although miseducated8 at Yale and Harvard Business School, the "Ivies" proved to be too liberal for Bush Jr. and his fundamentalist Christian supporters, whose pointman and spearcarrier in the Bush Jr. administration was Ashcroft, a Fundie himself. The Neo-Cons and the Fundies contracted an "unholy alliance" in support of Bush Jr. For their own different reasons, both gangs also worked hand-in-hand to support Israel's genocidal Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, an internationally acknowledged war criminal.9
According to his own public estimate and boast before the American Enterprise Institute, President Bush Jr. hired about 20 Straussians to occupy key positions in his administration, intentionally taking offices where they could push American foreign policy in favor of Israel and against its chosen enemies such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, and the Palestinians.10 Most of the Straussian Neo-Cons in the Bush Jr. administration and elsewhere are Israel-firsters: What is "good" for Israel is by definition "good" for the United States. Dual loyalties indeed.11
In addition, it was the Chicago Straussian cabal of pro-Israeli Neo-Cons who set up a special "intelligence" unit within the Pentagon that was responsible for manufacturing many of the bald-faced lies, deceptions, half-truths, and sheer propaganda that the Bush Jr. administration then disseminated to the lap-dog U.S. news media12 in order to generate public support for a war of aggression against Iraq for the benefit of Israel and in order to steal Iraq's oil.13 To paraphrase advice Machiavelli once rendered to his Prince in Chapter XVIII of that book: Those who want to deceive will always find those willing to be deceived.14 As I can attest from my personal experience as an alumnus of the University of Chicago Department of Political Science, the Bible of Chicago's Neo-Con Straussian cabal is Machiavelli's The Prince. We students had to know our Machiavelli by heart and rote at the University of Chicago.
As for the University of Chicago overall, its biblical Gospel is Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind (1987).15 Of course Bloom was another protégé of Strauss, as well as a mentor to Wolfowitz. In his Bloom-biographical novel Ravelstein (2000) Saul Bellow, formerly on the University of Chicago Faculty, outed his self-styled friend Bloom as a hedonist, pederast, and most promiscuous homosexual who died of AIDS. All this was common knowledge at the University of Chicago, where Bloom is still worshiped and his elitist screed against American higher-education still revered on a pedestal.
In Ravelstein Wolfowitz appeared as Bloom's protégé Philip Gorman, leaking national security secrets to his mentor during the Bush Sr. war against Iraq. Strauss hovered around the novel as Bloom's mentor and guru Professor Davarr. Strauss/Davarr is really the éminence grise of Ravelstein. With friends like Bellow, Bloom did not need enemies. On the basis of Ravelstein alone, Wolfowitz warrants investigation by the F.B.I.
Just recently the University of Chicago officially celebrated its Bush Jr. Straussian Neo-Con cabal, highlighting Wolfowitz Ph.D. '72, Ahmad Chalabi, Ph.D. '69 (the CIA's Iraqi puppet), Abram Shulsky, A.M. '68, Ph.D. '72 (head of the Pentagon's special "intelligence" unit), Zalmay Khalilzad, Ph.D. '79 (Bush Jr's roving pro-consul for Afghanistan and then Iraq), as well as faculty members Bellow, X '39, and Bloom, A.B. '49, A.M. '53, Ph.D. '55, together with Strauss. According to the University of Chicago Magazine, Bloom's rant "helped popularize Straussian ideals of democracy."16 It is correct to assert that Bloom's book helped to popularize Straussian "ideas," but they were blatantly anti-democratic, Machiavellian, Nietzschean, and elitist to begin with. Only the University of Chicago would have the unmitigated Orwellian gall to publicly assert that Strauss and Bloom cared one whit about democracy, let alone comprehended the "ideals of democracy."
Does anyone seriously believe that a pro-Israeli Chicago/Strauss/Bloom product such as Wolfowitz could care less about democracy in Iraq? Or for that matter anyone in the Bush Jr. administration? After they stole the 2000 presidential election from the American People in Florida and before the Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court, some of whom were Feddies?17 Justice Clarence Thomas is a Straussian to boot.18
At the behest of its Straussian Neo-Con Political Science Department, in 1979 the entire University of Chicago went out of its way to grant the "first Albert Pick Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Understanding" to Robert "Mad Bomber" McNamara.19 In other words, the University of Chicago itself maliciously strove to rehabilitate one of the greatest international war criminals in the post-World War II era.20 Do not send your children to the University of Chicago where they will grow up to become warmongers like Wolfowitz or totalitarians like Ashcroft! The University of Chicago is an intellectual and moral cesspool.
Ex-CIA analysts hold Israel responsible for Iraq invasion/Niger uranium lies
Whole interview: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/09/17/1543215 http://www.counterpunch.org/vips07142003.html http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0822-12.htm
Well he was promoting the idea that has now been implemented that we are the single superpower in the world and that we should act like it. We’ve got a lot of weight to throw around, we should throw it around. We should assert ourselves in critical areas, like the Middle East and over the next few years the Project for New American Century documents very much elucidate this kind of strategic vision and strategic plan. It’s very much like Mein Kampf. It’s the ideological strategic justification for what has been happening here. It’s empire, it’s how to increase our influence and not coincidentally, it dovetails expressly with the strategic objectives of Israel in the Middle East. We mean to be the sole superpower, dominant superpower in the world and Israel is determined to remain the superpower in the Middle East. And of course if you talk about weapons of mass destruction, well, check out how many Israel has. And ask yourself when was the last national intelligence estimate on Israeli weapons of mass destruction?
How Israel wants the US to attack Iran is mentioned in the following "Korean War 2" article:
North Korea War Next for the JINSA/CSP/PNAC Neocons: http://iraqwar.ru/iraq-read_article.php?articleId=19695&lang=en
The JINSA/CSP/PNAC Neocons would like to neutralize the North Korean regime (instead of peacefully negotiating with it) in order to prevent it from potentially selling missiles and WMD to the perceived enemies of Israel (so they are willing to sacrafice the lives of many US soldiers for the benefit of their Israel firster agenda). Access the "Men from JINSA and CSP" article (by Jason Vest) which is included below (to read for how long JINSA has wanted to attack North Korea for Israel's benefit).
This an excellent article as well (from www.antiwar.com) which discusses how the neocons in the Bush regime (like JINSA/PNAC Zionist extremist John Bolton) are pushing for the Syrian Accountability Act (that could lead to regime change in Syria as well which would be right in accordance with that "Clean Break" advisory paper that Perle and Feith wrote for Netanyahu in Israel): http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html
Fisk discusses the Syrian Accountability Act in this article (this article was where I first learned about JINSA as such is why I value Fisk's writing so much as we never see this kind of mention in the biased US press/media): http://www.robert-fisk.com/articles114.htm
The bottom two links (from C-SPAN) are worth watching as they are about how JINSA/PNAC Zionist extremist John Bolton wants to go after Syria: http://www.c-span.org/search/basic.asp?ResultStart=1&ResultCount=10&BasicQueryText=bolton&image1.x=24&image1.y=17
September 19, 2003 http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html
ARE YOU SYRIA-OUS?
Now they're saying Iraqi WMD were hidden in Syria – seriously!
by Justin Raimondo
It would be funny if it wasn't so ominous. Remember those "weapons of mass destruction" the Iraqis were supposed to be holding, poised to strike us at any moment? Yeah, that's right, the ones that turned out to not exist – or were destroyed after Gulf War I. Or something. Well, anyway, it turns out they aren't missing, after all – they were spirited over the border to Syria! Honest! Cross my heart and hope to die. If you don't believe me, just ask John Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control. Testifying before the House International Relations subcommittee, Bolton said the United States sees such reports "as cause for concern," although they haven't been confirmed. "We are continuing," he averred, "to seek conclusive evidence": the U.S. has raised the issue with the Syrians "on numerous occasions."
Bolton – a key figure in the neocon clique that lied us into war with Iraq – drew up a fami