30 Mar 2004 @ 20:12, by S Barua
war with Iraq has been planned not since September 11th, 2001 — but since a Pentagon White Paper named "Defense Planning Guidance" (DPG) was written in 1992.
The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. The new world dynamic began to take shape. Congress started to panic at the perceived "threat blank" as stated by Georgia Democrat Sam Nunn, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee. He told the Pentagon that before Congress could approve the $295 billion dollar defense octopus they requested, that there would have to be some enemies to warrant such expenditures.
Wolfowitz, as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, was only too happy to provide the requested enemies. A life-long advocate of U.S. military global dominance, Wolfowitz was deeply mistrustful of the Soviets. His contributions to the plans for U.S. global domination always included clauses with names like "crisis response/reconstitution" in case the Soviets ever regained power in the wake of the Berlin Wall fold.
The classified document, "Defense Planning Guidance," depicted a world dominated by the United States of America at the expense of both friends and allies alike. It did not say that the United States was to be a power; it said the United States was to be the absolute power, and that other nations would be "preempted" from seeking a larger role.
This "preemptive" doctrine included the expansion of the United States military complex, the total domination of allies and enemies, and the intimidation and bullying on a global scale which made diplomacy an impossible objective. Wolfowitz is the man responsible for the rhetoric which removed diplomacy from United States foreign policy.
DPG was leaked to The New York Times in March of 1992. The cognoscenti widely criticized its heavy-handed and obtuse approach toward America's role in the new world theater. Wolfowitz left it on the door on his way out when President Clinton stepped into the Oval Office on January 20, 1993.
DPG included such totalitarian phrases as "establishing and protecting a new order" that accounts "sufficiently for the interests of advanced industrial nations to discourage them from challenging our leadership," and simultaneously creating a global military hegemony capable of "deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role."
Wolfowitz and his fellow neocons unsuccessfully tried to lobby President Clinton to attack Iraq in 1992. Clinton declined, saying he was more focused on "Al-Qaeda terrorist cells." During the Clinton Presidency, Paul Wolfowitz repeatedly criticized the President's foreign policy decisions around the globe. In a 1996 editorial, Wolfowitz advocated a preemptive war against Iraq. "Should we sit idly by," he wrote, "with our passive containment policy and our inept cover operations and wait until a tyrant possessing large quantities of weapons of mass destruction and sophisticated delivery systems strikes out at us?" Wolfowitz believed it was "necessary" to "go beyond the containment strategy."
Since Wolfowitz could not obtain Clinton's support in attacking Iraq preemptively in 1992, he went to Plan B: he helped create a neocon think tank in 1997 called the PNAC — the Project for a New American Century. This think tank expressed the same views as the DPG White Paper with regard to American foreign policy. Its members include Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, William Kristol, Richard Perle, James Woolsey, William Bennett, Dan Quayle, Jeb Bush, James Bolton, and Zalmay M. Khalilzad.
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