'Wolfowitz Cabal' Is An Enemy Within U.S.
by Michele Steinberg
On Oct. 14, the London Observer published one of
the now familiarand totally falsepropaganda scare
stories, entitled "Iraq 'Behind U.S. Anthrax Outbreaks.'
" The story gave credence to the ravings of "American
hawks" who say there is "a growing mass of evidence
that [Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein was involved, possibly indirectly,
with the Sept. 11 suicide hijacks." If confirmed, said the
Observer, "the pressure now building ... for an attack [on
Iraq] may be irresistible." One of these "hawks,"
an unnamed U.S. "administration official," told the
Observer that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is a "faithful
ally" in the war against terrorism and that "if it means
we are embarking on the next Hundred Years' War, then that's what
we are doing" (emphasis added).
The "next Hundred Year's War"? Who are the U.S. maniacs
who use such language, and are they not as dangerous as Osama bin
Here we will name the names of the fanatics in this anti-Iraq grouping
who have become known as the "Wolfowitz cabal," named
after Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. According to
the New York Times, which published a leak about their activities
on Oct. 12, this grouping wants an immediate war with Iraq, believing
that the targetting of Afghanistan, already an impoverished wasteland,
falls far short of the global war that they are hoping for. But
Iraq is just another stepping stone to turning the anti-terrorist
"war" into a full-blown "Clash of Civilizations,"
where the Islamic religion would become the "enemy image"
in a "new Cold War."
The "Clash of Civilizations" theory, developed by Harvard
professor-turned President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser
Zbigniew Brzezinski and his protégés, including Harvard
Prof. Samuel Huntington, defined the Arab and Islamic world as an
"arc of crisis" from the Middle East to the Islamic countries
of Central Asia in the then-Soviet Union. Brzezinski wanted to use
the "Islamic card" against the Soviet Union, and in so
doing, began the policy of promoting Islamic fundamentalists against
moderate and pro-Western Arab and Islamic governments. After the
end of the Cold War, the Brzezinski/Huntington crowd updated their
"arc of crisis," declaring that the Islamic religion is
the enemy, in a new war in which religions, rather than political
systems, inevitably battle each other. However, trained by British
and U.S. special intelligence services and the CIA, and armed by
Israeli military networks, the very terrorist drug-runners in the
Islamic world who were launched by Brzezinski and "adopted"
by the Iran-Contra networks run by Lt. Col. Oliver North, under
the elder George Bush's Executive Order 12333, have become the main
suspects in terrorist attacks against the United States.
A Network Throughout the Government
The adherents of the so-called "Wolfowitz cabal," pushing
the "Clash of Civilizations" theory, are nothing less
than "an enemy within" the United States, a network that
cuts across the Defense Department, the State Department, the White
House, and the National Security Council. This report is not a "good
guys" versus "bad guys" description of the Bush Administration;
rather it is a warning that this cabal is a close-knit rogue network
that is trying to hijack U.S. policy, and turn the current Afghanistan
mess into a global war. The cabal bears a dangerous resemblance
to the "secret parallel government" of North and Gen.
Richard Secord's "Project Democracy" operation that ran
Iran-Contra. In fact, some of the cabal members now in the Bush
Administration are convicted criminals as a result of their activity
in North's "Enterprise"!
On Oct. 12, the New York Times revealed deep divisions in the Bush
Administration, describing how the cabal plots policy behind the
back of Cabinet officials, such as Secretary of State Colin Powell,
in the name of the U.S. government. The group wants to obliterate
Iraq, put Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and the
Palestinian Authority on the terrorism list (if not the obituary
list), and declare war on nation-states.
The Times revealed that a key section of the "Wolfowitz cabal,"
is the 18-member Defense Policy Board, which met for more than 19
hours on Sept. 19-20 to "make the case" against Saddam
Hussein. The meeting pushed for a renewed war against Iraq as soon
as the war against Afghanistan had concluded its initial phase.
It discussed overthrowing Saddam Hussein, partitioning Iraq into
mini-states led by U.S.-funded dissidents who would steal the proceeds
from the Basra oil revenues for their quisling government. The meeting
discussed how to manipulate information so as to pin the Sept. 11
attacks on the United States on Saddam Hussein.
According to the Times, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld attended
the meetings for only "part" of both days, and on Sept.
22, President George Bush rejected the Policy Board's recommendation
to declare war against Iraq. But to the "Wolfowitz cabal,"
Bush's decision didn't really mattersenior members of the
Policy Board had been selected for their broad international connections,
especially to the United Kingdom and Israel, allowing them to force
changes in U.S. policy through an "outside-inside" operation.
If unable to change policy through advising, the network could also
run covert operations as a "government within a government,"
as they had maneuvered during Iran-Contra.
The chairman of the Defense Policy Board is Richard Perle, the
former Reagan Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security
Affairs, now based at the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute.
Perle, nicknamed "The Prince of Darkness" because of
his nuclear Armageddon views during the Cold War, is, more importantly,
an asset of Conrad Black's Hollinger International, Inc., which
grew out of British Empire Security Coordinator William Stephenson's
efforts to secure arms for Britain during World War II. At present,
Hollinger owns the British Tory Party-linked Telegraph PLC, whose
International Advisory Board is headed by former British Prime Minister,
now Lady Margaret Thatcher. Hollinger also owns the Jerusalem Post,
another war-mongering press outlet.
The "heavy hitters" on the Defense Policy Board are the
worst of the Anglo-American-Israeli geopolitical fanatics from the
last several decades, including: former Secretary of State Henry
A. Kissinger, who is also a member of Hollinger's International
Advisory Board; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Clinton
Administration Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey;
former Deputy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. David E.
Jeremiah; former Vice President Dan Quayle; former Defense and Energy
Secretary James R. Schlesinger; and former President Carter's Defense
Secretary Harold Brown.
Though Perle was only recently appointed to head the Defense Policy
Board, he and Wolfowitz have been collaborators for more than two
decades, as agents-of-influence of the right-wing Israeli war faction.
In 1985, when it was clear that Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American
convicted that year of spying for Israel, could not have been working
alone in stealing such high-level U.S. secrets for Israel to sell
to the Soviet Union, top-level intelligence officials told EIR that
an entire "X Committee" of high-level U.S. officials,
was being investigated. Wolfowitz and Perle were on the list of
"X Committee" suspects, and Israeli spying against the
United States was so thick that investigators told EIR they had
found "not moles, but entire molehills." Pollard and his
Israeli defenders later claimed that Pollard "had to"
spy against the United States because the Americans were soft on
Iraq and other Arab countries.
The "Wolfowitz cabal" is deterimined to push the United
States in the direction of the most dangerous Israeli right-wing
policy, including a possible Israeli nuclear attack on an Arab state.
They are implementers of the very "breakaway ally" scenario
about which 2004 Democratic Party Presidential pre-candidate Lyndon
LaRouche warned in his statement of Oct. 12 (see International).
Plan B: Wagging the Dog
The "Wolfowitz cabal" is out to destroy any potential
for a Middle East peace, and simultaneously is determined to crush
Eurasian economic development centered around cooperation among
Europe, Russia, and China. After being rebuffed after the marathon
Defense Policy Board meetings, the Wolfowitz cabal set various operations
in motion to plant propaganda stories, falsify reports of U.S. policy,
and carry out other maneuvers, whereby the tail would "wag
the dog." Unapproved statements are made by cabal members,
interviews misrepresenting U.S. policy are planted around the globe,
and intelligence reports are altered or manufactured to further
the policy goals.
The pattern is becoming crystal clear.
In the first such instance, shortly after the attacks of Sept.
11, Wolfowitz declared that the United States will "end states
harboring terrorism," and insisted that under the principle
of self-defense, the United States could act alone, without the
United Nations, or cooperation from any other country. He wanted
to establish the "doctrine" that the United States would
hit a country "anywhere, anytime" based on secret evidence.
But, Wolfowitz was forced to retract his statements, in a visible
rift with the White House. Some days later, NATO allies at its Brussels
headquarters snubbed Wolfowitz, and refused to formalize cooperation
with the United States under NATO agreements at a meeting where
Wolfowitz represented the Bush Administration.
In the same vein, on Oct. 7, the day the Afghanistan bombings began,
the cabal again attempted to provoke a rift between the United States
and members of the UN Security Council, especially Russia and China,
by altering the text of a letter from U.S. Ambassador to the UN
John D. Negroponte. (Not coincidentally, Negroponte was a notorious
insider in the Iran-Contra operation, who was accused of collaborating
with narcotics-linked military death squads in Honduras in the 1980s.)
The changes in the letter were made without notifying Negroponte's
boss, Secretary of State Powell.
In the letter, Negroponte echoed Wolfowitz's so-called gaffe, writing,
"We may find that our self-defense requires further action
with respect to other organizations and states" (emphasis added).
The statement implicitly targetted Iraq, Syria, and Sudan, all countries
which are on the State Department's list of countries that support
terrorism. The statement violated promises the United States had
made, that it would limit "coalition" action to redressing
the attack of Sept. 11. Upon learning of the statement, from the
press, Powell reportedly "hit the roof." The insertion
was drafted by Stephen J. Hadley, who is the Deputy Adviser to the
National Security Council. The stunt may have been planned at the
Defense Policy Board meetings.
Then there's the case of former CIA director R. James Woolsey,
whose defined role is as the Policy Board member who is most public
in demanding the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The Knight-Ridder
newspaper chain reported on Oct. 11, that Woolsey had been authorized
the prior month to fly to London on a U.S. government plane, accompanied
by Justice and Defense Department officials, on a secret mission
to gather evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11 attack.
In a Sept. 18 press conference by Defense Week, Woolsey called for
creating a "no-fly and no-drive zone" in the north and
south of Iraq, so that the Kurds and the Shi'ites, respectively,
could better fight Saddam. "The watchword of the day,"
Woolsey said, is, "It's the Regimes, Stupid!"
Since the Oct. 5 death from anthrax of Bob Stevens, the Sun tabloid
photo editor, from anthrax, Woolsey has been the world's leading
finger-pointer at Saddam as being behind the anthrax attack. His
so-called evidence is dated, prejudiced, and completely unreliable.
It was no accident that Woolsey role-played a prominent characterCIA
Directorin the New York Council on Foreign Relations 1999-2000
scenario the previous year, "The Next Financial Crisis: Warning
Signs, Damage Control, and Impact," that acted out a virtual
coup d'état coming on the heels of a combined financial crisis
and terrorist attack. In the CFR war-game, the U.S. President would
be taken out of the picture, leaving the country under the control
of a crisis management dictatorship.
Also dispatched to London to propagandize for a "rolling war"
that would attack Afghanistan, then Iraq, then country after country
until revenge is exacted, was fellow Policy Board member Newt Gingrich.
Talking to the London Times, owned by top British-Israeli propagandist
Rupert Murdoch, Gingrich said that the United States is "at
war" with "organized, systematic extensions of terror,
supported by nation-states." He said that targetting the Afghan
Taliban without defeating Iraq would be "like defeating Imperial
Japan and leaving the Nazis alone." Gingrich threatened that
countries judged not cooperative against terrorism would face the
consequences: "The U.S. and the coalition forces will assist
your own people in removing you."
Setting the pace for his team, Perle was the joint initiator with
neo-con William Kristol of the Rupert Murdoch-funded Weekly Standard,
of an open letter to President Bush, that, while ostensibly supporting
the President in the war against terrorism, was, in fact, an ultimatum
to support a "Clash of Civilizations" Thirty Years' War
in the Middle East. Among the non-negotiable demands set forth in
that letter was the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, "even if evidence
does not link Iraq directly to the [Sept. 11] attack."
There is no doubt that the Wolfowitz/Perle duo is at the heart
of the network that can use Israel in the "breakaway ally scenario."
Indeed, Wolfowitz is one of great hopes of right-wing extremists
in Israel, including among the radical settlers movement, who are
demanding the assassination of Arafat and the expulsion of all Palestinians
from the Occupied Territories (see coverage in International). But,
Wolfowitz and Perle are not "Israeli agents." Rather,
they are second-generation operatives both mentored by the RAND
Corp.'s Albert Wohlstetter, a former Trotskyite communist turned
nuclear strategist. Nor are the cabal war-mongers Seven Days in
A key member of the cabal is Richard Armitage, the number-two man
in the U.S. State Department, who was investigated in the Iran-Contra
scandal, and who is a longtime collaborator of Wolfowitz in the
targetting of Iraq. The cabal also has high-level operatives at
the National Security Council (NSC):
Gen. Wayne Downing, former Commander in Chief of the Special Operations
Command, was just appointed as Director of Combatting Terrorism
for the Homeland Defense Board, headed by former Pennsylvania Gov.
Tom Ridge. In 1997-98, Downing drew up a military plan to overthrow
Saddam, by assassination, if necessary. The plan hinged on heavily
arming dissident gangs of Iraqi Shi'ites in the south of Iraq, and
Kurdish fighters in the north. Invasion by U.S. Special Forces ground
troops was not ruled out. The promoter of the neo-Conservative yahoos
in Congress and the think-tanks was Wolfowitz, then head of the
Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins
University. Unable to ram this plan through the Clinton Administration,
Wolfowitz shopped the plan to Perle, an expert in "chain-letter"
pressure politics, who garnered signatures. Now at the NSC, Downing
has the ready-made plan to hit Iraq.
Richard Clarke, Adviser to the President for Cyberspace Warfare.
Clarke, who was originally with the State Department during the
elder Bush's Administration, was demoted for covering up Israeli
violations of the Arms Exporting laws. In August 1998, Clarke was
one of the key figures who planted false information about Sudan's
involvement in the East Africa U.S. Embassy bombings, which led
to U.S. cruise missile attacks on a Sudanese pharmaceutical company
in Khartoum. Clarke shopped in disinformation from British-Israeli
covert operations stringer Yosef Bodansky that targetted Sudan.
Elliott Abrams, NSC staff. Abrams, who was convicted in the Iran-Contra
scandal, was quietly placed on the NSC as a specialist in "religion
and human rights." He is a longtime member of the right-wing
Zionist networks that infiltrated the U.S. security establishment.
He worked closely with Secord and North in Central America, also
providing a link to the Israeli gun-running networks that delivered
arms to Khomeini's Iran.
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