By: William D. Spier, Ph.D.
It is well known that the loudest noise promoting a U.S. attack on Iraq grew from a group of Likudniks at the American Enterprise Institute in the 1990’s. Led by Richard Perle, this group, which included: Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, his wife Meyrev Wurmser, Jonathan Torop, James Colbert, and Robert Lowenberg—authored the “infamous” paper “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.” The paper had four principal points: 1) the then Labor government had to be stopped from trading land for peace as was supported by the Clinton Administration; and Zionism re-established as the bedrock of Israeli policy 2) direct or proxy military confrontation with Syria in the effort t to roll back it regional influence—especially in Lebanon. 3) The removal of Saddam Hussein from power as part of an effort to further weaken Syria (and left unsaid, a pro Western Iraq regime that could mitigate Iranian regional influence. 4) Israel must free itself from dependence on United States Aid—economic and military- so it could freely pursue a Zionist agenda with regard to containing Palestinians. One of the authors of this manifesto, David Wurmser, authored a book in 1999 titled: Tyranny’s Ally: America’s Failure to Defeat Saddam Hussein (AEI Press—no less). In a nutshell, Wurmser argued that sanctions against Hussein were a failure and Hussein was amassing weapons of mass destruction. For this book, it seems Wurmser had extensive bull sessions with Michael Ledeen, well know Likudnik with fascist sympathies—and bagman during the Iran Contra affair, Perle, James Woolsey, Harold Rhodes, and Ahmed Chalabi. Douglas Feith was in the mix too.
These Likudniks and their Israeli crew boss, Benjamin Netanyahu, worked hard in the 1990’s to transform Israel from a country willing to negotiate with Palestinians and its neighbors to a garrison military state by 2000. Lethal and evil forces were about to converge in the Pentagon when the fratboy Texas governor was appointed president of the United States. From 1996 to 2000, David Wurmser seems to be the public mouthpiece for an attack on Iraq. Bush’s selection of Cheney to be veep opens the door for the likes of these guys to influence policy. With the appointment of Rumsfeld as defense secretary, the Likudniks are ensconced deep in the Pentagon.
Hussein was a dead man.
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