Thursday, February 15, 2007


Why, Really, Did The United States Attack Iraq: Short History Part I.

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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Wednesday, February 14, 2007


House Debate on Iraq: What is Really Being Said by Republicans

By: William D. Spier, Ph.D

Republican leaders, and I assume with help from the White House, circulated “debate points” which yesterday ad nauseam spilled from congressional mouths like so many rotten teeth. No doubt the most repulsive “debate point” is the one that vomits out racist attacks on Muslims, or, psst….brown skinned Arabs. The debate term used was radical Islamists. Fittingly, Ii was the center point of the spew from the Republican Southern congressional delegation. Deep in the heart of the South racism took its ugly turn toward the next 150 years during Reconstruction. It played well on the disenfranchised and illiterate white man, who is not so much illiterate today as just plain ignorant of reasons he cannot get a piece of the American Dream. All of which brings me to this…

Barack Obama. The way I see it is that the spew from the mouths of these hideous men is paving the way for a direct assault on Barack Obama over the next year. If he is on the ticket and able to pull some of the middle class white vote away from the Republican nominee, the South might experience a sea change in the composition of its congressional delegation; and some of these hideous men will be out of a job. These guys remind me of the worst loudmouths I encountered at college fraternities: stupid and without any grace. Once gone, it will be very difficult to resurrect this type.

For now though, these guys are saying that if we don’t war now against the radical Islamists, they will attack us on our own soil. It will not be a big leap to overlay this racism on an Obama campaign for the presidency. Can you trust this man, Barack Hussein Obama?

The other debate points circulated were played out the last few years: not supporting the troops; we will be “staying the course” if we do not escalate the “war”; freedom and democracy for the Iraqis and al Qaeda will destabilize the region. Meanwhile, not one of them said that our troops are getting mauled by Saudi supported Sunnis.

I expect more of the sludge today.

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