An Anti-War Column: Bush Likudniks seek to start `World War IV`

As New York`s Forward

remarked
a few weeks ago, "the toothpaste is out
of the tube"
on the role of a handful of
neo-conservative hawks in the Bush administration and
their cohorts in the media pushing the United States
into war with Iraq for the benefit of Israel. The war
that began this week and what President Bush has told
the nation and the world about it must therefore be
considered in a rather different light.

The fact is that several of the president`s and the
administration`s claims about Iraq are simply false.

Americans might want to think about that as this
war—and perhaps future ones—continues.

In the first place, the administration has claimed
that Iraq was connected to the September 11 attacks
against this country. The truth is that neither the
administration nor anyone else has ever offered any
evidence whatsoever of that.

It has also claimed that Iraq is closely tied to Al
Qaeda. There is no evidence for that either.

Then again, the president claimed last October that
Iraq`s Al Samoud missiles have a range of "hundreds of
miles" and are capable of striking "Saudi Arabia,
Israel, Turkey and other nations."
In fact, as the
Washington Post

pointed
out this week, the missiles have a range of
less than 200 miles. They can strike those countries
only if positioned close to their

borders
.

This week on NBC`s

"Meet the Press,"
Vice President Cheney lobbed off
some whoppers of his own. He strongly implied that
Saddam Hussein has provided Al Qaeda with nuclear or
biological weapons. Not only is there no evidence for
that, but last year CIA Director

George Tenet
testified to Congress that Hussein
would not give such weapons to terrorists unless he
believed a terrorist attack on the United States
"would be his last chance to exact vengeance by taking a
large number of victims with him."

Hussein may not have believed that then. He has good
reason to believe it now.

Mr. Cheney also claimed that Iraq "has, in fact,
reconstituted nuclear weapons
." That claim is
contradicted by the director of the International Atomic
Energy Agency, who says "there is no indication of
resumed nuclear activities"
by Iraq.

It should be clear that the president and vice
president are not merely in error. It should be clear
that they—and other administration officials—are lying,
telling the American people our country is in danger
when in fact it is not.

Why did they lie to push us into war?

They lied because the above-mentioned
neo-conservative hawks have manipulated the
administration into waging war on behalf of Israel. Not
all are Jewish, and it is largely irrelevant whether
they are or not. What is important is that they have
been pressing for war with Iraq since at least 1998—long
before September 11, 2001 and long before the Bush
administration even existed.

On Feb. 19, 1998, some 40 signers put their names on
an

open letter to President Clinton
demanding that the
United States force Saddam Hussein from power. The
signers included at least twelve neo-con hawks now in
the Bush administration (mainly in the Pentagon) known
to have pushed for war against Iraq. They include
Elliott Abrams (National Security Council), John Bolton
and David Wurmser (State Department), Douglas Feith,
Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and Donald Rumsfeld (all
Defense Department), as well as such neo-con media
luminaries as William Kristol, editor of the Weekly
Standard
, and Martin Peretz, editor in chief of the
New Republic. All are well-known as zealous
supporters of Israel.

Only a few days after the 9/11 attacks, Deputy
Defense Secretary Wolfowitz began pressing President
Bush for a U.S. attack on Iraq.

Neo-cons like Michael Ledeen and Norman Podhoretz
have called for far more than that—what Mr. Podhoretz
explicitly calls "World
War IV
," that the United States launch wars against
virtually all Arab states in the Middle East, including
Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, among others, with
which the United States has no quarrels whatsoever.

Is that what the Bush administration plans to do as
an encore?

Last week the Boston Globe, in a story
headlined,

"Some ask who`s next after Iraq?"
quoted State
Department aide John Bolton, "a leading hawk,"
(see above) as "telling Israeli officials that Iran
would be `dealt with` after the war with Iraq."
It
also cited "one high-ranking Bush administration
official who has the ear of Vice President Dick Cheney"
who "explained recently that the administration
was actively searching for ways to undo the 1979 Islamic
revolution that created the modern world`s first
theocracy"
in Iran.

Don`t imagine the war we launched this week will be
the last. With Israel`s Likud Party now effectively in
charge of our foreign policy, you ain`t seen nothing
yet.

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[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available
from


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