March 8, 2003
North Korean Fliers Said to Have Sought Hostages
By ERIC SCHMITT
WASHINGTON, March 7-The North Korean fighter jets that intercepted an unarmed American spy plane over the Sea of Japan last weekend were
trying to force the aircraft to land in North Korea and seize its crew, a senior defense official said today.
Thursday 27 February 2003
"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence,
whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of
misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our
liberties or democratic processes."
- President Dwight Eisenhower, January 1961.
George W. Bush gave a speech Wednesday night before the Godfather of conservative Washington think tanks, the
American Enterprise Institute. In his speech, Bush quantified his coming war with Iraq as part of a larger struggle to bring
pro-western governments into power in the Middle East. Couched in hopeful language describing peace and freedom for all, the
speech was in fact the closest articulation of the actual plan for Iraq that has yet been heard from the administration.
PNAC has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to a Hussein opposition group called the Iraqi National Congress, and to Iraq's
heir-apparent, Ahmed Chalabi, despite the fact that Chalabi was sentenced in absentia by a Jordanian court to 22 years in prison
on 31 counts of bank fraud. Chalabi and the INC have, over the years, gathered support for their cause by promising oil contracts
to anyone that would help to put them in power in Iraq.
Who is PNAC? Its members include:
* Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the PNAC founders, who served as Secretary of Defense for Bush
* I. Lewis Libby, Cheney's top national security assistant;
* Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, also a founding member, along with four of his chief aides
* Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, arguably the ideological father of the group;
* Eliot Abrams, prominent member of Bush's National Security Council, who was pardoned by Bush Sr.
in the Iran/Contra scandal;
* John Bolton, who serves as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security in the Bush
* Richard Perle, former Reagan administration official and present chairman of the powerful Defense
* Randy Scheunemann, President of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, who was Trent Lott's
national security aide and who served as an advisor to Rumsfeld on Iraq in 2001;
* Bruce Jackson, Chairman of PNAC, a position he took after serving for years as vice president of
weapons manufacturer Lockheed-Martin, and who also headed the Republican Party Platform
subcommittee for National Security and Foreign Policy during the 2000 campaign. His section of the 2000
GOP Platform explicitly called for the removal of Saddam Hussein;
* William Kristol, noted conservative writer for the Weekly Standard, a magazine owned along with the
Fox News Network by conservative media mogul Ruppert Murdoch.
The Project for the New American Century seeks to establish what they call 'Pax Americana' across the globe. Essentially,
their goal is to transform America, the sole remaining superpower, into a planetary empire by force of arms. A report released by
PNAC in September of 2000 entitled 'Rebuilding America's Defenses' codifies this plan, which requires a massive increase in
defense spending and the fighting of several major theater wars in order to establish American dominance. The first has been
achieved in Bush's new budget plan, which calls for the exact dollar amount to be spent on defense that was requested by PNAC
in 2000. Arrangements are underway for the fighting of the wars.
The men from PNAC are in a perfect position to see their foreign policy schemes, hatched in 1997, brought into reality. They
control the White House, the Pentagon and Defense Department, by way of this the armed forces and intelligence communities,
and have at their feet a Republican-dominated Congress that will rubber-stamp virtually everything on their wish list.
t is well known by now that Dick Cheney, before becoming Vice President, served as chairman and chief executive of the
Dallas-based petroleum corporation Halliburton. During his tenure, according to oil industry executives and United Nations
records, Halliburton did a brisk $73 million in business with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. While working face-to-face with Hussein,
Cheney and Halliburton were also moving into position to capitalize upon Hussein's removal from power. In October of 1995, the
same month Cheney was made CEO of Halliburton, that company announced a deal that would put it first in line should war
break out in Iraq. Their job: To take control of burning oil wells, put out the fires, and prepare them for service.
There are a number of depths to be plumbed in all of this. The Bush administration has claimed all along that this war with
Iraq is about Saddam Hussein's connections to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, though through it all they have
roundly failed to establish any basis for either accusation. On Wednesday, Bush went further to claim that the war is about
liberating the Iraqi people and bringing democracy to the Middle East. This ignores cultural realities on the ground in Iraq and
throughout the region that, salted with decades of deep mistrust for American motives, make such a democracy movement
brought at the point of the sword utterly impossible to achieve.
This movement, cloaked in democracy, is in fact a PNAC-inspired push for an American global empire. It behooves
Americans to understand that there is a great difference between being the citizen of a constitutional democracy and being a
citizen of an empire. The establishment of an empire requires some significant sacrifices.
Essential social, medical, educational and retirement services will have to be gutted so that those funds can be directed
towards a necessary military buildup. Actions taken abroad to establish the preeminence of American power, most specifically in
the Middle East, will bring a torrent of terrorist attacks to the home front. Such attacks will bring about the final suspension of
constitutional rights and the rule of habeas corpus, as we will find ourselves under martial law. In the end, however, this may be
inevitable. An empire cannot function with the slow, cumbersome machine of a constitutional democracy on its back. Empires
must be ruled with speed and ruthlessness, in a manner utterly antithetical to the way in which America has been governed for
And yes, of course, a great many people will die.