US backs long-planned attack on Syria
Pentagon adviser Richard Perle said that the recent Israeli attack on Syria was long overdue and that he would not rule out US military action against the Arab State. Perle is a close advisor to the US President and Defence Secretary Rumsfeld. Perle was addressing a conference in Jerusalem of conservatives from the US and Israel. He said he was "happy to see that Israel has now taken a similar step in responding to acts of terror that originate in Lebanese territory by going to the rulers of Lebanon in Damascus". Perle also said he hoped the air strike reflected a new Israeli policy similar to the Bush doctrine. "We have problems with the Syrians who continue to support terrorism. We have to find a way to get them to stop", Perle told journalists. When Perle was asked if this would include US military action against Syria, he said: "Everything is possible". He added that Syria was very weak militarily and the US would not find it difficult to commit its forces to Syria despite its heavy commitment in Iraq and South Korea, and a continued presence in the Balkans and Liberia. US veto When the Israeli bombing came before the UN Security Council, the US found no support for Bush's claims that Israel was exercising a legitimate right to "defend its citizens". No one else accepted the Israeli argument that the bombing of Syria was a "deterrent" move, either. The US, as it has done consistently in the past, vetoed a resolution condemning Israel's actions. The US and Israeli leaders do not hide the fact that their aims are "regime change" and the occupation of the territory of sovereign states. The occupation policies of the US have taken a beating in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Desperate attempts to prove that Iraq is a success story and that the Americans are liberators and heroes, falter every time another body bag is secretly shipped back to the US. A phoney letter-campaign has been launched in the US to tell the folks back home that everybody in Iraq loves the American troops and that all is going well. The original new world order blue-print of the US remains unchanged. It is based on the Statement of Principles issued by a group of neo-conservatives who formed an entity called the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) in June 1997. Pre-emptive strike policy "The history of the 20th Century", the statement said in part, "should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire". One of the project's major principles called for a major increase in military spending "to carry out our global responsibilities today". Among the 25 signatories to the PNAC founding statement were Dick Cheney, Ronald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's No.2 at the Pentagon) and Jeb Bush. Rumsfeld was head of the Pentagon policy team in the first Bush presidency and Dick Cheney was then Defence Secretary). In September 2000, well before George W Bush became President, PNAC issued a detailed 81-page report Rebuilding America's Defenses. The report talked of several "core" missions for the US military. These included nuclear superiority, expansion of the armed forces to 200,000 active-duty personnel, and "repositioning" the military forces "to respond to 21st century strategic realities". Multiple wars One of the project's missions was to "fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars". The report described those wars as "large scale" and "spread across the globe". Another mission for the military was to "perform the 'constabulary' duties associated with the security environment in critical regions". The PNAC report also described the homeland security plan — "develop and deploy global missile defences to defend the American homeland and America's allies, and to provide a secure base for US power projection around the world. America is to control the new 'international commons' of space and 'cyberspace', and pave the way for the creation of a new military service — US Space Forces — with the mission of space control". President Bush targeted three countries in his January 2002 State of the Union address — Iraq, North Korea and Iran — as the "axis of evil". Iraq is no longer part of the "axis of evil". It has been "liberated" from weapons of mass destruction it never had and is presently under US occupation. The list of target countries for never-ending US military adventures keeps growing. As John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for arms control said at the US embassy in London last week, "We're now turning our attention to Iraq, Syria, Libya and Cuba". Long-planned This US policy was worked out a long time ago. Wesley Clark, a retired general and a Democratic Party presidential nominee for the coming US mid-term elections, recounts a conversation he had in the Pentagon with one of the senior military staff officers in November 2001. The officer told him that the US was on track to attack Iraq. This was advanced as part of a five-year campaign plan and that there was a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.