Pre-emption: Idea With a Lineage Whose Time Has Come
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN, New York Times
ASHINGTON, March 22 — In January 1998, a lineup of conservative policy advocates warned President Clinton in an open letter that the "containment" of Iraq was a failure and that removing Saddam Hussein from power "now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy."
Among the 18 signers were Donald H. Rumsfeld, Paul D. Wolfowitz, Richard L. Armitage and Richard N. Perle, all former officials in Republican administrations. At the time, the men were affiliated with academic centers and policy institutes, with no particular expectation that they would, within five years, be in a position to turn their ideas into policy.
The second Persian Gulf war represents far more than simply a triumph for Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz, or for Mr. Armitage, the deputy secretary of state, and Mr. Perle, chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a Pentagon advisory panel, not to mention their colleagues in the conservative news media.
It also reflects, at least in the view of some, the ascendance under President Bush of the conservatives' idea that chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs of "rogue states" must be confronted with pre-emptive or even preventive action before an imminent threat materializes.
The origins of the current war are, in fact, rooted in a series of policy pronouncements by these and other conservative intellectuals that date from the early 1990's, after the end of the cold war and the inconclusive end of the gulf war in 1991, which left Mr. Hussein in power.
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Now, the larger question is this: If the plan all along was war ... why not inform the American people BEFORE they elected the administration, AND why use the "convenience" of 9-11 to accomplish their long-planned objectives ... by the way, WHO planned 9-11 or is that beside the point, now ... OR could they be covering up that info as well ... think about it! ACTIONS speak louder than words. Where's the 9-11 investigation AND why did it fizzle after the protest against crony Kissinger forced his resignation as head?