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IRAQ: What next?



Goordon Jackson reports: "National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" program today (April 1, 2003) included an interview with William Kristol, editor of the neo-conservative magazine, The Weekly Standard, and head of the neo-conservative think tank, The Project for a New American Century (PNAC). A Google search yielded a number of related sites. In one of them I found this address for PNAC: (
www.newamericancentury.org). The defense and foreign policy we see being implemented in the Middle East is the brainchild of members of this think tank. Viewed as radical when it was first proposed in the early 1990s, it has been swallowed hook, line, and sinker by the president. Given the neo-conservatives' apparent objective of American hegemony in the Middle East, it would not surprise me to see the administration seek to control/influence affairs in Iran after Iraq. Sadly, the administration does not seem to be concerned about anti-Americanism, and I fear that America and Americans will pay dearly for it.

Barnes and Noble lists two recent books by Kristol:
The War over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission, Feb, 2003.
Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign and Defense Policy, March, 2000.

RH: This takes us back to our discussion about conspiracies, cabals and who runs America. How much did you know about PNAC? Marvels of TV: today at 3 a.m. I was watching live Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons. The question of what next was very much on the minds of the MPs. Tony Blair, alert and intelligent as usual, was hard put to reassure the House. One questioner asked about reports that Iraq would be run by a powerful (unnamed) American general with close ties to Israel (Tommy Franks?). Blair repeatedly said Iraq must be rune by Iraqis, but he evaded the question. He also evaded the issue of Iran and Syria.

Ronald Hilton - 4/2/03


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