THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
November 11, 2014
Consortiumnews.com

The Neocon Plan for War and More War

by Robert Parry

Buoyed by the Republican electoral victories, America's neocons hope to collect their share of the winnings by pushing President Barack Obama into escalating conflicts around the world, from a new Cold War with Russia to hot wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and maybe Iran.

The new menu of neocon delights was listed by influential neocon theorist Max Boot in a blog post for Commentary magazine, an important outlet for neocon thinking. Boot argued that the Republicans - and thus the neocons - have earned a mandate on national security policy from the electoral repudiation of Obama's Democratic Party. . . .

Neocon support for political disturbances in Kiev, including Nuland plotting how to "glue this thing," contributed to the putsch that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych and touched off a bloody civil war. Putin was supporting the status quo, i.e., maintaining the elected government, not instigating its overthrow. . . .

And, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria arose not from Obama's timidity but from the neocon-inspired invasion of Iraq last decade. . . .

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[the process of transformation, . . . is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor.--"Rebuilding America's Defenses," The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), September 2000, p51]

P. H. Liotta, "Chaos as Strategy," 2002 (Parameters, Strategic Studies Institute, Winter 2011-12)

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VIDEO: The first episode explains the origins of Islamism and Neo-Conservatism. It shows Egyptian civil servant Sayyid Qutb, the founder of Islamism, visiting America to learn about the education system, but becoming disgusted with what he saw as a corruption of morals and virtues in western society through individualism. At the same time in the United States, a group of disillusioned liberals, including Irving Kristol and Paul Wolfowitz, look to the political thinking of Leo Strauss after the general failure of President Johnson's "Great Society". They come to the conclusion that the emphasis on individual liberty was the undoing of the plan. They envisioned restructuring America by uniting the American people against a common evil, and set about creating a mythical enemy.--"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear," bbc.co.uk, January 14, 2005 (at 47 min -- America 1981)

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["This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."--Wesley Clark, "Seven Countries in Five Years," Democracy Now, March 2, 2007]

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[Jared Cohen could be wryly named Google's "director of regime change."--Julian Assange, "Google Is Not What It Seems," newsweek.com, October 5, 2014]

L. Michael Hager, "Why It's Important for Us to Know Dual Citizens in Congress," haaretz.com, November 12, 2014

[Adelson's fellow oligarch, Chaim Saban, said Israel needed to support a Palestinian state if it wanted to remain a Jewish democracy. To which Adelson replied, "I don't think the Bible says anything about democracy. I think God didn't say anything about democracy. God talked about all the good things in life. He didn't talk about Israel remaining as a democratic state, otherwise Israel isn't going to be a democratic state - so what?"--Peter Beinart, "The new American Jewish struggle over Israel: Hawks versus ultra-hawks," haaretz.com, November 12, 2014

[The White House habitually lies to get us into war.--Bruce Fein, "Is Obama lying about the Islamic State?," washingtontimes.com, November 16, 2014]

[Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of America's premier news organizations--Robert Parry, "Delusional US 'Group Think' on Syria, Ukraine," consortiumnews.com, November 20, 2014]

Michael Wilner, "Exclusive: Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran," jpost.com, November 22, 2014

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Webcast: Lyndon LaRouche, December 5, 2014

Mike Whitney, "Defending Dollar Imperialism: Ukraine War Driven by Gas-Dollar Link," counterpunch.org, December 1, 2014

[The Congressional Record will show only three of 425 members were present on the floor to consider the sanctions bill.--Dennis Kucinich, "Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking," truthdig.com, December 16, 2014]

Margaret Sarfehjooy and Coleen Rowley, "Selling 'Peace Groups' on US-Led Wars," counterpunch.org, December 22, 2014

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David Swanson, "CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran," warisacrime.org, January 14, 2015

"Report: Mossad undercuts Netanyahu, warns US Congress against more Iran sanctions," jpost.com, January 22, 2015

[Established under the Clinton administration, consolidated under Bush, and firmly entrenched under Obama, this bipartisan network of mostly neoconservative ideologues sealed its dominion inside the US Department of Defense (DoD) by the dawn of 2015, through the operation of an obscure corporate entity outside the Pentagon, but run by the Pentagon. . . .

Known as the 'Highlands Forum,' this private network has operated as a bridge between the Pentagon and powerful American elites outside the military--Nafeez Ahmed, "How the CIA made Google: Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet," medium.com, January 22, 2015]

Christian Stork, "Meet The Forces That Are Pushing Obama Towards A New Cold War," medium.com, February 16, 2015

[Not only does the dollar enable the US empire, but also protecting the dollar's status is a major reason for US imperial wars.--Michele Brand and Remy Herrera, "Dollar Imperialism, 2015 Edition," counterpunch.org, March 6, 2015]

[So the real story behind the letter from Cotton and his Republican colleagues is how the enforcers of Likudist policy on Iran used an ambitious young Republican politician to try to provoke a breakdown in the Iran nuclear negotiations.--Gareth Porter, "The Real Story Behind the Republicans' Iran Letter," antiwar.com, March 13, 2015]

[Washington and its UK puppet have spent the entirety of the 21st century creating death and destruction. Seven countries have been invaded, bombed, or droned in order "to spread democracy." Iraq is destroyed, as is Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia . Syria nearly so, and Pakistan and Yemen are politically and socially destabilized by incessant US air attacks. The democratic, elected, governments of Honduras and Ukraine have been overthrown by US coups. Venezuela is next in line, with Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil waiting their turn.--Paul Craig Roberts, "CNN is Beating the Drums of War," ronpaulinstitute.org, March 15, 2015]

[Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan have a great mom-and-pop business going. From the State Department, she generates wars and from op-ed pages he demands Congress buy more weapons. There's a pay-off, too, as grateful military contractors kick in money to think tanks where other Kagans work--Robert Parry, "A Family Business of Perpetual War," consortiumnews.com, March 20, 2015]

[With anti-Muslim attitudes at their peak across Europe and the US, her sweeping critique of Islam as an endemically violent faith has enormous cachet.--Max Blumenthal, "Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Latest Deception," alternet.org, March 26, 2015]

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[The Times' article by John Bolton, a neocon scholar from the American Enterprise Institute, was entitled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran." It followed the Post's op-ed by Joshua Muravchik, formerly at AEI and now a fellow at the neocon-dominated School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.--Robert Parry, "NYT Publishes Call to Bomb Iran," commondreams.org, March 29, 2015]

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[A U.S. attack on Syria is being pushed by the War Party to propel us into a confrontation with Iran, and thereby torpedo any U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.--Patrick J. Buchanan, "Our Next Mideast War -- Syria," antiwar.com, May 15, 2015]

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[Power is now leading propaganda campaigns laying the groundwork for two potential ethnic slaughters: against the Alawites, Shiites, Christians and other minorities in Syria and against the ethnic Russians of eastern Ukraine.--Robert Parry, "Samantha Power: Liberal War Hawk," consortiumnews.com, June 15, 2015]

[the NMS conceals its hostile intentions behind the deceptive language of "national security". . . .

In the Chairman's Forward, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey attempts to prepare the American people for a future of endless war--Mike Whitney, "The Pentagon's '2015 Strategy' For Ruling the World," counterpunch.org, June 3, 2015]

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[Despite a record of unprecedented error, American neocons remain the dominant foreign policy force in Official Washington--Robert Parry, "Are Neocons an Existential Threat?," consortiumnews.com, September 15, 2015]

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George Monbiot, "Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems," theguardian.com, April, 15 2016

Robert Parry, "Yes, Hillary Clinton Is a Neocon," consortiumnews.com, April 16, 2016

Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents, April 17, 2016

["Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order," . . . by former Assistant Secretary of State (under Madeleine Albright) Jamie Rubin and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bob Kagan, who also apparently doubled as the principal co-authors.--Jim Lobe, "The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence is Worse Than I Thought," lobelog.com, April 25, 2016]

[We are outspoken critics of a big government that is killing us with taxes and regulations but we rarely speak out about the trillions of dollars being wasted in wars that will keep our children in debt for decades. Our prayers for the thousands of young men and women who we send to off to "fight for our freedoms," many of whom return dead or dismembered, only serve to deceive ourselves.--Jim Hale, "Confessions Of A War Propagandist," ronpaulinstitute.org, July 2, 2016]

[The guilty parties are the CFR crowd and their neocon collaborators, and liberal interventionists who set off to play empire after the Cold War and create a New World Order with themselves as Masters of the Universe.--Patrick J. Buchanan, "Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?," antiwar.com, August 9, 2016]

Ray McGovern, "9/11 Fifteen Years Later - What Have We Learned?" September 11, 2016 (at 23 min)

Mike Lofgren, "The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government," Penguin Books (September 13, 2016)

[RT America is more like the BBC or CBC than, say, Radio Free Europe.--Andrew Levine, "America's New Demons and the Second Coming of the Neocons," counterpunch.org, September 16, 2016]

Philip Giraldi, "Deep State America: One explanation why U.S. policies serve no national interests," unz.com, September 20, 2016

[Bell Pottinger's output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.--Crofton Black & Abigail Fielding-Smith, "Pentagon Paid for Fake 'Al Qaeda' Videos," thedailybeast.com, October 1, 2016]

[the foreign policy establishment is satisfied with its efforts to destabilize the region and remove leaders that refuse to follow Washington's diktats.--Mike Whitney, "How Putin Derailed the West," counterpunch.org, November 1, 2016]

CIA Analyst Ray McGovern, LPAC, January 16, 2017

David Price, "Rogue Elephant Rising: The CIA as Kingslayer," counterpunch.org, February 17, 2017]

[The Deep State is at war with both Trump and Putin. Understand that when Israeli intelligence hears "America first" from Trump, they go apeshit. Israel has bribed, extorted and intimidated our politicians for decades and suddenly this upstart billionaire threatens to ruin everything.--Tyler Durden, "DHS Insider Warns 'It's Spy Versus Spy'," zerohedge.com, February 17, 2017]

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