Soon after the Bush reelection in November of next year, and maybe even before, expect missiles to be flying over Iran and North Korea -- and maybe igniting a global conflagration.
Global War Looms?
July 1, 2003
Top U.S.A. Officials Discuss Expanding ‘Terror War’ to Iran
A secret, quiet meeting in Kuwait between some of Washington’s top war
hawks could signal that Iran is next on the chopping block.
By Gordon Thomas
Two weeks ago, a prince of the Kuwaiti Royal family received a phone call
from an aide to Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld asking if the complex
was available. The prince already suspected it was needed for one of
those secret meetings, which Washington has taken to holding in the Gulf.
The next day a Hercules transport landed at Kuwait’s international
airport. From it emerged a group of pale-faced, middle-aged men in drill
shirts and chinos. They carried laptops and bulky briefcases.
To a casual observer they were just another delegation from Washington
involved in post-war Iraq. But these men were the forward planners for
the next war—the one against Iran.
Within an hour of installing themselves in their palatial
surroundings—securely guarded by U.S.A. forces—they had unloaded their
maps of Iran, downloaded their computer images of its terrain and set
about planning “Target Iran.”
Secure communications lines had been established and tested with
Washington. One was to the CIA, another to the Pentagon. Down those
lines and on to their secure computers, the Kuwaiti task force would
receive the latest intelligence from inside Iran.
Some of that intel would come from Israel—from Mossad deep cover agents in
They will ensure that “Target Iran” being planned in that royal complex
would lack nothing in information. The men based there are a Pentagon
think tank for the next war.
They are some of the “neo-cons”—a new breed of “conservative”
intellectuals who are determined to steer the Bush administration toward
an even more aggressive, go-it-alone posture. They are headed in
Washington by the hard-liner, John Bolton, the under-secretary of state
for arms control.
The day the “neo-cons” landed in Kuwait, Bolton, a political mirror image
of Rumsfeld, had issued a new warning about a supposed nuclear threat
posed by Iran.
Bolton did so in a speech to the annual conference of the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee in Washington. His theme was the nuclear dangers
“this administration intends to confront once the war with Iraq is over.”
He concluded: “In the aftermath of Saddam, dealing with the Iranian
nuclear weapons program will be of equal importance to dealing with the
threat that North Korea continues to pose.”
His powerful audience—many of them key lobbyists for Israel on Capitol
Hill—gave him a standing ovation. This was what they had come to hear.
They knew that Bolton, a grey-suited saturnine man with a colorless
speaking style, was there as the front man for other powerful men in the
Bush administration. They include Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul
Wolfowitz and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith. They
are the most senior Pentagon officials after Rumsfeld.
Other members of this group include Lewis Libby, chief of staff to Vice
President Dick Cheney and Elliot Abrams, in charge of Middle East policy
at the National Security Council. All are key supporters of Israel. They
also form the very core of advocacy for Bush’s “muscular democracy.” This
is dedicated to attacking America’s “enemies” head on.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey, in a recent speech in Los Angeles,
said: “The Iraq campaign is really just the start of the Third World War
and one that may well last for decades.”
The neo-cons in their Kuwait redoubt had brought with them to the hot
desert sands a list of targets. They included Pakistan, Libya, Saudi
Arabia, Burma, Cuba, North Korea and eventually China.
In their briefcases was a copy of what has become their leitmotif: the
briefing paper CIA Director George Tenet prepared for Bush on overall
“By 2015 China will have deployed many missiles with nuclear warheads
targeted against the United States, mostly more-survivable land and sea
mobile missiles,” states the paper.
To prepare for the attack on Iran—expected in early 2004, less than a year
from now—the team of analysts, logisticians and support specialists
gathered in the Kuwait holiday complex. They have been ordered to get
their plans for an assault on Iran up and running.
“Target Iran” will follow the same ruthless, all-consuming path as the
destruction of the Saddam regime.
Already, in the plans to rebuild Iraq, the Pentagon has earmarked Saddam’s
military airfields for its use against Iran.
U.S.A. bases in Afghanistan will provide the most powerful air force in
the world with the ability to launch a pincer air attack.
This will be supported by U.S.A. carriers and missile-launching
battleships in the Gulf.
Turkey will be dragooned into allowing its air space to be used for
northern air attacks.
The neo-cons estimate that Iran can, in the words of Bolton, be
“rolled-over” in double quick time, “probably quicker than it took to wrap
The mullahs of Tehran are, in comparison to Iraq, poorly equipped. Their
aircraft, in modern terms, are nearly vintage. They have nothing to match
America’s F-18s or its tank-busters.
True, on the ground it can put into the field a substantial army. But
again, it is ill equipped to fight a modern tech-war.
The neo-cons press on—ignoring the warning of seasoned diplomats in the
Two of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s advisers wrote a memo to him
stating there was a growing risk that the policies advocated by Bolton and
his group are “spreading growing resentment around the world.”
A copy was faxed to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. It would
not have influenced her. She is the hard-liner closest to Bush. She is
the soft-spoken and articulate voice of the architects of American
In the early days of the Bush administration, she kept the peace between
Rumsfeld and Powell.
In a memorable phrase about this part of her work, she said: “my job is
to let Colin talk people to death while allowing Donald to say he is going
to hit him over the head if they didn’t listen.”
But now she is firmly in the Rumsfeld corner. Powell, for all his brave
words about the war in Iraq being essential, is still becoming
increasingly marginalized. His personal relationship with Rice has been
reduced to frosty smiles at cabinet meetings.
At the meetings Bolton holds with his key Pentagon officials, with
Rumsfeld sometimes sitting in, Powell is excluded.
The key element of their plotting is that Iraq is the natural “road map”
to dealing with Iran.
Which road will Bush finally take? The answer almost certainly lies in
the Washington calendar for action.
Another U.S.A. election year approaches. The all-powerful Israeli lobby
in the United States of America will press hard for action so that Iran
can no longer pose a threat to Israel.
And just as hard-line Zionists like to say, “next year in Jerusalem,” so
its hawkish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has started to murmur “next year
in Tehran—God and Mr. Bush willing.”
American Free Press