The Nation magazine exposed last September the hardline views of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the Centre for Security Policy (CSP) "for war - not just war with Iraq, but `total war', as Michael Ledeen, one of the most influential JINSAns in Washington, put it last year"
Jason Vest wrote: "For this crew, `regime change' by any means necessary in
Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority is an urgent
imperative. Anyone who dissents ... is committing heresy against articles
of faith that effectively hold there is no difference between US and Israel
national security interests, and that the only way to assure continued
safety and prosperity for both countries is through hegemony in the Middle
East - a hegemony achieved with the traditional cold war recipe of feints,
force, clientism and covert action."
The Pentagon's Defence Policy Board is chaired by JINSA/CSP adviser and
former Reagan administration Defence Department official Richard Perle, and
is stacked with advisers from both groups. The board recently made news by
listening to a briefing that cast Saudi Arabia as an enemy to be brought to
heels through a number of potential mechanisms, many of which, Vest
reported, mirror JINSA's recommendations, and reflect the JINSA/CSP crowd's
preoccupation with Egypt.
JINSA, founded in 1976, until the beginning of the current Bush
administration, had on its board of advisers ... Vice President Dick Cheney,
Undersecretary of State for Arms Control John Bolton and Douglas Feith, the
third-highest-ranking executive in the Pentagon. (Bolton was in Israel last
week to discuss ... "the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction by Iraq,
Iran, Syria and Libya", reported The Jerusalem Post.)
It was Condoleezza Rice ... and not his speech writers, who included Iran in
the "axis of evil" in last year's State of the Union speech - a phrase that
has become the centrepiece of Bush's foreign policy and reportedly prompted
North Korea to start manufacturing plutonium in response to what it saw as
"a serious threat in Bush's speech".
Some Iranian officials are reportedly eager to confer with US counterparts
about a future Iraqi government ... but this is seen here as unlikely
because of the influence of the pro-Israel lobby. "Many (Iranian) government officials and clerics say," reported the Los Angeles Times last month, "that until the Palestinian quest for statehood is fulfilled, the animosity
against the US will not diminish."
IMRA - 16 Feb 2003