Cheney moves toward war


Richard Moore

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Cheney Escalates Lunatic
War Drive Against Iran
By Jeffrey Steinberg
Executive Intelligence Review

Lyndon LaRouche minced no words in discussions with colleagues on Nov. 22, 
accusing Vice President Dick Cheney and the "Israeli Mafia" of being behind the 
latest destabilization of Lebanon-the assassination on Nov. 21 of Industry 
Minister Pierre Gemayel. LaRouche cited other Israeli provocations since the 
Lebanon War of July 2006, including a string of confrontations with French 
peacekeepers, and threats to attack German ships in the Mediterranean that are 
part of the Lebanon peacekeeping effort, as "state-of-mind" evidence of the war 

Things have become so tense between the French and Israeli governments over the 
Lebanon crisis, that French soldiers serving in the Lebanese peacekeeping 
mission are now authorized to shoot at Israeli Air Force jet fighters overflying
Lebanon, after a failed Paris meeting in mid-November between French and Israeli
military officials.

LaRouche warned that the climate is being set for an Israeli military raid on 
Iran's purported nuclear weapons sites, which would lead to a mobilization of 
support for a larger attack on Iran, involving the United States and other 
nations-with the quiet but enthusiastic backing of many frightened Sunni Arab 
regimes, which are being stampeded by the Cheneyacs in Washington into this 
suicidal stance.

LaRouche characterized the Gemayel assassination as a signal of Israeli plans to
launch a military strike against Iran in the near future-at the urging of Cheney
and his own masters within the Anglo-American "war party."

Evidence of these Cheney-encouraged Israeli attack plans have been visible in 
recent weeks, including in President Bush's widely reported comments to French 
President Jacques Chirac that, "I do not discount the possibility that Israel 
will attack Iran, and if it does this-I will understand it." Those comments were
reported in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz on Nov. 22. And President Bush has 
reportedly repeated the point recently in several other venues.

A Nov. 22 editorial in Ha'aretz signed by Gideon Samet further warned of just 
such an Israeli sneak attack on Iran: "Close your eyes and think about the 
possibility that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, together with the chief of staff, 
the minister for strategic threats, and his other advisers, will wrack his brain
and decide to act against the Iranian nuclear threat-and imagine what this means
for you. This is the man," he warned, "who is responsible for managing a failed 
war against a guerrilla army in Lebanon. Does this make you feel calm?" Samet 
referenced the Seymour Hersh article, published in the Nov. 20 New Yorker 
magazine, which warned that Cheney is still intent on a military attack on Iran,
and that U.S. and Israeli special forces commandos are already operating on the 
ground inside the country, planting site markers for future bombings, and 
organizing sabotage operations by Kurds, Baluchis, and Azeris.

Bibi Rants

On Nov. 24, speaking in Jerusalem at a conference of the Orthodox Union, former 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Cheney ally, openly called for 
Israeli action against Iran in the most rabid of terms. Describing Iran's 
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as representing a greater danger for the Jewish 
people than did Adolf Hitler, because of Iran's alleged pursuit of nuclear 
weapons, Netanyahu declared, "The future of the Jewish state is as in danger as 
it has ever been in the last half-century." Making a not-so-veiled reference to 
Israel's own extensive, undeclared nuclear weapons program, Netanyahu said, "We 
must use the powers that we've amassed to make the Jews no longer defenseless 
and able to shape their destiny and protect their future. This is the most 
important thing that we can do today. Everything else is secondary." Several 
weeks earlier, in a speech in Los Angeles, Netanyahu was even more blunt: "It's 
1938, and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs."

LaRouche concluded his warning of an imminent Cheney-encouraged Israeli attack 
on Iran with a caution against what he called "kinematic thinking." Do not look 
for narrow cause and effect, LaRouche warned. There has been a long-term master 
plan to blow up the entire extended Southwest Asia and Persian Gulf region, to 
bring about an end to the post-1648 Westphalian era of the nation-state system, 
and in particular, to destroy the United States. This, he concluded, is what is 
driving Cheney and company to now seek to play the Israeli "breakaway ally" game
to detonate that long-standing plan.

Such a U.S.-backed Israeli strike against Iran, though militarily 
inconsequential-unless Israel were to use nuclear weapons-would trigger a wave 
of global asymmetric warfare, the kind of permanent "clash of civilizations" 
that Britain's Arab Bureau operative Dr. Bernard Lewis has been promoting for 
decades. Lewis, like long-time British agent-of-influence Dr. Henry Kissinger, 
has been a top advisor to Vice President Cheney, frequently leading informal 
seminars at the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory in 

Kissinger Speaks-and Cheney Acts

Kissinger himself weighed in for an Israeli strike against Iran in a ponderous 
op-ed piece, published in the Nov. 24 Washington Post, and several European 
newspapers. While ostensibly promoting diplomatic dialogue among the United 
States, Europe, the Sunni Arab states, and Tehran, Kissinger pointedly wrote: 
"The nuclear negotiations with Iran are moving toward an inconclusive outcome. 
The Six [the UN Security Council's permanent five plus Germany-ed.] eventually 
will have to choose either effective sanctions or the consequences of an Iranian
military nuclear capability and the world of proliferation that implies. 
Military action by the United States is extremely improbable in the final two 
years of a Presidency facing a hostile Congress-though it may be taken more 
seriously in Tehran. Tehran surely cannot ignore the possibility of a unilateral
Israeli strike if all negotiation options close."

Later in the same op-ed, Kissinger also promoted the idea, already being peddled
by neo-conservatives in the Vice President's office and at the American 
Enterprise Institute, of an American-European-Sunni Arab alliance with Israel 
against Iran-what Kissinger euphemistically called a "policy of equilibrium" 
between Iran and the Sunni regimes.

The same time that Kissinger's rant appeared in the Post, the Wall Street 
Journal published a Nov. 24 wildly provocative lead front-page story, titled 
"Religious Divide: To Contain Iran, U.S. Seeks Help From Arab Allies." 
Mischaracterizing the flurry of U.S. diplomacy as "a bid to stabilize the region
and build a coalition to contain Iran's Shi'ite regime," author Jay Solomon 
accurately catalogued a full-court press by top Bush Administration officials, 
to align Sunni Arab regimes against Tehran, in what amounts to a bizarre war 
alliance of Washington, Tel Aviv, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt, 
Jordan, and Lebanon. Solomon did quote Middle East scholar Vali Nasr of the 
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California, warning against such a 
campaign: "The whole rhetoric of containing Iran could spark competing 
extremism," he warned. "Washington doesn't want to be seen as actively 
encouraging this."

Or do they? The fact that Vice President Cheney, the leading war-hawk in the 
Bush Administration, kicked off the Sunni Arab dialogues, with a Nov. 24 trip to
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, underscores that some in the Bush Administration are in no
way backing off from plans for hard military confrontation before leaving 
office-perhaps, even before the 110th Congress is sworn in at the beginning of 
January 2007.

Joshua Muravchik, an AEI resident scholar and leading neo-con propagandist, put 
it bluntly in an article published in the November/December 2006 issue of 
Foreign Policy. "Make no mistake," he wrote, "President Bush will need to bomb 
Iran's nuclear facilities before leaving office. It is all but inconceivable 
that Iran will accept any peaceful inducements to abandon its drive for the 
bomb. Its rulers are religio-ideological fanatics who will not trade what they 
believe is their birthright to great power status for a mess of pottage. Even if
things in Iraq get better, a nuclear-armed Iran will negate any progress there."

Muravchik warned, "The global thunder against Bush when he pulls the trigger 
will be deafening, and it will have many echoes at home.... We need to pave the 
way intellectually now and be prepared to defend the action when it comes.... 
The defense should be global in scope. There is a crying need in today's 
ideological wars for something akin to the Congress for Cultural Freedom of the 
Cold War, a global circle of intellectuals and public figures who share a 
devotion to democracy. The leaders of this movement might include Tony Blair, 
Vaclav Havel, and Anwar Ibrahim."

Other War Councils

In addition to Cheney's meetings with King Abdullah and other top Saudi 
officials, President Bush is also scheduled to be in Amman, Jordan at the end of
November, to meet with King Abdallah II and with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri 
al-Maliki, a Shi'ite who has fallen out of favor with Washington, amidst talk of
a U.S. "Sunni turn," which has also been dubbed "re-Baathification."

Both Tom Hayden and Paul William Roberts wrote on Nov. 24 that secret talks have
already taken place between leading Iraqi Sunni insurgents and Bush 
Administration officials in Amman. One meeting, according to Jordan's Prince 
Hassan, included former Iraqi Vice President and Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, 
who is being looked to as a key interlocutor between Washington and leading 
Sunni insurgents. Prince Hassan told journalist Roberts that Secretary of State 
Condi Rice has "made a personal appeal to the Gulf Cooperation Council last 
month to act as intermediaries between the U.S. and the armed Sunni resistance, 
not including Iraq's Al Qaeda leaders."

A further indication of this policy turn was also cited in the Wall Street 
Journal: On Nov. 30, Rice will hold meetings with the foreign ministers of 
Egypt, Jordan, and the member states of the GCC, the six Persian Gulf Sunni oil 
sheikhdoms. According to the Journal, "They are expected to discuss how to deter
Iran from meddling in the politics of neighbor countries and from developing a 
nuclear arsenal.... The visits come amid U.S. efforts to build a Sunni-based 
regional alliance. U.S. naval fleets have engaged in training exercises with 
several Persian Gulf countries. Last month, the U.S. conducted war games with 
Bahrain, Qatar, the U.A.E. and about two dozen other countries about 20 miles 
outside of Iran's territorial waters. The exercises were part of the Bush 
Administration's Proliferation Security Initiative, which seeks to stanch 
weapons trafficking."

New Stovepipes for Old

Much hoopla has been made of the pending release of the recommendations of the 
Baker-Hamilton Commission, a Congressionally sponsored and White House-endorsed 
Iraq Study Group (ISG). But there are growing signs that the Cheney gang inside 
the Bush Administration has already moved preemptively to undercut the impact of
the effort, by launching an in-house Iraq policy review, to be completed 
simultaneous to the Baker-Hamilton effort. The primary input of the 
Baker-Hamilton group has been long anticipated: Start direct talks, with no 
preconditions, with Tehran and Damascus. But a Nov. 23 Newsday story by 
Washington bureau chief Tim Phelps warned that, "Internal strife within the 
Baker Commission, outright opposition from President George W. Bush and 
Tuesday's assassination of a cabinet member in Lebanon are complicating the 
prospect of U.S. overtures to Syria and Iran over Iraq, informed sources say. A 
source who spoke recently to a leader of the Iraq Study Group said he complained
bitterly about internal dissension and partisanship among members of the 
supposedly bipartisan group, and was worried about reaching consensus on the key

Further threatening the efforts of the ISG is a revival of the pre-Iraq war 
"stovepipe" of dubious intelligence directly to the Vice President's office from
the Pentagon, bypassing the CIA and other major intelligence community 
components. The existence of this stovepipe was featured in the latest Seymour 
Hersh New Yorker piece, "Iran: The Next Act," but earlier reports that the chief
Iraq pre-war intelligence spinmeister, Abraham Shulsky, of the Office of Special
Plans, had been reassigned to work on "the Iran problem" at the Pentagon's 
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy, had already raised 

Hersh revealed that a new, highly classified CIA study, based on U.S. technical 
intelligence efforts, raised serious doubts that Iran was conducting an 
ambitious secret nuclear weapons program. But that CIA assessment has been 
challenged by "intelligence from Israeli spies operating inside Iran," who 
"claimed that Iran has developed and tested a trigger device for a nuclear 
bomb." According to Hersh, the details of the Israeli spies' findings have been 
withheld from the CIA, but the "raw" intelligence has been passed from the 
Pentagon to Cheney's staff, and is being used as powerful ammunition in the 
faction fight inside the Bush White House.

The stakes in this fight are enormous. An Israeli or American bombing attack 
against Iran would unleash chaos on a regional or global scale; and a new oil 
price shock, an almost certain consequence of a hard confrontation with Iran, 
would blow out the global financial system, adding to the chaos.

Which brings us back full circle to Lyndon LaRouche's warning that the events 
now unraveling in Southwest Asia are not the result of tragic reactions and 
counter-reactions. They are the playing out of a master-plan for global 
disaster, that would destroy the United States, en route to plunging the planet 
into a New Dark Age. This is why LaRouche insists that the path to peace in the 
war-torn Middle East begins with the impeachment of Dick Cheney and George Bush.


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