The thought is rather horrifying, but I heard Daniel Levy on C-Span yesterday charge that the U.S. war on Iraq was plotted out by our neocons in conjunction with right wing Israeli pols back in 1996:

It looks as though 9/11 was the pretext that unleashed their plan.  I also heard Perle when interviewed on CNN yesterday fudging with Wolf Blitzer when queried about Tenet’s charge along these lines.  Blitzer put on a 9/16/01 Perle interview segment which gave the lie to his denial moments previously of the Tenet charge:

“How the neoconservatives maneuvered the US into the Iraq War: Neocons began promoting the Iraq “detour” in 1996 through a report explaining why Israel needed Saddam removed from power. Richard Perle delivered this report to Netanyahu, then the new Prime Minister of Israel. Perle later became a key advisor to Rumsfeld. Wurmser, another author, became Cheney’s advisor on Mid-East affairs, while a third author, Feith, was appointed second in command under Wolfowitz.”

Needless to say Israel has been done no favor by these types and hopefully those who desire peace there as here can rectify the disaster that has been created by this madness such as the damage to and by U.S. troops deeply wounded physically and mentally per just released reports of their injuries and their abuses of innocent Iraqis:

Not All Troops Would Report Abuse, Study Says
Only 40 percent of American marines and 55 percent of
soldiers in Iraq say they would report a fellow service
member for killing or injuring an innocent Iraqi.

In all fairness our oil interests were joint players in this conspiracy, e.g. Cheney and Halliburton.

A concurrent revelation is the just published book of Britain’s Iraq expert prior to the war, Ross Carne, claiming that Blair and Bush knew full well that Hussein possessed no weapons of mass destruction:,12956,1510259,00.html

And so we went to war.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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