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Neocontinuity: Obama Following War Plan for Iran
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Our militarists and imperialists play a long game, they press on relentlessly and remorselessly to advance their agenda: war, profit, power and dominance.Moon of Alabama brings the disturbing -- if unsurprising -- news that the Obama Administration appears to be closely following a "neocon strategy against Iran" devised by many of the same good folks who brought us the war in Iraq.
Several recent policy moves -- and strategic media leaks -- by the Obama White House line up in lock-step with plans laid out by the aptly named "Bipartisan Policy Institute" to bring on a war with Iran. MoA rightly likens the BPI to our old friends at The Project for a New American Century, who openly yearned -- back in September 2000 -- for a "new Pearl Harbor" that would "catalyze" the American people into supporting their militarist agenda (which included imposing a U.S. military presence in Iraq -- whether Saddam Hussein was still in power there or not).
Indeed, BPI and PNAC share several of the same members -- including the Administration's brand-new, top dog on Iran, Dennis Ross. Once again, we see the beloved, stabilizing "continuity" which has won Obama so much praise from the Beltway mandarins. After all, if you retain the head honchos of Bush's aggressive war machine and make them your own, why not keep his wonky warmongers on tap as well?
MoA lays out the connections between BPI and BHO policy in great detail, so you should read the whole thing. But he sums it up succinctly:
And do remember this: it took PNAC and its many fellow travellers several years to achieve their goal of raping and destroying Iraq. Our militarists and imperialists play a long game, and are not deterred by momentary setbacks or the changing political winds of any given passing moment. As we noted here last month, they press on relentlessly and remorselessly to advance their agenda: war, profit, power and dominance.
NOTE: But we should point out here, yet again, that all of these groups -- BPI, AEI, PNAC, etc. -- represent some of the various factions in the American power structure; factions which often align themselves with factions in other power structures -- Israeli, Saudi, Iraqi, Pakistani, etc. -- whenever these can be used to further the American factionists' goals. Our American elites have dragged the nation into many foolish wars down through the years; but they have always done so in pursuit of their own agendas. Our elites are not good, decent, simple souls led astray by wily foreigners; they are stone-cold operators who know what they want, and act accordingly. (For more on this theme, see Dogs of War: Hijacking National Policy and Asses Bearing Gold: Of Neocons and Nabobs.)
Chris Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University. Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque, and is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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This story was published on March 5, 2009.
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