The conquests of Afghanistan and Iraq have wrought worldwide controversy and intense speculation as to the true motives of the U.S. War Machine. Many concerned individuals across the globe are watching and waiting to see who stands to gain from this mess. Soon the dust will settle and the air will clear and we’ll see which of the remaining dominoes will be the next to fall. So who is gaining from all of this?
One man who stands to reap major rewards is Pentagon adviser Richard Perle. In fact, Perle is something of an expert on the subject of how to capitalize on war, and an L.A. Times article (May 7th, 2003) states that he even participated in briefing others in seminars on the various ways to profit from military conflicts with other countries. Even though Perle no longer holds the position of chairman of the Defense Policy Board, he is by no means out of the loop or out of the current political chess game. In fact, Perle sits within an inner circle of power brokers with the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, who is considered to be an intellectual authority and wields unbridled power and influence in matters of strategic planning and military organization. These men, and cohorts like William Kristol, are linked in various ways and are connected by one crystal clear objective: manifestation of unilateral world domination based upon U.S. global preeminence and the interests of American oil companies and certain private businesses.
To understand the motivations and/or intentions of the people fueling the Bush War Game, one needs to know who the players are. It is then easier to discern which individuals sit in prominent positions and benefit the most from toppling the regimes of men like Saddam Hussein. Take a look at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington think tank composed of strategic thinkers and foreign policy experts and headed by none other than Richard Perle. The AEI works hand-in-hand with another group of select strategic policy shapers on something known as the “Project for a New American Century” (PNAC). PNAC members include Perle, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and assorted individuals from the defense and national security departments, plus former government officials. With all this combined experience and intelligence, George W. Bush doesn’t have to have a thought or plan of his own. His thinking is done for him by elite think-tanks such as these. All he has to do is play the role he’s been assigned, which includes parroting the words of men like Wolfowitz before the public in a semi-plausible manner. So far, he’s managed to do just that.
The PNAC and AEI capitalized on the horrific events of September 11, 2001 to set into motion a grand and deceptive scheme to reshape the global power structure in order to secure U.S. dominance. The PNAC wants to ensure that no other nation will ever be able to threaten U.S. interests (like Iraqi oil, for example) again in the future. This is why major military deployment has been used, and will be necessary in any potential takeovers in the future. The members of both the AEI and the PNAC determine the necessary maneuvers required to complete their objectives; then advise the President and his administration on to how best to proceed with public policy, both within the United States and in the Middle East. George W. Bush then basically says what he has been told to say and does what he has been told to do because he is simply an “implementer” of public policy – he doesn’t create it. George W. Bush is not considered to be an “intellectual” by any stretch of the imagination.
So what are the political objectives at stake?