The resurrection of the neocons

Wayne Madsen

Like proverbial «bad pennies», many of the leading neo-conservative architects of America’s failed interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan are being hauled back in front of television news cameras to comment on the current predicament that Washington finds itself with a surging «Al Qaeda» spinoff attempting to seize control of eastern Syria and western and northern Iraq and transform the area into a radical Islamic «caliphate».

Although the neo-cons are identifiable by their religious-ethnic makeup – over 90 percent are strong Zionists of eastern and central European Jewish descent, the chief leader of their resurgence is former Vice President Dick Cheney, a privileged member of America’s formerly dominant white Anglo-Saxon Protestant elite. As unapologetic as ever over his failed policy of invading and occupying Iraq, Cheney went on the «fraudcast» airwaves of Fox News and the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal to lambaste the Obama administration for its failure to prevent the overrunning of a large portion of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Cheney’s op-ed in the Journal was co-written by his daughter Elizabeth, a failed U.S. Senate candidate from Wyoming and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs during her father’s vice presidency.

Ironically, even though the Bush-Cheney administration foreign policy immersed the U.S. into two intractable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Cheney father-daughter team wrote, "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many." If one were to believe Cheney and his spawn, eight years of his administration and the needless deaths of over 4400 U.S. service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, were some obscure footnotes of history.

Indeed, on ABC News, Cheney said that, «If we spend our time debating what happened 11 or 12 years ago we’re going to miss the threat that is growing». However, the «threat» of an Al Qaeda clone seizing power in Iraq and Syria was brought about by Cheney’s decision to topple Iraq’s secular President Saddam Hussein and, on top of that, engage in a policy od «de-Baathification» that would erase Iraq’s legacy of pan-Arab socialist secular rule. Debaathification and the destruction of the Iraq’s armed forces by another face that returned to the airwaves to condemn the Obama administration – Iraq viceroy and Coalition Provisional Authority chief Paul Bremer -- provided the fertile ground for ISIL to germinate and flourish.

This is not to say that the Obama administration is blameless for the situation in Iraq and Syria. It was Obama’s twin «Responsibility to Protect» doyennes, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, who tweaked the failed neo-con policy in Iraq to bring about a Sunni-led Islamist revolt against Syria Baathist leader Bashar al Assad. It was the loss of power by Assad’s forces in eastern Syria that permitted ISIL forces, backed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to gain a foothold in Iraq and expand the conflict against Assad to threaten the outskirts of Baghdad and the Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki government.

Had it not been for Cheney and the neo-cons, as well as their Obama administration neo-con enablers like neo-con State Department officials Jeffrey Feltman and Robert Ford, both promoted under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, there would be no sieges of Damascus and Baghdad today.

Cheney and his daughter were joined in their shameless return to media relevance by a parade of Zionist neocons, led by Bush administration Pentagon number two man Paul Wolfowitz, who resigned his job as President of the World Bank after a sex scandal. Wolfowitz, one of the chief architects of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) plans to invade and occupy Iraq, was on CNN re-inventing his own history. Introduced by the CNN host as one of the chief architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Wolfowitz said, with a straight face, «I’m not the architect of the war. If I were the architect, it would have been handled very differently». In fact, Wolfowitz was one of the brains behind the war against Iraq and it was his decisions to eliminate from Iraqi political leadership any of Saddam Hussein’s chief officials that led to the current rise of ISIL and their Salafist supporters in Iraq and Syria.

Wolfowitz, who did so much to allow Al Qaeda to set up camp in Iraq, warned that Obama’s actions permitted Al Qaeda to be «on the march». Wolfowitz now makes his home at the neo-con American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the same neo-con hive where Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski once nested. Sikorski recently called the United States a «worthless ally», adding to Obama’s overall foreign policy woes

Wolfowitz’s AEI friend Richard Perle also returned to the television fraudcasts to decry those who blamed the «neo-cons» for the current Iraq crisis. Perle accused those who used the term «neo-con» of anti-Semitism, a favorite canard for the pro-Israeli Zionist clique in America. On the issue of «neo-con», Perle told the neo-con media outlet Newsmax, "It's often used to describe Jewish Americans because, as it happens, some of the original thinkers whose ideas have now been characterized by this general term 'neoconservative' were in fact Jewish, and it often carries conspiratorial tones on the part of people who throw the term around."

Perle, who cannot deny that most neo-cons are Jewish, said that because the United States did not immerse itself totally in the Syrian civil war, the opposition to Assad was radicalized and the war spilled across the border into Iraq. Never before has such codswallop been permitted on television in anything but inane comedy shows and definitely not on serious news programs. Another noted neo-con, former Bush White House National Security Council official Elliott Abrams, convicted in the 1980s Iran-contra scandal, also reappeared on the air waves defending the failed policies of the neo-cons during the Bush administration.

One of the more scurrilous neo-cons to voice his opinions recently is Douglas Feith, the former Deputy Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans under Donald Rumsfeld. Speaking to Politico, Feith also played the blame game and accused Obama’s policies of creating a «very high cost to the Syrian people to the Iraqi people [and] to the American national interest». Of course, it was Feith who virtually handed the reins of the Pentagon over to his Mossad and Israel Defense Force interlocutors in the days and months after the 9/11 attack, something that could be expected from the son of a former president of the Zionist Organization of America. And it was Feith and his neo-con friends who were involved in developing the «clean break» policy for Israeli in the early 1990s that foresaw the disintegration of not only the Middle East peace process, the destruction of the Palestinian Authority, and the socio-religious fragmentation of Arab states into warring sub-states. This Israeli plan, promoted by Binyamin Netanyahu, has almost fully come into fruition.

The resurrection of the neo-cons would not be possible without the complicity of their enablers in the corporate media. However, the past week has seen the neo-cons take a few unexpected hits. Longtime neo-con Middle East «expert» Fouad Ajami, a Lebanese-American Shi’ite who touted the Zionist cause, died of cancer. And a relative newcomer to the neo-con ranks, Professor John Schindler, a darling of the neo-con Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, was suspended by the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island for «sexting» a photograph of his genitals to a female who was not his wife.

Wayne Madsen is an investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C. His website is here.

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation. Image: © N/A


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