Saturday, July 03, 2004

The Nexus of the Neocon Network in Washington by Richard H. Curtiss

Upset by President George Bush’s decision to leave Saddam Hussain’s regime in place after the 1991 Gulf War, Libby and Wolfowitz argued in their memorandum that the US should actively deter nations from “aspiring to a larger regional or global role.” They suggested the use of preemptive force to prevent countries from developing weapons of mass destruction, and act alone if necessary . . . The document also seems to have served as a template for the founding statement of principles of the Project for a New American Century, which was signed by a who’s who list of hawks and neocons who now serve in the current administration, including Cheney, Libby, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Elliott Abrams, Peter Rodman and Zalmay Khalilzad. One can only say that Libby is truly an enigma.

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