Arianna has a great post today titled “Where Have All the Architects of War Gone?” In other words, now that the entire Middle East seems to be going up in flames, what ever happened to all the deep thinkers who got us in there in the first place?
I know where they’ve gone. They’re hiding in my computer.
I’ve posted before on how my computer is haunted by neocons. It’s because of the name of my blog, Letter from Here. If I log on too quickly with Firefox and don’t type in the entire name, my browser will go right to this:
… the infamous January 26, 1998 letter to President Clinton from the Project for the New American Century urging him to attack Iraq and topple Saddam. Here it is -- clear proof that my computer is haunted by neocons.The January 26, 1998 letter was signed by Elliott Abrams, John Bolton, William Kristol, Donald Rumsfeld, Zalmay Khalizad, Paul Wolfowitz and a dozen other neocons. But those aren’t the only neocons haunting my computer. See the tab at the top of the letter, titled Statement of Principles? That will take you to this June 3, 1997 statement, which is signed by some of the same people who signed the cover letter, and 16 additional hawk geniuses, including Dick Cheney and, of course, “Scooter” Libby. It’s the same Statement of Principles that Arianna refers to in this passage about Cheney:
It makes chilling reading now, for it suggests that well before 9/11, and in fact, nearly three years before George Bush took office, the neocons around him were pushing for war with Iraq, and that any later connection with the “war on terror” was purely coincidental.
You can see for yourself: Go to the document. Search for the word “terror.” You won’t find it. They hadn’t thought of that yet. They were still talking WMDs and not letting the U.S. be intimidated by the UN.
The neocon fantasy was summed up by Dick Cheney, a charter member of the Project for a New American Century brigade, in August 2002: "Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits to the region: extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad, moderates throughout the region would take heart, and our ability to advance the Israel/Palestinian peace process would be enhanced."Yes, we've just been "enhancing" that peace process ever since we roared into Iraq with all the cocky overconfidence that Arianna documents so heart-wrenchingly. These guys need to be held accountable. Meanwhile, I wish they would just get the hell out of my computer.