'Wolfowitz Cabal' Is an Enemy Within U.S.
by Michele Steinberg
The adherents of the so-called Wolfowitz cabal, pushing
the "Clash of Civilizations" theory, are nothing less than an enemy
within the United States, a network that cuts across the Defense Department, the
State Department, the White House, and the National Security Council. This
report is not a "good guys" versus "bad guys" description of
the Bush Administration; rather it is a warning that this cabal is a close-knit
rogue network that is trying to hijack U.S. policy, and turn the current
Afghanistan mess into a global war. The cabal bears a dangerous resemblance to
the "secret parallel government" of North and Gen. Richard Secord's
"Project Democracy" operation that ran Iran-Contra. In fact, some of
the cabal members now in the Bush Administration are convicted criminals as a
result of their activity in North's enterprise."
- Lyndon Larouche is a nut, it's true, but
article, written by Michele Steinberg and featured at Larouche's website, is
still very interesting and informative. Find out about the elite-level, Dr
Strangelove foreign policy maniacs - like Richard "Angel of Death"
Perle and Elliott "Bloody Hands" Abrams - who are currently pushing
Preznit Dubya towards a potentially planet-threatening War Without End in the
Middle East. To Dubya's credit, he has so far backed off from endorsing the
insane policies espoused by his father's cronies. On the other hand, maybe the
whole thing is just another version of the old overshoot charade. Get some
high-level hawks to demand outrageous, potentially disastrous actions, thereby
scaring the pants of the public, only to have Dubya pull back, thus making him
look like a moderate. What a wicked game it is, this 21st century diplomacy
This article appears in the
26, 2001 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
On Oct. 14, the London Observer published one of the
now familiar—and totally false—propaganda scare stories, entitled "Iraq
'Behind U.S. Anthrax Outbreaks.' " The story gave credence to the
ravings of "American hawks" who say there is "a growing mass of
evidence that [Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein was involved, possibly
indirectly, with the Sept. 11 suicide hijacks." If confirmed, said the Observer,
"the pressure now building ... for an attack [on Iraq] may be
irresistible." One of these "hawks," an unnamed U.S.
"administration official," told the Observer that British Prime
Minister Tony Blair is a "faithful ally" in the war against terrorism
and that "if it means we are embarking on the next Hundred Years' War,
then that's what we are doing" (emphasis added).
The "next Hundred Year's War"? Who are the U.S.
maniacs who use such language, and are they not as dangerous as Osama bin
Here we will name the names of the fanatics in this anti-Iraq
grouping who have become known as the "Wolfowitz cabal," named after
Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. According to the New York
Times, which published a leak about their activities on Oct. 12, this
grouping wants an immediate war with Iraq, believing that the targetting of
Afghanistan, already an impoverished wasteland, falls far short of the global
war that they are hoping for.
But Iraq is just another stepping stone to turning
the anti-terrorist "war" into a full-blown "Clash of
Civilizations," where the Islamic Religion would become the "enemy
image" in a "new Cold War."
The "Clash of Civilizations" theory, developed by
Harvard professor-turned President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser
Zbigniew Brzezinski and his protégés, including Harvard Prof. Samuel
Huntington, defined the Arab and Islamic world as an "arc of crisis"
from the Middle East to the Islamic countries of Central Asia in the then-Soviet
Union. Brzezinski wanted to use the "Islamic card" against the Soviet
Union, and in so doing, began the policy of promoting Islamic fundamentalists
against moderate and pro-Western Arab and Islamic governments. After the end of
the Cold War, the Brzezinski/Huntington crowd
updated their "arc of
crisis," declaring that the Islamic Religion is the enemy, in a new war in
which religions, rather than political systems, inevitably battle each other.
However, trained by British and U.S. special intelligence services and the CIA,
and armed by Israeli military networks, the very terrorist drug-runners in the
Islamic world who were launched by Brzezinski and "adopted" by the
Iran-Contra networks run by Lt. Col. Oliver North, under the elder George Bush's
Executive Order 12333, have become the main suspects in terrorist attacks
against the United States.
A Network Throughout the Government
The adherents of the so-called "Wolfowitz cabal,"
pushing the "Clash of Civilizations" theory, are nothing less than
"an enemy within" the United States, a network that cuts across the
Defense Department, the State Department, the White House, and the National
Security Council. This report is not a "good guys" versus "bad
guys" description of the Bush Administration; rather it is a warning that
this cabal is a close-knit rogue network that is trying to hijack U.S. policy,
and turn the current Afghanistan mess into a global war. The cabal bears a
dangerous resemblance to the "secret parallel government" of North and
Gen. Richard Secord's "Project Democracy" operation that ran
Iran-Contra. In fact, some of the cabal members now in the Bush Administration
are convicted criminals as a result of their activity in North's
On Oct. 12, the New York Times revealed deep divisions
in the Bush Administration, describing how the cabal plots policy behind the
back of Cabinet officials, such as Secretary of State Colin Powell, in the name
of the U.S. government. The group wants to obliterate Iraq, put Palestinian
Authority President Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority on the terrorism
list (if not the obituary list), and declare war on nation-states.
The Times revealed that a key section of the "Wolfowitz
cabal," is the 18-member Defense Policy Board, which met for more than 19
hours on Sept. 19-20 to "make the case" against Saddam Hussein. The
meeting pushed for a renewed war against Iraq as soon as the war against
Afghanistan had concluded its initial phase. It discussed overthrowing Saddam
Hussein, partitioning Iraq into mini-states led by U.S.-funded dissidents who
would steal the proceeds from the Basra oil revenues for their quisling
government. The meeting discussed how to manipulate information so as to pin the
Sept. 11 attacks on the United States on Saddam Hussein.
According to the Times, Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld attended the meetings for only "part" of both days, and on
Sept. 22, President George Bush rejected the Policy Board's recommendation to
declare war against Iraq. But to the "Wolfowitz cabal," Bush's
decision didn't really matter—senior members of the Policy Board had been
selected for their broad international connections, especially to the United
Kingdom and Israel, allowing them to force changes in U.S. policy through an
"outside-inside" operation. If unable to change policy through
advising, the network could also run covert operations as a "government
within a government," as they had maneuvered during Iran-Contra.
The chairman of the Defense Policy Board is Richard Perle, the
former Reagan Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs,
now based at the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute.
Perle, nicknamed "The Prince of Darkness" because of
his nuclear Armageddon views during the Cold War, is, more importantly, an asset
of Conrad Black's Hollinger International, Inc., which grew out of British
Empire Security Coordinator William Stephenson's efforts to secure arms for
Britain during World War II. At present, Hollinger owns the British Tory
Party-linked Telegraph PLC, whose International Advisory Board is headed by
former British Prime Minister, now Lady Margaret Thatcher. Hollinger also owns
the Jerusalem Post, another war-mongering press outlet.
The "heavy hitters" on the Defense Policy Board are
the worst of the Anglo-American-Israeli geopolitical fanatics from the last
several decades, including: former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, who is
also a member of Hollinger's International Advisory Board; former House Speaker
Newt Gingrich; former Clinton Administration Director of Central Intelligence R.
James Woolsey; former Deputy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. David E.
Jeremiah; former Vice President Dan Quayle; former Defense and Energy Secretary
James R. Schlesinger; and former President Carter's Defense Secretary Harold
Though Perle was only recently appointed to head the Defense
Policy Board, he and Wolfowitz have been collaborators for more than two
decades, as agents-of-influence of the right-wing Israeli war faction. In 1985,
when it was clear that Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American convicted that year of
spying for Israel, could not have been working alone in stealing such high-level
U.S. secrets for Israel to sell to the Soviet Union, top-level intelligence
officials told EIR that an entire "X Committee" of high-level
U.S. officials, was being investigated. Wolfowitz and Perle were on the list of
"X Committee" suspects, and Israeli spying against the United States
was so thick that investigators told EIR they had found "not moles,
but entire molehills." Pollard and his Israeli defenders later claimed that
Pollard "had to" spy against the United States because the Americans
were soft on Iraq and other Arab countries.
The "Wolfowitz cabal" is deterimined to push the
United States in the direction of the most dangerous Israeli right-wing policy,
including a possible Israeli nuclear attack on an Arab state. They are
implementers of the very "breakaway ally" scenario about which 2004
Democratic Party Presidential pre-candidate Lyndon LaRouche warned in his
statement of Oct. 12 (see International).
Plan B: Wagging the Dog
The "Wolfowitz cabal" is out to destroy any
potential for a Middle East peace, and simultaneously is determined to crush
Eurasian economic development centered around cooperation among Europe, Russia,
and China. After being rebuffed after the marathon Defense Policy Board
meetings, the Wolfowitz cabal set various operations in motion to plant
propaganda stories, falsify reports of U.S. policy, and carry out other
maneuvers, whereby the tail would "wag the dog." Unapproved statements
are made by cabal members, interviews misrepresenting U.S. policy are planted
around the globe, and intelligence reports are altered or manufactured to
further the policy goals.
The pattern is becoming crystal clear.
In the first such instance, shortly
after the attacks of Sept.
11, Wolfowitz declared that the United States will "end states harboring
terrorism," and insisted that under the principle of self-defense, the
United States could act alone, without the United Nations, or cooperation from
any other country. He wanted to establish the "doctrine" that the
United States would hit a country "anywhere, anytime" based on secret
evidence. But, Wolfowitz was forced to retract his statements, in a visible rift
with the White House. Some days later, NATO allies at its Brussels headquarters
snubbed Wolfowitz, and refused to formalize cooperation with the United States
under NATO agreements at a meeting where Wolfowitz represented the Bush
In the same vein, on Oct. 7, the day the Afghanistan bombings
began, the cabal again attempted to provoke a rift between the United States and
members of the UN Security Council, especially Russia and China, by altering the
text of a letter from U.S. Ambassador to the UN John D. Negroponte. (Not
coincidentally, Negroponte was a notorious insider in the Iran-Contra operation,
who was accused of collaborating with narcotics-linked military death squads in
Honduras in the 1980s.) The changes in the letter were made without notifying
Negroponte's boss, Secretary of State Powell.
In the letter, Negroponte echoed Wolfowitz's so-called gaffe,
writing, "We may find that our self-defense requires further action with
respect to other organizations and states" (emphasis added). The
statement implicitly targetted Iraq, Syria, and Sudan, all countries which are
on the State Department's list of countries that support terrorism. The
statement violated promises the United States had made, that it would limit
"coalition" action to redressing the attack of Sept. 11. Upon learning
of the statement, from the press, Powell reportedly "hit the roof."
The insertion was drafted by Stephen J. Hadley, who is the Deputy Adviser to the
National Security Council. The stunt may have been planned at the Defense Policy
Then there's the case of former CIA director R. James Woolsey,
whose defined role is as the Policy Board member who is most public in demanding
the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The Knight-Ridder newspaper chain reported on
Oct. 11, that Woolsey had been authorized the prior month to fly to London on a
U.S. government plane, accompanied by Justice and Defense Department officials,
on a secret mission to gather evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11
attack. In a Sept. 18 press conference by Defense Week, Woolsey called
for creating a "no-fly and no-drive zone" in the north and south of
Iraq, so that the Kurds and the Shi'Ites, respectively, could better fight
Saddam. "The watchword of the day," Woolsey said, is, "It's the
Since the Oct. 5 death from anthrax of Bob Stevens, the Sun
tabloid photo editor, from anthrax, Woolsey has been the world's leading
finger-pointer at Saddam as being behind the anthrax attack. His so-called
evidence is dated, prejudiced, and completely unreliable.
It was no accident that Woolsey role-played a prominent
character—CIA Director—in the New York Council on Foreign Relations
1999-2000 scenario the previous year, "The Next Financial Crisis: Warning
Signs, Damage Control, and Impact," that acted out a virtual coup d'état
coming on the heels of a combined financial crisis and terrorist attack. In the
CFR war-game, the U.S. President would be taken out of the picture, leaving the
country under the control of a crisis management dictatorship.
Also dispatched to London to propagandize for a "rolling
war" that would attack Afghanistan, then Iraq, then country after country
until revenge is exacted, was fellow Policy Board member Newt Gingrich. Talking
to the London Times, owned by top British-Israeli propagandist Rupert
Murdoch, Gingrich said that the United States is "at war" with
"organized, systematic extensions of terror, supported by
nation-states." He said that targetting the Afghan Taliban without
defeating Iraq would be "like defeating Imperial Japan and leaving the
Nazis alone." Gingrich threatened that countries judged not cooperative
against terrorism would face the consequences: "The U.S. and the coalition
forces will assist your own people in removing you."
Setting the pace for his team, Perle was the joint initiator
with neo-con William Kristol of the Rupert Murdoch-funded Weekly Standard,
of an open letter to President Bush, that, while ostensibly supporting the
President in the war against terrorism, was, in fact, an ultimatum to support a
"Clash of Civilizations" Thirty Years' War in the Middle East. Among
the non-negotiable demands set forth in that letter was the overthrow of Saddam
Hussein, "even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the [Sept. 11]
There is no doubt that the Wolfowitz/Perle duo is at the heart
of the network that can use Israel in the "breakaway ally scenario."
Indeed, Wolfowitz is one of great hopes of right-wing extremists in Israel,
including among the radical settlers movement, who are demanding the
assassination of Arafat and the expulsion of all Palestinians from the Occupied
Territories (see coverage in International). But, Wolfowitz and Perle are
not "Israeli agents." Rather, they are second-generation
operatives both mentored by the RAND Corp.'s Albert Wohlstetter, a former
Trotskyite communist turned nuclear strategist. Nor are the cabal war-mongers Seven
Days in May militarists.
A key member of the cabal is Richard Armitage, the number-two
man in the U.S. State Department, who was investigated in the Iran-Contra
scandal, and who is a longtime collaborator of Wolfowitz in the targetting of
Iraq. The cabal also has high-level operatives at the National Security Council
Gen. Wayne Downing, former Commander in Chief of the
Special Operations Command, was just appointed as Director of Combatting
Terrorism for the Homeland Defense Board, headed by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom
Ridge. In 1997-98, Downing drew up a military plan to overthrow Saddam, by
assassination, if necessary. The plan hinged on heavily arming dissident gangs
of Iraqi Shi'Ites in the south of Iraq, and Kurdish fighters in the north.
Invasion by U.S. Special Forces ground troops was not ruled out. The promoter of
the neo-Conservative yahoos in Congress and the think-tanks was Wolfowitz, then
head of the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins
University. Unable to ram this plan through the Clinton Administration,
Wolfowitz shopped the plan to Perle, an expert in "chain-letter"
pressure politics, who garnered signatures. Now at the NSC, Downing has the
ready-made plan to hit Iraq.
Richard Clarke, Adviser to the President for Cyberspace
Warfare. Clarke, who was originally with the State Department during the elder
Bush's Administration, was demoted for covering up Israeli violations of the
Arms Exporting laws. In August 1998, Clarke was one of the key figures who
planted false information about Sudan's involvement in the East Africa U.S.
Embassy bombings, which led to U.S. cruise missile attacks on a Sudanese
pharmaceutical company in Khartoum. Clarke shopped in disinformation from
British-Israeli covert operations stringer Yosef Bodansky that targetted Sudan.
Elliott Abrams, NSC staff. Abrams, who was convicted in
the Iran-Contra scandal, was quietly placed on the NSC as a specialist in
"Religion and human rights." He is a longtime member of the right-wing
Zionist networks that infiltrated the U.S. security establishment. He worked
closely with Secord and North in Central America, also providing a link to the
Israeli gun-running networks that delivered arms to Khomeini's Iran.