Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Revisiting History, by Jon Lovchik - Democratic Underground

Revisiting History, by Jon Lovchik - Democratic Underground: "Many of the people who were involved in PNAC are currently in the Bush administration, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. This report, which was prepared four months before Bush took office, includes this statement about the Middle East:

'Indeed, the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.'

The section titled 'Repositioning Today's Force' discusses the U.S. military presence in the Middle East over the last decade and includes this statement:

'From an American perspective, the value of such bases would endure even should Saddam pass from the scene.'

There is no question that the strategy envisioned by PNAC includes a permanent U.S. military presence worldwide, and particularly in the Middle East."

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