Obama Is Implementing Plans For War Throughout the Middle East Created 10 Years Ago by the Neocons

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By Washington’s Blog


Politico reports:

The U.S. has dramatically ratcheted up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad, slapping new sanctions on key companies Wednesday as White House press secretary Jay Carney said the leader is guilty of “heinous actions” and the country would be better off without him.




President Barack Obama and other administration officials have already said publicly that Assad has “lost legitimacy” and must begin the push toward democracy in Syria or step down. A few weeks ago, after months of protests on the streets of Syria and little progress from Assad without explicit U.S. calls for his resignation, administration officials began to consider calling for Assad to step down, CNN said.


The new push from the White House, officials said, will make clear Assad is no longer a credible reformer and should give up his post.

A Nato plan for a post-Gaddaffi Libya - carving up the country, and giving the richest spoils to the UAE - has been leaked.

The U.S. is already at war in Somalia. As the New York Times noted last month: "U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia".

The U.S. is always trying to justify war against Iran (see this, for example) and Lebanon.

What explains these widespread wars throughout the Middle East?

As American reporter Gareth Porter reported in 2008:

Three weeks after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but overturning the regime in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted extensively in then-under secretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith's recently published account of the Iraq war decisions. Feith's account further indicates that this aggressive aim of remaking the map of the Middle East by military force and the threat of force was supported explicitly by the country's top military leaders.

Feith's book, War and Decision, released last month, provides excerpts of the paper Rumsfeld sent to President George W Bush on September 30, 2001, calling for the administration to focus not on taking down Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network but on the aim of establishing "new regimes" in a series of states...


General Wesley Clark, who commanded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization bombing campaign in the Kosovo war, recalls in his 2003 book Winning Modern Wars being told by a friend in the Pentagon in November 2001 that the list of states that Rumsfeld and deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz wanted to take down included Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Somalia [and Lebanon].


When this writer asked Feith . . . which of the six regimes on the Clark list were included in the Rumsfeld paper, he replied, "All of them."


The Defense Department guidance document made it clear that US military aims in regard to those states would go well beyond any ties to terrorism. The document said the Defense Department would also seek to isolate and weaken those states and to "disrupt, damage or destroy" their military capacities - not necessarily limited to weapons of mass destruction (WMD)...

Rumsfeld's paper was given to the White House only two weeks after Bush had approved a US military operation in Afghanistan directed against bin Laden and the Taliban regime. Despite that decision, Rumsfeld's proposal called explicitly for postponing indefinitely US airstrikes and the use of ground forces in support of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in order to try to catch bin Laden.

Instead, the Rumsfeld paper argued that the US should target states that had supported anti-Israel forces such as Hezbollah and Hamas.


A senior officer on the Joint Staff told State Department counter-terrorism director Sheehan he had heard terrorist strikes characterized more than once by colleagues as a "small price to pay for being a superpower".

Indeed, in 2007, General Clark told Democracy Now:

I had been through the Pentagon right after 9/11. About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. He said, "Sir, you’ve got to come in and talk to me a second." I said, "Well, you’re too busy." He said, "No, no." He says, "We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq." This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, "We’re going to war with Iraq? Why?" He said, "I don’t know." He said, "I guess they don’t know what else to do." So I said, "Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?" He said, "No, no." He says, "There’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq." He said, "I guess it’s like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments." And he said, "I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail."

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it’s worse than that." He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, "I just got this down from upstairs" — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — "today." And he said, "This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."

Obama is simply carrying out the Neocons' war plans created right after 9/11 ... if not before.

Postscript: The former director of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center says that American policy in the Middle East is failing because the U.S. doesn't believe in democracy.

And security experts - conservative hawks and liberal doves alike - agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

Oh well ... can't change policy now, can we?

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BigJim's picture

Yes, because the 'leaders' in other countries are just sooooooooo honorable.

They're all the fucking same. The only difference is that the US' politicians get to play with the biggest gun in the sandbox.

Zer0henge's picture

Let's Roll Bitchez

Negro Primero's picture



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Founders Keeper's picture

Obama is simply carrying out the Neocons' war plans created right after 9/11 ... if not before. ---GW

Sorry GW.  I just don't see it.

The Neo-Cons are Neo-Ignorant.  They seem to think US history began in 1861. 

Pres. Obama's "advisors" are smarter than that.  They are not ignorant of history.  Only of its lessons.

The former destroys the US out of ignorance, the later out of intention.

Middle East politics/interests is a quagmire.  Two men enter; one and one-half men leave.  Bring the troops home from these illegal undeclared wars.  Entanglement foreign policy is suicide for a nation of free people.


Element's picture

The last Aust deployment finally pulled out of Iraq yesterday ... what a stupid 'war' ... and not even a real war! ... just a militant insurgency ... what did it cost again?

We have ZERO moral right to tell anyone else how to live and behave.

We have zero right nor place to be supporting any militant minority in any ME country against an overwelming majority in that country (see Libya).

Or building a 'state' (when we say we're not - but are) that will certainly rapidly fail economically as soon as we pull out (see 'fgan).

If they want to fight it out, well, I don't like it. But it's their land and their lyfe.

If they want to destroy it all for next to no reason, fine, but just stay the feck away from my land, afterward.

And don't expect us to feel 'responsible' or 'sympathetic', and supportive for massive unrepented mistakes.

Breeding-up like rabbits, in a desert, is not terribly bright, but failing to personally mitigate the outcomes, when you have seen those within your own life-time ... well, stupid is as stupid doesn't.

Most of you die early.

And don't expect us to welcome your "enriching cultural contribution" to our country ... we have a culture ... and its quite dyfunctional enough already ... but thanks anyway.

Now fuck off and fix your own country, that you helped destroy, and then abandoned like a pack of snivelling mongrels - sorry, 'refugees'.



Little John's picture

  To quote the great peacemaker, Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along".

Little John's picture

  To quote the great peacemaker and humanitarian, Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along".

narnia's picture

US foreign policy is so screwed up.  Even if the real idiots in charge had an imperial plan 10 years ago, they've long since abandoned most of it.  It's in some form of crumbling wing it mode.  

I'm no fan of Obama, but this stuff is over his pay grade.  He's doing what most before him have done, nothing to stop it.

Manthong's picture

"the leader is guilty of “heinous actions” and the country would be better off without him."

My thoughts exactly.

Uh, what country are we talking about?

mess nonster's picture

Window of opportunity closing... can the Neo-Cons secure these countries and secure energy extraction before the economy collapses? Seems the event speed of the latter makes the timeline of the former iffy at best.

A major turning-point military defeat is on the menu for the Neo-Cons. Stay tuned for epic stories of American soldiers finding their way home after decades of wandering the desolate steppes of Asia. Maybe the Neo-Cons can get the 5000 year old VIMANA death star working before the economic crash fucks up all their plans. I think this is their only hope

StormShadow's picture

This story dovetails nicely with this recent one:


It's all part of the plan, folks.  Nothing to see here.

DonutBoy's picture

This is kind of counter-factual.  The guys in danger are America's allies - not those on our "regimes to overthrow list".  Mubarak is gone.  Assad is rolling tanks into his cities killing civilians, and Qadafi has been renewed as the perpetual Islamic leader greater than the great satan.

The best thing that can happen to you is to get on the enemies list, it's our friends who are in danger.

BigJim's picture

Mubarak's gone... so what? Do you think the generals who replaced him are any less compliant to US demands?

DonutBoy's picture

Yes - I do.  They are enforcing virginity tests on protestors they arrest and they are allowing Christian churches to be sacked by the Muslim bortherhood.  I do not think that would have happened under Mubarak. 

mess nonster's picture

You must mean the kind of friend (notice the singular) we have in the Middle East that makes all our enemies redundant. With inversions abounding, if we stay the course and keep fucking everything up, our friend will perish, and thus save the entire world.

Fiat Money's picture

"Obama is simply carrying out the Neocons' war plans created right after 9/11 ... if not before. Postscript: The former director of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center says that American policy in the Middle East is failing because the U.S. doesn't believe in democracy."

 excellent, GW.  There is not a MICRON of difference between OBAMA's Neo-Con war-mongering, Treasury looting, & economy wrecking crew  http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/obamajews.html ...   and the  Neo-Cons who were in the DRIVER's SEAT of the Cheney-Bush administration.... http://newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm   http://newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm  and http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/bushjews.html 

Obama is Bush III  (and Hillary even more so:  the ONE accomplishment Obama can brag on, is that he has not YET attacked Iran... which BOTH Hillary, and  McCain/Palin, WOULD ALREADY HAVE DONE BY NOW, at the behest of THEIR NEO-CON HANDLERS... 

Edward Fiatski's picture


A world War needs to happen in the MENA region, preferably a hot thermonuclear one with NATO & Asia involved: you destroy all of the religious centres there, annihilate Islam, shock the Atheists, and, well, Christianity - it's dead anyways. Rebuild anew. :-)



falak pema's picture

Lose-lose-lose; like during the crusades. See my post below.

Pay Day Today's picture

We saved the people of the Middle East by destroying the people of the Middle East.

Who is John Galt's picture

Let's be honest here. This has been the Zionist plan all along, and it should be glaringly apparent to anyone with half a brain that the western world is 100% controlled by the Zionist banking cartel.


Left-Right, Liberal-Conservative, Republican-Democrat, these are all false constructs to give the illusion of choice to the masses. The fact is that all sides are owned by the Zionist oligarchs.


Only revolution can save this world. TIME TO EXECUTE PROJECT MAYHEM!

Fiat Money's picture

ABSOLUTELY CORRECT,  WiJG.  As I commented above,  there is not a hair's-breadth of difference between OBAMA's   WAR-MONGERING, TREASURY LOOTING,  ECONOMY GUTTING  Neo-Cons, vs  Bush & Cheney's  WARMONGERS,  TREASURY-LOOTERS, and  ECONOMY WRECKING  Neo-Cons..... as these lists of  names illustrate:

OBAMA's so-called "DEMOCRAT"  TREASURY-LOOTIN, WAR-MONGERING,  ECONOMY WRECKING Neo-Cons: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/obamajews.html

 Here are the RADICAL RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN  Bush-Cheney Neo-Cons: http://newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm http://newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm and http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/bushjews.html

In the persons of  TIMMY GEITHNER  and  IDIOT  Ben Bernanke - the  "WHAT, ME WORRY?"      IDIOT who walks around with a permanent SMIRK on his face,  AS HE WRECKS the ENTIRE  U.S. & world economies!!! ...

    ..."Obama's Neo-Cons" and "Bush's Neo-Cons" ARE THE SAME  PEOPLE !!!



BlackholeDivestment's picture

...close but, no cigar. I know you may think those master builders drew up all the plans but, the key word is ''Secular''. Israel has the same issue of corruption from within my friend. When you do not accept the Truth you will pay the penalty and when you try to avoid correction you will claim dominion based on sacrificing perfection. The elder of man has always sacrificed the Son of God, the human host of The Truth, for the sake of a false claim of dominion. Israel and Islam etc... are brothers in every sense, when it comes to rejecting the revelation that our Father in Christ is defining the offer of mercy we must accept, if not in principle. They have nothing to offer but the Son of Man upon their flaming alter, which is the whole Earth. Their defense rests upon this fact and the end result is death, if possible all flesh would be destroyed

DaveyJones's picture

Peak oil makes em all neocons. Only problem is, their strategy sucks

HungrySeagull's picture

I perfectly feel fine with that plan.

Wipe out those Dictators whose People revolt against them. Go right down the line.

Save Iran for last. She needs to be cornered and alone for this one and it's going to hurt, real bad in the morning after.

rwe2late's picture


Like the ones propped up by the US in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen?

Like the US-backed criminal drug lords in Kosovo and Afghanistan?

"Save Iran"? Like the US did to Iraq? How? By installing another Shah?

Your self-righteous willingness to have 'foreigners' killed is premised on arrogance and ignorance.

Fiat Money's picture

thanks for that,  Too-Late.

   To see a TEXT-BOOK  example of how  so-called "liberal" NPR is actually a NEO-CON WARMONGERING propaganda outlet,  last week someone in the discussion segment of the show  mentioned that some company cut another 20,000 U.S. jobs earlier that week.... NO  VIDEO or discussion of those THOUSANDS of AMERICAN FAMILIES  NOW UNEMPLOYED and TERRIFIED of looming bills...

  ...while the Neo-Con war pigs at NPR  cut  next to a  VIDEO  segment of  SYRIA PROTESTORS.

  The VIDEO of  SAUDI  (which is to say, "Neo-Con NY, DC, israel approved")  HIRED MERCENARY GOONS  MASSACRING  DOZENS (if not hundreds) of Shiite BAHRANIAN democracy protesters SCRUBBED from the evil   npr  "AMERICAN FAMILIES _DON'T COUNT_ -   WE NEED MORE WARS!"         D.C.  propaganda narrative. 

CEOoftheSOFA's picture

I'm in Qatar now.  No wars being implemented here yet.  No strife to speak of.  I had a burger at Hardees yesterday that was a bit overdone, but other than that, everything is A-OK.  Will report on the UAE tomorrow. 

Escapeclaws's picture

We're also going to war with China according to some guy over on Yahoo finance. I wonder if the problem isn't just that they're worried about our big pile of nukes degrading before they can be used.

BigJim's picture

Jesus, the crap you read on the internet. War with China would be literal suicide. I always thought 'yahoo' was named after cowboys whooping it up, but perhaps it's a more Swiftian reference.

Mercury's picture

 "This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."

Oh yeah?  How's that going?  Open borders at home, expensive oil and molesting kids and grannies at the airport means we're winning right?

Since Obama is now a neocon, and he could use a high profile display of leadership,  it would be a great if he exercised his commander-in-chief powers from the field.

Stay as long as you want Barry.....remember, the door's unlocked...

Liquid Courage's picture

Oh yeah! "Emperors" in the field in Persia would make for such a sweet historical rhyming.

(Would be) Emperor Crassus:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crassus and

Emperor Julian: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_the_Apostate

both came a cropper and gave their personal "all" trying to conquer the Parthians (Persians ... Iranians)

No "leader" has that kind of guts any more. Obama may be more along the lines of Romulus Augustulus - the last of the Western Emperors. If he changed his name to Washington Lincoln, it would seal the deal.

blindman's picture

quietly stealing resources in africa,
the obama put. afghanistan gas pipe dreams ..
inner city combat psd.
more viagra ! and cialis !

LynRobison's picture

Try this scenario on for size. We know that Iran has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface missles (ZH covered this a few weeks ago). Let's say that NATO starts to get the upper hand in Libya, and Gaddaffi sees that he is about to be pushed from power, so he invites the Iranians to set up a missle or two in the Libyan desert. Then as a final act of defiance, he lets the Iranians fire one of those missles (with a nuclear warhead) into Israel. Once that happens, missles start flying and mushroom clouds start sprouting all over the world. This is a dangerous, dangerous game that the western powers are playing in the middle east.

BigJim's picture

Iran doesn't have any nuclear weapons. And even if they did, how would they get their missiles into Libya? What the fuck are you talking about?

Max Hunter's picture

Yeah.. This was my initial thoughts as well.. What the hell.. So.. maybe gold coins will drop out of my ass and I can buy that mansion i've been dreaming of..

They need to bring back the math question.. At least get rid of the half wits..

TruthInSunshine's picture

Let's not forget the rumor of U.S. planning to preemptively take over Pakistan's nuclear cache.

I realize it's just another rumor on the internet, but it's a rumor that I definitely could be convinced is more likely than not.

JW n FL's picture


Exposing the world rogue; nuclear power-Double Standards-08-06-2011

the IEA is allowed into Pakistan!

who sold Pakistan the Nukes? Israel?? who sold India Nukes? Israel??

Creating the demand in a market place is called Market Making / Gods Work!

blindman's picture

end the fed and refuse. revolt. refuse. wake up and refuse. revolt. end the fed. sick usa on suicide watch. should be, need be, placed in solitary con finment, stripped of all garments and facility that could be used to cause itself harm. but... no. the inmates are in positions of administration and the "vandals took the handals". the people will die from inaction. i think it is nearly inevitable, technology and evolution have never been on the same page.?

AR15AU's picture

GW, big snooze fest here... Wesley Clark is like a socially progressive version of Oliver North... your article reads like DU tabloid gossip crap.  If people actually cared about middle eastern invasions, you'd see the Cindy Sheehans of the world camping out in Chicago.

JW n FL's picture




Exposing the world rogue; nuclear power-Double Standards-08-06-2011

make it past the first 5 minutes of funny stuff until the subject of Dimona comes up! WHOOPSIE!! Kennedy investigated Dimona! yes the good one, not the drunk rapist! the one who was fucking Marilyn!

Zer0henge's picture

Let's Roll.  I take dibs on digging up Arafat's grave and moving his bones to...Ireland

Barefooted_Tramp's picture

don't forget to bring along his foreskin as well: The Irish can always transform it into a catholic priest.

Manthong's picture

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
George S. Patton

Rodent Freikorps's picture

If  we were going to war with Iran we wouldn't have allowed them so many victorys. We are currently negotioating nuclear proliferation with Saudis.

And with our shiite prez, Iran has no worries at all.

Pay Day Today's picture

I think GW made it pretty clear that the US can still do big wars even with a shiite prez.

onlooker's picture

Jolly Good. Lebanon can not be what it was, the Paris of the ME,  but anything is an improvement.

New World Chaos's picture

This is good for the Rothschilds on so many levels.

Bankrupt America.  Destroy Israel's enemies.  Make Muslims hate America forever.  Create more terrorism.  Distract from corruption at home.  Massive profits for contractors.  Jack oil prices and therefore food prices.  Make sure the troops never come home (because elites don't trust them).  Hell, the troops will probably just be stranded in the Middle East when the dollar becomes worthless.  Pretty sure this is the plan.

disabledvet's picture

ten years ago? more like a thousand. and they "didn't call them neo-cons back then." they called them "Crusaders"--and yeah, "they were a little right of center." Just a WEEE bit. Anywho have no fear your riot will soon be here. Ahh, America...where would the world be without the USA saving it?


Especially given what's going with France. This one's for you! Viva Liberte! (You can thank us later.)

Ponzi Unit's picture

Except the neocons are primarily Jewish. Their agenda has always been to eliminate all enemies of israel. Their objectives usually blend with those of the oil-industrial complex, so there is sufficient convergence of special interests to guarantee activation of plans. Iraq was/is a very successful project from israel's point of view.