Once the Republicans return to the white house, Bush immediately surrounds
himself with neoconservatives drawn directly from PNAC's founding
This explains why as soon as Bush assumes presidency, he is eager to put PNAC's
worldview into action --- which is a conclusion stated by Ron Suskind, and
supported by many others.
It's really important to understand that PNAC'S worldview encourages shaping
the international security order in line with American principles and intand strives
to launch the US as the new hegemonic leader of the international world
So Bush and his advisors sawHussein's ongoing regime in Iraq as the perfect example
and ideal opportunity to put PNAC's plan into practice
But this was all established from the start, even before Bush's victory. Suskind
quotes O'Neill in his work, stating that they were planning to take Hussein out and
ultimately change Iraq into a new country because this would solve everything. It
was all about finding a way to do it.
This leads us into the 9/11 attack where 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four
commercial passenger jet airliners and directed two of them into the twin towers of
the World Trade Center in New York, causing them to collapse, killing almost 3000
innocent people. The third airliner smashed into the Pentagon while the fourth
crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This caused outrage among the American
public, allowing Bush to declare a war on terrorism. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda gave
Bush and PNAC "a way to do this" and as we will see, it basically gave them
permission to turn on Iraq.
Less than a month after the attacks, the US assumes the leadership of a broad
coalition of international forces that invades Afghanistan to remove the Taliban
regime supporting al-Qaeda. Pakistan aligns itself with the US and provides military
airports and bases for the attack on the Taliban. The United Islamic Front also joins
the US-led coalition, which is also known as the Northern Alliance, and together
they drive the Taliban into the southern regions of Afghanistan. But strangely
enough, when the US could have easily stayed and finished off the Taliban,
they choose not to, and instead they redirect their attention to Iraq
the US redirects its attention to Iraq, only because it is seen as ,and rather weak
territory for the US forces to conquer and proveir military strength and power,
withoutnecessarily being committed to a war that would cost American lives.
Of course now The Bush administration tries to pursue a number of ways to
legitimately turn on Iraq --- starting with Bush's September 12, 2002 address to the
UN Security Council. NATO allies reject the notion that an invasion of Iraq is justified
and propose a UN inspection of Iraq for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Yet
despite this setback, the Bush administration secures joint resolution to "authorize
the use of armed forces against Iraq"
The resolution was granted mainly due to the allegation US intelligence reports
made stating the presence of WMDs in Iraq. (WMDs, the resolution notes, states a
threat to the national security of the United States and international security and peace of the Persian Gulf region) Finally, on March 20, 2003, the US military
launched operation Iraqi Freedom beginning a war that will last longer than World
War II at enormous human cost.
Clausewitz's philosophy on war: War should remain an instrument in political
negotiation, especially in the post-World War I era when humanity begins to
unleash the full destructive potential of industrialized warfare.
The American decision to mislead the UN and initiate an unlawful war against Iraq
destroys the multilateral unification of diplomacy and deterrence that had grown
over the post-World War II period ---all in the pursuit of PNAC's particular ideology
and self-interested objectives. Despite the fact that the invasion of Iraq, without
the support of the UN security council, would be an illegal war, the Bush
Administration still chose to proceed.
The UN serves as an international forum of negotiated settlements, and provides nation