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June 4, 2013

War on terror was Trojan horse

Neocons had multi-war plan; Obama brings sanity to policy

On May 23, the president announced that the state of perpetual warfare that began after 9/11 will come to an end.

He was referring to the (permanent) Global War on Terror (and Muslims) instituted by Dick Cheney and the neocons, who used 9/11 to implement their plan to make the Middle East safe for Israel.

The Neocons believed they could emulate the Roman Empire without the Romans’ mistakes. Seriously.

General Wesley Clark, as NATO supreme commander, reviewed Pentagon war planning and discovered the Neocons intended to invade Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Libya and Somalia to install governments less hostile to Israel.

Their delusional plan never got beyond the disastrous invasion of Iraq. The noted military historian, Martin Van Creveld, Hebrew University, took up the Roman analogy, calling Iraq “the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 BC sent his legions into Germany and lost them.”

Some people can’t connect cause and effect. Bush contended that Iraq was the “central front in the war on terror.”

It was no such thing … until the U.S. invaded. It’s not freedom they hate, or else they would attack Sweden. It’s all the dead Muslims our pro-Israel policies have created, coupled with the military occupation of their land. Interrogations by Israel and Saudi Arabia of nearly 450 “jihadis” captured trying to sneak into Iraq show that most were responding to calls to drive infidels out of Islamic territory.

The U.S. is now withdrawing from Afghanistan, the longest war in our history. Through a perverse “mission creep,” the campaign to oust al Qaeda became an occupation of another Muslim country.

Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us 6,500 dead and 100,000 wounded; the financial costs are projected to total at least $5 trillion and could reach $7 trillion. Additionally, we have created or reconfigured at least 263 security organizations and increased annual intelligence spending by 250 percent.

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