‘US wanted regime change in seven Middle-East nations by 2006′

November 14th, 2007 - 2:23 am ICT by admin  
This was a part of the Defence Department’s strategy, General (retired) Wesley Clark of US Army mentions in his new book.

General Clark recalls that on his first visit to the Pentagon, less than two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a “senior general” had told him, that the US was “going to attack Iraq”.

“The decision has basically been made,” General Clark quoted the General, as saying.

Six weeks later, when General Clark returned to Washington and asked the same general if the invasion of Iraq was still on, the officer said, “‘Oh, it’s worse than that!”

Clark said that the unnamed General then showed him a memo, apparently a paper from the Defence Secretary’s office outlining the strategy. “We’re going to take out seven countries in five years”.

The list included Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Sudan as well as Iraq, Iran and Syria, the Daily Times quoted Clark as telling CNN.

During the course of interview, Clark shifted ground slightly by saying that the memo “wasn’t a plan. Maybe it was a think piece. Maybe it was a sort of notional concept, but what it was, was the kind of indication of dialogue around this town in official circles … that has poisoned the atmosphere and made it very difficult for this administration to achieve any success in the region.”

General Clark also mentioned a May 1991 conversation with Paul Wolfowitz, the then US Under-Secretary of Defence for Policy, to congratulate him on the success of the first Gulf War.

“We screwed up and left Saddam Hussein in power. The president believes his own people will overthrow him, but I rather doubt it. But we did learn one thing that’s very important. With the end of the Cold War, we can now use our military with impunity,” General Clark quoted Wolfowitz, as saying.

“The Soviets won’t come in to block us, and we’ve got five, maybe 10 years to clean up these old Soviet surrogate regimes like Iraq and Syria before the next superpower emerges to challenge us … We could have a little more time, but no one really knows,” Wolfowitz added. (ANI)

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