According to General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, that was the Neocon (and CIA) plan in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks. After Iraq, the countries slated for being “taken out” were, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. But the best laid plans of mice and psychopaths often go awry, and Iraq was no cake-walk and the masses of humanity weren’t entirely as hoodwinkable as people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al liked to believe. But what is interesting is the fact that we are currently seeing a major NATO i.e. (US) operation against Libya, and now the British, French and Italian oligarchies are urging “sanctions” against Syria, and there have been “anti-government protests” in Lebanon and Iran.
In the much- quoted 2004 New York Times Magazine article, journalist Ron Suskind described a 2002 conversation with a senior Bush advisor — widely assumed to be Karl Rove:
“The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’ “
It’s probable that, given their belief that they “create their own reality”, the Neocons believed that they actually could orchestrate “regime change” in seven countries in five years with US troops on the ground. The actual reality, as we have seen, has been radically different. “Quagmire” just doesn’t get it and the truth of the matter is that all normal human beings will always recognise and resist occupation and corporate plunder and slavery, regardless of the extent or sophistication of the propaganda and lies.
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