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Letter to Robin Cook, MP.

Posted by Ed on March 31, 2003

I have just written a letter to Robin Cook, M.P., the British ex-cabinet minister who resigned over the war on Iraq, asking him to question the Prime Minister about his knowledge of and/or support for the ideals of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

PNAC has been mentioined a number of times in previous postings by both Charl and me. The aim of this group is clear: American global domination. The overlap between its members and the Bush administration is striking. This letter is a desperate attempt to gain some publicity for PNAC, not to help them of course, but to expose them for what they are.

It is slightly longer than it should be really, but its a complex issue and cannot be reduced to slogans and soundbites.

Dear Mr. Cook,

First of all I would like to commend you on the stance you have taken on the issue of the war on Iraq; it cannot have been an easy decision to take. It is on exactly that issue that I write to you now.

I am sure you aware of the United States neo-conservative pressure group known as Project for the New American Century (PNAC). If not, may I recommend that you study their website (www.newamericancentury.org) carefully. The group was founded in 1997 with the aims of promoting American global leadership, and a ‘Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity’ through which to achieve this. The founding members of this group include Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush and others. The overlap between the people who have been associated with this group and those now in senior positions in the Bush administration is remarkable.

In September 2000 the report ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses’ was published under the PNAC banner, and is currently available via the group’s website. The report starts from the premise that ‘America should seek to preserve and extend its position of global leadership by maintaining the preeminence of U.S. military forces’ and is essentially a plea for a dramatic increase in the defense budget, essential for the transition of the military they see as necessary for America’s continued global preeminence. It goes on to warn that ‘the true cost of not meeting our defense requirements will be a lessened capacity for American global leadership and, ultimately, the loss of a global security order that is uniquely friendly to American principles and prosperity’.

The report’s authors, while making the case for continued American global domination through transformation of the military, accept that ‘…the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor’. It is clear that the tragic events of September 11, 2001 provided the catalyst they spoke of.

The report details the regions of the world where America would like to extend its influence, and these regions of course include the Gulf:

‘…the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein’.

So Saddam Hussein is merely the ‘immediate justification’ for the current military action in Iraq. It is clear from this document that the plan to depose Saddam Hussein from power was formulated not only long before the attacks of September 11, but also before George W. Bush came to power, and is not a response to the threat of weapons of mass destruction or the alleged links between Hussein and the perpetrators of September 11, but a thinly-veiled excuse for an increase in American military and political influence in the Gulf region.

Anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the Bush administration’s ‘new’ foreign policy of preemptive action could do far worse than read PNAC’s report ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses’. It is quite simply the blueprint for this policy and everything we are seeing now, not only in Iraq but also the threats being made against other states such as Iran, Syria and North Korea, can be explained in terms of this document.

What I find remarkable about this report, apart from the alarming nature of its content, is the fact that it has been more or less completely ignored by the mainstream media and the British parliament. A quick search of Hansard reveals just one mention of PNAC, by Paul Flynn (Newport, West) on 17 October, 2002. The Guardian and Observer newspapers have recently run articles on this group, but these are notable exceptions, and I have seen nothing whatsoever in the broadcast media.

I therefore implore you to raise this for discussion in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity. Please ask the Prime Minister why he believes it is right to risk the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians and British servicemen and women, widespread instability in the wider Arab world, and an increased risk of terrorist acts in Britain, America and elsewhere in the pursuit of the foreign policy aims of the American far right. By supporting the invasion of Iraq now, we set a terrifying precedent which may well result in many more wars in the places already mentioned, and will not lead to the shaping of a ‘New American Century’, but to a century of untold bloodshed and misery for all.

I urge you to act now, Mr. Cook, before it is too late.

Yours sincerely,

E.K.J. Chadwick.

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3 Responses to “Letter to Robin Cook, MP.”

  1. Ben said

    To me, PNAC only serves to reinforce the view that the USA is attempting to enforce the “Pax Americana” on the world.

    Of course, history shows that a civilisation that has risen to domination will eventually fall. I feel uneasy about that last sentence actually – firstly, America has only “risen” to the level of organised thuggery, and secondly I realise that any word with the root “civilised” cannot, with good conscience, be applied to America.

  2. Rudolph said

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,926904,00.html

  3. The plot thickens
    Ed has written a letter to Robin Cook, the British member of parliament who recently resigned as cabinet minister in

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