News Articles

The Fight Yet to Come

Most of the main names associated with the PNAC turn up in this article about the control and rebuilding of Iraq– James Woolsey, Donald Rumsfeld, the Likud Party, Ahmad Chalabi, and more. It speaks of a struggle between two main camps about how things will go — the U.S. way or the internationally-approved way.

The fight yet to come

Another struggle is gripping Washington - the one that will shape the future of Iraq. Bush’s inner circle is fighting to gain his ear, and the result of this contest will have an impact even greater than that of the war

Ed Vulliamy in New York and Kamal Ahmed in London
Sunday April 6, 2003
The Observer

At Hillsborough Castle near Belfast tomorrow, President George W Bush will sit down with Tony Blair to discuss phases two and three of the conflict in Iraq. With confidence growing that the military campaign is coming to a conclusion, all eyes are refocusing on the political aftermath. If the coalition of the willing thought the military campaign was difficult to plan for, the opportunity for elephant traps ahead is growing.

Already there is talk of splits and tensions. The US Defence Department, under Donald Rumsfeld, would like an American-dominated interim administration. Colin Powell and his staff at the State Department realise that a broad coalition of international interests and the United Nations will need to be involved. Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s National Security Adviser who speaks daily to Tony Blair’s foreign policy chief, Sir David Manning, has also promoted a ‘UN-endorsed’ route allied to ultimate American leadership. Each is playing a game of cat and mouse, a feint here, a jab there, to try to ensure that their scheme comes out on top.

Chalabi is backed by friends in the Pentagon to head the formation of a provisional government. But he is suspected by the State Department and CIA, which believe that he has little chance of rallying support in Iraq after nearly half a century in exile. The CIA severed its relationship with Chalabi after the INC was unable to account for millions of dollars in covert US aid.

As a result, Chalabi is currently slated for a position on an advisory council of exiles, with which he has declared himself dissatisfied. However, Pentagon sources tell The Observer that his position is ‘under review; he may yet play a very important and senior role’.

A leading role for the INC would dovetail with information from sources telling The Observer that the list of Iraqi exiles to be invited into government is being drawn up by the number three at the Pentagon, Douglas Feith, working directly to his immediate superior and longtime friend, Wolfowitz.

Feith is a pivotal member of the neo-conservative group, having worked with fellow-hawk Richard Perle on a paper for the Israeli Likud Party in 1996, urging a ‘clean break’ with the peace process.

‘It looks like we are on the verge of further alienating allies,’ said one State Department official, ‘and it looks like we are going to do exactly what we promised we would not - take small groups of exiles with limited influence in Iraq and bring them in as the bulk of a transition government.’

Full article…


Please Leave a Comment!

Please not: Comments may be moderated. It may take a while for them to show on the page.

Welcome to PNAC.info-- a site dedicated to drawing attention to the neoconservative foreign policy approach, and its consequences for America and the world.
Useful Links
Category: Outside Analysis
  • "Afghanistan: The War Without End" (within a war without end)
  • "Regime Change" Ambitions in Iran
  • "The Believer": In-depth look at Paul Wolfowitz "defending his war"
  • 1958-1991, Iraq: A Classic Case of Divide and Conquer
  • A Debate Over U.S. 'Empire' Builds in Unexpected Circles
  • An Economist's Case Against an Interventionist Foreign Policy
  • An Iran Trap?
  • Analysis: Wolfowitz's 1992 vision as 2002 U.S. Foreign Policy Reality
  • Article: Conservatives and exiles [begin to consider that they may have to think about having to] desert war campaign
  • Briefing - The rise of the Washington "neo-cons"
  • Empire Builders: Neoconservatives and their blueprint for US power
  • Getting Out of Iraq: Our Strategic Interest
  • Iraq war to gain US foothold in South Eastern Asia (college paper)
  • Is Iraq the opening salvo in a war to remake the world?
  • Is the Neoconservative Moment Over?
  • Jim Lobe's Neo-Con Focus Area from IPS
  • Neoconservatism Made Kristol Clear
  • Op-Ed: From Republic to Empire
  • Pay no attention to the neocon behind the curtain
  • Pentagon Office Home to Neo-Con Network
  • PNAC College Paper
  • PNAC on NPR's "Fresh Air"
  • Puppet Show: Will Ahmed Chalabi Govern Post-War Iraq?
  • Reference Materials for "Debating Empire"
  • Rep. Ron Paul's Speech to Congress: "Neo-conned"
  • Richard Perle's connections
  • The American Conservative: The Weekly Standard’s War
  • The Bush Foreign Policy Team's Shared Vision
  • The Conservative Split I: An Introduction to Neoconservatism
  • The Conservative Split III: A Call to Action
  • The Hawks Loudly Express Their Second Thoughts
  • The Neo-Conservative Ascendancy in the Bush Administration
  • The New Al Qaeda: More Dangerous than the Old Version
  • This war is brought to you by...
  • William Arkin connects the "Syria's next" dots
  • Category: News Articles
  • "Afghanistan: The War Without End" (within a war without end)
  • "The Believer": In-depth look at Paul Wolfowitz "defending his war"
  • $60 billion Rebuild Iraq Plan 'freezes out' UN, favors U.S.
  • 1992 "Defense Planning Guidance" Draft Excerpts
  • 4 years before 9/11, plan was set
  • A Debate Over U.S. 'Empire' Builds in Unexpected Circles
  • A think tank war: Why old Europe says no
  • ABC News: The Plan
  • Analysis: Wolfowitz's 1992 vision as 2002 U.S. Foreign Policy Reality
  • Angry Assad Says Syria Will Cooperate (but will fight if necessary)
  • Article: Conservatives and exiles [begin to consider that they may have to think about having to] desert war campaign
  • Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President
  • CBS News: Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11
  • China: Little Progress on N. Korea Talks/ N.Korea Offers Reactor-for-Concessions Bid
  • Debating Empire Prior to 9/11
  • Defense deputy gets authority for military tribunals
  • Disturbing Level of Unrest in Iraq
  • Familiar Hawks Take Aim at Syria
  • From Heroes To Targets
  • Hans Blix: Iraq war planned long in advance; banned arms not the priority
  • Hints of PNAC on CNN: "World War IV"?
  • Iran ♥'s Syria
  • Iran Raises Stakes on U.N. Inspections
  • Major survey shows non-interventionism rising in U.S.
  • Much Ado About Syria, Pt.1-- Clashes at the Border
  • Much Ado About Syria, Pt.2-- U.S. Weighed Military Strikes; Syria Gets Surly
  • Much Ado About Syria, Pt.4-- Syria: U.S. troops killed Syrian soldier
  • North Korea and the US 'on a slide towards conflict'
  • Op-Ed: The Pentagon's (CIA) Man in Iraq
  • Opposition groups reject US military rule plan
  • PNAC Proponents Inflated WMD Threat to Promote Iraq War
  • Rebuilding of Iraq is in Chaos, Say British
  • Richard Perle Resigns From Advisory Panel
  • Rumsfeld urged Clinton to attack Iraq
  • State Dept. Report: Democracy Domino Theory 'Not Credible'
  • Superb Article -- The Mideast: Neocons on the Line
  • Syria balks at U.N. Resolution, but promises cooperation
  • The Fight Yet to Come
  • The president's real goal in Iraq
  • The Thirty-Year Itch
  • The trouble with Delivering Democracy Abroad
  • This war is brought to you by...
  • U.N. Demands Syria's Cooperation
  • U.N. Resolution on Syria and Hariri assassination investigation
  • U.S. and partners scrap North Korea Reactor Project
  • U.S. pullback in S. Korea also alarming to N. Korea
  • US begins the process of 'regime change' in Iraq
  • US General Condemns Iraq Failures
  • US losing the peace in Afghanistan
  • Viewing the War as a Lesson to the World