Iraq Wrecked, Is Iran Next?
Not only the current war on Iraq but also the likelihood that the
United States will next invade Iran were widely discussed at a huge
conference in Washington sponsored by a powerful Israeli lobby.
By James P. Tucker Jr.
The Bush administration, in what it unethically called an
off-the-record session, strongly implied that the United States would
invade Iran once the fighting ends in Iraq.
A three-day session of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,
which ended April 1 in Washington, was attended by about 5,000
advocates of Israel-first policies, including half the Senate and one-third
of the House.
After the Iraq War, the United States will place an extremely high
priority on halting a secret nuclear weapons program in Iran, said John
Bolton, under secretary of state for disarmament. He stopped short of
saying this country would invade Iran, knowing the absurd
off-the-record demand wouldnt hold when speaking before thousands
Along with Bolton, a parade of top Bush administration officials
attended the confab, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, National
Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Political Director Kenneth Mehlman
and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
and Leon S. Fuerth, the former foreign policy adviser to Al Gore, also
were in attendance.
The off-the-record nonsense caused discomfort for the lobbying group,
reported The Chicago Tribune, because of the perception among some
political commentators that Jewish groups unduly influenced the Bush
administrations decision to wage war against Iraq.
Some commentators say prominent Jews within the administration
conspired to persuade the president to target Iraq because of the threat
Saddam Hussein poses to Israel, the Tribune reported.
However, the fact that officials at the highest level of government took
time off from war-related efforts to speak at an event sponsored by a
lobbying firm indicates the sway this group holds in Washington, noted
While, for tactical reasons, the Israeli lobby took no position on whether
the United States should invade Iraq, participants celebrated the war
with one voice.
We have followed with great admiration your efforts to mobilize the
international community to disarm Iraq and bring democracy and peace
to the region, to the Middle East and to the rest of the world, Israeli
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said in a tribute to Powell.
The Washington Post explained the lobbys sensitivity about publicly
supporting the war:
Anything that links Israel to the current war could alienate friendly
Arab states by suggesting the war is driven by Israels interests. At
home, the embrace of the war by an organization of influential Jews
could fuel anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
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by Christopher Bollyn
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use of chemical weapons.
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