The basic point that Gen. Clark made is that the Bush administration lied not just about the rationale for the Iraq war but for the entire U.S. presence in the Middle East. The public was conditioned and brainwashed into believing that the raison d'être of the war on terror is to stop the threat of international terrorism, terminate Al Qaeda, and keep America safe from any future terrorist attacks. But that is not the case. U.S. policymakers in the Pentagon and White House were never interested in fighting terrorism and stopping Al Qaeda, or to spread democracy and liberate the people of the Middle East from their dictators.
Gen. Clark says the real aim of U.S. foreign policy in the region is to overthrow governments and secure U.S. hegemony. He said that he met with a three-star general at the Pentagon weeks after 9/11 who informed him that seven nations were targeted for destabilization and regime change by the Bush administration's geopolitical strategists: Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. So far, the Obama administration has not changed the Bush administration's grand strategy in the Middle East. U.S. relations with Iran have not improved since Obama became President, and there is a big possibility that there will be an all out war between the two nations.
There has been little public resistance in the military to the current U.S. policy in the Middle East, but most of them want to keep their careers and provide for their families so it is understandable. Not every general has been silent, though. In 2008, General William J. Fallon resigned from his post as the top military commander in the Middle East because he opposed a war with Iran. He was most likely removed, and replaced with someone who didn't mind killing hundreds of thousands of people to achieve the hegemonic goals of a crazy few.
Who are the crazy men who hijacked the White House and hoodwinked the American people into supporting a series of catastrophic and immoral wars?
"Some hard-nosed people took over the direction of American policy and they never bothered to inform the rest of us," Gen. Clark said, adding later that "this country was taken over by a group of people with a policy coup." He then listed several key individuals behind the Project For A New American Century who deliberately lied to the American people and the world about America's intentions in the Middle East: Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney. "They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control," said Gen Clark.
The plan to radically remake the Middle East was hatched a decade before the September 11 attacks happened. Gen. Clark said he remembered a meeting he had with Paul Wolfowitz in 1991 about America's military success in Desert Storm. At the time, Gen. Clark was commanding the national training center and Wolfowitz was the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon. Wolfowitz told Gen. Clark that the war with Iraq revealed two realities. "We learned that we can use our military in the Middle East and the Soviets won't stop us," and that "we've got about five or ten years to clean up those old Soviet client regimes, Syria, Iran, Iraq, before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us."
Gen. Clark said that he was stunned that the real U.S. policy in the Middle East was radically different from the publicly stated goals, and never forgot what Wolfowitz told him in 1991. "You mean the purpose of the military is to start wars and change governments, it's not to deter conflict? We're going to invade countries? My mind was spinning, and I put that aside, it was like a nugget that you hold onto."
He said that his encounter with Wolfowitz in 1991 reinforced what he learned when he visited the Pentagon shortly after 9/11. "I sat on this information for a long time," he said, "for about six or eight months. I was so stunned by this, I couldn't begin to talk about it. And I couldn't believe it would really be true, but that's actually what happened. These people took control of the policy in the United States."
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh came to the same conclusion as Gen. Clark and millions of other Americans and people around the world: America was hijacked from within by a group of radical and crazy imperialists who want total war in the Middle East. In January 2011, Hersh told an audience at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar that neoconservatives overthrew the American government, saying:
"What I'm really talking about is how eight or nine neoconservative, whackos if you will, overthrew the American government. Took it over. It's not only that the neocons took it over but how easily they did it -- how Congress disappeared, how the press became part of it, how the public acquiesced." (Courtesy of Blake Hounshell's ForeignPolicy article "Seymour Hersh unleashed,"; January 18, 2011).The biggest factor that made the neoconservatives' dreams of war and regime change in the Middle East come true was the 9/11 attacks. There is conclusive evidence that proves the theory that the Bush administration and Israel's Mossad were responsible for 9/11, not Al Qaeda.
The motive of the Bush administration to stage 9/11 was to change public opinion in America and make them support new wars in the Middle East as well as a global campaign against terrorism, a manufactured and limitless enemy that was invented for the purposes of an imperialist foreign policy. The state of Israel also benefited greatly from 9/11 because Muslims and Arabs were the scapegoat for the crime, which boosted Israel's long-standing propaganda campaign that depicted Arabs as barbarians and animals. Also, immediately after the attacks there was a lot of sympathy for Israel in the international community, which allowed the leaders of Israel to block any attempt for a just peace and crush the Palestinian resistance by calling it terrorism.
There is a great need to demythologize terrorism and put acts of violence in a political context. Governments call groups terrorist organizations almost always for political reasons. Groups like Hezbollah and Hamas wouldn't exist if Israel wasn't oppressing the people of Gaza and Lebanon. That doesn't mean that there aren't any terrorists in the world who have crazy goals and have the capability to impose suffering on citizens, but they are nowhere as numerous or lethal as they are portrayed by the media and governments. And it is a fact that the biggest sources of violence, chaos, and terrorism are the United States government and the Israeli government. As I wrote in my article "The Manufacturing of Terrorism: 9 Ways The U.S. And Israel Create Conflict and Chaos":
The biggest terrorists in the world are the states of U.S. and Israel--or rather, their shadow states which are undemocratically managed by oligarchs who view the people as sheep and war as a good thing. The main objective of these two states is to conquer - by war or deception. America's military is being used to conquer the Middle East in order to consolidate wealth and power for a tiny group of private banks and fascist corporations who control the American government, and Israel is conquering its neighbours instead of living in peace with them because it is an expansionist and racist state. Israel can change its aggressive policies and live in peace, but not until the leaders of Israel stop deceiving the Israeli people and instilling fear in them.It is often pointed out that imperialism abroad means less freedom at home. America will either live as a constitutional republic, or die as a global empire. It will either be ruled by the American people or by a private elitist cabal. No nation can serve two masters at once and live peacefully and prosperously.
The information that Gen. Clark revealed almost four years ago is still censored in the shameless mainstream media. Instead of informing the public and holding powerful government officials to account for the way they act, the Western media at large is deceiving the public and covering up treasonous crimes against mankind and against civilization. The corporate mass media is the biggest enemy of freedom, democracy, peace, and humanity. Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other media institutions are the immoral villains of our age. They have banned all questioning and truth-telling regarding the 9/11 attacks, and call people who don't believe in the official version "conspiracy theorists" and "wackos."
Debate about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has been completely silenced by people who own and work for corporate media institutions. Even many so-called alternative websites, radio shows, and magazines are cowardly silent on the 9/11 question.
Gen. Clark expressed anger at the fact that there was no debate about U.S. policy in the Middle East after 9/11. "Was there a national dialogue on this? Did Senators and Congressmen stand up and denounce this plan? Was there a full-fledged American debate on it? Absolutely not. And there still isn't." He also said that understanding U.S. policy in the region is a citizen's duty and a matter of patriotism that cuts across party lines. "Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, if you're an American you ought to be concerned with the strategy of the United States in this region. What is our aim? What is our purpose? Why are we there? Why are Americans dying in this region? That is the issue."
The power-crazed tyrants in the White House who disregarded all morality, honor, and ethics by lying to the whole world and sending men and women in America to their deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan for their own glory and pleasure must be charged with war crimes and high treason, and ultimately hanged. They hijacked America to use it to kill and control people of other nations, but they are not the greatest enemies of the American people and humanity. The people in the media who knowingly spread the lies of state terrorists and block the truth about 9/11 from rising to public consciousness are the greatest enemies of the American people and humanity.
Not only was the United States of America hijacked by a rotten and dishonorable cabal, but history and humanity were hijacked, too. The Bush administration and the Obama administration have committed crimes in the name of humanity, freedom, and America.
The global public has to choose sooner or later between the false narrative of power and the honest narrative of justice; between the lie about 9/11 and the truth about 9/11. No honest and courageous person can sit out in this mental and spiritual battle. Thanks to men like General Clark, Seymour Hersh and others spreading the truth about the hijacking of American foreign policy there is a good chance that we can liberate our minds from the myths and lies that justify the war on terror and the massive killing of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
9/11 is the event that shaped the course of history, and allowed the 19 or so hijackers in the White House to launch an evil war of occupation and domination against sovereign nations in the Middle East. Once 9/11 is reexamined and reconsidered by the American and global public the war on terror would lose all legitimacy in the eyes of every sane and moral individual and the architects of U.S. policy in the Middle East who hijacked the White House and staged 9/11 would be brought to justice.