1,716. 9/15/2000

“It is absolutely clear from the letter and other documents like ‘Rebuilding America’s Defences‘, [sic] which was written in September 2000 and drawn up by the same think-tank backed by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Jeb Bush [the Project for the New American Century], that the [George W.] Bush administration was planning to take military control of the Gulf region. The document states that ‘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.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Clare Short, An Honourable Deception?, Pages 92-93

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