Another aspect of the Iraq debacle I seldom see mentioned is the question of how all those powerful people at the Pentagon, State Dept., and all those aerospace/arms manufacturers responded to the collapse of the USSR and their ability to continue justifying their own existence now that they could no longer hold up the spectre of nuclear annihilation sitting silently submerged just 10 minutes off the New Jersey shoreline.
And to that, it appears the invasion of Iraq in 2003, despite it’s justification in PNAC documents going back before Bush2 had even gained office, actually goes back even further to – at least! – as early as the 1992 Pentagon Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) , a classified paper sent out to defense industry CEOs and others in certain government agencies with a real need to know ahead of time the direction of US policy for the foreseeable future. And in the very first DPG to be issued by the Pentagon following the demise of the Cold War, the Pentagon had already decided there would be no “peace dividend” paid out to American taxpayers for their loyalty (and funding) over the preceding decades, but instead it was determined that defense spending would stay the same in order to now fund America’s new role defending it’s newly found status as the world’s one and only superpower. And from what we were able to read from the DPG draft leaked to the NY Times, how they intended to go about it bears a remarkable resemblance to the “Bush Doctrine” we learned about 10 years later.
And why not? The authors of that 1992 DPG happened to be none other than Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby.
Once that DPG was shown to the people expected to pay for this policy (which is likely the reasoning behind whoever it was that leaked it), the uproar over it’s decidedly martial, not to mention unilateral tone, compelled the GOP to order a revision. But again, who did they tap this time? Dick Cheney and Colin Powell.
So it;s not a leap of any kind I believe to say that with the election of Bill Clinton and their subsequent removal from power, they simply retired to PNAC where, along with Bill Kristol and Richard Perle’s media knowledge and access, they reworded the 92′ DPG (or “Wolfowitz Doctrine” as it was being called) into something they hoped would be more palatable to the population at large. From there we see the “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” document they promoted during Clinton’s tenure with limited success. So it must have seemed a signal from God himself when W Bush come knocking on the door of none other than PNAC member and co-author of that embarrassing “Wolfowitz Doctrine”, Dick Cheney, asking him who a good choice would be for VP should he win the upcoming general election. He did, the Wolfowitz Doctrine was relabeled the “Bush Doctrine”, and “the rest is history”, as they say.