"For over 65 years, the United States war machine has been on auto pilot. Since World War II, the world has believed that US foreign policy means well, and that America’s motives in spreading democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book from William Blum, one of the United States’ leading non-mainstream chroniclers of American foreign policy and author of the popular online newsletter, The Anti-Empire Report, demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster."
~ William Blum

Known as the Wolfowitz doctrine and written in 1992, the US Defense Planning Guide, for the first time, clearly established that America's intentions were imperialistic and one of Complete Global Supremacy. "Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power."
From my assessment of this period of US history, I would suggest that although coined the 'Wolfowitz doctrine', it would have been more appropriately named the Dick Cheney doctrine.
George Orwell's 1984
Although Dick Cheney managed to dodge Vietnam service and therefore had no personal experience of the military, he managed to become the Civilian chief of the Pentagon as Secretary of Defense under Bush in 1989.
Here is a final quote which demonstrates the influence of Cheney during his reign. "Bringing Aboard the Neoconservatives - Cheney asks Paul Wolfowitz, to stay” ‘Wolfowitz, with fellow Pentagon neoconservatives will draft the Pentagon’s 1992 Defense Planning Guide, a harshly neoconservative proposal that envisions the US as the world’s strongman, dominating every other country and locking down the Middle East oil reserves for its own use.’ Though the document is denounced by President Bush, Cheney supports it wholeheartedly, even issuing it under his own name. “He took ownership in it,” Khalilzad recalls.
Cheney also brings in his aide from the Iran-Contra hearings, David Addington another neoconservative who shares Cheney’s view of almost unlimited executive power at the expense of the judicial and legislative branches. If you read the document which was leaked to the Times in March of '92, it clearly echoes today's situation including America's desires for the Ukraine which is also mentioned. Had the Iron Curtain with the Soviet Union not begun to collapse in 1989, imagine how much worse the tenor of this document would have been. Yeltsin was largely a drunken stooge of the United States by this time, the Soviet Union was no longer a threat, and yet look at the rhetoric of a document which came out three years after the collapse.
America was still conditioned, like a galvanic skin response to flinch at the word 'Communism' or indeed 'Socialism' or at the merest mention of the ‘Soviet Union’, in other words the paranoia of the McCarthy purges going all the way back to the early 1940's was still in effect.


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