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In the past decade the United States has evolved into an aggressor nation, particularly in the Middle East, and one must ask why has the battlefield replaced the conference room in working out disagreements?   Has our educational system dumbed down even our leaders to a point where they no longer possess the ability to verbally communicate, or has another force been entered into the equation?

During the 90s a group known as the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) was co-founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. In 1998 the group, given the moniker of "Neoconservatives," wrote a letter to then President Clinton, urging him to take over Iraq because Saddam Hussein was a threat as he had weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  

The 'group' also stated that in order to ensure their plans could be carried out,  a "New Pearl Harbor" event would be needed in order to better pave the way to implement their agenda.

After the Bush Administration developed its response to September 11, 2001, Kristol said, "We've just been present at a very unusual moment, the creation of a new American foreign policy." [7] Kristol ardently supported the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq. In 2003, he and Lawrence Kaplan wrote The War Over Iraq, in which he described the reasons for removing Saddam.

Between the 'letter' and 9/11/2001 much took place. We had the Bush v Gore election which effectively, with the unconstitutional decision by the United States Supreme Court, took over our nation.

Once the Bush/Cheney administration (Cheney was a signatory of the PNAC) took over, many of their personnel assignments were individuals who had alliances to another foreign state, Israel, in the form of having dual-citizenship to the United States and Israel. Among these were (some were not initially assigned, but were added at some point during the 8 years):

Attorney General Â- Michael Mukasey
Head of Homeland Security Â- Michael Chertoff
Chairman Pentagon's Defense Policy Board Â- Richard Perle
Deputy Defense Secretary (Former) Â- Paul Wolfowitz
Under Secretary of Defense Â- Douglas Feith
National Security Council Advisor Â- Elliott Abrams
Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff (Former) Â- "Scooter" Libby
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Â- Joshua Bolten
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Â- Marc Grossman
Director of Policy Planning at the State Department Â- Richard Haass
U.S. Trade Representative (Cabinet-level Position) Â- Robert Zoellick
Pentagon's Defense Policy Board Â- James Schlesinger
UN Representative (Former) Â- John Bolton
Under Secretary for Arms Control Â- David Wurmser
Pentagon's Defense Policy Board Â- Eliot Cohen
Senior Advisor to the President Â- Steve Goldsmith
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Â- Christopher Gersten
Assistant Secretary of State Â- Lincoln Bloomfield
Deputy Assistant to the President Â- Jay Lefkowitz
White House Political Director Â- Ken Melman
National Security Study Group Â- Edward Luttwak
Pentagon's Defense Policy Board Â- Kenneth Adelman
Defense Intelligence Agency Analyst (Former) Â- Lawrence (Larry) Franklin
National Security Council Advisor Â- Robert Satloff
President Export-Import Bank U.S. Â- Mel Sembler
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families Â- Christopher Gersten
Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public Affairs Â- Mark Weinberger
White House Speechwriter Â- David Frum
White House Spokesman (Former) Â- Ari Fleischer
Pentagon's Defense Policy Board Â- Henry Kissinger
Pentagon Comptroller - Dov Zakheim

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Â- Samuel Bodman
Under Secretary of State for Management Â- Bonnie Cohen
Director of Foreign Service Institute Â- Ruth Davis

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With a group of individuals assigned to positions of authority, coupled with their identified dual-citizenship, is it any wonder how our policies in the Middle East have taken a drastic "Israeli" slant?

Presently, with the focus on the "debt charade" taking the attention of the Corporate Media Propagandists (CMP), (where there also is a heavy tie to Israel), these dual-citizens are stepping up their cries to invade Iran. Recently, John Bolton appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee and reiterated his call for military action against Iran and openly expressing support for the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK or MKO). This is a group the State Department in 1997 designated as a terrorist organization.

Several weeks later Michael Mukasey appeared before the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee and called for the US to de-list the MEK. Mukasey was even photographed prior to the hearing receiving counsel from the leadership of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the MEK's political wing, which is also designated as a terrorist organization.

Again, one must ask, "Who is in charge of our foreign policy?" Why aren't we abiding by the orders of George W. Bush when he made the announcement that we would consider anyone harboring or siding with terrorists as terrorists themselves?

Instead, it appears we are catering to their wishes, putting our young people, our economy, and our nation's image and security in harm's way. It is apparent our foreign policy is, in fact, foreign.

If history holds true, as the 'debt charade' winds down the CMP will step up their campaign for defending our only 'friends' in the Middle East (heck, we have illegally invaded/occupied most of the other nations so why would they be 'friends?). We will once again hear mushroom clouds, human rights atrocities, undemocratic dictatorship, and who knows what else they might try to 'sell'?

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