Policy change

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 October, 2003, 12:00am

In her article 'Mr Bush, you've got it all wrong' (September 10), former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright disingenuously implies that 9-11 made President George W. Bush change America's foreign policy.

She feigns ignorance of the history of this change. In fact, Mrs Albright must be aware that in 1992, a group of 'neo-conservatives' formed the Project for the New American Century. This group advocated a new foreign policy and produced plans: to 'establish and protect a new order' that accounts 'sufficiently for the interests of the advanced industrial nations to discourage them from challenging our leadership'; for 'action necessary to assure access to vital raw material, primarily Persian Gulf oil'; to 'fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major-theatre wars'; and to 'demand US political leadership rather than that of the UN'.

The group said tellingly the process of transformation is 'likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalysing event - like a new Pearl Harbour'. The group included Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Jeb Bush. The 9-11 attack gave them their 'Pearl Harbour', and a year later they turned into policy all they advocated.

America's position is due to men who contrived to get a personable simpleton into the White House in order to force their radical beliefs on the nation. Getting a narrow view of what is going on, the American public is bewildered by foreign fear of US hegemony and wonders: 'Why do they hate us?' They damn those who dare to question. Such are the values of American 'democracy' today. It is a frightening picture.