Ryan is a doctoral student at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is researching the network of ‘neo-conservative’ foreign policy advocacy groups during the 1990s, the development of their policies and the extent to which this influenced the Bush Administration before and after 9/11.
[ politics - july 04 ]
"The Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, followed slavishly by the CIA, designed an 'hypothesis-based' analysis - in effect, a worst-case scenario, presented as a probability."
"[A]n earthquake of the magnitude of 9/11 can shift the tectonic plates of international politics", according to Condoleeza Rice, and the US has to figure out how to "capitalise on these opportunities".
For the US, the most important issue is not whether Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, but simply that it has a pretext to enter Iraq.
It's obvious that US pressure upon the so-called Axis of Evil is likely to increase rather than decrease the threat of WMD.