Regime change

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"In his Jan. 2001 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush announced that the primary U.S. objective in Iraq was 'regime change,' not destroying weapons of mass destruction, which became the main justification for ousting Saddam. Bush made it clear he would no longer negotiate with Baghdad when he included Iraq in the 'axis of evil' along with Iran and North Korea." AlterNet, 25 November 2003.

The Fighting Words: An Iraq War Glossary says that regime change is "A polite term for the overthrow of a government."

According to Neil Mackay, writing September 15, 2002, in The Sunday Herald (online), "A secret blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.

The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Dundes Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W. Bush's younger brother Jeb Bush and I. Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC)."

On November 7, 2002, in part three of a five-part series, the Online Journal published Larry Chin's "The deep politics of regime removal in Iraq: Overt conquest, covert operations: The US war lobby and the disciples of NSC-68."

Chin writes that the "roots of the George W. Bush administration's policy for Iraq regime change can be traced to strategies formulated since the early 1990s by a small network of inveterate Cold Warriors linked by philosophical lineage and war-intelligence policy collaborations." Chin continues by saying that "this tightly-knit cabal stretches across the current and previous White Houses, the State Department, the CIA, the National Security Council, the boards of neo-conservative think tanks and the boards of transnational corporations (including Washington-linked energy and war-technology companies). Virtually all of the players are members of elite planning bodies, such as the Council on Foreign Relations. Many of them are indicted criminals--five individuals were direct participants in the Iran-Contra operation.

"All have, over the course of their intertwined careers, advocated imperialist policies involving 1) preemptive wars, 2) the conquest of Iraq and Iran, and the breakup of Saudi Arabia, 3) hard-line support of Israel, Ariel Sharon and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and 5) the encirclement and containment of Russia and China."

Chin lists documents, organizations, and related individuals in support of his thesis. (See article for lists of names and full details.):

However, at the head of the long list of events and key individuals leading to the call for regime change, Chin identifies the "1950 NSC Memorandum 68, written by Paul H. Nitze (for then-Secretary of State Dean Acheson), [as] the policy basis of the Cold War. Every successive US administration has implemented hard-line policies that can be directly traced to NSC-68, which calls for the destruction of the Soviet Union and unrivaled US military power."

Also see the other four parts to Larry Chin's series "The deep politics of regime removal in Iraq: Overt conquest, covert operations" published by Online Journal:

Also see "Former University of Chicago Alumni & Faculty" at University of Chicago and the Bush administration and the Enron connection for further relationships among the "players".

"we need a regime change in the United States", said John Kerry in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library, according to April 2003 sources. [1]

"By echoing the "regime change" line popular with hundreds of thousands of antiwar protesters who have demonstrated across the nation in recent weeks, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential contender seemed to be reaching out to a newly invigorated constituency as rival Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont and a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq, closes in on Kerry in opinion polls."

On September 30, 2003, the BBC published the article "Soros Calls for Regime Change in US", the Soros being "billionaire philanthropist" George Soros.

"I am very hopeful that people will wake up and realize that they have been led down the garden path, that actually 11 September has been hijacked by a bunch of extremists to put into effect policies that they were advocating before such as the invasion of Iraq.'"
"Mr Soros added that there was a 'false ideology' behind the policies of the Bush administration. ... 'There is a group of - I would call them extremists - who have the following belief: that international relations are relations of power, not of law, that international law will always follow what power has achieved,' he said. ... 'And therefore [they believe] the United States being the most powerful nation on earth should impose its power, impose its will and its interests on the world and it should do it looking after itself. ... I think this is a very dangerous ideology. It is very dangerous because America is in fact very powerful.' ... He added that he felt US actions in the build-up to the war on Iraq was evidence of an extremist element in the Bush administration."

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  • regime change: (ruh.ZHEEM chaynj) n. An ironic reference to a change of leadership, particularly in business, politics, or sports,