You might want to re-read Bob Woodward's Plan
of Attack now that you know the FBI has been attempting for at least
two years to determine whether or not the development of that plan and/or associated
National Security Presidential Directives (NSPD) involved any acts of treason.
That's right. Not spying. Treason. It would be an act of treason for any American
to deliberately develop an NSPD that was in the best interests of some other
country, but not in our best interests.
Of course, the neo-crazies and their media sycophants claim that the FBI is
merely looking for Israeli spies, and that there are none because Israel doesn't
The neo-crazies boast that if the Israelis or their paid lobbyists at the American-Israel
Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) want to know something, all they have to do
is drop by the White House and National Security Adviser Condi Rice or one of
her deputies will tell them anything – literally anything – they want to know.
But, one of the "persons of interest" in the FBI investigation is
Larry Franklin – a munchkin in the neo-crazy fiefdom of Undersecretary of Defense
for Policy Douglas Feith. According to news reports, Franklin is not suspected
of spying. But he has apparently been observed by the FBI asking AIPAC lobbyists
if there is anything in a top secret "draft" NSPD on Iran that the
Israelis object to. Or if there is anything that isn't in the NSPD on Iran that
the Israelis want included.
One wonders what other Bush administration weenies or munchkins the FBI have
on tape, coordinating the development of some other top secret NSPD with the
Israelis or their paid lobbyists.
One thinks immediately of NSPD-17
– "National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction."
An unclassified version of NSPD-17 was released in December 2002, shortly after
Woodward tells us President Bush had finally "decided" to launch an
unprovoked war of aggression against Iraq.
In the unclassified version of NSPD-17, Bush vows to "respond with overwhelming
force," including, possibly, the use of nuclear weapons, "to the use of
biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear weapons on the nation, its troops
or its allies."
You can probably guess which "ally" the folks who developed NSPD-17
had in mind.
The Washington Post promptly revealed that the top secret version of
NSPD-17 "breaks with 50 years of U.S. counterproliferation efforts by authorizing
preemptive strikes on states and terrorist groups that are close to acquiring
weapons of mass destruction or the long-range missiles capable of delivering
"In a top-secret appendix, the directive names Iran, Syria, North Korea
and Libya among the countries that are the central focus of the new U.S. approach."
Imagine that. Bush is breaking with a half-century of U.S. policy of deterrence
and containment in order to adopt a policy of preemptive strikes.
Now, where do you suppose Bush got the idea to make that U.S. policy?
Wait a minute. Didn't Israel launch an unprovoked strike in 1981 – to the thundering
applause of the neo-crazies – against the French-supplied Osirak nuclear power
plant in Iraq? Claiming that the Iraqis intended to make weapons-grade plutonium
at Osirak for use against Israel?
Of course, it would have been impossible for the Iraqis to make weapons-grade
plutonium at Osirak without the permission of International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) on-site inspectors. Just as it would be impossible for the Iranians to
make weapons-grade enriched uranium at Natanz without IAEA permission.
So, while you're waiting for the Israeli (or perhaps Bush) preemptive strike
against Natanz or Bushehr, you might reread Plan of Attack, imagining
that you are watching Larry King Live, wherein a famous actress and her
loving husband are gushing over their fabulous children. Except you and the
famous actress know something that Larry and the husband don't – the fabulous
children aren't his.
Woodward must now be outraged. Presumably, he was frequently the only person
in the room that didn't know about the FBI investigation. If Condi really tells
the AIPAC crowd anything and everything they want to know, how could she have
not told them the FBI was investigating them? And how could Feith not
have told his former law partner, L.
Marc Zell, now practicing law in Israel? And how could Richard Perle – the
Prince of Darkness – not have known?
Oh, well. If Bush is reelected, Woodward will still be in position to write
Another Plan of Attack. All he would have to do would be to replace "Iraq"
every time it appears with "Iran." And change a few dates.