[Source: Feb. 26 London <Guardian>, Jonathan Freedland]

 

"AFTER BAGHDAD, BEIJING", 

is what one hears from neo-conservative "enthusiasts", {Guardian} senior commentator Jonathan Freedland writes, in an expose of the "Project for the New American Century," whose imperialist project EIR had exposed earlier. Europeans underestimate the extent to which they are "not even having the same conversation" as many in Washington are having, Freedland writes. In circles in and around the Bush Administration, there is less debate about "war or no war", but rather discussion about "What next?" in the occupation of Iraq, and conflicts which follow Iraq.

 

Freedland zeroes in on the outfit called the Project for the New American Century, "explicitly committed to US mastery of the globe for the coming age. Its acolytes speak of `full spectrum dominance', meaning American invincibility in every field of warfare.... To that end, a ring of military bases should surround China, with liberation of the People's Republic considered the ultimate prize. As one enthusiast puts it concisely: `After Baghdad, Beijing.'"

 

Freedland goes on: "If this sounds like the harmless delusions of an eccentric fringe, think again. The founding members of the project, launched in 1997, ... form a rollcall of today's Bush inner circle: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, Richard Perle -- they're all there. So too is Zalmay Khalilzad, now the White House's `special envoy and ambassador at large for free Iraqis.'" (mjb)