The Enemy Within: The NeoCon Hijacking of America
By Manuel Valenzuela
Dec 15, 2003, 12:03
[The foreign strategy of the US must be]: "... unapologetic, idealistic, assertive and well funded. America must not only be the world's policeman or its
sheriff, it must be its beacon and guide. Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival. This is a
dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile
power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global
power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia
There are three additional aspects to this objective: First the U.S must show the leadership necessary to establish and
protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater
role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests. Second, in the non-defense areas, we
must account sufficiently for the interests of the advanced industrial nations to discourage them from challenging our
leadership or seeking to overturn the established political and economic order. Finally, we must maintain the mechanisms
for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role."
- Defense Planning Guidance developed in 1992 by Paul Wolfowitz, endorsed as PNAC ideology and now established Bush
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power."
- Benito Mussolini
"What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated? What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and
the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and
democracy What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all
those who sanctioned, engineered and conducted wars, war criminals? The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the
attribute of the strong Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty."
Deep in the halls of Washington a putrid wind of sweeping ideology festers, swirling like a hurricane from the Atlantic
seaboard, becoming a tornado in the frozen tundras of the Midwest, an impenetrable and monstrous fire wall consuming
vast tracts of open expanse in the West and a sweltering drought drying up the nation s future. This phenomenon has
engendered itself onto an American landscape that remains oblivious as to its dark and ominous designs for the country
and the world. The neo-conservative movement it is called, an ideology fostered by a cabal of powerful and influential
members of the establishment that today sit at or near the top of the White House, Pentagon, National Security Agency
and State Department. Like a virus that was given new life, the once dormant group, for years denied the claws of power,
suddenly awoke and spread through all levels of the US government with the appointment of George W. Bush in 2000. This
cabal of Machiavelli and autocratic-style believers of power is now deeply entrenched in the highest positions of our
government, determining policy and the direction our government and by consequence our nation is headed in.
The names might sound familiar. Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, John Bolton, James
Woolsley, Lewis Libby, Jeb Bush, Richard Perle, Frank Gafney, William Kristol, Elliot Abrams, Robert Kagan and many,
many others. Think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Project for a New American Century (PNAC)
spew their ideology. Media such as Fox News and periodicals such as the Weekly Standard rant their propaganda. Like
vultures waiting to feed off a dead carcass they surround the president, hissing commands and suggestions as to how the
country will be run. This government behind the government is responsible for our quagmire in Iraq; it is responsible
for our unilateralist foreign policy and our unyielding support for Ariel Sharon and the Israeli right-wing Likud Party.
The neocons are responsible for alienating the world against us. Their agenda has usurped the interests and the goals of
the people, the expertise and suggestions of Pentagon generals and analysts, the policy making ability of lifetime State
Department brokers, CIA, NSA, DIA and other intelligence agencies findings and conclusions and the overall will of the
world community. The cabal has since 2000 taken all the steps necessary to indoctrinate us to a new world order in their
quest to impose a global ideology that is forever altering the future course of world events.
September 11, 2001 will be the date history will remember in infamy as the day the world s landscape changed. It was the
day the salivating neocons had been waiting for, gleefully licking their chops at the coming feast they knew awaited.
9/11 was the Pearl Harbor they needed in order to impose their twisted ideology of empire building through perpetual
pre-emptive warfare onto the world. They now had a vulnerable and mourning population to begin molding. An American
public that feared like never before was all too easy to manipulate. Seen on live TV by almost every American, from a
plethora of camera angles, from beginning to end, 9-11 became the call to arms, the trumpet mobilizing both fear and
patriotism onto a deeply affected populace. The corporate media shoved the horrors of that day down our throats for
months on end through a constant bombardment of psychologically sensitive images and messages that ingrained in our
minds the need to seek revenge through warfare. We had been attacked, and we now had to blindly follow the policy makers
down the ever-widening road to Pax Americana.
An enemy was designated and the bombing of mud-brick-shacks and stone-carrying-camels began. Ceaseless government and
corporate media propaganda made sure we believed the enemy was dying in large numbers, that the Taliban and al Qaida
were suffering and that we were winning the "war on terror." In fact, only ordinary Afghanis were suffering at the hands
of the military industrial complex. Leveling to the ground a country that was already living in the Stone Age did not
satisfy BushCo., however, and the neocon favorite bad guy and one time ally, Saddam Hussein, was put in the crosshairs
of the war party machine.
Hussein and Iraq had been on the scope of the neocon tentacles since the end of Gulf War I. They had unsuccessfully
lobbied the Clinton Administration for a direct invasion of the beleaguered nation and with Bush they finally had a
loyal puppet. With dilapidated, rusting and obsolete Soviet weaponry along with years of UN weapons inspections,
combined with a decade of economic genocide that was UN sanctions, Saddam posed no substantial military threat in the
region, much less to the US. Iraq was therefore an easy target of opportunity from which to launch the neocon vision of
Seen as the easiest of wars to win, Iraq was conquered in short order, thereby assuring the US of a central strategic
base of operations from which to control the Middle East and Central Asia. Government-insider neocons assured that
government policymakers consented to the invasion both through pressure on intelligence analysts to synthesize only that
intelligence seen as beneficial to the neocon strategy and through stovepiping intelligence directly to the top, thereby
bypassing stricter channels of scrutiny. In the Pentagon, Douglas Feith s Office of Special Plans was put in charge of
cherry-picking and cooking questionable intelligence, later sexing it up for the case against Iraq.
Distortions, manipulation and propaganda was used in concert with the corporate media to inculcate into the American
conscious the lies given as pretexts to invade Iraq. WMD s, freedom, imminent threat, nuclear capabilities, spawning
democracy; all were excuses justifying the war, all were lies. But a drone-like citizenry absorbed it all and remained
inert automatons of ignorance while the neocon onslaught was unleashed. An unjust war based on fear commenced. Fear was
and still is the neocon s greatest weapon, and its use continues to assure allegiance from the masses that, even to
their great detriment, remain willing supporters of the neoconartist policies.
With the notion of empire comes the idea of resource control as a way to maintain US hegemony, and in Iraq the neocons,
the military industrial complex and the American oil/energy cartel, all being heavily infiltrated inside the Bush
Administration and throughout the corridors of government, saw the second largest oil reserves in the world. Control of
these vital fields of black gold also meant control of world petroleum supplies, itself a form of economic control over
the markets of the world. One needs look no further than Saudi Arabia and OPEC to see the power oil yields on the world
stage. The US now has the ability to feed itself all the oil it wants and the ability to affect oil prices and output
through its direct manipulation and control of any Iraqi puppet government. Iraqi oil can now feed the neocon/corporate
oligarch war machine and subsidize its quest for empire.
In the case of Afghanistan, Bush s oil friends and the US government have for years dreamed of a pipeline that will run
from the vast new oil fields in the Caspian Sea region through Afghanistan and into US-friendly Pakistan. Under
almost-exclusive American control, these pipelines will yield substantial amounts of oil and gas. This geostrategic
venture is designed to circumvent pipelines being built that traverse from Caspian Sea nations into Russia, China and
non-ally Iran. These pipelines, if allowed to function out of the Central Asian oil fields, would become rivals to the
US planned oil/gas extraction pipes running through Afghanistan. Without an American pipeline running through the
backward nation, the US would be forced to pay higher prices for oil or gas from these rival or non-friendly nations and
would also have no control over distribution supplies. It was imperative that a US pipeline be built.
For US continued economic dominance, therefore, it was essential to create a US-friendly Afghanistan that would allow
for the flow of oil and gas to run through its territory. In the year leading up to 9/11, both the Administration and
oil industry had been in negotiations with the Taliban for such an investment. As such, the US appointed puppet, Hamid
Karzai, was once a top advisor for Unocal, helping arrange an accord with the Taliban for building an American oil
consortium pipeline (CentGas) through Afghanistan. When the Taliban balked at the negotiating table they were threatened
with an already planned invasion of the country. Luckily for BushCo, 9/11 emerged, making it the perfect launching pad
from which to initiate the neocon and oilgarchy s desired assaults on nations whose oil and strategic placements were
needed for the their master plan of world domination. Today, an oil/gas pipeline is quickly being built in Afghanistan
by an American oil consortium.
A central tenet of the neocon dream of a Pax Americana was control of centrally-located Iraq where the US would
eventually construct three to four permanent military bases, a process that is becoming a reality today. These bases
will enable US hegemony throughout the region, including control of the now US-friendly Central Asian nations eager for
American energy conglomerate investment. With Iraq s oil reserves safely in American hands, US military strength can
now, like a hawk overlooking its territory, keep an ever-watchful eye on the Eurasian regions of most interest to the
The idea of a democratized Middle East, an important though illusory doctrine of the neocon ideology, was to begin with
Iraq, which would act as a catalyst to the eventual domino effect expected throughout the region. That the idea of
democracy in Iraq and the Arab world is but a hollow fallacy is of little importance to the neocon goals. Real democracy
will never be allowed to prosper by Bush due to the threat of theological or fundamentalist elected mandates picked by
the majority of the people. With the exponentially growing levels of anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli feelings running
uncontrolled throughout the Muslim world, democracy will at the most mean the installation of cronies and puppets
friendly to both the US and Israel under the guise of democracy. This plan assures American and Israeli control of the
Middle East, forcing Arab nations to accept Israel s hegemony over the region. In reality, the mirage of democracy in
the Middle East is but a propaganda tool being used to manipulate the population in the US into remaining passive
believers of an otherwise surreptitious assault on world sovereignty.
A central objective of the neocon agenda is increasing the power of Israel. Indeed, many of the so-called neocons have
deep-seated connections, interests and relationships with the right-wing Likud party and with other Israeli fringe
groups. Many are die-hard Zionists, true believers in Israeli hegemony over the Middle East, if not the world. From
their government offices they direct US foreign policy in favor and in direction of Israel, supporting the Sharon
government and assuring that US and Israeli interests are placed above that of the rest of the world. The attack on Iraq
was in no small measure a war to defend Israel s interests, thereby helping it increase its power over the Middle East.
A large part of the neocon vision for the Middle East is for the benefit of the Jewish state, to assure for its survival
and expansion, if not territorially, then economically. This fact must not be forgotten: the neocons oftentimes place
the interests of Israel and Likud ahead of those of the US. The rogue government is in many ways making us subservient
to Israel s Likud party run by Ariel Sharon.
Though not publicly discussed, the neocon/Likud vision for Israel may potentially include the ethnic cleansing of
Palestinians into Syria or Jordan, thereby assuring Zionists of an Arab free Israel with sovereignty over the lands of
"Judea and Samaria" that many Jews believe have been biblically promised them. With this diaspora of peoples might come
a geopolitical shifting of borders and the creation of new nation states that would be less powerful and easier to
control. Iraq, for example, might one day be split into three separate nations; one for Kurds, one for Shi a and one for
the Sunni. Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria might also be reshuffled to suit American and Israeli interests.
The next targets for the neocons, now being slowly inculcated into our consciousness, are Syria and Iran. These two
nations would most likely be invaded in Bush s second term, thus increasing US and Israeli dominance over the Middle
East. Under the guise of "fighting terrorism" in the continued "war on terror," both nations would be targeted and
attacked after a massive propaganda campaign designed to incriminate both governments in the eyes of the masses. Once
invaded, they will be installed with puppet regimes or monarchs friendly to both the US and Israel. The next stage in
the imperial plan would thus be complete.
Empire building, neocon style, entails the art of subverting all threats, perceived and real, present and future, that
might rise to challenge US dominance. Among the future threats the neocon Machiavellis foresee in their magical
fortune-telling crystal ball are those presented by China, Russia and the European Union. Inherent in the neocon
daydream is the desire to undermine Eurasian economic development that combines the three powerful political entities
mentioned above. The danger and very real worry concerning the cabal of crazies is that under their control no nation
will be allowed to compete militarily, politically or economically with the United States. It means pre-emptive action
against challenges and threats to US hegemony through military might and economic warfare. Even the sacred zenith that
is space has been designated a new frontier for warfare. In the neocon world, only one power will be allowed to stand
among the fraternity of nations, and that is the US. There can be no rivals, no close second. If a nation challenges, it
will be dealt with.
What we are witnessing is the creation by a group of autocrats an oligarchs of an unstable world order where the US will
in essence have control of those nations and regions rich in natural resources that will be desperately needed for the
continued growth of the economic engine and the corporate Leviathan that runs this country. With world resources such as
oil and water being depleted more every year through our insatiable demand, the modernizing of China, India, Indonesia
and Latin America and the continued increase in the world s population, dominant countries such as China and regions
such as the European Union will increasingly compete with us for a share or indeed the entire pie of the unsustainable
quantity of resources. To the neocons, this must not be allowed to come to fruition.
The nation-state, with its invisible borders and self-serving interests, will force upon us a most ominous future. Given
the destructive power of today s weapons, the technology at a country s disposal and the widening perversion and
corruption of a nation s leaders through the demons inherent in capitalism, we find ourselves immersed in one of the
most dangerous times in world history. We have entered a new mutated form of Cold war: the Greed War. The neocon
unilateralist approach is widening our differences with the world, provoking an escalating arms race and a sprint to
establish strategic base locations, a military presence and puppet regimes in those areas of the world that are
increasingly seen as vital for the continued growth and prosperity of a country.
Such is the case today with the Central Asian nations enveloping or near the Caspian Sea region. If not yet familiar
with this region, you should. It is the next Middle East, but more volatile due to both the proximity and economic
viability of Russia and China bordering it on the periphery. Its estimated oil reserves are right behind those of the
Persian Gulf states and thus of extreme vital importance to today s dominant players. Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia are all becoming part of the grand game of geopolitical chess
being played out by the US, Russia, China and to a lesser extent the European Union. To the victor go the spoils, and
with oil becoming a dwindling yet indispensable commodity, the tug of war between powers will only intensify.
Today, the US already has strategic bases in several Central Asian countries. Leaders, including the ruthless Uzbekistan
dictator, are being supported by the Bush Administration. Russia refuses to relinquish its old relationships with the
former Soviet states, and has itself established a military presence in the area. With China s rapid economic growth and
development and with an immense population that will demand more and more oil the further it modernizes, it is a safe
bet that its interests are well represented in the region as well. European energy conglomerates are also deeply
entrenched in the area. All of which leads to the conclusion that one day soon there will be a major conflagration
between nations turned rivals. This, folks, is the future the neocons want to impose on us all.
The example of Central Asia is but the most widely recognized but by no means the only one. Wars for unsustainable
resources and for economic, monetary and military supremacy will be fought by our sons and daughters, thanks to our
chickenhawk leaders who sit idly and apathetically as the future of those whose caste has forced upon them the destiny
of fighting for the interests of the elite is forever vanquished. In wars to come, our zeal to kill will torch us all.
Weapons evolve rapidly, becoming more sophisticated and lethal in quick spurts of time as technology advances.
Unfortunately, humans do not. Our animal passions remain, taking tens of thousands of years to evolve, and while history
s previous wars produced deaths mostly among those actively engaged in battle thanks to the primitiveness of our
weaponry, that is no longer the case. Fiery storms of untamed energy can now obliterate the world many times over. The
neocon future makes us all dead men walking.
The new Rome, the new Caesars, the new legions and Praetorian guard, America s future under the neocons will resemble a
fascist state run by a corporate oligarch that subverts democracy in favor of military control over our nation. Their
actions abroad will give rise to more attacks at home, which will give them the excuse and reason to instill martial
law, erasing both the Constitution and our freedoms while imposing terror and destruction onto the world. Hundreds of
billions of dollars will be diverted away from education, healthcare and other important social services towards the
military industrial complex and the perpetual war for empire. Our sons and daughters will be conscripted through the
re-introduction of the draft to defend corporate America s vital interests throughout the world. Dangerously spreading
ourselves like a gluttonous army of locusts gorging on all that is blooming, oppressing and exploiting both people and
land, karmic hatred will one day return. Proctors will assure allegiance, armies will police the world. The neofascist
dream will make easily expendable ants of us all.
The hijacking of America that began in November 2000 and continued on 9/11 has brought to the forefront of our
government a cabal of miscreants, greedmongers, charlatans and fascists that is leading us down into the abominable
vortex of self-destruction. We are ignorantly keeping in power an enemy lying in our wake that is commandeering US
policy and leading us towards global war and revamped feudalism. Their ideologies are delusional in their grandeur and
out of touch with a reality that escapes their arrogant and oligarchical minds. They are zealots, ideologues who see the
world through distorted, clouded eyes, without sympathy or understanding for their fellow man, living a frivolous
fantasy of deranged self-importance. Years of detachment have made them ignorant to the plight and reality of billions.
The danger inherent in the close-knit rogue network is apparent in its actions and policies. Its sinister schemes that
we are acquiescing to due to our indifference will come back to haunt us. The terror we help release on the world will
boomerang back to our shores. Through our passivity our fate is being sealed. Our cherished freedoms and liberties are
slowly evaporating into a mist of nothingness. The blueprint for the end to the American way of life is slowly and
meticulously being executed by the enemy within. Therefore, at home is where the war on terror must begin.
© Copyright 2003 by AxisofLogic.com
Manuel Valenzuela is an attorney, consultant, freelance writer and author of Echoes in the Wind, a novel that will be
published in 2004. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
. This article is republished here at the request of its author.