The People vs. The Powerful

| March 12, 2003 Issue

Perhaps when Shakespeare wrote, “All the world is a stage and we are merely actors,” he foresaw a world in which America’s wealthiest elite could hijack an election, usurp the White House and stage a series of winnable wars for the sake of asserting international military dominance. In a recent Information Clearing House analysis, author William Rivers Pitt dubs this modern tragedy “The People vs. The Powerful.” While the title and theme aren’t surprising, it’s disturbing to think such a drama could be playing to sold-out audiences worldwide.

Pitt asserts the Iraq conflict was scripted years before George W. Bush set foot in the White House, “and is in no small part a central reason for the Florida electoral battle in 2000.” Its inception dates back to 1997, when Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and Jeb Bush chartered a think tank called The Project for the New American Century (PNAC). PNAC’s main goals—as outlined in the September 2000 manifesto “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century”—are to “fight and decisively win multiple simultaneous theater wars,” and “perform the ‘constabulary’ duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions.” The best way to execute this script, according to Pitt, is to first occupy Iraq. Such a move would provide a home base for “American forces to invade any nation in that region they choose to.” In addition, Pitt argues that “Saudi Arabia is the pivot and Egypt is the prize’“ in the quest for an American empire.

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