A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that Bush and his key advisers were planning war on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took office in January 2001. It talks of a war against Iraq as the 'immediate justification' for wider US aims to dominate the Middle East.
The war plan was produced in September 2000 by the right wing US think-tank Project for the New American Century. Its authors were Dick Cheney (now US vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (now defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (now Rumsfeld's deputy), Jeb Bush (George Bush's younger brother) and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff).
It says, 'The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in the Gulf. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.'
The report continues 'Even should Saddam pass from the scene' following a US war, 'Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq.'