US General Wesley Clark: War on Syria Planned in 1991 as Part of Middle East Land Grab

In the above video, General Wesley Clark one of the most highly decorated 4 star generals of the US military openly admits that there has been ‘a policy coup’ in the US government.  He explains that he was told, back in 1991, that the US would actively invade and destabilise countries across the Middle East to take control of the region.  These are not the words of an outsider conspiracy theorist, but the man who did this job for the US government.  Of the list Clark was shown, only Syria is left standing, and the US and UK have all but declared war on Syria this week.

The American Enterprise Institute and the Project for the New American Century


Two right wing think tanks dominate US economic and military policy, and have done for decades. These are The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The following words are taken directly from the September 2000 document ‘Rebuilding America’s Defences: Strategy, Forces and Resources in a new Century’, produced by the Project for the New American Century:

“Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century is a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership. The Project is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project. William Kristol is chairman of the Project, and Robert Kagan, Devon Gaffney Cross, Bruce P. Jackson and John R. Bolton serve as directors. Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project.

‘As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world’s most preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievement of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?

“[What we require is] a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities.

“Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership of the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.’

~ From the Project’s Founding Statement of Principles”

This rag tag group of neoconservatives and neoliberals have taken up strategic position in business, academia and politics in order to deliver the stated aims of their mission.  In his video, General Wesley Clark refers to this specific group as taking out a ‘policy coup’ in the aftermath of 9/11.

Some might well go further and suggest 9/11 itself was part of the coup, in a 21st century version of the Reichstag Fire, a ploy to create a democratic mandate for undemocratic policy.  Those who support this argument cite the statement within the above document which states:

“The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” (p51).

Whether one subscribes to the view that 9/11 was an inside job, or not, what is certainly evident is that the key members of the EIA and PNAC fully leveraged the tragedy to fulfil on their ambitions.

In his State of the Union Address in January 2002, US President George W Bush announced an Axis of Evil – containing Iraq, Iran and North Korea (from PNAC’s list).  Bush staffed his White House with PNAC supporters – the following were all signatories to PNAC’s statement of principles and in most cases, also members of EIA:

Dick Cheney – Vice President

Scooter Libby – Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff

Donald Rumsfeld – Secretary of Defense

Paul Wolfowitz – The Deputy Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld was PNAC/EIA’s

John R Bolton – US Ambassador to the UN in the lead up to the Iraq war.

Richard Perle – Chair of Bush’s Defense Policy Committee

Francis Fukuyama – Prominent US political scientist. Author of The End of History (this is how neoconservatives and neoliberals become indistinguishable)

Elliot Abrams – Member of the National Security Council

The list goes on…and many of these figures continue to hold positions on political committees, senior pundit roles in the media, or senior academic positions – shaping political, economic and academic thought more conducive to their aims.

While large portions of the public have been responding emotionally to a series of apparently separate events – the view from the White House has been strategic and coordinated.  Both the Bush and Obama White House have engaged in this process of pre-emptively eradicating regimes perceived to threaten their pre-eminent position on the world stage.  The UK has become little more than the 51st State, tying its fate to the superpower.

Dropping like Flies


It is difficult to find a blood-stained dictatorship in the world that didn’t begin its life as a US/UK sponsored project, or become one over time.

This 2 minute sequence from Michael Moore’s movie ‘Bowling for Columbine’ summarises this unedifying history perfectly.

Be it Pol Pot, Augusto Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, or even The Taliban – the US and UK governments have supported countless undemocratic organisations to take over nations, so long as they sign contracts which profit our companies and support our foreign policy agenda.  This is not conspiracy, it is verifiable fact.  Our governments provide support with weapons, financing, and the most crucial element – legitimacy.

The public are constantly being fed images of a new bad guy in need of immediate extermination.  Sometimes, the good guys and the bad guys are switched overnight. Hussein was funded and supported by the West before he became the bad guy.  The Taliban were funded and supported by the West and then became the bad guys. Islamic militants such as Al Qaeda are evil in Iraq and Afghanistan, but freedom fighters in Syria.  In George Orwell’s 1984, midway through a speech denouncing Eurasia as the enemy of Oceania, the government’s policy changes and war commences with Eastasia.  Without missing a beat, the speaker claims that Oceania was never at war with Eurasia, but Eastasia is their perpetual enemy.  This is the role of the media in these pleas for intervention, providing little or factually inaccurate history to contextualise the issue.  As a result, the very people demanding action against Al Qaeda two years ago in Iraq, are now demanding support for Al Qaeda in Syria.

And Now Syria


In the last 24 hours, US Secretary of State John Kerry has made an emotive speech, all but declaring war on Syria. UK parliament will be recalled from summer recess for British MPs to discuss the UK’s response.  There is not a reliable commentator on either side of the argument who believes that Syria will now escape military intervention of some kind from the US.

I wrote a piece in May of this year, predicting this moment – entitled ‘We Are Not the Good Guys: The Compassionate Case Against Foreign Intervention’.  My conclusion has not changed since:

This leaves those who conceive of themselves as Citizens of the World, with a strong commitment to supporting those facing persecution and death anywhere in the world, with a real problem.  To do nothing means looking on while people face oppression, suppression and death.  To support our governments intervening will likely result in the same or worse, while adding a large bill to the taxpayer and farming out the indigenous economy to our most rapacious corporations.

It is an unenviable position and is obviously less attractive than the easy knee jerk platitudes of the isolationist and humanitarian positions.  But that might evidence it as the truest of the three.

To acknowledge that we are not the good guys is not easy, and it does require searching for alternative ways of intervening where we feel compelled to act.

As Syria burns, we will likely face calls to intervene again soon.  Our new model of intervention won’t be ready by the time these calls come.  But that does not mean we need to support an already failed policy.  This does not constitute a sin by omission, rather it represents our best worst option right now, backed by a commitment to find something that works.

Those who did the same prior to Iraq were castigated as hard hearted armchair theorists, fiddling while Rome burned.  But Iraq is still burning a decade later, and those who cautioned against the invasion were proven right.

It behoves us to consider alternative models for intervention and action, which don’t hand our taxes, and foreign lives and resources, directly into the hands of corporate criminals. It is time to find another way.  We do not have to turn our backs, but we do have to change our tactics.

Take Action

Richard Falk’s paper ‘The Failures of “Intervention from Above”: Is There and Alternative Model for Humanitarian Intervention’ explores this topic further.

The best we can do for the people of Syria in the moment, is support every peace and humanitarian initiative going.  It is our duty, as citizens of the world, to refuse to lend support to the Project for the New American Century acolytes in their regime toppling efforts.


20 thoughts on “US General Wesley Clark: War on Syria Planned in 1991 as Part of Middle East Land Grab

  1. eesa says:

    pasupatidasi, you nailed it. Interesting how no one seems to even remember enough history to know how Israel was created – and how the Palestinians were summarily booted out of their houses and communities and put in refuge camps. It’s as if Rothschild wanted to do to someone what Hitler did to the Jews and call it good. Now they’ll re-arrange it all again in the name of ‘right’ and ‘fighting evil’ when they themselves have created the very evil they are ‘fighting’. The US is a total damn mess, don’t anyone follow us – our families are broken, our communities are sacked, our infrastructure is collapsing around our eaers and the banksters and big pharma, big ag and big oil have complete control of the whole show. Stand up and re-set your own local communities. change the rules and people engaged in making them as close to home as you can. that is all any of us can do, other than to keep rattling the cages of the sheeple we know to not fall for this endless shite or buy their calls for bombs or war or terror. How the hell the US became the locker room for the PNAC and these other evil insane ones I cannot fathom, but I can bet it was not an accident and that the most powerful of the monied interests planned it well in advance. Most of these people should be in jail.

  2. […] It has been US policy to attack and bring about regime change in certain Middle Eastern countries. General Wesley Clark detailed after 9-11 that the U.S. had already made the decision to invade Syria as early as 1991 […]

  3. […] Iraq war.  The show’s host Jeremy Paxman did not see fit to highlight Wolfowitz’s role as an architect of the war.  Neither did he mention Wolfowitz is a key member of the Project for the New American Century […]

  4. […] Iraq war.  The show’s host Jeremy Paxman did not see fit to highlight Wolfowitz’s role as an architect of the war.  Neither did he mention Wolfowitz is a key member of the Project for the New American Century […]

  5. […] Iraq war.  The show’s host Jeremy Paxman did not see fit to highlight Wolfowitz’s role as an architect of the war.  Neither did he mention Wolfowitz is a key member of the Project for the New American Century […]

  6. I dоn’t think Obama ѕhоuld strike Syria аѕ thеir civil wаr ѕhоuld nоt involve us. If thе U.S. attacks it соuld stir uр problems in thе middle еаѕt whiсh соuld lead tо mоrе problems.

  7. rainbowwarriorlizzie says:


  8. […] In the above video, General Wesley Clark one of the most highly decorated 4 star generals of the US military openly admits that there has been ‘a policy coup’ in the US government. He explains tha…  […]

  9. Mike Cohen says:

    Those idiots in Washington are always planning a war some place, but what does that say about their stooges in White Hall, butt boys even got more self respect.

    Syria a perfect little war, so was Serbia in 1914, now how did that one turn out?

    Hum, lets see, We Win!!!

    Al Qaeda takes over, why you ask, because they got the best fighter on the ground, specially trained by blowing up Americans, and a few token Brits, in what was that place, oh yes Iraq.

    Find any Weapons of Mass Destruction? NAH

    Do we get to shoot Assad, he may be down, but not out.

    Weapons of Mass Destruction, Real This Time, and Uglier, Smaller Too , also Harder to Contain.

    Al Quaeda and Assad’s Poison , and Nerve Gas, Bad JUJU in anybodies book.

    So why are we even contemplating this?

    Shit!!! isn’t even a good enough name for it.

    Because a fools never knows when to quit.

    Buy your GAS Mast, Filters, and CBW suites now, before the run.

    US, and UK, you can’t make this stuff up.

    I’d laugh but it Hurts, and It Really Will, When, Not If, Those CBW War Heads Get Lose, and Trust Me, They Will.

    That unfortunately is not the funny part, come to think of it, there is nothing funny about it, except the Utter Stupidity of it.

  10. Tim Pott says:

    Excellent and interesting link to Falk article. Intervention from below needed but how???

  11. My old dad, bless him gone from us 7 years now, was my most important educator. He first taught me to distrust america in the mid 1980’s saying I should keep an eye on what they get up to and how the uk responds. Back then he said as you have in your article – the uk will become the 51st american state and we should not trust them as far as we can throw them. He said their ego after the war, they won it for us don’t you know, ran out of control and now they wanted to be the dominant world power controlling everything from money to people. He has been proved right.

    I have spent my life being the odd one out – where everyone was obsessed with the latest american film, bar, beer, snack, sport or car I was more interested in my own scottish or european heritage. The propaganda machine has been convincing most people that everything american is good, everything not american is second rate. I’ve seen my contemparies become obsessed with america and less concerned at what is going on in their own country. I’ve had countless discussions (and arguments) on the subject of america taking over the world, financially, culturally, socially, and politically. They have been dumbed down by the media and distracted from the truth by the so called glitter and glamour of the american dream.

    Like sheep countries around the world have followed their calls to increase americas power with the enticements of increased wealth. Our governements have become greedy for economic strength at the expense of democracy. I wish my dad was still around today, he was “only” a taxi driver but he was a World Class Thinker and I would love to know what he would think about the world today. I’m sure he would have some very profound and inciteful answers to the continuing unhindered march to world domination by america.

    Without the resources that america has we don’t stand much chance of turning back their progress, or returning real democracy to the world. Until we have people in power who are not interested in personal and corporate wealth or maintaining the wealth of the few, we will never halt our journey towards a united states of the world with all the power centred in washington in the hands of the new president of the world.

    • Andrew says:

      TrinKats- Good for you. This is not only from an American, but a military historian.You’re right. Truth be told, you’re pretty much on the mark. Back in the late fifties President Eisenhower warned America about our “military industrial complex”. Then our right wing republicans got religion and OMFG “Stupid” rules. I’m not an apologist; we were once a country others could count on; we led the way to the moon. But we got lost along the way. Our own police now look like most country’s military; our news just tries to scare us, ’cause scary gets higher ratings-never mind if it’s true or not. Our oil companies get rich while the roads their tankers drive on in Texas are reduced back to gravel because the state(which has the most oil )can’t afford the upkeep on infrastructure. We are critically ill on uncontrolled capitalism. Oh and I’m glad you’re more interrested in your countries history. Unlike most Americans I know your history better than most of you do. Just to remind you- you used to take your leader’s heads off. Your parliamentary meetings are yelling screaming fits- and maybe if we went your way, we’d get the BS out of our system and get stuff accomplished. All I know is that change is needed and change is feared by those that control. We’re not all ignorant apes over here. Some of us hope to make the world proud of us again..not feared. Pax.

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  13. Toadfish says:

    Really interesting piece. Thanks a lot for sharing, Scriptonite.

    • Cheryl says:

      In the time immediately following 911, I read many things that correlate with what General Clark has said. There were 7 countries that Bush & Cheney planned to invade before they even took office. It makes me believe 911 was no coincidence. Iraq & Afghanistan weren’t the “slam dunks” Cheney expected them to be, so they were unable to move on to striking against the other countries, I would imagine.

  14. bubromer says:

    Another harrowing article. I salute your courage. Just the other day I shared this musing on Facebook, which was duly ignored…

    “When it comes to the news, I don’t know what’s more depressing; the constant campaigns of hate and lies of the corporate media together with their obvious sociopathic leanings and love of everything superficial; or the utterly devastating truths put forward by the alternative media that make one want to hide under the covers and wish it was all a bad dream…”

    Keep up the good work!

  15. pasupatidasi says:

    pnac is evil, and of course the current plans had been evolved as early as the tri-lateral commission and some would say as far back as the end of WWII when the nations of the west and “winners” of that war, divvied up the middle east, creating some of the ‘nations’ now being overthrown by either covert (it’s called humanitarian intervention) or overt (as in iraq) means.

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