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Wednesday, January 28, 1998

PNAC Wants War Against Iraq - 1998

From The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompson and the Center for Cooperative Research:

January 26, 1998: PNAC Think Tank Urges War Against Iraq

The PNAC think tank publishes a letter to President Clinton, urging war against Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein because he is a "hazard" to "a significant portion of the world's supply of oil." Providing a foretaste of what is to come in 2003, PNAC calls for the U.S. to go to war alone, attacks the United Nations, and asserts that the U.S. should not be "crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council." The letter is signed by many who will lead the 2003 Iraq war: Ten of the 18 signatories later join the Bush administration, including (future) Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Undersecretaries of State John Bolton and Paula Dobriansky, Presidential Adviser for the Middle East Elliot Abrams and Special Iraq Envoy Zalmay Khalizad. (Sunday Herald 3/16/03 PNAC Letter 1/26/98) Clinton heavily bombs Iraq in late 1998, but the bombing does not last long. Some argue that the bombing's long term effect is the halt in United Nations weapons inspections. (New York Times 3/22/03)