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Wednesday, September 20, 2000

9 DAYS AFTER 9/11 - PNAC Pushes for Iraq War

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

September 20, 2001: PNAC Think Tank Pushes For Iraq War

The Project for a New American Century (PNAC), an influential neoconservative think tank, publishes a letter to President Bush, advising him to conquer Iraq quickly. "Failure to undertake such an effort will constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the wr on international terrorism." According to PNAC, the U.S. should demand that Iran and Syria cease all support of Hezbollah, and if they fail to do so the U.S. should "retaliate" against those two countries as well. PNAC also praises Israel as "America's staunchest ally against international terrorism" (PNAC 9/20/01) The next day, the Los Angeles Times notes that there is an internal battle inside the Bush administration about launching a war against Iraq. On one side are Secretary of State Powell and his allies, who argue that al-Qaeda needs to be defeated first. On the other side is the string of "Pearls" - Richard Pearls, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and their allies, who argue that Iraq should not wait. (Los Angeles Times 9/21/01) Powell successfully delays an invasion, arguing there is no evidence implicating Iraq in the 9/11 attacks. (Nw York Times 10/12/01)