Cheney-Netanyahu Still Lusting for War

30 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Cheney-Netanyahu Still Lusting for War</h1><p>April 30 (LPAC)- In the April 6, 2007 issue of EIR, Lyndon LaRouche cautioned that the prominent role of Saudi National Security Advisor Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, the long-time Saudi Ambassador in Washington and an ally of Dick Cheney, led him to view the Arab League summit meeting outcome with great reservation. Given the forces consciously driving for war, in both London and Washington, the actions at the summit were hardly a check on the war drive, LaRouche warned.</p><p>Key to LaRouche's cautionary warning is a report on Bibi Netanyahu's latest moves, that LaRouche had received and was published in EIR. That report follows:</p><p>"Well-placed Israeli sources within the Kadima ruling coalition party have also warned EIR that former Likud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making serious political moves to return to power, and that he has assured Vice President Cheney that, if he takes over again, he will be prepared to launch military strikes against both Iran and Syria-in full coordination with Washington.</p><p>"The sources warned that within weeks, the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is likely to fall. Sometime in the second half of April, the Winograd Commission, appointed last September by Olmert to probe the disastrous July 2006 war in Lebanon, will issue an interim report. The report will focus on the roles of Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and former Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Halutz in the military fiasco. The Winograd Commission is widely expected to call for Peretz's resignation as Defense Minister, and to trigger such a deep crisis that Olmert will be forced out.<div class="right_image"><img src="/files/pictures/313db5f083b7991ff76ef45dcd78880b/original.jpg" /></div></p><p>"According to an April 1 Jewish Telegraph Agency wire, Likud chief Netanyahu is already negotiating with Kadima Knesset members to back his move to stage a no-confidence vote. With 61 votes, Netanyahu would claim the Premiership, or call for early elections.</p><p>"The Israeli source reports about renewed Netanyahu-Cheney collusion are unquestionably true. On March 12, Netanyahu was in Washington for the annual convention of AIPAC. He used the occasion to hold a private behind-closed-doors meeting with the Vice President, the content of which, according to the Israeli sources, was a deal to hit Iran.</p><p>"In his brief speech at AIPAC, Netanyahu resumed the theme of his 2006 speech: It is 1938, and Iran is Germany. Netanyahu railed that the entire world is "imperiled" by Iran's quest for a nuclear bomb. "Ahmadinejad is going for genocide, and we have to stop genocide," Bibi screamed, to roaring applause from the crowd. And in a not-so-veiled threat of Israeli attacks against Iranian sites, Netanyahu continued, "no one will protect the Jews if the Jews don't protect themselves."</p><p>Today, the Winograd Commission (named for retired Israeli Judge, Eliyahu Winograd) released its report, charging gross incompetence in the Olmert government's "rush to war" in Lebanon. According to the London Telegraph today, there are widespread calls from Netanyahu's faction for Olmert, and Labor Party Defense Secretary Amir Peretz to resign.</p><p> </p><h1>Was the Winograd Report Written Before the Investigation of the Lebanon War?</h1><p>April 30 (EIRNS)-The evaluation from Israeli based intelligence sources that was published in the April 6, 2007 issue of EIR, has been confirmed today, with the issuing of the interim report of the Winograd Commission that was appointed by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to investigate the July, 2006 Israeli attacks on Lebanon that failed to defeat the Shiite group, Hizbollah.</p><p>Issued today was a devastating report on the Olmert government's incompetence in carrying out that war, focusing on the incompetent way in which Olmert "decided" to launch the war to begin with. Utterly lacking form the report, apparently, is that the pressure from the Bush-Cheney White House, was to launch that war-and that the Cheney crowd's real goal was to hit Syria, in order to create a war "emergency" in time for the 2006 Congressional</p><p>election. On Olmert, the report says he "is responsible for failing to clearly set out the aims of the war," and those aims adopted "were ambitious, and..were not within reach."<div class="left_image"><img src="/files/pictures/f0789cc4b974982e18e0fda1abc21341/original.jpg" /></div></p><p>On Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Winograd said "he took decisions without consultation, and didn't give enough weight to contrary views. He failed to fulfill his role, and he didn't act out on the basis of a strategic plan. He didn't demand or examine the army's plans. He didn't check the methods of the IDF, its plans, and its set targets."</p><p>As for then-IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, who had been personally appointed by former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Winograd charged, "His personal involvement in government decisions was dominant. He was not ready for the kidnapping. He acted impulsively. The chief of staff's culpability is made more severe in light of the fact that he knew that the prime minister and the defense minister had no experience, and his claim that the army was ready and had a plan."</p><p></p></div></body>