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Sunday, August 08, 2004

What's a Frog March?

But we’ll see. I mean I don’t think we’re going to let this drop. At the end of the day it’s of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. - Joseph Wilson, August 2001

Joseph Wilson is the husband of Valerie Plame,whose status as an undercover CIA agent was revealed by the Bush administration in an apparent act of revenge against her husband. Wilson had challenged George Bush's "16 word" claim in the State of the Union that Iraq sought nuclear materials from Africa.

Frogmarch will attempt to track the many scandals and crimes of the Bush Administration, from the Plame outting to the Chalabi scandal, the PNAC to the OSP.

For a little background, please read this excellent essay by William Rivers Pitt in truthout, excerpted below:

The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC for short, is just another right-wing think tank, really. One cannot swing one's dead cat by the tail in Washington D.C. without smacking some prehensile gnome, pained by the sunlight, scuttling back to its right-wing think tank cubicle. These organizations are all over the place. What makes PNAC different from all the others?

The membership roll call, for one thing:

  • Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States, former CEO of Halliburton;
  • Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense;
  • Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense;
  • Elliot Abrams, National Security Council;
  • John Bolton, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security;
  • I. Lewis Libby, Cheney's top National Security assistant;

Quite a roster.


Iraq, you see, has been on the PNAC menu for almost ten years.

The goals codified in 'Rebuilding America's Defenses,' the manifesto, can be boiled down to a few sentences: The invasion and occupation of Iraq, for reasons that had nothing to do with Saddam Hussein. The building of several permanent military bases in Iraq, the purpose of which are to telegraph force throughout the region. The takeover by Western petroleum corporations of Iraq's nationalized oil industry. The ultimate destabilization and overthrow of a variety of regimes in the Middle East, friend and foe alike, by military or economic means, or both.

Pitt omits many names from that list for the sake of brevity, but one PNAC'er of special interest today is Ahmed Chalabi, now a wanted man, as the interim Iraqi government has issued a warrant for his arrest. Frog March!


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