The 1996 Clean Break Memo: The plan behind US foreign policy in the Middle East

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9/11 seems like a good day to remind everyone about the Clean Break Memo, written in 1996 for Benjamin Netanyahu by a group of Jewish Neocons led by Richard Perle.

The memo addressed Israel’s national security issues and laid out a new strategy for their Middle Eastern geopolitics, focused on “the principle of preemption” i.e. declaring preemptive war.

They decided that because they couldn’t make peace with their neighbors, they would have to destroy them. To do this, they would cooperate with Jordan and Turkey to “destabilize” their mutual enemies in the Middle East.

Their biggest problems were Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

Syria and Iraq were both Baathist states that could be described as “unfriendly allies,” while Iran supported and basically created the military/political organization Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah was specifically founded to fight against Israel and it’s also supported by Syria.

First, they would take out Iraq to…

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