UN ambassador John Bolton, a key figure driving the Bush
administration�s war in Central Asia and the Middle East, has resigned.
In keeping with the Bush administration�s standard modus
operandi, and in line with the likely confirmation of former CIA Director
Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, Bolton�s replacement will be a Washington
�consensus� choice: an equally dangerous war criminal, but one who is not as
openly reviled by neoliberal Democrats, and less known to the general public.
Architects of Afghanistan and Iraq war agenda
At the top of the list of names being floated is Zalmay
Khalizad, the current US ambassador to Iraq, former proconsul in Afghanistan,
and former National Security Council (NSC) official specializing in regional
operations including the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia. Khalizad is a former CIA
operative, and undersecretary of defense in the George H.W. Bush
administration who was a consultant for Unocal during the Clinton
It was Khalilzad who drew up risk analysis for the
trans-Afghan pipeline in the late 1990s. (See Afghanistan, the
Taliban and the Bush Oil Team.) The trans-Afghan pipeline was one of the
primary agendas behind
9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan. Khalilzad negotiated for and with the
Taliban. Khalilzad played a major role in the Bush administration�s Iraq
According to the Washington Post, Khalizad is
�generally well liked by Democrats.�
Another name being mentioned is Undersecretary of State
Paula Dobriansky. Dobriansky is a fervent neocon and member of
the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).
Whoever is tapped for this critical UN post, it will be
someone considered to be more politically adept, better at manipulation and
high-level deal making, than the openly caustic Bolton.
than celebrate the exits of Rumsfeld, Bolton, and other signs of the collapsing
Bush administration credibility, greater attention must be focused on the new
�war on terrorism� consensus being shaped in Washington and NATO
-- and the fact that no real �changes of course� is imminent.