How America Proposes To Remake The Middle East?
(2 October 2006)

Take a look at the map below reported to have been presented at a NATO college in September. Then read the article below it from Turkey.

Turkey may be upset over the incident, but what about the other states in the Middle East? There are many other momentous issues embedded in this map.
However, note in particular the creation of an "Islamic Sacred State" out of part of western Saudi Arabia. Presumably the idea is to make two new separate states so that US troops can have the option of occupying the eastern part of Saudi Arabia (where most of the oil is), without running into claims that they are occupying the land which hosts Islam's two most holy places, Mecca and Medina (that was the principle issue underlying Bin Laden's 1996 Fatwa against the US which eventually forced America to relocate its combat troops out of Saudi Arabia and into Iraq in 2003).
If this map turns out to reflect any serious behind-the-scenes thinking in the US (denied here by the State Department) then nothing like this will have been considered for the Middle East since the post World War I carve up under the Sykes-Picot agreement.
What was it that Colin Powell said about the "crazies"?


ZAMAN ONLINE (First Turkish Newspaper On The Internet)
INTERNATIONAL 10.02.2006 Monday - ISTANBUL 00:31

Carved-up Map of Turkey at NATO Prompts US Apology
By Suleyman Kurt, Ankara
Friday, September 29, 2006

A map prepared by a retired U.S. military officer that sketches Turkey as a partitioned country was presented at the NATO’s Defense College in Rome, where Turkish officers attend.


The use of the map at a conference meeting by a colonel from the U.S. National War Academy angered Turkish military officers.

Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit called the U.S. Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Pace, and protested the incident. U.S. military authorities admitted the mistake, for which they apologized to Turkey.

According to the reports, the incident took place on Sept. 15.

An American colonel who came to the Defense College for a conference began a lecture on technology.

However, a few minutes later he presented a map that showed Turkey as separated, and included an “independent Kurdistan” on Turkish territories.

In reaction to the U.S. colonel’s elaboration on the map, previously characterized by U.S. authorities as not reflective of the American view, the Turkish officers left the conference room.

The Belgian commander of the College was then informed about the incident.

The commander reacted, saying that academic freedom did not mean everybody could say anything he wanted, and cited the incident as unacceptable.

Turkish officers also briefed Ankara about the developments relevant to the incident.

The U.S. State Department assured Ankara that the map did not reflect the official American view, and denounced it as unacceptable.

The new Middle East map, prepared by retired Col. Ralph Peters and published in the Armed Forces Journal in June, had sparked reactions in Ankara.

"As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan ... I left the Pentagon that afternoon deeply concerned."
General Wesley Clark
'Winning Modern Wars', p 130

NBC's 'Meet The Press' Interview With General Clark About This (16 November 2003) - Click Here

"I told the officer, when [he] started to tell me that, I said, 'Stop, I don't want to get into anything that's classified. Just don't tell me that information.' But I do know this, that in the gossip circles in Washington, among the neo-conservative press, and in some of the statements that Secretary Rumsfeld and Secretary Wolfowitz have made, there is an inclination to extend this into Syria and maybe Lebanon. So you never know where this is headed. The administration's never disavowed this intent."
General Wesley Clark On US Plans To Strike Seven Countries
CNN Interview, 30 November 2003

The United States is planning to establish up to four long-term military bases in Iraq.
The proposal would transform America's ability to project its power in the Middle East. Future arrangements depend largely on who takes over as leader of Iraq.... One reason senior officials in the Pentagon favour Ahmad Chalabi, of the exile group the Iraqi National Congress, as the new leader is that he would be pro-American and happy to facilitate US bases.... With US troops also stationed in Afghanistan, Iran is now almost surrounded by American forces.... The new bases would also enable America to scale back its presence in Saudi Arabia..... Permanent US bases in Iraq would be just one element of a dramatic change in America's strategic posture since the September 11 attacks."
America plans military bases in Iraq to apply pressure on Middle East
Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2003

"America began a historic reshaping of its presence in the Middle East yesterday, announcing a halt to active military operations in Saudi Arabia and the removal of almost all of its forces from the kingdom within weeks. The withdrawal ends a contentious 12-year-old presence in Saudi Arabia and marks the most dramatic in a set of sweeping changes in the deployment of American forces after the war in Iraq. Withdrawal of 'infidel' American forces from Saudi Arabia has been one of the demands of Osama bin Laden, although a senior US military official said that this was 'irrelevant'.... Behind the dry talk of rearranging America's military 'footprint' in the Gulf, the great imponderables were bin Laden and Muslim radicals' complaints about the presence of 'infidels' in the birthplace of Islam. That presence was cited as one of the main justifications for the September 11 attacks. Despite American insistence that the withdrawal had not been 'dictated' by al-Qa'eda and that bin Laden was 'irrelevant', there can be little doubt that undercutting a central plank of al-Qa'eda's platform is one of several advantages offered by withdrawal from Saudi Arabia."
America to withdraw troops from Saudi Arabia
Daily Telegraph, 30 April 2003

"... the mideast will increasingly become the source of the world's oil, and this is a strategic problem for us and for many other countries."
James Woolsey, Former Director of the CIA
Interview with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Post: June 7, 2000

"Iraq can be seen as the first battle of the fourth world war. After two hot world wars and one cold one that all began and were centered in Europe, the fourth world war is going to be for the Middle East."
Former Director of the CIA, James Woolsey
NATO conference, Prague, November 2002