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    Default Dov Zakheim

    Dov S. Zakheim is a former official of the United States government.
    Born December 18, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, Zakheim earned his bachelor's degree in government from Columbia University in 1970, and his doctorate in economics and politics at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He has been an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, where he was presidential scholar.
    He served in various Department of Defense posts during the Reagan administration, including Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources from 1985 to 1987. As an Orthodox Jew, he gained notoriety for his involvement in ending the Israeli fighter program, the IAI Lavi. He argued that Israeli and U.S. interests would be best served by having Israel purchase F-16 fighters, rather than investing in an entirely new aircraft.
    During the 2000 U.S. Presidential election campaign, Zakheim served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush as part of a group led by Condoleezza Rice that called itself The Vulcans.
    From 1987-2001, Zakheim was CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Corporation, a high-technology analytical firm. During that period he served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and sat on a number of major DoD panels, including its Task Force on Defense Reform (1997) and the DoD's first Board of Visitors of Overseas Regional Centers (1998–2001). In September 2000 Dov Zakheim also co-authored "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century" [1] which was released by the Project for a New American Century.
    Zakheim is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the United States Naval Institute, and a member of the editorial board of the journal The National Interest. He is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, as well as other awards for government and community service.
    He was an Adjunct Scholar of the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and published over 200 articles and monographs on defense issues.
    He was then appointed to be Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller from 2001 to 2004 under the George W. Bush administration, and served in this capacity until April 2004. During his term as Comptroller, he was tasked to help track down the Pentagon's 2.6 trillion dollars ($2,600,000,000,000) worth of unaccounted transactions [2]. He initiated a number of processes that led to the reduction of that sum by two-thirds by the time of his departure. It has now been reduced by more than 90 per cent. [3]
    He is currently a Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton.

    • Flight of the Lavi: Inside a U.S.-Israeli Crisis (Brassey's, 1996)
    • Congress and National Security in the Post-Cold War Era (The Nixon Center, 1998)
    • Toward a Fortress Europe? (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2000)
    • Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century (New American Century, 2000)
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Recherché du trillions perdu
    By Jerry Mazza
    Online Journal Associate Editor

    Jul 20, 2006, 00:43

    Pardon my bebop French, paraphrasing Marcel Proust’s famous novel, Recherché Du Temps Perdu, which is about his childhood memories flashed to life by a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste reminds him of a childhood cookie. In my case, Recherché du trillions perdu (Remembrance of trillions lost) was triggered by seeing that tidbit Donald Rumsfeld gave us on September 10, 2001: that the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 trillion dollars. It had vanished in the rabbit hole and the story was buried the next day under the rubble of 911. Merde.
    And in fact Rummy lamented that was $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America. One Jim Minnery, a former marine turned whistle-blower, risked his job at the Defense Finance And Accounting Service when he asked about the millions missing from one defense agency‘s balance sheets. Minnery attempted to follow the money, criss-crossing the country looking for clues, only to have his boss look at him and say, “Why do you care about this stuff.” He was reassigned and the booboo written off.
    And the memory flashes forward to January 31, 2005, and the Pentagon announces that Rabbi Dov Zakheim, the Pentagon Comptroller, has Misplaced a Trillion Dollars. In fact, al Jazeera (of all news outlets) reported a “General Accounting Office report found Defence inventory systems so lax that the US Army lost track of 56 airplanes, 32 tanks and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.” How could all this have been lost in my memory? Of course, Rabbi Zackheim resigned, complaining that the pressure of keeping track of all that loot was too much trouble.
    Yet this conflicts with other reports saying Dov was the Mastermind Behind 911. In fact, the Stephen St. John Article tells us that Dov Zakheim was chief executive officer of System Planning Corporation’s International Division, that is, yes it’s all coming back now, till President George W. Bush made him undersecretary of defense and comptroller of the Pentagon. In fact, he rose like a star over the Pentagon’s labyrinth of marble hallways, boardrooms, inner and innermost offices.
    And if memory serves, before that, from 1985 to 1987, he was under secretary of defense for planning and resources, and held various senior Pentagon posts in the Reagan madhouse. Before that with the Congressional Budget Office. Then on to Corporate VP of Systems Planning Corporation, a high-tech research, analysis, and manufacturing firm, then Chief Executive Officer and President of SPC International, Inc. In 1998, Zakheim, expert in ballistic missiles, worked with the Rumsfeld Commission. And more, yes, he is a long-time Bush crony, policy advisor to Governor Bush in the 2000 campaign theft. Yes, it all comes back.
    In fact, in addition to his System Planning Corporation stewardship, he co-authored the now infamous article, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, forces and Resources for a New Century,” published, yes, by The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) in September 2000, exactly a year before 9/11. In his piece, he gave us that now infamous page 51 on whichhe wrote that “the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing even, like a new Pearl Harbor.” Merde.
    I’m aware this is old history but it’s flashing back, saying look at me, don’t forget. SPC produced remote control airborne vehicle technologies, and Zakheim had the Pentagon means to pay for them. Also, System Planning Corporation markets the technology to take over the controls of an airborne vehicle already in flight. For example the Flight Termination System technology could literally hijack the hijackers and land the plane safely wherever it wanted.
    The Flight Termination System can be used with the CTS technology that can actually control up to eight vehicles at the same time. Just go to SPC’s site..It’s all there, better than United Flight 93 or Oliver Stone’s sleepy World Trade Center. It all comes back now: the technology developed in the late ‘70s after the first terror hijackings that then got into the wrong hands. And Zakheim’s proximity to what Stephen St. John calls the Command Control Communications Network in DC interwoven with a cousin network of Zionic if not bionic neo-cons. Merde. Je ne suis pas fou. I am not crazy. They are.
    And so one is left with that aftertaste of acrid smoke, lingering for months, a huge gray cloud hovering over the WTC ruin, the sharp blue sky of September, the white gold sun ennobling it with an eerie beauty even in catastrophe. One remembers, even when one wishes to forget. But remember we must, over and over, and learn the lesson, or be doomed to live it again. Merde.
    Jerry Mazza
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Default Following Zakheim and Pentagon trillions to Israel and 9-11

    Following Zakheim and Pentagon trillions to Israel and 9-11
    By Jerry Mazza
    Online Journal Associate Editor

    Jul 31, 2006, 00:19

    Think of this as part two of Recherche du trillions perdu, my Online Journal article on Dov Zakheim, former Bush appointee as Pentagon Comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March 10, 2004. At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance of $1 trillion dollars. Actually, nearly three years earlier, Donald Rumsfeld announced on September 10, 2001 that an audit discovered $2.3 trillion was also missing from the Pentagon books. That story, as I mentioned, was buried under 9-11’s rubble. The two sums disappeared on Zakheim’s watch.
    Yet on May 6, 2004, Zakheim took a lucrative position at Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the most prestigious strategy consulting firms in the world. One of its clients then was Blessed Relief, a charity said to be a front for Osama bin Laden. Booz, Allen & Hamilton then also worked closely with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is the research arm of the Department of Defense. So the dark card was shifted to another part of the deck.
    Judicial Inc’s bio of Dov (linked below) tells us Zakheim was/is a dual Israeli/American citizen and an ordained rabbi and had been tracking the halls of US government for 25 years, casting defense policy and influence on Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. He is, as I described him earlier, the bionic Zionist. In fact, Judicial Inc points out that most of Israel’s armaments were gotten thanks to him. Squads of US F-16 and F-15 were classified military surplus and sold to Israel at a fraction of their value.
    Judicial Inc also points out that Israel, a country of 4.8 million Russian and Polish Jewish émigrés, flies on one of the biggest Air Forces in the world, thanks to Dov. Conflict of interest here? Depends on what you’re interested in. That is, in 2001 Dov was CEO of SPS International, part of System Planning Corporation, a defense contractor majoring in electronic warfare technologies, including remote-controlled aircraft systems, and the notorious Flight Termination System (FTS) technology that could hijack even a hijacked plane and land or crash it wherever.
    More from the resume: Wikipedia points out that Zakheim is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2000 a co-author of the Project for the New American Century’s position paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, advocating the necessity for a Pearl-Harbor-like incident to mobilize the country into war with its enemies, mostly Middle Eastern Muslim nations.
    As to Dov’s hell-raiser lineage, Judicial Inc points out that Grandpa Zakheim was born in 1870, Julius Zakheim (Zhabinka), in the Ukraine, a Russian rabbi who married a relative of Karl Marx. He was a Menshevik/Bolshevik and played a leading role in the 1905 turmoil that paved the way for the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The Bolshevik master plan called for the state of Israel, which was chosen for its proximity to the world's oil and an area of religious significance.
    Dov’s Father, Rabbi Jacob I. Zakheim was born in 1910 and reared in Poland’s swarm of Zionist hard guys, read assassins and bombers. His Polish town, near Bilaystok, also brought us Yitzhak Shir, and family friends included Menachem Begin and Moshe Arens. Dov’s father was an active member of Betar, formed in 1923 in Riga, Latvia. Its goal was to control the Middle East (and its oil). It was known that the Jewish people needed their own country and they chose Palestine and claimed it a Jewish state “on both sides of the Jordan.”
    Betar was in essence a terrorist organization formed because Zionists were sick of being chased from and arrested in country after country. They wanted both a place to escape and a base for their power. Betar joined forces with the Haganah, Irgun, and Stern gangs. With no prospect of a Jewish state in sight, they argued that armed struggle against the British was the only way. Since Britain occupied Palestine and was containing them they went on a blood feast of bombings that killed hundreds of British soldiers. The British pulled out, but the Zionists continue to maul the Arabs to this day.
    For a concise history on the Formation of Israel in 1947, I suggest this link to
    For an interesting look at “The United States and the Recognition of Israel: A Chronology” compiled from Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel by Michael T. Benson, link above. For a rounded look at Israel, see Wikipedia.
    Returning to Dov: he was born in Brooklyn in 1943 and attended exclusive Jewish schools, spent summers in Israel Zionist camps, which trained the Zionists of the future. As to Dov’s formal education, he graduated from Columbia University in 1970 and the University of Oxford in 1972. From 1973 to 75, he attended the London school of Jewish studies, described as a “Harry Potter” type cauldron; among the subjects Jewish supremacy, Advanced Bible, Talmud, Jewish Mysticism, Holocaust, Anglo-Judaica, and Zionism. After, he was ordained a Rabbi. From 1975 to 80, Zakheim was an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
    As he stepped into the Reagan administration, he talked them into funding development of the Lavi Fighter at a cost of $3 billion. The Lavi was a total flop and Israel dropped it, though it owed $450 million in contract fees that were cancelled. Israel, according to Judicial Inc, also created a story that China was eager to buy the Lavi. Zakheim convinced Reagan that China had to be sandbagged. Reagan gave Israel $500 million for its lost contracts. Reagan then threw in a wing of F-16’s as a bonus and sign of good will. Do we see a pattern here, personal, familial, career-wise, of over-the-top Israeli advocacy?
    Again, during Zakheim’s tenure as Pentagon controller from May 4, 2001, to March 10, 2004, over $3 trillion dollars were unaccounted for. Additionally, military Information was jeopardized and military contractors billed the US for Israeli items: $50 million dollar fighter jets were rated as surplus and the list rolls on. As the scandal of the missing trillion dollars surfaced and Dov resigned, Israel was handed the finest fighter jets in the US inventory while 15 percent of US jets were grounded for lack of parts. In whose best interest was this?
    But Dov is not alone. He is one of an elite group of Jewish Americans/Israelis who inter-marry and enter government. They and their Christian counterparts are called neocons and their sole purpose is directing US policy. Most of them are dual citizens and few serve in the US military. Think of Paul Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams, Richard Perle, Ben Wattenberg, to mention a few. Whether their motivation is anger at the Muslim world, seen as a religious and territorial enemy, or a deep-rooted reaction to the Holocaust, the culmination of European anti-Semitism, their reactionary militarism becomes a world-threatening force unto itself. Hence our concern.
    Dov and the World Trade Center
    Perhaps not coincidentally in May 2001, when Dov served at the Pentagon, it was an SPS (his firm’s) subsidiary, Tridata Corporation, that oversaw the investigation of the first “terrorist” attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. This would have given them intimate knowledge of the security systems and structural blueprints of the World Trade Center. From the '90s through 2001, WTC Security was handled by Securacom, a Kuwait-American firm, on whose board Marvin Bush, the president’s brother, sat. After 9/11, Securacom was let go, changed its name to Stratosec, and was delisted from the Stock Exchange in 2002.
    According to Conspiracy writers Shadow and ‘Pax’ in Dov Zakheim and the 9/11 Conspiracy, (and I suggest you look at this link) “According to the SPC website (4), a recent customer at that time was Eglin AFB, located in Florida. Eglin is very near another Air Force base in Florida-MacDill AFB, where Dov Zakheim contracted to send at least 32 Boeing 767 aircraft, as part of the Boeing /Pentagon tanker lease agreement. (5)
    ”As the events of September 11, 2001 occurred, little was mentioned about these strange connections, and the possible motives and proximity of Dov Zakheim and his group. Since there was little physical evidence remaining after the events, investigators were left only with photographic and anecdotal evidence.
    “There is a photograph of the Flight Termination System module, from their site.(5). Note it has a cylindrical shape, and is consistent with the size and shape of the object observed under the fuselage of flight 175.
    “The Boeing lease deal involved the replacement of the aging KC-135 tanker fleet with these smaller, more efficient Boeing 767s that were to be leased by Dov Zakheim's group. The planes were to be refitted with refueling equipment, including lines and nozzle assemblies.”
    (Remember both Flight 175, that hit the South Tower, and Flight 11, that hit the North Tower, were Boeing 767s. Flights 77 and 93 were 757s.)
    “In the enlargement of flight 175’s photo, we can clearly see a cylindrical object under the fuselage, and a structure that appears to be attached to the right underside of the rear fuselage section.
    ”When seen in comparison, it is obvious that the plane approaching the Trade Center has both of these structures-the FTS module and the midair refueling equipment, as configured on the modified Boeing 767 tankers. Of particular interest is the long tube-like anomalous structure under the rear fuselage area of flight 175-this structure runs along the right rear bottom of the plane, as it also does on the Boeing 767 refueling tanker pictured.
    ”After considering this information, I [the author/s] am convinced that flight 175, as pictured on the news media and official reports, was in fact a refitted Boeing 767 tanker, with a Flight Termination System attached. Use of this system would also explain the expert handling of aircraft observed in both New York and Washington investigations, which has been officially credited to inexperienced flight school students.
    “Since the refitted 767s were able to carry both passengers and a fuel load, as shown in this photo, it is likely that the plane designated Flight 175 was in fact a refitted 767 tanker, disguised as a conventional commercial passenger plane.
    “As shown in this photo of a 767 being serviced, the FTS unit, when in position, would be small and unobtrusive enough to be fairly innocuous (at least to casual observers, such as passengers). The smallest circle indicates the size and position of the anomaly depicted in the photos of Flight 175. The larger circle, which is the size of the engine housing, shows the size of the anomaly in relation to the engine. Note the size and position of the open hatches on the engine housing, which would tend to discredit the widely held theory that the anomaly is an open hatch or cargo door.
    “As the . . . diagram shows, all flights involved in the events traveled very near many military installations, and appear to have traveled in a manner suggesting guidance and possible transfer of the control of the planes among the bases.
    ”Since the evidence from the World Trade Center site was quickly removed, there is little concrete evidence of the involvement of Dov Zakheim, who has since left his position at the Pentagon. However, the proximity of Eglin AFB to MacDill AFB in Florida and Dov Zakheim's work via SPC contracts and the Pentagon leasing agreement on both of these installations, combined with SPC's access to World Trade Center structural and security information from their Tridata investigation in 1993, is highly suspicious. Considering his access to Boeing 767 tankers, remote control flight systems, and his published views in the PNAC document, it seems very likely he is in fact a key figure in the alleged terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001.”
    ”In response to some of our readers who have questioned our premise that it was Rabbi Dov Zakheim who 'called for' the Pearl Harbor type of incident, we here at Conspiracy News Net acknowledge that the PNAC document was written by the likes of William Kristol and Donald Kagan, and therefore as the real brains behind the agenda they are the ones calling for it in a literal sense. However, we do stand by our assertion that the Rabbi called for it as well, insofar that he signed his name onto this document. If he signed it he agrees with it and therefore he is calling for it.
    ”Some of you have argued that we are singling out Rabbi Zakheim because he is Jewish, implying that we are pushing some sort of twisted anti-Semitic agenda while noting that he is not the only one who signed the PNAC document and therefore wondering why our article is about him and not the others. We do not mean to imply that the Rabbi acted alone, our article simply points out that Rabbi Zakheim had access to things like structural integrity, blueprints and any number of important facets of information about the WTC through his work with TRIDATA CORPORATION in the investigation of the bombing of the WTC in 1993.
    “That he had access to REMOTE CONTROL Technology through his work at System Planning Corporation (SPC). That he had access to BOEING AIRCRAFT through a lease deal HE BROKERED while working at the Pentagon.
    “ . . . Finally that he was part of a group of politically radical Straussian Neo-Conservatives, who, through their association with PNAC, called for restructuring of the Middle East, noting that a Pearl Harbor type of event MAY BE NEEDED to foster the frame of mind required for the American public to accept such a radical foreign policy agenda. In light of all this information we here at Conspiracy News Net stand by our statement that Mr. Zakheim not only called for the slamming of the WTC Towers on 9-11, but he activity took part in their demolition by providing the logistics necessary for such an attack to occur.”
    Coda, a Bitter Frosting on the Cake
    Whether or not you agree in whole or in part with these findings, here is an eye-opening article originally from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Milan Simonich. It is titled Army unit piecing together accounts of Pentagon attack, and from it comes this striking information in paragraph six . . ."One Army office in the Pentagon lost 34 of its 65 employees in the attack. Most of those killed in the office, called Resource Services Washington, were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts. They were at their desks when American Airlines Flight 77 struck.”
    Apart from the question of whether it was F 77 that struck the Pentagon, it is more than ironic that accountants, bookkeepers and budgets analysts, the very people who could pick up the financial frauds were struck. Especially since the hit was directed supposedly at the Office of Naval Intelligence.
    Nevertheless, Dov is busy at his Booz Allen job, involved in Strategic Services and who knows what other dark plans as we speak, even as the Middle East is under heavy fire once again from Israel and its fervid ally, the US government.
    Jerry Mazza
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Default Entre Washington et Tel Aviv Dov Zakheim, la caution du Pentagone

    Entre Washington et Tel Aviv
    Dov Zakheim, la caution du Pentagone
    par Paul Labarique
    Dov S. Zakheim est une figure à part dans le dispositif néo-conservateur mis en place autour de George W. Bush. Rabbin reconnu, rouage essentiel du « complexe militaro-industriel » états-unien, il a longtemps servi de caution juive pour les politiques de Washington défavorables à Israël. Depuis, il a rejoint le camp des ultra-conservateurs aux côtés de Dick Cheney et intégré le groupe des « Vulcains » mené par Condoleeza Rice. En juillet 2004, il participe à la restauration du « Comité du danger présent », dont le but affiché est de contraindre la future administration à lutter contre l’Islam.

    9 septembre 2004

    Paris (France)

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    Dov Zakheim

    Dov. S. Zakheim Dov Zakheim est certainement un des rares ecclésiastiques à avoir eu une telle carrière politique au cœur même du pouvoir états-unien, c’est-à-dire l’appareil militaro-industriel. Le responsable des cordons de la bourse du Pentagone est en effet très implanté au sein de la communauté juive. Né à Brooklyn, Zakheim vient d’une famille très sioniste. Son père compte Menachem Begin parmi ses amis, et vient de la même ville de Pologne que Yitzakh Shamir.
    Diplômé en 1970 de l’université de Columbia, Dov Zakheim part faire ses études à Londres, à la London School of Economics. Diplômé du Jew’s College de Londres en 1973, il obtient également un doctorat en économie et science politique au St Antony’s College de l’université d’Oxford. C’est à cette époque qu’il est ordonné rabbin.
    Le défenseur des intérêts du Pentagone auprès de la communauté juive

    L’entrée dans la sphère politique de Dov Zakheim est certainement plus liée à l’important capital relationnel dont il dispose par sa famille qu’à ses fortes convictions religieuses. Après avoir été employé par la division Affaires internationales et Sécurité nationale du Congressional Budget Office, il rejoint le pouvoir exécutif et le département de la Défense en 1981, sous la présidence de Ronald Reagan. Son rôle consiste, entre autres, à élaborer les plans de défense en cas de guerre nucléaire.
    Rapidement, son appartenance à la communauté juive états-unienne le désigne pour en faire l’émissaire spécial en Israël. Il est chargé de faire avaler à Tel-Aviv les couleuvres de Washington.
    Dov. S. Zakheim En 1983, le secrétaire à la Défense de Ronald Reagan, Casper Weinberg, lui demande d’évaluer, puis d’organiser, l’opposition au projet d’avion de chasse israélien, le Lavi. Le programme élaboré par Tsahal menaçait de coûter plusieurs milliards de dollars au Pentagone, pour développer une arme qui aurait ensuite pu être vendue à la Chine et à l’Afrique du Sud. Pour avoir « saboté » le projet, Zakheim est qualifié de « traître à la famille » par le ministre de la Défense de l’époque, Moshe Arens, pourtant un ami d’enfance. En 1996, le rabbin états-unien revient sur cet épisode dans un livre, Flight of the Lavi - Inside a U.S.-Israeli Crisis. Il y raconte comment il a mené à bien sa mission, et « résisté aux dirigeants israéliens, aux supporters de l’État juif à Washington et à la communauté juive américaine, afin de défendre les intérêts économiques et stratégiques des États-Unis ». Selon lui, la politique qu’il défendit à l’époque servait d’ailleurs également les intérêts d’Israël, puisqu’il coûtait moins cher à Tel-Aviv de s’équiper en matériel militaire états-unien que de produire ses propres technologies.
    Zakheim aura l’occasion de rejouer ce rôle de médiateur avec Israël. Au début des années 1990, il est embauché comme consultant par McDonnell Douglas, une société d’armement états-unienne spécialisée dans la fabrication de F-15. Une fois en place, il convainc Washington d’accepter la vente de plusieurs exemplaires de cet avion de chasse à l’Arabie saoudite. D’après un article du Baltimore Sun paru en 1993, le rôle assigné par McDonnell Douglas à Zakheim était précisément « d’aider à amollir l’opposition potentielle d’Israël à la vente ».
    Moshe Arens Ces deux épisodes permettent de nuancer le concept de « lobby juif » états-unien, si fréquemment utilisé pour évoquer la communauté juive d’outre-Atlantique. En réalité, il apparaît que les Juifs états-uniens sont bien plus soumis à la volonté de Washington que l’inverse. Ce sont eux, ensuite, qui font « tampon » entre les États-Unis et Israël, où ils sont chargés de défendre la politique de la Maison-Blanche en faisant valoir l’alliance indéfectible entre les deux pays.
    L’actuelle administration Bush s’est inspirée de ces exemples plus récemment pour s’opposer à la politique d’installation de colonies par le Likoud. La Maison-Blanche a conduit à cette occasion une campagne en direction des pro-Israéliens à Washington, tout en établissant des groupes de travail comprenant des responsables états-uniens et israéliens, et en bénéficiant du soutien de la presse et de l’opinion publique israéliennes. Une démarche similaire à celle adoptée à la fin des années 1980 par Dov Zakheim. Elle facilita, à l’époque, la défaite électorale du gouvernement likoudnik.
    Depuis cette période, Dov Zakheim a néanmoins dû donner des gages à Israël pour pouvoir encore servir de relais entre la Maison-Blanche et Tel-Aviv. En 1997, il prend ainsi ses fonctions au sein de la Commission états-unienne pour la Préservation de l’héritage américain à l’étranger, dont la mission est de protéger des sites ayant une valeur historique pour les États-Unis, principalement les cimetières juifs. Et lorsque plusieurs reponsables états-uniens demandent, en 1998, à ce que des agents de la CIA soient envoyés en Israël pour s’assurer que les accords israélo-palestiniens de Wye Plantation sont bien appliqués par les deux parties, il affirme publiquement son opposition [1].
    Au cœur du complexe militaro-industriel

    Dov S. Zakheim ne peut pas être assimilé, en tant que rabbin membre de l’administration Bush, à un « faucon sioniste ». Certes, il est impossible de le considérer comme un pro-arabe, mais il est avant tout un défenseur des intérêts états-uniens, et notamment du Pentagone.
    De 1985 à mars 1987, il est sous-secrétaire adjoint à la Défense pour la Planification et les Ressources. À ce titre, il joue un rôle actif dans le système d’acquisitions du département de la Défense. Il mène parallèlement une carrière dans le secteur privé, notamment en tant que consultant pour McDonnell Douglas et Northman Grupman ; ce qui est tout à fait symptomatique du mélange des genres fréquent au sein de la Défense états-unienne, où s’entrechoquent intérêts publics militaires et intérêts privés industriels. Des intérêts tellement indissociables que l’on parle du « complexe militaro-industriel ».
    Début 2000, il devient vice-président de System Planning Corp, une société de technologie, recherche et analyse, basée à Arlington, en Virginie, et directeur général de SPC International Corp, une filiale spécialisée dans le conseil politique, militaire et économique. La System Planning Corp a également élaboré un système permettant de guider des avions à distance, depuis le sol. Il poursuit en parallèle son entrisme dans le milieu de la Défense. Bien que républicain, il est nommé par le secrétaire à la Défense de Bill Clinton, William Cohen, au sein de la Task Force sur la Réforme de la Défense. L’année suivante, il siège au Bureau des Écoles régionales d’outre-mer du département de la Défense. En 2000, il a à nouveau l’occasion d’apporter son soutien au Pentagone dans le cadre de l’élaboration de sa politique d’achat, en participant au Conseil scientifique consacré à « l’impact de la politique d’acquisition du DoD sur l’Industrie de la Santé militaire ».
    Autour du candidat Bush

    Durant toute cette période, Zakheim travaille, en marge de ses activités officielles, à la victoire républicaine lors de la l’élection présidentielle à venir, en novembre 2000. En 1998, il signe le manifeste de ce qui n’est alors qu’un rassemblement d’ultra-conservateurs, le « Projet pour un nouveau siècle américain ». En 2000, ce groupuscule mis en place par l’American Entreprise Institute publie un nouveau rapport dans lequel il appelle de ses vœux un « événement catastrophique et catalyseur, semblable à un nouveau Pearl Harbor » afin de rallier l’opinion publique états-unienne à ses projets délirants [2]. Le document est signé par Dov Zakheim, mais aussi David Epstein, Robert Kagan, Eliot Cohen, I. Lewis Libby, Paul Wolfowitz... Il n’est pas destiné au grand public, mais plutôt aux bailleurs de fonds de la campagne républicaine afin de leur présenter le projet qu’ils financent.
    Le travail de Zakheim est récompensé. En 1999, il est invité à rejoindre les « Vulcains », un groupe d’experts en politique étrangère piloté par Condoleezza Rice, qui forme à son domicile le candidat George W. Bush aux questions internationales [3]. Après que la Cour suprême eut nommé George W. Bush à la présidence, il participe brièvement à la Commission de transition de la Rand Corporation, en 2001. Cette commission se réunit après chaque élection présidentielle aux États-Unis afin d’exposer les propositions du complexe militaro-industriel au nouveau Président. L’état-major reconnaissant ne l’oublie pas au moment de la distribution des postes : une fois arrivée à la Maison-Blanche, l’équipe réunie autour du vice-président Dick Cheney le nomme Contrôleur et Directeur financier du Pentagone. À ce poste, il supervise l’explosion des dépenses militaires états-uniennes, pour le plus grand bonheur de l’industrie de l’armement pour laquelle il a si longtemps travaillé.
    Des affiliations néo-conservatrices

    S’il n’est pas à proprement parler, un défenseur acharné d’Israël, Dov S. Zakheim n’en est pas moins un néo-conservateur convaincu, comme en témoigne son curriculum vitae. Il est professeur d’économie auxiliaire à l’université Yeshiva de New York, enseigne au Trinity College, au National War College (où a également enseigné Daniel Pipes) et à l’université de Columbia. La liste des think-tanks qu’il a, à un moment ou à un autre, fréquentés permet de mieux cerner sa place dans le champ politique états-unien.
    Dov Zakheim a siégé au comité directeur du Foreign Policy Research Institute jusqu’en 2000. LE FPRI a été dirigé par Daniel Pipes au milieu des années 1980 [4]. Ce groupe de recherche en politique étrangère néo-conservatrice, au sein duquel on trouve notamment Richard Perle et Alexander Haig, a été fondé par Robert Strausz-Hupé en 1955 et théorise depuis les moyens de parvenir à un nouvel ordre mondial dirigé par les États-Unis, un « empire américain » selon le premier numéro de la revue du FPRI, Orbis, paru en 1957.
    La participation de Zakheim au Center for Security Policy [5] en fait un faucon suffisamment introduit dans les milieux néo-conservateurs pour y faire valoir l’idéologie élaborée par le FPRI. Au sein de ce clan républicain, il se situe dans l’écurie du vice-président Dick Cheney, comme en atteste sa présence au sein du Center for Strategic and International Studies. On le trouve également à la Fondation Heritage, chantre de l’idéologie reaganienne, au Wilson Center for International Scholars et enfin au Council on Foreign Relations. Son appartenance au CFR atteste de sa notabilisation : seuls y sont admis les « happy few » démocrates ou républicains, membres de l’aristocratie politique washingtonienne et férus de politique étrangère
    Le « danger présent »

    James Woolsey En mars 2004, Dov Zakheim démissionne de ses fonctions au Pentagone, sans donner de raison. Il a rejoint depuis la firme Booz Allen Hamilton, une structure à mi-chemin entre le cabinet d’avocat international, l’assureur de risque et la société de conseil, basée à McLean, en Virginie. Ce cabinet a notamment été sollicité pour travailler au projet de surveillance totale de la population états-unienne, le Total Information Awareness System [6]. Le 6 mai 2004, Zakheim a été nommé vice-président par le conseil d’administration de Booz Allen Hamilton [7], où il rejoint l’ancien directeur de la CIA, James Woolsey, nommé à ce poste en juillet 2002 [8].
    Depuis juillet 2004, les deux hommes participent à la formation d’un troisième « Comité sur le danger présent », par référence au groupe homonyme créé une première fois au début de la Guerre froide pour lutter contre l’Union soviétique. Désormais, cet organisme devra « défendre des politiques visant à gagner la guerre contre le terrorisme mondial, un terrorisme mené par des islamistes radicaux opposés à la liberté à la démocratie ». On retrouve en son sein quarante et un néo-conservateurs particulièrement agressifs, tels que Jeane Kirkpatrick, Newt Gingrich, ou encore Frank Gaffney [9]. Un épisode qui rappelle celui du second « Comité sur le danger présent », créé sous Carter sous la forme d’un « shadow cabinet » [10] uniquement consacré à la politique étrangère. Après l’élection de Ronald Reagan en 1981, 46 d’entre eux avaient intégré l’administration présidentielle. À voir la composition de ce troisième « Comité sur le danger présent », on peut se faire une idée de ce que sera un seconde administration Bush fils, s’il doit y en avoir une.

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    [1] Bio of Dov Zakheim : What the Board was Looking For, par Caryn Litt, Yeshiva University Observer.
    [2] « Rebuilding America’s Defenses - Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century »,The Project for a New American Century, septembre 2000.
    [3] Bio of Dov Zakheim : What the Board was Looking For, op.cit.
    [4] « Daniel Pipes, expert de la haine », Voltaire, 5 mai 2004.
    [5] Voir « Les marionnettistes de Washington », par Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire, 13 novembre 2002.
    [6] « L’œil du Pentagone », par Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire, 18 novembre 2002.
    [7] « Dr. Dov S. Zakheim joins Booz Allen as Vice President », de Booz Allen Hamilton 6 mai 2004.
    [8] « R. James Woolsey Joins Booz Allen as Vice President », communiqué de Booz Allen Hamilton, 15 juillet 2002.
    [9] « Committee on Present Deception », par Jim Lobe,, 23 juillet 2004.
    [10] Le « shadow cabinet », tel qu’il existe dans plusieurs pays anglophones, est un gouvernement fantôme composé d’autant de membres et de postes que le gouvernement au pouvoir au même moment
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Default Letter to the President Clinton on Milosovic and Kosovo - Project for the New American Century

    September 11, 1998
    The Honorable William J. Clinton
    President of the United States
    Washington, D.C. 20500

    Dear Mr. President:
    We are writing out of deep concern for the plight of the ethnic Albanian population of Kosovo, many thousands of whom, having been driven from their homes and farms by the latest Serbian offensive, now face the possibility of a winter of starvation. Over 15 percent of the Kosovo population is already homeless. It is inexplicable to us that the West simply watches as this disaster grows daily after watching similar disasters unfold in Bosnia between 1992-95.
    Stopping the carnage in Kosovo is essential and requires decisive action by the West. But this will not by itself provide a solution to the continuing Balkan conflict.
    Mr. President, the events of recent months, when added to the history of the conflict since 1991, lead to one inescapable conclusion: There can be no peace and stability in the Balkans so long as Slobodan Milosevic remains in power. He started the Balkan conflict, and he continues it in Kosovo. He has caused untold suffering to millions; he has severely damaged his own country. We must face the facts.
    We understand that the United States has sought and on occasion achieved Milosevic’s cooperation in carrying out the Dayton settlement; and there is no guarantee that a successor to Milosevic will be significantly more committed to peace. Nevertheless, we believe the time has come for the United States to distance itself from Milosevic and actively support in every way possible his replacement by a democratic government committed to ending ethnic violence. Our “pact with the devil” has outlived whatever usefulness it once had.
    At a minimum, the United States should lead an international effort along the following lines:
    • First, the humanitarian crisis needs to be addressed urgently. Milosevic must order his police and military forces to stop all violence immediately. However, the crisis cannot be ended without an agreement on a new political status for Kosovo. And that will require massive Western pressure on Milosevic.
    • Second, the administration should seek, and the Congress should approve, a substantial increase in funds for supporting the democratic opposition within Serbia.
    • Third, the U.S. and its allies must do everything possible to tighten the economic sanctions on Serbia to help undermine Milosevic’s ability to maintain his power in Belgrade.
    • Fourth, the administration should cease attempting to strike diplomatic bargains with Milosevic.
    • Finally, the U.S. should vigorously support The Hague tribunal’s investigation of Milosevic as a war criminal.
    Mr. President, we are under no illusion that the steps we recommend are easy or guarantee success. We are certain, however, that after seven years of aggression and genocide in the Balkans, the removal of Milosevic provides the only genuine possibility of a durable peace. We urge you to act forcefully in this crisis, and we offer you our full support should you do so.

    Morton I. Abramowitz Elliott Abrams Richard L. Armitage
    Nina Bang-Jensen Jeffrey Bergner George Biddle John R. Bolton
    Frank Carlucci Eliot Cohen Seth Cropsey Dennis DeConcini
    Paula Dobriansky Morton H. Halperin John Heffernan
    James R. Hooper Bruce P. Jackson Robert Kagan Zalmay Khalilzad
    Lane Kirkland Jeane Kirkpatrick Peter Kovler William Kristol
    Mark P. Lagon Richard Perle Peter Rodman Gary Schmitt
    Stephen Solarz Helmut Sonnenfeldt William Howard Taft IV
    Ed Turner Wayne Owens Paul Wolfowitz Dov S. Zakheim
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Default Sourcewatch biography

    Dr. Dov S. Zakheim left his position as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in April 2004. [1] [2]
    Dov S. Zakheim, when nominated to the Department of Defense by President George W. Bush, was CEO of SPC International (System Planning Corporation International) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).[3]


    Caryn Litt writes: "A Republican, Zakheim joined the Department of Defense in 1981, under then President Ronald Reagan. He was responsible for such tasks as preparing defense planning guidance for nuclear war.
    "Zakheim, known as a conservative thinker on defense and national security issues, was invited, in 1999, to serve on the 'Vulcans', a volunteer team of foreign policy experts that advised then Texas Governor George W. Bush on international affairs.
    "Zakheim was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense on May 4, 2001. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, impressed with Zakheim's experience with ballistic missile proliferation and his recognition of the importance of space in military affairs, had asked Zakheim to take on the position.
    "As Chief Financial Officer, Zakheim's priority has been financial management. Because of the war in Afghanistan, his office has been forced to prepare five budgets in less than a year, including the recent $20 billion supplemental war package.
    "Zakheim's regions of expertise are Western Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, and he is considered an expert on domestic Israeli politics. He is frequently called on to provide Israeli political commentary as well as commentary on national defense and foreign policy issues. He has appeared on numerous television networks and programs, such as Larry King Live and the Mcneil-Lehrer Newshour.
    "A graduate of Columbia University with a bachelor's in government, Zakheim earned his doctorate in economics and politics at Oxford."
    In 1998, the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf sent an "open letter to then president Bill Clinton for Washington to adopt a 'comprehensive political and military strategy for bringing down Saddam and his regime', centred on support for the INC (Iraqi National Congress) and US air power.
    "That 1998 letter was signed by many of the charter members of PNAC (Project for the New American Century), including Donald H. Rumsfeld, and four of his top deputies at the Pentagon, Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Dov S. Zakheim, and Peter W. Rodman."

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    1. ? Leadership Group, U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, accessed January 2, 2009.
    2. ? Directors, Defense Business Board, accessed April 2, 2010.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Dov Zakheim

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    A vice president with the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Dov Zakheim has spent more than two decades working in the defense industry, in both governmental and private capacities. A regular supporter of hawkish defense policy, Zakheim has been associated with a string of neoconservative-led groups, including the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and the Center for Security Policy, where he serves on the advisory council.

    Zakheim served as undersecretary for defense (comptroller) from 2001 to 2004, overseeing the Pentagon's spending program in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the onset of the "war on terror." As comptroller, Zakheim oversaw three Defense budgets, each totaling more than $300 billion, and implemented six war-time supplementary budget requests (see Defense Department News Release).

    With his appointment to the Pentagon in 2001, Zakheim joined a group of policy advisers who had been instrumental in shaping President George W. Bush's defense and foreign policy since before Bush became president; many continue to play influential roles in the administration. Zakheim was a part of the foreign policy team. Labeled the "Vulcans," these advisers included current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, former National Security Council Deputy for Iraq Robert Blackwill, Bush's current National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Richard Perle, World Bank President and former U.S. trade rep Robert Zoellick, and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz (for an account of the Vulcans, see James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans).

    Zakheim was the Defense Department's chief financial officer during the 2003 efforts to streamline the department's spending procedures and implement spending priorities that reflected Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's vision of a 21st-century military. Critics say some of the reforms removed congressional oversight and accountability from the defense budget. During Zakheim's tenure, the Defense Department's Inspector General found that the Pentagon could not properly account for more than $1 trillion of spent funds (San Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 2003).

    Among his roles at the Pentagon, as undersecretary for defense (comptroller) Zakheim served as coordinator of the Defense Department's civilian programs in Afghanistan and was an international fund-raiser for Iraq reconstruction monies, organizing the October 2003 Madrid donors conference and the June 2003 UN potential donors conference (see Booz Allen Hamilton profile).

    Zakheim's career in the defense industry began when he joined the Pentagon in 1981, serving in various posts including special assistant to the assistant secretary for international security and assistant undersecretary for policy and resources, before moving up into the post of deputy undersecretary of defense for planning and resources in the Reagan administration, working in systems acquisition and strategic planning.

    When Zakheim left the Defense Department in 1987, it was for an executive vice president post in the private sector, with the Virginia-based government consultant and contractor Systems Planning Corporation (SPC), which has supplied the Defense Department with military technology for more than 35 years and is a support contractor for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Zakheim also served as CEO at subsidiary SPC International and as a consultant for the defense contractors McDonnell Douglas (now a part of Boeing) and Northrop Grumman (see "Axis of Influence," 2002).

    While working in the private sector Zakheim did not lose touch with the Washington policy machine, contributing his ideas to open letters, articles, and policy recommendations that helped establish him as a leading conservative thinker on defense and national security policy. While still at Systems Planning Corporation, in April 1998, Zakheim participated in an SPC "roundtable" discussion for the Rumsfeld Missile Commission (see Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat, April 1998). According to a 2002 article by Vernon Loeb in the Washington Post, it was this interaction with Rumsfeld that solidified Zakheim's role in the Pentagon as someone who shared the defense secretary's vision of streamlining and modernizing the U.S. military ("Not Just Writing Checks for the Military," Washington Post, January 2, 2002). After Bush took office in 2001, Zakheim was tapped by Rumsfeld for his experience with defense and budgeting. As Rumsfeld told a Washington Post reporter in May 2001: "I put together a few small groups, to look at some things that I thought were priority issues. Some the president asked me to. And with the thought that we could get some bright people looking at them and then we'd plug them into the Quadrennial Defense Review which we're going to do, and that starts now. ... Financial management, Zakheim got on board Friday and he has taken the thought that came from the financial management business that Senator [Robert] Byrd raised with me, and has thoughts, and they will again be doing some internal changes and then making some proposals for legislation at some point" (DefenseLink transcript, May 21, 2001).

    In 1996, Zakheim's book Flight of the Lavi: Inside a U.S.-Israeli Crisis was published, detailing his role in ending the IAI Lavi program, an initiative in the 1980s in which Israel researched and developed its own fighter jets (called the IAI Lavi). Zakheim reinforced the U.S. position that Israel should not produce an aircraft that would compete with the U.S. F-16, arguing that it was more efficient for Israel to buy jets from the United States. An ordained rabbi and an orthodox Jew, Zakheim was publicly criticized and harassed for his role in opposing the system and purportedly going against the interests of Israel. Today the Israeli Air force has the largest fleet of F-16s outside of the United States (see Journal of Palestine Studies, 1998).

    He was also involved with groups like the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, which formed in 1990 to support the first President Bush during the first Gulf War. In 1998, the group sent an open letter to President Bill Clinton calling for a "comprehensive political and military strategy for bringing down Saddam and his regime." Fellow signatories included Rumsfeld, Perle, Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Elliott Abrams, Paula Dobriansky, Frank Gaffney, Bill Kristol, Michael Ledeen, Joshua Muravchik, Jeffrey Gedmin, Fred Ikle, Robert Kagan, David Wurmser, and Peter Rodman (see "Open Letter").

    Zakheim later joined several of these same people in supporting PNAC, a neoconservative organization that played an important role in driving public and official support for the invasion of Iraq before and after the 9/11 attacks. In 1998, Zakheim signed a PNAC open letter to Clinton about the crisis in Kosovo. The letter called for U.S. support for regime change in Belgrade. Two years later, Zakheim contributed to a PNAC paper titled, "Rebuilding America's Defenses." The paper claims: "If the United States is to maintain its preeminence—and the military revolution now underway is already an American-led revolution—the Pentagon must begin in earnest to transform U.S. military forces."

    The PNAC paper opines that in the absence of some "catastrophic" event akin to Pearl Harbor, such reforms would happen at a glacial pace. A year later, 9/11 seemed to provide such a spark to the kind of rapid transformation envisioned. "The system is a slow system to react until something happens, and something has happened. And the system is reacting," the Washington Post quoted Zakheim as saying in 2002. "This is going to push our [agenda] ahead, obviously geared to the war effort, precisely because it was this kind of war that many of us feared and anticipated."

    Years later, Zakheim was still an advocate for funding and policy to promote the "military transformation" of U.S. armed services. In a 2005 opinion piece, Zakheim wrote that Rumsfeld spent billions on such transformation programs, and he cites the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as examples of the need for a restructured military that is more responsive, flexible, and interconnected. As a Pentagon comptroller, Zakheim contributed greatly to funding that transformation ("Money Drives Rumsfeld's Changes," Financial Times, March 28, 2005).

    But the main premise of "Rebuilding America's Defenses"—advocating an ever-expanding U.S. influence in the world—seems slightly out of step with Zakheim's own worldview. In a New York Times article published just after the 2000 election, James Traub wrote:

    "Dov Zakheim, for example, has written that the scale of atrocities in places like the Balkans is often exaggerated, and that in any case violating another nation's sovereignty threatens 'to unravel the entire fabric of international relations.' Zakheim concludes that we should intervene 'only when our own interests are clearly at stake, or when genocide is so manifest that refusal to act would destroy our moral leadership of the free world.'"

    In 2004 Zakheim stepped down from his post at the Pentagon with little explanation. However, his resignation did follow a highly critical audit by the General Accountability Office. Although he is no longer in public office, Zakheim has not disappeared from the public sphere, continuing to comment an U.S. policy.

    Like other former administration officials, Zakheim has recently criticized the U.S. failure to establish democracy in Iraq. In 2006, he coauthored a piece in the National Interest with Daniel Pipes, Tommy Franks, and four others, stating: "Iraq's seemingly never-ending violence, whether it is termed a civil war, or, more euphemistically, 'sectarian strife,' has created a sense of instability, insecurity, and raw fear, for all but those Kurds living in Kurdistan. Democracy in this environment is nothing more than a sorry catch-phrase." (Both Pipes and Zakheim are on the National Interest's Advisory Council, along with Ikle, Conrad Black, Ruth Wedgwood, and others.)

    Following the January 2006 election of Hamas in an open contest in the Palestinian territories, Zakheim said in an interview, "We have a situation not unlike Germany in 1932 when we had an upstart [Nazi] party ruled by thugs that preached hatred and racism and also claimed they would clean up a corrupt Weimar Republic. The parallels are frightening," (Timothy M. Phelps, "Some Warn Now of Rising Islamist Tide in the Region," Newsday, January 27, 2006).

    In January 2007, Zakheim stated clearly his belief that Iraq had fallen into a messy civil war and advocated that the United States pull back to Iraq's borders ("Why America Should Operate from Iraq's Borders," Financial Times, January 4, 2007). "No doubt some will see this as the United States giving up on democracy and being content to stand by as Iraqis kill each other. Yet clearly democracy in Iraq must await the end of the civil war. ... The strategic shift would bring relief to our overstretched and over-deployed military. It would reduce combat losses. Above all, it would give the military a mission that they can achieve. This way we can finally bring to an end a bitter domestic debate over Iraq policy that has so undermined public faith in the judgment and wisdom of their leaders on both sides of the political aisle." In contrast to this advice, the president surged troop levels inside Iraq.

    Zakheim's publications include "Congress and National Security in the Post-Cold War Era," (Nixon Center, 1998), and "Toward a Fortress Europe?" (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2000).

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    Timothy Phelps, " Some Warn Now of Rising Islamist Tide in the Region ," Newsday, January 27, 2006.

    Dov Zakheim page, Booz Allen Hamilton,

    Defense Department News Release, "Dov S. Zakheim to Resign," March 24, 2004,

    Tom Abate, "Military Waste under Fire; $1 Trillion Missing—Bush Plan Targets Pentagon Accounting," San Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 2003,

    Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, Appendix III, Unclassified Working Papers, "North Africa/Israel: Seth Carus and Dov Zakheim," April 6, 1998,

    James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans, (New York: Viking, 2004).

    Vernon Loeb, "Not Just Writing Checks for the Military: Comptroller Says Sound Financial Management Must Underlie War on Terror and Effort to Transform the Pentagon," Washington Post, January 2, 2002.

    "Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with the Washington Post, May 17, 2001," DefenseLink transcript, May 21, 2001,

    Leon T. Hadar, "Plight of an American-Jewish Policy Wonk," Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 27, No. 4, 1998. pp. 111-112.

    "Open Letter to the President," Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, February 19, 1998,

    Michelle Ciarrocca and William D. Hartung, "Axis Of Influence: Behind the Bush Administration's Missile Defense Revival," World Policy Institute Special Report, July 2002

    Dov Zakheim, "Why American Should Operate from Iraq's Borders," Financial Times, January 4, 2007,

    Dov Zakheim, "Money Drives Rumsfeld's Changes," Financial Times, March 28, 2005,

    Tommy Franks, Stephen Biddle, Peter Charles Choharis, John M. Owen IV, Daniel Pipes, Gary Rosen, and Dov Zakheim, "Is This Victory?" National Interest, November/December 2006.

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    Center for Strategic and International Studies, Affiliated Advisers and Experts (Non-Resident),
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Profile: Dov S. Zakheim

    Positions that Dov S. Zakheim has held:

    • Vice President of System Planning Corporation
    • Undersecretary of defense (comptroller) and chief financial officer for the Pentagon during the Bush administration

    Dov S. Zakheim was a participant or observer in the following events:

    February 19, 1998: Neoconservative Group Calls on US to Help Overthrow Hussein

    The Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf (CPSG), a bipartisan group made up largely of foreign policy specialists, sends an “Open Letter to the President” calling for President Clinton to use the US military to help Iraqi opposition groups overthrow Saddam Hussein and replace him with a US-friendly government. US law forbids such an operation. The group is led by, among others, former Representative Stephen Solarz (D-NY) and prominent Bush adviser Richard Perle, a former assistant secretary of defense.
    Largely Neoconservative in Makeup - Many of its co-signers will become the core of the Bush administration’s neoconservative-driven national security apparatus. These co-signers include Elliott Abrams, Richard Armitage, John Bolton, Stephen Bryen, Douglas Feith, Frank Gaffney, Fred Ikle, Robert Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, William Kristol, Michael Ledeen, Bernard Lewis, Peter Rodman, Donald Rumsfeld, Gary Schmitt, Max Singer, Casper Weinberger, Paul Wolfowitz, David Wurmser, and Dov Zakheim. [CNN, 2/20/1998; Middle East Policy Council, 6/2004] The CPSG is closely affiliated with both the neoconservative Project for the New American Century (PNAC—see June 3, 1997 and January 26, 1998) and the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), both of which boast Perle as a powerful and influential member. Jim Lobe of the Project Against the Present Danger later learns that the CPSG is funded in large part by a sizable grant from the right-wing Bradley Foundation, a key funding source for both the PNAC and the AEI. According to Counterpunch’s Kurt Nimmo, the plan for overthrowing Iraq later adopted by the Bush administration, and currently advocated by the CPSG, will be echoed in the PNAC’s September 2000 document, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” (see September 2000). [CounterPunch, 11/19/2002]
    Advocates Supporting Iraq-Based Insurgency - The letter reads in part: “Despite his defeat in the Gulf War, continuing sanctions, and the determined effort of UN inspectors to root out and destroy his weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein has been able to develop biological and chemical munitions.… This poses a danger to our friends, our allies, and to our nation.… In view of Saddam Hussein’s refusal to grant UN inspectors the right to conduct unfettered inspections of those sites where he is suspected of storing his still significant arsenal of chemical and biological munitions and his apparent determination never to relinquish his weapons of mass destruction, we call upon President Clinton to adopt and implement a plan of action designed to finally and fully resolve this utterly unacceptable threat to our most vital national interests.” The plan is almost identical to the “End Game” scenario proposed in 1993 (see November 1993) and carried out, without success, in 1995 (see March 1995). It is also virtually identical to the “Downing Plan,” released later in 1998 (see Late 1998). In 2004, then-Defense Intelligence Agency official Patrick Lang will observe, “The letter was remarkable in that it adopted some of the very formulations that would later be used by Vice President [Dick] Cheney and other current administration officials to justify the preventive war in Iraq that commenced on March 20, 2003” (see March 19, 2003). The CPSG advocates:
    US support for Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress (INC—see 1992-1996) as the provisional government to replace Hussein’s dictatorship;
    Funding the INC with seized Iraqi assets, designating areas in the north and south as INC-controlled zones, and lifting sanctions in those areas;
    Providing any ground assault by INC forces (see October 31, 1998) with a “systematic air campaign” by US forces;
    Prepositioning US ground force equipment “so that, as a last resort, we have the capacity to protect and assist the anti-Saddam forces in the northern and southern parts of Iraq”;
    Bringing Hussein before an international tribunal on war crimes charges.
    Carrying out these actions, Solarz says, would completely eliminate the threat of weapons of mass destruction that he claims Iraq owns. [Abrams et al., 2/19/1998; CNN, 2/20/1998; Middle East Policy Council, 6/2004]
    Entity Tags: Richard Burt, Richard Armitage, Richard Perle, Richard (“Dick”) Cheney, Paula J. Dobriansky, Peter Rosenblatt, Project for the New American Century, Richard V. Allen, Peter Rodman, Robert A. Pastor, Saddam Hussein, Robert Kagan, William Jefferson (“Bill”) Clinton, William Kristol, Zalmay M. Khalilzad, William B. Clark, Sven F. Kraemer, Stephen Solarz, Roger Robinson, Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Bryen, Robert C. McFarlane, Michael Ledeen, Patrick Lang, Fred C. Ikle, Dov S. Zakheim, Elliott Abrams, Frank Carlucci, Douglas Feith, Frank Gaffney, Donald Rumsfeld, Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, American Enterprise Institute, Ahmed Chalabi, Max Singer, David Wurmser, Bernard Lewis, Caspar Weinberger, Gary Schmitt, Kurt Nimmo, Leon Wienseltier, Martin Peretz, Joshua Muravchik, Frederick L. Lewis, John R. Bolton, Jeffrey T. Bergner, Helmut Sonnenfeldt, Jarvis Lynch, Jeffrey Gedmin, Jim Lobe, Iraqi National Congress
    Timeline Tags: Events Leading to Iraq Invasion, Neoconservative Influence

    September 11, 1998: PNAC Calls on Clinton To Take ‘Decisive Action’ Against Milosevic

    The Project for a New American Century publishes an open letter to President Clinton urging him put an end to diplomatic efforts attempting to resolve the situation in the Balkans. Instead, they argue, he should take “decisive action” against the Serbs. The US must “distance itself from Milosevic and actively support in every way possible his replacement by a democratic government committed to ending ethnic violence,” the group writes. [Century, 9/11/1998]
    Entity Tags: William Pfaff, Peter Rodman, Peter Kovler, Paula J. Dobriansky, Richard Armitage, Richard Perle, Robert Kagan, Seth Cropsey, William Kristol, Zalmay M. Khalilzad, William Howard Taft IV, Paul Wolfowitz, Wayne Owens, Stephen Solarz, Nina Bang-Jensen, Morton H. Halperin, Elliott Abrams, Ed Turner, Frank Carlucci, Dov S. Zakheim, David Epstein, Bruce Jackson, Dennis DeConcini, Morton I. Abramowitz, Gary Schmitt, Helmut Sonnenfeldt, Lane Kirkland, John R. Bolton, George Biddle, Mark P. Lagon, Jeffrey T. Bergner, John Heffernan, James R. Hooper, Jeane Kirkpatrick
    Timeline Tags: Complete 911 Timeline

    December 1998 - Fall 1999: ’Vulcans’ Tutor Bush on Foreign Affairs

    Texas governor and possible presidential candidate George W. Bush’s “Iron Triangle” of (four, not three) political advisers—Karen Hughes, Karl Rove, Donald Evans, and Joe Allbaugh—are preparing for Bush’s entry into the 2000 presidential campaign. His biggest liability is foreign affairs: despite his conversations with Saudi Prince Bandar (see Fall 1997) and former security adviser Condoleezza Rice (see August 1998), he is still a blank slate (see Early 1998). “Is he comfortable with foreign policy? I should say not,” observes George H. W. Bush’s former national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft, who is not involved in teaching the younger Bush about geopolitics. Bush’s son’s only real experience, Scowcroft notes, “was being around when his father was in his many different jobs.” Rice is less acerbic in her judgment, saying: “I think his basic instincts about foreign policy and what need[…] to be done [are] there: rebuilding military strength, the importance of free trade, the big countries with uncertain futures. Our job [is] to help him fill in the details.” Bush himself acknowledges his lack of foreign policy expertise, saying: “Nobody needs to tell me what to believe. But I do need somebody to tell me where Kosovo is.” Rice and former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney assemble a team of eight experienced foreign policy advisers to give the younger Bush what author Craig Unger calls “a crash course about the rest of the world.” They whimsically call themselves the “Vulcans,” [Carter, 2004, pp. 269; Dubose and Bernstein, 2006, pp. 117; Unger, 2007, pp. 161-163] which, as future Bush administration press secretary Scott McClellan will later write, “was based on the imposing statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and metalworking, that is a landmark in Rice’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.” [McClellan, 2008, pp. 85] The eight are:
    Richard Armitage, a hardliner and Project for a New American Century (PNAC) member (see January 26, 1998) who served in a number of capacities in the first Bush presidency;
    Robert Blackwill, a hardliner and former Bush presidential assistant for European and Soviet Affairs;
    Stephen Hadley, a neoconservative and former assistant secretary of defense;
    Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative and another former assistant secretary of defense;
    Condoleezza Rice, a protege of Scowcroft, former oil company executive, and former security adviser to Bush’s father;
    Donald Rumsfeld, another former defense secretary;
    Paul Wolfowitz, a close associate of Perle and a prominent neoconservative academic, brought in to the circle by Cheney;
    Dov Zakheim, a hardline former assistant secretary of defense and a PNAC member;
    Robert Zoellick, an aide to former Secretary of State James Baker and a PNAC member.
    McClellan will later note, “Rice’s and Bush’s views on foreign policy… were one and the same.” [McClellan, 2008, pp. 85] Their first tutorial session in Austin, Texas is also attended by Cheney and former Secretary of State George Schulz. Even though three solid neoconservatives are helping Bush learn about foreign policy, many neoconservatives see the preponderance of his father’s circle of realpolitik foreign advisers surrounding the son and are dismayed. Prominent neoconservatives such as William Kristol, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and James Woolsey will back Bush’s primary Republican opponent, Senator John McCain (R-AZ). [Carter, 2004, pp. 269; Dubose and Bernstein, 2006, pp. 117; Unger, 2007, pp. 161-163] Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay, both former National Security Council members, write in the book America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, that under the tutelage of the Vulcans, Bush adopts a “hegemonist” view of the world that believes the US’s primacy in the world is paramount to securing US interests. As former White House counsel John Dean writes in 2003, this viewpoint asserts, “[S]ince we have unrivalled powers, we can have it our way, and kick ass when we don’t get it.” [FindLaw, 11/7/2003; Carter, 2004, pp. 269]
    Entity Tags: Richard (“Dick”) Cheney, Robert B. Zoellick, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, Robert Blackwill, John McCain, Scott McClellan, Richard Perle, John Dean, James Lindsay, James Woolsey, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Brent Scowcroft, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Dov S. Zakheim, George W. Bush, George Schulz, Stephen J. Hadley, Ivo Daalder, William Kristol
    Timeline Tags: Events Leading to Iraq Invasion, US International Relations, Neoconservative Influence

    September 2000: Neoconservative Think Tank Writes ‘Blueprint’ for ‘Global Pax Americana’

    People involved in the 2000 PNAC report (from top left): Vice President Cheney, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, Undersecretary of Defense Dov Zakheim, and author Eliot Cohen. [Source: Public domain]The neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century writes a “blueprint” for the “creation of a ‘global Pax Americana’” (see June 3, 1997). The document, titled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century, was written for the George W. Bush team even before the 2000 presidential election. It was written for future Vice President Cheney, future Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, future Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Florida Governor and Bush’s brother Jeb Bush, and Cheney’s future chief of staff Lewis Libby. [Project for the New American Century, 9/2000, pp. iv and 51 ]
    Plans to Overthrow Iraqi Government - The report calls itself a “blueprint for maintaining global US preeminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests.” The plan shows that the Bush team intends to take military control of Persian Gulf oil whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power and should retain control of the region even if there is no threat. It says: “The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.” The report calls for the control of space through a new “US Space Forces,” the political control of the internet, the subversion of any growth in political power of even close allies, and advocates “regime change” in China, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Iran and other countries. It also mentions that “advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target’ specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool” (see February 7, 2003). [Project for the New American Century, 9/2000 ; Sunday Herald (Glasgow), 9/7/2002]
    Greater Need for US Role in Persian Gulf - PNAC states further: “The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”
    'US Space Forces,' Control of Internet, Subversion of Allies - PNAC calls for the control of space through a new “US Space Forces,” the political control of the Internet, and the subversion of any growth in political power of even close allies, and advocates “regime change” in China, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Iran, and other countries.
    Bioweapons Targeting Specific Genotypes 'Useful' - It also mentions that “advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”
    'A New Pearl Harbor' - However, PNAC complains that thes changes are likely to take a long time, “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.” [Los Angeles Times, 1/12/2003]
    Bush Will Claim a 'Humble' Foreign Policy Stance - One month later during a presidential debate with Al Gore, Bush will assert that he wants a “humble” foreign policy in the Middle East and says he is against toppling Saddam Hussein in Iraq because it smacks of “nation building” (see October 11, 2000). Around the same time, Cheney will similarly defend Bush’s position of maintaining President Clinton’s policy not to attack Iraq, asserting that the US should not act as though “we were an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments.” [Washington Post, 1/12/2002] Author Craig Unger will later comment, “Only a few people who had read the papers put forth by the Project for a New American Century might have guessed a far more radical policy had been developed.” [Salon, 3/15/2004] A British member of Parliament will later say of the PNAC report, “This is a blueprint for US world domination—a new world order of their making. These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to control the world.” [Sunday Herald (Glasgow), 9/7/2002] Both PNAC and its strategy plan for Bush are almost virtually ignored by the media until a few weeks before the start of the Iraq war (see February-March 20, 2003).
    Entity Tags: Robert Kagan, Robert Martinage, Richard (“Dick”) Cheney, Robert Killebrew, Peter Rodman, Project for the New American Century, Roger Barnett, Paula J. Dobriansky, Saddam Hussein, William Jefferson (“Bill”) Clinton, Steve Forbes, Zalmay M. Khalilzad, William J. Bennett, William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Vin Weber, Stephen A. Cambone, Steve Rosen, Thomas Donnelly, Norman Podhoretz, Phil Meilinger, Midge Decter, Donald Kagan, Donald Rumsfeld, Dov S. Zakheim, Devon Gaffney Cross, Aaron Friedberg, Abram Shulsky, Michael Vickers, Dan Quayle, Eliot A. Cohen, Dan Goure, Alvin Bernstein, Barry Watts, David Epstein, Elliott Abrams, Frank Gaffney, John Ellis (“Jeb”) Bush, James Lasswell, Lewis (“Scooter”) Libby, Mark P. Lagon, Mackubin Owens, Francis Fukuyama, Henry S. Rowen, Gary Schmitt, Fred C. Ikle, Fred Kagan, David Fautua, Hasam Amin, George Weigel
    Timeline Tags: Complete 911 Timeline, Events Leading to Iraq Invasion, Neoconservative Influence
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Thank you very much Magda. Very interesting information!

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    In October 2011 he was mentioned as adviser on the Middle East for Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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