I said (to an army general), “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”.

General Wesley Clark, former commander general of European Command of the United States which included all American military activities in 89 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East and supreme commander of NATO military forces in Europe from 1997 to 2001, interviewed by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now).