نفى الامير حسن ان يكون الملك عبدالله على علم بمشاركته بمؤتمر العسكريين العراقيين الذي انعقد مؤخرا في لندن بخاصة وان مشاركته سببت احراجا للملك الشاب ... لكن مقال جريدة الغادرديان الانجليزية الجديد الذي ظهر مؤخرا كشف النقاب عن ان الامير حسن قد التقى خلال ابريل نيسان الماضي بمسئول كبير في البنتاغون وهو امر يثير الكثير من التساؤلات بخاصة وان الامير لا يشغل أي منصب سياسي او عسكري في الاردن وبالتالي لا توجد اية تفسيرات لزيارته الى البنتاغون ولقاءاته مع كبار المسئولين فيه بخاصة وانه لم تعلن اية نتائج عن هذه الزيارة .

في الوقت نفسه دخلت الصحف والمجلات الامريكية على الخط ... فبعد مقال مجلة تايمم ظهر مقال خطير في الواشنطون بوست كتبه ويليم اركين ... وفي هذا المقال يكشف الكاتب النقاب عن الدور الاردني المعد لاسقاط نظام صدام حسين عسكريا وزيارات الملك عبدالله المكوكية الى الولايات المتحدة فقد زار البيت الابيض حتى الان خمس مرات منذ تولي الرئيس بوش الرئاسة وهي اعلى نسبة بين جميع رؤساء دول العالم .

في الاردن وفي الصالونات السياسية التي يديرها رؤساء وزارات سابقين يقال ان الملك وعمه يتسابقان على طلب ود الادارة الامريكية من خلال تقديم عروض المشاركة في حربها القادمة ضد العراق ... واذا كان الملك عبدالله قد احاط عروضه بشيء من السرية التي ينفيها علانية ... فان الامير حسن قرر الخروج بمواقفه الى العلن بشكل واضح وصريح ولا يمكن تفسيره بحسن النية ... فيما يلي النص الحرفي للمقالين المنشورين مؤخرا في الواشنطون بوست الامريكية .... والغارديان الانجليزية.


Article 1:

Hiding Jordan
As Washington Prepares for War on Iraq, a Key U.S. Ally Lays Low

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6091-2002Jul15.html

By William M. Arkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Monday, July 15, 2002; 8:40 AM

What's up with Jordan? Since the end of the Gulf War in 1991, the Hashemite Kingdom has methodically increased its military cooperation with the United States, conducting bilateral exercises, hosting ship visits, even allowing U.S. aircraft conducting patrols over Iraq to fly from its airbases. But then September 11 happened, and President Bush declared Iraq's membership in the "axis of evil," and Jordan has been pretending that it doesn't know the United States, or at least not militarily.

In the past two weeks, there have been a slew of stories in the U.S. and British press speculating about Jordan's role in a new war with Iraq. Minister of Information and government spokesman Muhammad Adwan responded July 7, saying that the reports are part of some "propaganda campaign against Jordan."

"We refuse to be a launching-pad or arena for any act against our brotherly state Iraq or to use our soil and airspace to attain this objective," Adwan said.

The Jordanian government denied the existence of any foreign forces on Jordan territory. Minister of Foreign Affairs Marwan Muasher met with the Iraqi ambassador last week to reiterate the Jordanian stance against using force at all against Iraq.

All of the Above

Since the U.S. military is currently building up military capabilities in Jordan, and the use of Jordanian territory as a launching point for operations is included in compartmented war plans being prepared for Desert Storm II, there are four possible alternatives:

The first is that Jordan is lying.

The second is that the United States is doing exactly what the reports have stated, but Jordan hasn't been told yet.

The third is that nothing is happening but the administration is so incompetent, it has been unable to convince even one of its closest friends to publicly support its upcoming war.

And then there is the fourth explanation: What we are seeing in Jordan, what is already being played out in Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and has been par for the course in Saudi Arabia for more than a decade: that we don’t really care what Jordan says in public as long as it does what we want secretly. The core foreign policy of the United States in the war on terror has now emerged: The United States will ally itself with anyone who will be a part of the obsessive covert war.

The Royal Treatment

Here is what kind of friend Jordan is. On September 22, 1999, King Abdullah II of Jordan became the first monarch ever to fly a U.S. Navy airplane when he piloted an American HH-6OH helicopter from Aqaba to the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy in the Red Sea.

Abdullah’s pre-September 11 privileges were hardly out of line with those of his father, King Hussein. Two years earlier, the first modified air defense fighter version of the U.S. F-16 fighter that was ever sold overseas touched down at Muafaq Al-Salti Air Base of the Royal Jordanian Air Force(RJAF). The initial batch of RJAF F-16 pilots received training in the United States with the Arizona Air National Guard at Tucson, Arizona. Subsequent groups of pilots and maintenance technicians followed up for training in the U.S. under the "Peace Falcon" program.

The decision to select Muafaq Al-Salti to house the F-16s was an easy choice for Jordan. The newest Jordanian air base has plenty of good facilities and is centrally located. What is more, the United States knows the base well. In the mid-1990’s Americans were constant visitors, conducting exercises and operating combat aircraft, even using Jordan as a testing pad for the deployment of the new "air expeditionary force" and flying patrols over no-fly zones in Iraq from Jordan as part of Operation Southern Watch.

At the base that the United States calls Al Azraq, 50 miles east of Amman on the road to Baghdad, munitions began to be stored for American use in the mid-1990's as well. Under the pre-September 11 plan, American money has been spent to upgrade runways, taxiways, and munitions facilities at Al Azraq and at a second Jordanian base, Al Jafr. Jordan base construction for bilateral "exercises" is considered the highest priority for U.S. Central Command in its list of FY 2003 projects submitted to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

During the past decade, U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and special operators have had a regular series of military exercises and operations with their Jordanian counterparts. They include: Infinite Acclaim. Infinite Moonlight. Infinite Shadow. Early Victor. Eagle Resolve. Eager Tiger. Eager Light. Phoenix Scirocco.

Since September 11, some of those operations, such as the large scale Eager Light exercise scheduled for 2002, have been cancelled. Others have just disappeared from view.

Writing in Foreign Affairs recently Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that U.S. policy in the war on terrorism is "accepting help from any country, on a basis comfortable for its government, and allowing that country to characterize how it is helping (instead of our creating that characterization for it)..."

In other words, it doesn't matter who the country (or indeed, in Afghanistan or Pakistan, who the warlord) is. It doesn't matter how many strings are attached. It doesn’t matter how much our "allies" publicly deny cooperation or indeed if they stab the United States in the back. It doesn’t matter how much this new era of covert action feeds negative and conspiratorial beliefs in the Arab world of regime or American duplicity.

To be clear, this didn't just start in the Bush administration: U.S. sailors were put in danger in Yemen in 1999 as part of the U.S. covert counter-terrorism foreign policy objectives there. The visiting Navy vessel and its crew had no idea the degree to which U.S. intelligence had identified Yemen as an Al Qaeda center, and the special forces and CIA operators who were given access to the country obviously failed to fulfill their number one mission, which is to protect Americans.

Today Jordan is part of the same CIA/special operations game. Amman is swimming with Iraqi émigrés and is a center for the external Iraqi "opposition," such as it is. It is undoubtedly swimming with American operators getting ready for the big one as well. If the U.S.-Jordan cooperation can’t survive the light of day, then how does the administration expect to fight an Iraq war, let alone be successful in the more narrowly focused war on terrorism?

____About the Author_____

• William M. Arkin, the author of ten books and numerous studies on military affairs, is a consultant to numerous organizations, and a frequent 
television and radio commentator. He was an Army intelligence analyst during the 1970's, a nuclear weapons expert during the Cold War, and pioneered on-the-ground study of the effects of military operations in Iraq and Yugoslavia. In 1994, his "The U.S. Military Online: A Directory for Internet Access to the Department of Defense" was published. His Dot.Mil column, launched in November 1998, appears every other Monday on washingtonpost.com.
E-mail Arkin at william.arkin@wpni.com.

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Article 2:

Jordan prince touted to succeed Saddam

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,757760,00.html

Brian Whitaker
Friday July 19, 2002
The Guardian

As US officials and Iraqi opposition groups squabble over possible successors to Saddam Hussein, Prince Hassan of neighbouring Jordan is emerging as a surprise contender.
The idea, which has support in the Pentagon and among conservative thinkers in the US, envisages the prince rising above Iraqi factionalism as a compromise figurehead, or even as king.

Some argue that his involvement could also ease tensions in Washington, where the state department and CIA have been at loggerheads with Congress and the Pentagon over Ahmad Chalabi, the controversial leader of the Iraqi National Congress, an umbrella opposition group funded by US taxpayers.

"Prince Hassan is someone who has not been poisoned by the past 40 years of chaos in Iraq and is perhaps the only person who can transcend the ethnic and political complexities," said Michael Rubin of the Washington thinktank the American Enterprise Institute.

Hassan, 55, was crown prince of Jordan for many years and effectively ruled the country during the terminal illness of his eldest brother, the late King Hussein.

But a few weeks before his death in 1999, King Hussein removed him from the succession and nominated his own son, now King Abdullah.

On April 8 this year, Prince Hassan had talks at the Pentagon with Paul Wolfowitz, the US deputy secretary of defence. The subject was never disclosed but since then he has begun to assume a higher political profile.

This culminated in his dramatic "coming out" last week when - surrounded by TV cameras - he arrived unexpectedly at a conference of exiled Iraqi officers in London. It was the first time that a high-ranking Arab had publicly associated himself with the Iraqi opposition. His move appears to have been well received.

Speculation has been heightened by the fact that the Jordanian royal family is related to the Iraqi royal family, whose last king, Faisal II, was deposed and assassinated in 1958.