The 'Clean Break' Plan: Implications for US Middle East Policy
Clean Break, A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" is an
ambitious 1996 Middle East policy paper. A Clean Break recommended
toppling the government of Iraq, "rolling back" Syria and
Iran, and "electrifying" support for Israel in the US
Congress in exchange for new missile defense contract opportunities.
Three of the eight authors have since become prominent policymakers in
the U.S. government. The study leader, Richard Perle, is the former
chair and a current member of the Defense Policy Board of the
Pentagon. Douglas Feith is Undersecretary of Defense and David Wurmser
is Vice President Richard Cheney's recently hired Middle East advisor.