David Wurmser

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"We need to do everything possible to destabilise the Syrian regime and exploit every single moment they strategically overstep - That would include the willingness to escalate as far as we need to go to topple the regime if necessary" [1]
SpouseMeyrav Wurmser
Member ofLangley Intelligence Group Network, United States Committee for a Free Lebanon
InterestsMiddle East

David Wurmser is a neoconservative ideologue who advised Dick Cheney on the Middle East. He replaced Eric Edelman as Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs in the Office of Vice President in September 2003. He was previously special assistant to John Bolton at the State Department and was a former research fellow on the Middle East at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). His Israeli-born wife Meyrav Wurmser is the co-founder of MEMRI.

Iraq War

In 1996 he co-authored a policy paper for Israel's Likud party urging it to withdraw from the Oslo peace process. The report, titled A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, [2] was published by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies. It advised the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "to work closely with Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll-back" regional threats, help overthrow Saddam Hussein, and strike "Syrian military targets in Lebanon" and possibly in Syria proper. Other contributors to the report included Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. [3] Wurmser's 1998 book Tyranny's Ally subsequently was the blue print for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. [4]

Allegations of Espionage

Along with Harold Rhode, Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, Wurmser was questioned by FBI's counterintelligence investigators about their involvement in passing classified information to the Israel lobby group AIPAC. [5]

Syria in the Crosshairs

In 2000, Wurmser helped draft a document entitled "Ending Syria’s Occupation of Lebanon: the US Role?", which called for a confrontation with the regime in Damascus. The document said that Syria was developing "weapons of mass destruction". [6]

Target Iran

David Wurmser is part the entrenched group of neocons operating out of the Office of the Vice President who have been leading the charge against Iran. In June 2007 reports of hawkish statements from the VP's office drew sharp rebuke from the head of the IAEA. It was subsequently revealed that the statements were made by Wurmser, who seeks to enlist outside pressure to persuade Bush to use the military option against Iran. [7] [1]US 'must break Iran and Syria regimes' - UK Daily Telegraph on David Wurmser</ref>