The Project For The New American Century....
What is the "Project", and why is it cause for concern? The people behind it are now prominent "players" in the Bush Administration. Most notably, Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Their plan is for nothing less than securing U.S. global domination for decades to come. This is according to their own testimony.
The roots of the Project- both ideological and the people identified with it are in the Reagan Administration. Combining an aggressive foreign policy with a then, unprecedented military buildup, they helped lead the invasions of Panama and Grenada, counter-insurgency wars in Central America, the Cold War showdown with the Soviet Union, and the arming of Iraq as a counter to radical Islamists in Iran.
After the first Gulf war, Paul Wolfowitz, then the Undersecretary of Defense, drafted a defense planning document that laid out the core ideas of what was to become the Project for the New American Century's vision. It was a strategy of maintaining and strengthening unchallenged U.S. military superiority against a potential future superpower rival and against unrest around the world, through pre-emption rather than containment and unilateral military action. Bush 41's Administration rejected this plan as too radical, and didn't believe it would work. Even PNAC admitted that the process of accomplishing this transformation was, "likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event— like a new Pearl Harbor". Then came Sept. 11, the type of catastrophe PNAC had posed as necessary for the realization of its agenda. As hard a question as it is to ask, is it possible that PNAC played some role in the attacks on America?
Only days after 9/11, PNAC released a letter arguing that "even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq." That determined effort culminated in the war taking place in Iraq today. The real rationale ultimately was not weapons of mass destruction, oil, human rights violations, or any of the other reasons given publicly. It was, as had been written two years earlier, the desire for a permanent role in the strategically important Gulf region
How did a group of little-known intellectuals gain the power to control an administration? Partly by capitalizing on fear, with the American people kept constantly on edge by color-coded terror warnings. Partly by keeping the focus on one piece at a time—Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Iran. And partly by their arrogant belief that there is ultimately no force that can defeat them. It is the same hubris that always accompanies an empire... a desire to dominate the world through military power.
Fear no more my friends, there is an alternative to empire and endless war. The plan of the Project for the New American Century must be countered with a vision that insists militarization and pre-emptive war is not the path to real security. We must advance the vision of a world where international institutions are strengthened rather than destroyed, where global poverty is seriously addressed, where ALL countries, including the United States, no longer have weapons of mass destruction, and where human rights are taken seriously.
To access the Project For The New American Century's website, click on this link.
Key participants in the Project for the New American Century and their current/past positions in the Bush administration:
Richard Cheney, Vice-President
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense
Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State
John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Elliot Abrams, Senior Director for Near East, Southwest Asian, and North African Affairs, National Security Council
James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence; member Defense Policy Board
Lewis Libby, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice-President