PNAC: Architects of Disaster

19 04 2007

The Project for a New American Century emerged after the First Gulf War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. You can read more about this group from •their website• and at the •Wikipedia Entry•.

In short, this group believed that, in the absence of the Soviet Union (which collapsed in 1991), the United States should use its position and unchallenged military might to project American power in various regions of the world, including the Middle East. This group developed its policies over the course of the 1990s.

From the group’s Statement of Principles:

“As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world’s most preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievement of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests? “[What we require is] a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities. “Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership of the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.”

In September 2000, the group released their report, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” (this link will take you to a PDF of the actual report.) On page 51 of this report, the authors suggested that:

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

This is not to suggest that the members of PNAC orchestrated the September 11th attacks (as some conspiracy nuts argue). However, in the wake of 9/11, the PNAC members within the Bush Administration (listed below) used the fears that arose from that catastrophic and horrific event to push their Middle East policy. Cheney and others began to link Al Queda to Saddam Hussein and Iraq — an outright distortion of the facts.

Having made this link between Iraq and Al Queda, these administration officials (including, of course, President Bush himself) insisted that Saddam Hussein possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, and these weapons could potentially end up in the hands of Al Queda, which could use them to attack the United States.

In other words, the men and women who supported the overthrow of Saddam Hussein as a part of a larger project to project American military might into the world used the events of 9/11 to take the first step on this path.

No reputable source today believes that (a) Al Queda had a pre-existing relationship with Iraq (that is, prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003) or (b) Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction that could have been used by Al Queda to attack the United States.

The only person who maintains this view today is Vice President Cheney. Indeed, many of the architects of this policy have now turned their backs on President Bush, blaming not the policy, but Bush’s supposed incompetence.

You can view a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) documentary, “The Lies That Led to War” by clicking •HERE•.

MEMBERS OF PNAC WHO JOINED THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

Richard Cheney — Vice President

Elliott Abrams — National Security Council, Representative for Middle Eastern Affairs.

Richard Armitage — Deputy Secretary of State (2001-2005) [Disclosed Valerie Plame’s identity (Plamegate scandal)]

John R. Bolton — Department of State; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations [Previously served as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs in the first administration of GWB.]

Seth Cropsey — Voice of America, Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau

Paula Dobriansky — Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs

Francis Fukuyama — Member, President’s Council on Bioethics [Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, author of “The End of History”]

Bruce Jackson — President, U.S. Committee on NATO [Former Lockheed Martin VP for Strategy & Planning]

Zalmay Khalilzad — U.S. Ambassador to Iraq [Previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from November 2003 to June 2005]

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby — Chief of Staff for the Vice President (2001-2005) [Resigned October 28, 2005. On March 6, 2007, Libby was found guilty on two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice, and one of making false statements to the FBI.]

Peter W. Rodman — Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security

Donald Rumsfeld — Secretary of Defense (2001-2006)

Randy Scheunemann — U.S. Committee on NATO, Project on Transitional Democracies, International Republican Institute, Founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.

Paul Wolfowitz — Deputy Secretary of Defense (2001-2005) [Became President of the World Bank in 2005. Now embroiled in a scandal over inappropriately securing better pay and a promotion for his girlfriend, also a World Bank employee.]

Dov S. Zakheim — Comptroller, Department of Defense [Former V.P. of System Planning Corporation]

Robert B. Zoellick — Deputy Secretary of State, Office of the United States Trade Representative (2001-2005)

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19 04 2007
gasdocpol

Clearly, the members of PNAC did not orchestrate the 9/11 attack but many of its members, especially Rumsfeld, Cheney and Libby, were in a position to tamper with our defenses against the 9/11 attack for 8 months prior to 9/11.

If we add to that , the fact that the 9/11 attack made possible both the agenda of PNAC and that of the Bush White House, we have both motive and means to implicate PNAC and therefore Bush/Cheney in 9/11. In any care far more of a link than there was with Iraq.

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