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-- PNAC --
Project for the New American Century
The Institution, Ideologies, and Interests behind
"This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies.
There are lots of them out there ... If we just let our vision of the world go
forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece together clever
diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about
us years from now."
quoted in the New Statesman 12/16/2002
All links in red, scroll down for overview
In the early 1990’s, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney ordered a quadrennial review of military strategy to be known as the Defense Planning Guidance. The controversial first draft was authored largely by Paul Wolfowitz, and laid out a bold, new approach of unilateral pre-emptive warfare in pursuit of American interests abroad.
After the project was shelved by
The events of 9/11/2001 created an
environment of fear and lust for action that was exploited by the PNAC
ideologues. The ideas and plans hatched
at their institution years earlier were cloaked in the language of
“antiterrorism” and “homeland security,” and sold to the public as a genuine, necessary
reaction to the violent attacks in
The above story is far from over, and whether it ends in a new era of American violence and hegemony should ultimately not be decided by a small band of radical elites. To that end the site is divided into three sections:
The background section tells the basic story of PNAC – which is to say the story of a small group of individuals who developed a dangerous and unprincipled plan, and have been given the means of implementing it by an unwitting public. If you haven’t heard much of the Project for the New American Century, this would be the place to start.
The Players is a long list (though by no means comprehensive) of many of the individuals who have been a part of PNAC during its brief tenure as a center for neoconservative thought. If you follow current events and politics, you will see a great number of familiar names and faces on this page.
Publications is basically an annotated bibliography of many of PNAC’s reports and letters. It is clear as these reports progress through time that a distinct, if bizarre, ideology emerges, one which values self-interested use of military force and absolute American dominance in all spheres – from more conventional realms to space and cyberspace.
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