Since its founding in 1997, the Project for a New American Century has always sought, and continues to seek, individuals of power and influence from academia, business, and politics. You may notice some familiar names on the list of current staff, but the most profound connections exist between the extensive roster of alumni, nearly half of whom serve in a direct capacity within the Bush administration.
PNAC’s current staff:
Mark Gerson - Christopher Maletz, Assistant Director
Reuel Marc GerechT, Senior
Fellow, Director of the
Notable PNAC Alumni:
Vice President Dick Cheney was a founding member
of the Project for the New American Century, and along with others mentioned
here was a signatory to its Statement of
Principles. At the
time that Cheney was helping PNAC to build pressure for war with
Current Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld signed his name to a number of PNAC’s statements and “letters” throughout the late 1990’s, including the 1998 Letter to President Clinton on Iraq, and the voluminous rebuilding america’s defenses. Rumsfeld’s association with the Project for a New American Century, as well as his contributions to its proposals, make clear his ideological and political predisposition to frame foreign policy in terms of military hegemony.
presently deputy secretary
of defense, had a tenure in PNAC
that ran concurrently to Rumsfeld’s. A protégé of
political philosopher Leo Strauss,
Wolfowitz has often been credited with being a
driving intellectual force behind the neoconservatives. Wolfowitz admitted
in a recent Vanity Fair
article that the Bush administration chose to focus on allegation about
Richard Perle, known to friends as the prince of
darkness, still sits on the Defense Policy Board; he
resigned his chairmanship of the body in March, 2003, due to controversy over
his financial stake in the war on
Kristol, also a Straussian, was the founder of the Project for a New American Century. He also publishes the neoconservative journal the weekly standard, bankrolled by Rupert Murdoch, owner of FOX NEWS, to whom Kristol also contributes. Kristol’s many nebulous ties are indicative of PNAC’s stealthy permeation of diverse instruments of American media and policymaking.
Assistant to the President and chief of staff to the vice president, Libby was a signatory to the 2000 PNAC manifesto rebuilding america’s defenses, which urged military action against Iraq, decreased international cooperation, and restriction of American civil liberties. Later, he became the author of the now-controversial report that Colin Powell called “bullshit” before begrudgingly presenting it to the UN. This manipulation of intelligence data was perhaps the most profound example thus far of neoconservative ideology tempering decision-making.
WILLIAM J. BENNETT
This is only a sampling of the overlap between today’s power structure and yesterday’s radical political movement, and certainly an arbitrary stopping point. The web formed by the many-fold corporate, ideological, and personal connections between this single think tank and those populating our current government is too dense to unravel at one time. Simply googling any of the following names is guaranteed to turn up some more interesting links:
Elliott Abrams -- Richard L. Armitage -- Jeffrey Bergner -- John Bolton -- Paula Dobriansky Francis Fukuyama -- Robert Kagan -- Zalmay Khalilzad -- Peter W. Rodman -- William Schneider, Jr. -- Vin Weber -- R. James Woolsey -- Robert B. Zoellick