The Project for the New American Century

The People versus the Powerful is the oldest story in human history. At no point in history have the Powerful wielded so much control. At no point in history has the active and informed involvement of the People, all of them, been more absolutely required.

by William Rivers Pitt
Published: Feb. 25, 2003 – Information Clearing House

The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is a Washington-based think tank created in 1997. Above all else, PNAC desires and demands one thing: The establishment of a global American empire to bend the will of all nations. They chafe at the idea that the United States, the last remaining superpower, does not do more by way of economic and military force to bring the rest of the world under the umbrella of a new socio-economic Pax Americana.

The fundamental essence of PNAC’s ideology can be found in a White Paper produced in September of 2000 entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century.” In it, PNAC outlines what is required of America to create the global empire they envision. According to PNAC, America must:
* Reposition permanently based forces to Southern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East;
* Modernize U.S. forces, including enhancing our fighter aircraft, submarine and surface fleet capabilities;
* Develop and deploy a global missile defense system, and develop a strategic dominance of space;
* Control the “International Commons” of cyberspace;
* Increase defense spending to a minimum of 3.8 percent of gross domestic product, up from the 3 percent currently spent.

Most ominously, this PNAC document described four “Core Missions” for the American military. The two central requirements are for American forces to “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars,” and to “perform the ‘constabulary’ duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions.” Note well that PNAC does not want America to be prepared to fight simultaneous major wars. That is old school. In order to bring this plan to fruition, the military must fight these wars one way or the other to establish American dominance for all to see.

Why is this important? After all, wacky think tanks are a cottage industry in Washington, DC. They are a dime a dozen. In what way does PNAC stand above the other groups that would set American foreign policy if they could? Two events brought PNAC into the mainstream of American government: the disputed election of George W. Bush, and the attacks of September 11th. When Bush assumed the Presidency, the men who created and nurtured the imperial dreams of PNAC became the men who run the Pentagon, the Defense Department and the White House. When the Towers came down, these men saw, at long last, their chance to turn their White Papers into substantive policy.

Vice President Dick Cheney is a founding member of PNAC, along with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is the ideological father of the group. Bruce Jackson, a PNAC director, served as a Pentagon official for Ronald Reagan before leaving government service to take a leading position with the weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

PNAC is staffed by men who previously served with groups like Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America, which supported America’s bloody gamesmanship in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and with groups like The Committee for the Present Danger, which spent years advocating that a nuclear war with the Soviet Union was “winnable.”

PNAC has recently given birth to a new group, The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which met with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in order to formulate a plan to “educate” the American populace about the need for war in Iraq. CLI has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to support the Iraqi National Congress and the Iraqi heir presumptive, Ahmed Chalabi. Chalabi was sentenced in absentia by a Jordanian court in 1992 to
22 years in prison for bank fraud after the collapse of Petra Bank, which he founded in 1977. Chalabi has not set foot in Iraq since 1956, but his Enron-like business credentials apparently make him a good match for the Bush administration’s plans.

PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” report is the institutionalization of plans and ideologies that have been formulated for decades by the men currently running American government. The PNAC Statement of Principles is signed by Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld, as well as by Eliot Abrams, Jeb Bush, Bush’s special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, and many others. William Kristol, famed conservative writer for the Weekly Standard, is also a co-founder of the group. The Weekly Standard is owned by Ruppert Murdoch, who also owns international media giant Fox News.

The desire for these freshly empowered PNAC men to extend American hegemony by force of arms across the globe has been there since day one of the Bush administration, and is in no small part a central reason for the Florida electoral battle in 2000. Note that while many have said that Gore and Bush are ideologically identical, Mr. Gore had no ties whatsoever to the fellows at PNAC. George W. Bush had to win that election by any means necessary, and PNAC signatory Jeb Bush was in the perfect position to ensure the rise to prominence of his fellow imperialists. Desire for such action, however, is by no means translatable into workable policy. Americans enjoy their comforts, but don’t cotton to the idea of being some sort of Neo-Rome.

On September 11th, the fellows from PNAC saw a door of opportunity open wide before them, and stormed right through it.

Bush released on September 20th 2001 the “National Security Strategy of the United States of America.” It is an ideological match to PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” report issued a year earlier. In many places, it uses exactly the same language to describe America’s new place in the world.

Recall that PNAC demanded an increase in defense spending to at least 3.8% of GDP. Bush’s proposed budget for next year asks for $379 billion in defense spending, almost exactly 3.8% of GDP.

In August of 2002, Defense Policy Board chairman and PNAC member Richard Perle heard a policy briefing from a think tank associated with the Rand Corporation. According to the Washington Post and The Nation, the final slide of this presentation described “Iraq as the tactical pivot, Saudi Arabia as the strategic pivot, and Egypt as the prize” in a war that would purportedly be about ridding the world of Saddam Hussein’s weapons. Bush has deployed massive forces into the Mideast region, while simultaneously engaging American forces in the Philippines and playing nuclear chicken with North Korea. Somewhere in all this lurks at least one of the “major theater wars” desired by the September 2000 PNAC report.

Iraq is but the beginning, a pretense for a wider conflict. Donald Kagan, a central member of PNAC, sees America establishing permanent military bases in Iraq after the war. This is purportedly a measure to defend the peace in the Middle East, and to make sure the oil flows. The nations in that region, however, will see this for what it is: a jump-off point for American forces to invade any nation in that region they choose to. The American people, anxiously awaiting some sort of exit plan after America defeats Iraq, will see too late that no exit is planned.

All of the horses are traveling together at speed here. The defense contractors who sup on American tax revenue will be handsomely paid for arming this new American empire. The corporations that own the news media will sell this eternal war at a profit, as viewership goes through the stratosphere when there is combat to be shown. Those within the administration who believe that the defense of Israel is contingent upon laying waste to every possible aggressor in the region will have their dreams fulfilled. The PNAC men who wish for a global Pax Americana at gunpoint will see their plans unfold. Through it all, the bankrollers from the WTO and the IMF will be able to dictate financial terms to the entire planet. This last aspect of the plan is pivotal, and is best described in the newly revised version of Greg Palast’s masterpiece, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”

There will be adverse side effects. The siege mentality average Americans are suffering as they smother behind yards of plastic sheeting and duct tape will increase by orders of magnitude as our aggressions bring forth new terrorist attacks against the homeland. These attacks will require the implementation of the newly drafted Patriot Act II, an augmentation of the previous Act that has profoundly sharper teeth. The sun will set on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The American economy will be ravaged by the need for increased defense spending, and by the aforementioned “constabulary” duties in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Former allies will turn on us. Germany, France and the other nations resisting this Iraq war are fully aware of this game plan. They are not acting out of cowardice or because they love Saddam Hussein, but because they mean to resist this rising American empire, lest they face economic and military serfdom at the hands of George W. Bush. Richard Perle has already stated that France is no longer an American ally.

As the eagle spreads its wings, our rhetoric and their resistance will become more agitated and dangerous.

Many people, of course, will die. They will die from war and from want, from famine and disease. At home, the social fabric will be torn in ways that make the Reagan nightmares of crack addiction, homelessness and AIDS seem tame by comparison.

This is the price to be paid for empire, and the men of PNAC who now control the fate and future of America are more than willing to pay it. For them, the benefits far outweigh the liabilities.

The plan was running smoothly until those two icebergs collided. Millions and millions of ordinary people are making it very difficult for Bush’s international allies to keep to the script. PNAC may have designs for the control of the “International Commons” of the Internet, but for now it is the staging ground for a movement that would see empire take a back seat to a wise peace, human rights, equal protection under the law, and the preponderance of a justice that will, if properly applied, do away forever with the anger and hatred that gives birth to terrorism in the first place. Tommaso Palladini of Milan perhaps said it best as he marched with his countrymen in Rome. “You fight terrorism,” he said, “by creating more justice in the world.”

The People versus the Powerful is the oldest story in human history. At no point in history have the Powerful wielded so much control. At no point in history has the active and informed involvement of the People, all of them, been more absolutely required. The tide can be stopped, and the men who desire empire by the sword can be thwarted. It has already begun, but it must not cease. These are men of will, and they do not intend to fail.

William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times bestselling author of two books – “War On Iraq” (with Scott Ritter) available now from Context Books, and “The Greatest Sedition is Silence,” available in May 2003 from Pluto Press. He teaches high school in Boston, MA. Scott Lowery contributed research to this report.




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40 Comments on “The Project for the New American Century”

  1. Dwight Baker says:

    By Dwight Baker
    April 1, 2010

    Eagles Eye View Aiming at Issues for We the People Advocates

    Sitting among fellow warriors with memories of terror filled days are the vivid flash backs of the corpses of the forgotten dead lying around the world. Where women have been raped and left ravaged —men women and children bodies piled in stacks bodies often times burned and buried being shoved into shallow graves to rid the evidence are some of our own American Military men and women. Some are from Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Miami, Houston and most other cities in the USA and a few others are from Iraq, Indonesia, yes they are all America Citizens by hook or crook to be used abused then rejected once done — as refuse stacked high on a trash heap of mortal souls gone wrong. They are fed and clothed daily, they have their financial needs met back home, they have the best clothes for war that money can buy, they have been trained by some of the best killers of mankind for their mission’s are those of mercenaries.

    They work the work assigned and many never mind killing maiming and taking territory by any means possible, they stay often times drunk, drugged up and dumb down by the illicit intentions of their commanders empowering them too go over the edge of moral sanity and therefore scaring then scarring their conscience needed for them too become a spontaneous raged filled frenzy maniac mercenary.

    My fellow Americans that is what we have allowed to happen in our time and that is what we have become in the last 50 years and that is what we are a warring nation filling our Military with our boys and girls set out to become mercenaries.

    And if We the People should ever lose sight of those things described accurately as I can do, then We will have lost the last bastion of HOPE to change the political clock that is ticking.

    We are the first generation of people to ever live that has been set on that course with the SUSTENANCE to arrive at world dominance. No other kingdom in the history of mankind has ever had the power behind it to take over total control of all the land and the people on planet earth. But we do! Chilling thought for a many of us who revere and worship our God, knowing that kind of actions are not HIS but mans.

    SUSTENANCE is the key that we must once and for all come to know first hand and get a firm grip on just who is that man that developed this world domination plan and for what purpose.

    The man was John D. Rockefeller and the continuation of his seed today seen in his grandson David Rockefeller. The sustaining ability for the Rockefeller family to begin and remain Kingly among fellow humans was the discovery refining marketing and selling oil. Kerosene became the light for the night. And selling oil then by the barrel was higher than — it is sold today. William Rockefeller my Great Great Great Grandfather on my Dads side was the financial brain of the Kingdom they built. He turned crooked tricks on Wall Street that would make the boys in power today look like Ned in the First Reader.

    But John D. was the one approached by their genetic ancestors from Europe to take over the reigns as the highest royal leader of the Warrior Breed Wicca’s. A people dead set on world domination. After being empowered John D. set out to oblige.

    Many saw the Rockefeller’s as a personal SUSTENANCE for them and their families. For John D. had put out the call for those who had ideas about how to further his role to become King of the World should come around to spread their ideas of HOW TO DO IT. John D. had the ever filling up once again without work sweat marketing and selling –MONEY MILL —– for all inhabitants of the earth needed oil. He devised schemes to buy recent discoveries for pennies on the dollar for he owned pipelines and refineries needed to take the crude from the wellhead to the markets around the world.

    Thus the scheme that invented and is still use today is as — raise the price of crude —new drillers come along get investors go find oil — reduced the price of crude they go broke— buy the discoveries for pennies on the dollar. Rockefeller proved that to be the best way to buy anything for he said, “The best time to buy is when blood is running down the streets.” And we all have seen that today over and over again for most of our billionaires have used that scheme to get their billions.

    Now to the think tanks and those dead set of making money by hook or crook those folks have fed the Rockefeller with these New World Order plans that are filled with fraud. For the backfiring of these plans are in the course of action now and sooner than most think that have put in their names in the hat of those being connected are in for a bigger than big fall.

    Because, God is God and man is not and the schemers are not and David Rockefeller is never going to be King of the World. For the Earth and its entire people have a King today His Name is JESUS CHRIST and HE is never going away as all mortal men do.

    • Annie Ladysmith says:

      Dear Dwight, thank you for this insider’s view of the Rockerfella cabal, it is so consistent with all the knowledge that is being revealed to us in these days.
      All a strong oligarchy needs to do, to put the people back into a feudal society, is TAX the people into complete poverty, of course, this is exactly what Satan’s cabal is doing. Nothing is going to “turn-around” it is only going down from here, and i think there will be blood running down American streets. The final act to this age-old battle is set and ready, waiting to be completely unloosed. For people sitting on the fence in regards to human will and free choice, your time has come, make your confused minds up who you will serve. There are only two masters, Satan the creature and the forces of evil, verses El Shaddai and his only son, the passover Lamb. Before this is over there will be wars, human sacrifice, tyranny like the world has never experienced before, and all kinds of natural diasters as Yahsua takes his restraining grace from the natural world and leaves man and the god of this world to their own devices and technologies. The Antichrist comes first, do not look for Christ the Savior to come first, a great deception is to take over the whole world. That deception is Satan manufacturing a second coming and many will be deceived. Satan will come as the Lamb, sitting on a “throne” in the temple AS GOD. Christ will come back when the armies of the north, and the east, gather in the Middle East to annihilate one another.
      Check out NASA’s project “Bluebeam”.

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