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08 November 2005

 

The New American Century

We are now entering what some uber-conservatives, including Wolfowitz, Cheney, and others, call the New American Century. Many aspects of this plan are detailed at New American Century.org. You can go there yourselves and read some of the articles that introduce the term. This is the question that needs to be asked: “Is this what the American people want?” I am sure that the answer is “No.” The reason I can say this is because the majority of American people have never heard of this organization, and therefore cannot support something that is not widely known.

From what I understand, the New American Century involves “destabilizing” the Middle East and ushering in a “new world order.” The problem is the only way to achieve this new world order is by military preeminence and multilateral wars. I am sure that I am not the only one who realizes that military force is not the best way to usher in peace. I believe it is obvious by the utter failure of the mission in Iraq. But, to think that peace is the only motivation for the aggressive agenda that is being promoted by White House officials is naïve.

As a nation, we have been without a constant overshadowing, all encompassing enemy since the communists of the Cold War era. What the top officials really see is an opportunity to capitalize on our new found global enemy. The benefits of the Cold War have been long gone. There is no question that the Cold War benefited many businesses especially those that dealt with weapons technology and manufacturing. There are many people who believe that a new Cold War type environment would help stimulate the economy like it has so many times in the past. Obviously, this has not been the case in the new “Global War on Terrorism.”

So what other reason would our leaders have to instigate such a global war? I think we have to return to the subject of the New American Century and the New World Order. What do these terms mean? I can honestly say that I do not know. Many people have speculated on this subject, but the meaning of these terms remains unclear. What we do know is that the existence of these terms and their use is not a secret. The PNAC website is not some conspiracy theory organization. Here is a list of signatories from the website, Project for the New American Century:

Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes, Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Gaffney, Fred C. Ikle, Donald Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz, Dan Quayle, Peter W. Rodman, Stephen P. Rosen, Henry S. Rowen, Donald Rumsfeld, Vin Weber, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz

This list can be found here along with a statement of principles: http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm

*note that this was written in 1997

Another question we have to ask ourselves is why this has never made the attention of the main stream media. The PNAC organization reads like a playbook for the majority of the foreign policies the Bush Administration has implemented. The majority of the articles predate the election of GW. There are even articles making the case of the need to invade Iraq to protect American interests in the region. This is well before 9/11 and the known threat from global terrorists. Why hasn’t this been brought to the public attention? It seems that the media is complicit in the current agenda. Of course, if you take a look at the list of names, you will see why. You can also go here to read about the project directors and project staff: http://www.newamericancentury.org/aboutpnac.htm

Project Directors

William Kristol, Chairman, editor of The Weekly Standard, as well as chairman and co-founder of the Project for the New American Century.

Robert Kagan, co-founder with William Kristol of the Project for the New American Century. He is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, a columnist for the Washington Post, and the author of the best-selling book Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order.

Bruce P. Jackson, the founder and President of the Project on Transitional Democracies. The Project is a multi-year endeavor aimed at accelerating the pace of reform in post-1989 democracies and advancing the date for the integration of these democracies into the institutions of the Euro-Atlantic.

Mark Gerson, the CEO of Gerson Lehrman Group. A graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School, Mr. Gerson is the author of books published by the Free Press, Addison Wesley and Madison Books. His numerous articles and essays have been published in newspapers and magazines including the New Republic, Reader's Digest, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Gerson has also served as the editor-in-chief of three basketball magazines. He has discussed his books and articles on CBS, CSPAN, Newsweek and many other media outlets.

Randy Scheunemann, In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Project for New American Century, Mr. Scheunemann serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Committee on NATO, the Project on Transitional Democracies, and the International Republican Institute.

Project Staff

Ellen Bork, Executive Director at the Project for the New American Century, a foreign policy organization based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Bork's articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Humanitarian Affairs Review, and the Forward. She writes a column for the New York Sun. Also, the daughter of conservative icon and former Supreme Court justice nominee Robert Bork.

Gary Schmitt, Senior Fellow, Dr. Schmitt has written articles in a number of areas, including the American founding, the U.S. presidency, the American political system, intelligence and national security affairs.

Thomas Donnelly, Senior Fellow, The co-author of two books. Operation Just Cause: The Storming of Panama has been recognized as the most complete work on the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, praised by one reviewer as "the definitive study of modern campaign planning…destined to be studied at war colleges for years to come." Clash of Chariots: A History of Armored Warfare, was published by Berkeley Books in 1996. His articles include pieces in the Weekly Standard, the Washington Post, the National Interest, Jane's Defence Week, and numerous other publications

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow, Director of the Middle East Initiative, A former Middle Eastern specialist in the CIA, Mr. Gerecht writes frequently on the Middle East, Central Asia, terrorism, and intelligence, in such publications as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Middle East Quarterly, Playboy, and Talk.

And if this is not enough proof of the media’s complicity, here is a list of articles from the “liberal media”, http://www.newamericancentury.org/globalissues.htm.

I am not sure why I am writing this except maybe I don’t like to know things and not tell other people. I do not like to sit on information that I believe could be useful to other people’s further understanding of the current situation. I first came upon PNAC over a year ago. This will probably be at least the third time I have written about it, but it always seems to be the least read or commented on subject. I guess I feel like I have to keep trying, because maybe if someone, if just one person, finds it useful and enlightening it will be worth it. "No water so still as the dead fountains of Versailles," smooth sailing NavySwan
see also: The (Schlieffen) Plan for the New American Century

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