Thursday, May 19, 2005

The PNAC - Who the hell are they?

A little bit 'o the green today!

PNAC stands for the Project for the New American Century. You can check them out at I first ran across the name when I was reading Weapons of Mass Deception by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber. It's a good read, check it out. Anyway, I was a bit amazed at the audacity of the reports the PNAC were claimed to have put out. All this talk about controlling space, and cyberspace, and having a global army, and pumping up the military budget and killing the domestic one, and it really was when I began to open my eyes to what was going on in this administration.

According to the PNAC, it is a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to promote global American leadership. William Kristol, the NY Times columninst is the Chairman, and our friend John Bolton is one of the Directors. I'll add to this later. I have lots of notes!

Well, I have realized that the word is getting out about the PNAC, though slowly. One writer stated that it seemed the PNAC 2000 report titled, Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, forces, and Resources for the New Century has replaced the Constitution as the guiding document. At least for this administration. And it may well be true. Let's look at some examples of what I mean.

First, let's consider the situation in Iraq. There has been a recent amendment in Congress named the Woolsey Amendment that was voted down. The amendment asked that there be a very open ended idea of a pull out from Iraq. It was ignored by the White House. Why? Because there is no intention to pull out the soldiers from Iraq. There is base building occurring there for a good reason. The above mentioned report states on page 14, "Indeed, the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in [Persian] Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein." For decades, we as a people have sought that? I don't think so. This is a fine example of someone taking the liberty of speaking on your behalf, without your interest in mind. Not the word permanent. That is why there is no exit strategy. The immediate justification is the unresolved conflict with Iraq, and our wishes for an army there trump his regime. Remember, this is the year 2000, and John Bolton is a director at the PNAC, and members allegedly include Wolfowitz, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. Tie this into the Downing Street memo, and it becomes much clearer that the charge that Bush planned this invasion long preceded any action by Bin Laden.


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