PNAC, the “Project for the New American Century”, is a Washington based think-tank founded in 1997 by Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, and William Kristol. Their Statement of Principles makes for an interesting read. It is short and sweet, and makes crystal clear the direction they intend to take our country in the future. Here is an exerpt; (scroll down to bottom …)
“Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.”
After the 2000 election of George W. Bush, many of PNAC’s members were appointed to key positions within the new President’s administration, including Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz. (scroll down to “Bush Administration”).
In September of 2000, PNAC issued a 90 page report called “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” which called on the U.S. military to “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars”. It also states that “a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein”. But most compelling was the following statement;
“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”
(PNAC’s website is here, and you can view the “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” report here. The “new Pearl Harbor” statement can be found on page 51 of the report …)
This statement is very reminiscent of earlier statements made by David Rockefeller
“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” (Sept. 23, 1994)
and Zbigniew Brzezinski
“Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstances of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.” (p. 211 of his book “The Grand Chessboard”, 1997)
So, have we gotten our “major crisis” … our “truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat” … our “catastrophic and catalyzing event” … our “new Pearl Harbor” ?
more on PNAC-
* PNAC video