|PNAC 101 - Rise of the Neocons|
George W. Bush constantly reminds the nation about the threat of terrorism that began with 9/11 but he leaves out a few important details that you should know.........
The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) was born. Populated by influential Movers of industry and Shakers of public opinion, the PNAC is an organization united in the vision for a global U.S. empire - "Pax Americana" - through coercion and military domination. Their philosophy can be simply summarized:
Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Steve Forbes, William J. Bennett, Frank Gaffney, and I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby, signatories - among others - of the PNAC's "Statement of Principles":
The PNAC knew that he who owns the oil also owns the world so they sent a letter to President Clinton urging him to attack Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power since he put "a significant portion of the world's supply of oil at hazard". Clinton didn't grant them their wish and the PNAC was disheartened that they couldn't manipulate the military while outside of the White House power structure.
In an effort to capture and control the castle and all its warriors and weapons, the PNAC offered up members Steve Forbes, Dan Quayle and Gary Bauer to run as Republican candidates in the upcoming Presidential election.
Ever-persistent and determined to maximize their potential for success in the Presidential campaign, the PNAC exercised their power of nepotism and member Jeb Bush's brother George stepped up to the plate to join the race.
The PNAC may have felt confident with their candidate's chances for winning the White House but they were absolutely smug over what they saw as a possible Fallback Plan...electronic voting machines with severe security flaws that included hidden backdoors, erasable audit trails and multiple vote totals with the potential to propel vote tampering to new heights through the magic of remote access.
Better yet, Chuck Hagel - a fellow Republican loyalist - owned the ES&S voting machine company that counted 60% of all U.S. votes. He had already won one election and was part of the U.S. Senate power team in Washington.
Assured that the White House would soon be theirs, the PNAC debuted their 76-page blueprint to achieve world domination. "Rebuilding America's Defenses" became the PNAC's manifesto, detailing the ideal level of military power to specifically eliminate the hostile regimes of Iraq, Iran, Syria and North Korea and endorsing preemptive strikes against them, tradition be damned. Iraq was given star billing as Control Central for their Mid-East base of operations.
What is particularly foreboding and chilling in view of events to later unfold, is this statement bemoaning the lengthy process of rebuilding the existing U.S. military according to the heightened standards and specifications the PNAC aspired to:
"...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."
Saddam may have sensed an ill wind in the air when he made the first strike, turned his back on the U.S. Dollar and accepted only Euros as payment for his oil. This had the potential of seriously destabilizing the U.S. economy and the PNAC considered this an hostile act of aggression towards their personal and business interests. The heat was on for them to make their first move.
In a highly contentious Presidential vote battle on the home turf of PNAC member Jeb Bush, the Supreme Court decided that George Bush was the new President.
Bush now had the green light to seamlessly merge members of the PNAC into his Administration with no one the wiser. PNAC members elevated to the Bush hierarchy include, among others:
An Honorable Mention was awarded to Condoleezza Rice - National Security Advisor - who is a former oil-company consultant having been on the board of directors of Chevron as its main expert on Kazakhstan.
The PNAC agenda had now passed "Go". The most powerful military machine in the world stood at their ready and Saddam was in the crosshair.
Wasting no time, Cheney secretly assembled an advisory panel of oil and gas executives from Enron, Dynergy, Shell Oil, Chevron/Texaco and British Petroleum under the direction of James Baker (former Secretary of State under George Bush Sr.) to help shape our national energy policy and justify the PNAC's anticipated war with Iraq.
Contributing substantially to the task force discussions and recommendations was a shadowy group of unidentified observers who still remain unknown. Sheikh Saud Al Nasser Al Sabah, the former Kuwaiti oil minister, also made a contribution to the group's final report which was funded through Khalid Al-Turki (a Saudi Arabian oil and gas enterprise) and the Arthur Ross Foundation (a non-profit organization that - on the surface - appears to be a supporter of the Arts.)
Cheney closely guarded the details surrounding his energy task force but documents released through the Freedom of Information Act reveal a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and â€śForeign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.â€
As one Internet poster pointed out:
It can be argued that the spoils of war were being doled out two years before Iraq once again became a household word. Perhaps this explains why Cheney worked so hard and so long to keep this information suppressed until Iraq was under U.S. military control...by then it would be too late for the public to object to the invasion.
Iraq, circa March 2001, painted a completely different picture than the Evil Empire the Bush Administrations tried to portray in their determined rush to war.
The issue of trade sanctions against Iraq put the Bush Administration in a bind - the sanctions had been designed to punish Saddam for not conceding to U.S. demands but it ended up handicapping U.S. corporations and undermining the PNAC's drive for U.S. economic supremacy. The Bush Administration was on a tight four year schedule to oust Saddam and launch the PNAC's Grand Plan for World Domination but they still didn't have a viable script to sell to the public. Yet.
It is important to shape circumstances ....... - PNAC Statement of Principles
The U.S. State Department met with Iran, German and Italian officials to discuss Afghanistan. It was decided that the ruling Taliban would be toppled and a "broad-based government" would control the country so a gas pipeline could be built there.
Even as plans were being made to remove the Taliban rulers from power, Colin Powell announced a $43 million "gift" to Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in the UAE received a call that Bin Laden supporters were in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives. It was rumored that Bin Laden was interested in hijacking U.S. aircraft.
The decades-old procedure for a quick response by the nationâ€™s air defense was changed. NORADâ€™s military commanders could no longer issue the order to launch fighter jets because approval had to be sought from the civilian Defense Secretary, PNAC-member Donald Rumsfeld.
The private plot formulated in May for toppling the Taliban was divulged during the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy. Immediately after the conference, American, Russian, German and Pakistani officials secretly met in Berlin to finalize the strategy for military strikes against the Taliban, scheduled to begin before mid-October 2001
The "catastrophic and catalyzing" modern-day Pearl Harbor envisioned years earlier by the PNAC came to pass when the WTC and Pentagon were attacked as Rumsfeld sat passive and unresponsive. The finger of blame was pointed at Osama bin Laden, a former CIA operative with ties to Afghanistan. Suddenly, the U.S. "gift" of $43 million to the Taliban in May was cast in a new light. Coincidentally, Pakistan had participated in the plan to attack Afghanistan and the chief of Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) agency was later linked to a 911 hijacker after wiring him $100,00 just days before the WTC fell. Pakistan's ISI also had a long-standing working relationship with the CIA.
The PNAC had scored a home run with the bases loaded with the 911 event: shock, horror and fear gripped the nation, the war on "terrorism" had been established in no uncertain terms, attacking Afghanistan with public approval was a foregone conclusion and the stage was set for building a public case against Saddam.
Not one to let a good attack go to waste, Defense Secretary/PNAC-member Donald H. Rumsfeld sprung into action.
"It is important to shape circumstances..........." - PNAC Statement of Principles
The Office of Special Plans (OSP) was a secret group of analysts and policy advisors with no status in the intelligence community. Nevertheless they reported directly to the White House and National Security office with cherry-picked intelligence from questionable sources to support the case for invading Iraq. The OSP circumvented formal, well-established oversight procedures, ignored intelligence that didn't further their agenda, expanded the intelligence on weapons beyond what was justified and over-emphasized the national security risk. They became more influential than the C.I.A. or the Defense Intelligence Agency who didn't even know the ultra-secret OSP existed for at least a year.
Because they were based in the Pentagon, it was assumed that the OSP was an intelligence-gathering agency that was second-guessing the C.I.A. but in actuality it was the White House Military Marketing Machine charged with the task of writing the PNAC's "Get Saddam" sales pitch for the public. Shading and bending reality to suit their own purpose, it wasn't important for the OSP's stories about Saddam to be factual, only that the average American believed them to be - in true Hollywood fashion.
While the nation was stripped to the emotional bone and painfully vulnerable, the White House capitalized on the opportunity to reshape public perceptions and responses to conform with the PNAC's new American agenda. Rather than buoy the "can do" American spirit with optimism and hope for the future as Presidents before him had done in times of crisis, Bush spoke with an alarmist and pessimistic tone that served to perpetuate the high anxiety, excitability and fear in the populace.
To hear him speak, the world was a dark, evil and dangerous place....terrorism was here to stay....it would be a long struggle....America was helpless without the military might of the Government to keep the nation safe. The intent was to create a psychologically broken, weary and docile populace that would be easier to lead into war.
Fear became the Administration's strategic tactic for reprogramming the public into accepting the PNAC's militaristic designs. Still shell-shocked and exhausted from the enormity of the WTC and Pentagon tragedies, the public's panic shifted into frenzied over-drive when anthrax-laced envelopes arrived in government and media offices, killing five people. A perpetrator was never identified but the investigation eventually centered around the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, one of the nation's main anthrax research centers.
Using classic "operant learning" techniques from the realm of consumer psychology, the public was purposely kept on High Alert and continually "shaped" with ominous sound bites on the nightly news and "Level Orange Terror Alerts" at regularly scheduled but discrete intervals.
With flags waving, crowds cheering, and anthems playing, the "War On Terror" and the hunt for Osama began when Afghanistan was attacked right on schedule of July's secret meeting.
Immediately afterwards the PNAC and White House collaboration of "GET SADDAM" played relentlessly on televisions and in newspapers across the nation and the World as the "War on Terror" waged on and the litany of lies began.
The only terrorists we have to fear are those that occupy the White House.
Pass it on
This has been a presentation of The Whispering Campaign - an opportunity to become ACTIVELY involved in educating the American public without drawing attention to yourself. This is a game of Political "Gossip" where the story of our Government's deception and betrayal gets passed from one villager to another.
Anyone can play. The rules are simple: make ten copies of this timeline and leave it in a public place where someone else will find it and read it. Ideal locations for maximum exposure include book stores, copy shops, libraries and train stations. Buses, taxis, laundromats, and check-out lines at the grocery store. Hair salons, rest rooms, gas stations and convenience stores. Anywhere you happen to be will work just fine. The American public deserves to know the TRUTH!
|QUOTE (Robert @ Mar 1 2006, 05:33 PM)|
| The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear|
|Israeli Lobby - The Report|
By Ted Lang
"Mearsheimer and Walt's paper leaves absolutely no doubt that Israel not only controls our entire government, our Pentagon, our foreign policy and our political parties, but our media as well."
It's all coming together so quickly now, but never should we even remotely consider relaxing our assault. In federal government circles, selection by upper management of a candidate to attend the senior management program offered to upwardly mobile government executives as offered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, is in and of itself a high privilege and an honor. It clearly signifies to all that an attendee and graduate of the program is destined for the highest ranks of government service; namely, the Senior Executive Service.
During my employment with the federal government, virtually every high-level executive I reported to was an SES that graduated from this high-power school. The John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University is, therefore, a very prestigious center of learning, both in terms of academic ranking and in terms of its ranking by the highest levels of management within the United States government. Professor Stephen M. Walt is a professor at JFK, while John J. Mearsheimer is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.
As with all institutions of higher learning, professors at these colleges and universities are continuously urged, if not actually pressured, to produce essays, technical reports, and books expounding upon their respective areas of expertise based on their concentration of educational and research disciplines. The JFK School provides just such a vehicle for technical reporting and essay writing in their "Faculty Research Working Papers Series." It was through this venue, that Mearsheimer and Walt published their latest eye-opening report, entitled: "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy." Needless to say, at this time in our nation's history, it couldn't come at a more critical time.
As Americans feverishly attempt to understand the workings of the twisted mind of a totally out-of-control genocidal lunatic and mass-murdering warmongering buffoon and his gang that has hijacked the government of the United States, explanations for his unilateral and unnecessary invasion abound in limitless speculation and inquiry. However, the most frequently offered rationale, if that is what it can be called, is that it was primarily about oil. But considering the hostility of Israel, its penchant and perfected planning and execution of terror, it becomes increasingly clear that the foreign policy of the United States is dictated by Israel. I have often pointed out that assessment in this space.
Mearsheimer and Walt's paper leaves absolutely no doubt that Israel not only controls our entire government, our Pentagon, our foreign policy and our political parties, but our media as well. Digressing a moment from the natural order of topics in their magnificent paper, let's move immediately to the report's treatment of Israeli control of the American corporate mainstream establishment media, as it will be the intention of that un-American element and institution to work hard and feverishly to spike and cover up this damaging report that exposes the motivational madness of the Bush regime.
Addressing the section, "Manipulating the Media," Mearsheimer and Walt offer: "In addition to influencing government policy directly, the Lobby [AIPAC] strives to shape public perceptions about Israel and the Middle East. It does not want an open debate on issues involving Israel, because an open debate might cause Americans to question the level of support that they currently provide. Accordingly, pro-Israel organizations work hard to influence the media, think tanks, and academia, because these institutions are critical in shaping popular opinion."
The report goes on: "The Lobby's perspective on Israel is widely reflected in the mainstream media in good part because most American commentators are pro-Israel. The debate among Middle East pundits, journalist Eric Alterman writes, is dominated by people who cannot imagine criticizing Israel., He lists 61 columnists and commentators who can be counted upon to support Israel reflexively and without qualification., Conversely, Alterman found just five pundits who consistently criticize Israeli behavior or endorse pro-Arab positions. Newspapers occasionally publish guest op-eds challenging Israeli policy, but the balance of opinion clearly favors the other side."
Certain key elements of the Alternative Media, this site among them, have consistently exposed the one-sidedness of the MSM in protecting Israel and extending this protection therefore to the Bush administration. That is precisely what empowers the administration as a regime. And what it doesn't say in the report, is the astonishing control that Jews sympathetic to Israel, and therefore supportive of the Bush crime machine, overwhelming own, manage and operate print and TV and cable electronic news reporting. This subject wasn't even touched on.
The report then turns to a brief analysis of the New York Times. This is "America's newspaper of record" and as Bernie Goldberg has revealed, is the national editorial gatekeeper and assessor of what is newsworthy and what is not. It is the Times that decides what news will be on TV and cable later in the evening, and you may rest comfortably sure that this Mearsheimer and Walt report will not make it, nor will Charlie Sheen. It is the Times, that blocked the Downing Street Memo report and is now also dedicated to blocking a full, open investigation of the Bush 9-11 plot.
Concerning the Times, Mearsheimer and Walt offer: "Editorial bias is also found in papers like the New York Times. The Times occasionally criticizes Israeli policies and sometimes concedes that the Palestinians have legitimate grievances, but it is not even-handed. In his memoirs, for example, former Times executive editor Max Frankel acknowledged the impact of his own pro-Israel attitude had on his editorial choices. In his words: I was much more deeply devoted to Israel than I dared to assert., He goes on: Fortified by my knowledge of Israel and my friendships there, I myself wrote most of our Middle East commentaries. As more Arab than Jewish readers recognized, I wrote them from a pro-Israel perspective.,"
The report goes on to give examples of the organized manner in which the Israeli Lobby encourages the supportive consumers of newspaper, radio and television news, to literally bombard news entities with protest letters and e-mails in the true and time-worn fashion of Zionist agitation to stifle news and views they don't like, and to urge for propaganda favoring Israel. Examples of Zionist rank and file pressure on CNN and NPR are cited. The report concludes this section on the media offering, "These factors help explain why the American media contains few criticisms of Israeli policy, rarely questions Washington's relationship with Israel, and only occasionally discusses the Lobby's profound influence on U.S. policy."
It should be crystal clear that my labeling of the MSM as being "The Zionist Media" is now virtually proven fact, especially coming from this highly regarded institution of government studies and from trainers of candidates for the Senior Executive Service. And you can count on the fact that the Zionist media is burning the midnight oil to feverishly suppress this critical exposé.
The report's opening remarks now: "U.S. foreign policy shapes events in every corner of the globe. Nowhere is this truer than in the Middle East, a region of recurring instability and enormous strategic importance. Most recently, the Bush Administration's attempt to transform the region into a community of democracies has helped produce a resilient insurgency in Iraq, a sharp rise in world oil prices, and terrorist bombings in Madrid, London, and Amman. With so much at stake for so many, all countries need to understand the forces that drive U.S. Middle East policy.
The U.S. national interest should be the primary object of American foreign policy. For the past several decades, however, and especially since the Six Day War in 1967, the centerpiece of U.S. Middle East policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering U.S. support for Israel and the related effort to spread democracy throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardized U.S. security.
This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the United States been willing to set aside its own security in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries is based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives. As we show below, however, neither of those explanations can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel." Now we may all rest more than comfortably assured that virtually all organized Jewry, and all levels of American government, political parties, and especially the media, will violently explode with outrage and spring into overwhelming unified and coordinated action over this 83-page unabashed truthful report which exposes the horrific damage Zionism has already perpetrated against our once free and beautiful nation. This Zionism required "the Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century," and it is becoming increasingly clear that such an amount of plotting and execution as serves the immediate interests of Israel likely generated the compliant action on the part of the traitors in our own government that engineered and made 9-11 happen. It makes the likelihood of 9-11 less an act of random terrorism and more a deliberate action considering all the key Pentagon players who have dual citizenship with Israel.
How could any thinking American anywhere in our government entrust our most powerful military might and its top secret sensitivity to individuals with dual citizenship with the 106th ranking nation in terms of population, and a ranking as fourth as a world-leading nuclear power, a rogue nation that is actively waging terrorism upon other nations? How can such power be turned over to citizens of a nation that lusts for the destruction of the entire Arab world and Islam, a race, people and nations that control the Earth's most vital oil supplies? How can politicians calling themselves "Americans" put their entire nation at risk of reprisal for the terrorist outrages that Zionist criminals in Israel have perpetrated against all the peoples of the Middle East? How? Ask Bush!!!
Need one raise more obvious questions? Where did WE learn how to become terrorists and turn on our own? Why did we turn against the whole world and ignore human decency and morality, and ignore the Geneva Conventions and begin campaigns of torture and mass terror, and slaughter unarmed captive men, women and children? Who showed US how to do this and get away with it? Who? Ask Israel!!!
Mearsheimer and Walt summarize: "It is not surprising that Israel and its American supporters want the United States to deal with any and all threats to Israel's security. If their efforts to shape U.S. policy succeed, then Israel's enemies get weakened or overthrown, Israel gets a free hand with the Palestinians, and the United States does most of the fighting, dying, rebuilding, and paying.
But even if the United States fails to transform the Middle East and finds itself in conflict with an increasingly radicalized Arab and Islamic world, Israel still ends up protected by the world's only superpower. This is not a perfect outcome from [AIPAC's] perspective, but it is obviously preferable to Washington distancing itself from Israel, or using its leverage to force Israel to make peace with the Palestinians."
The report concludes: "Can the [Israeli-AIPAC] Lobby's power be curtailed? One would like to think so, given the Iraq debacle, the obvious need to rebuild America's image in the Arab and Islamic world, and the recent revelations about AIPAC officials passing U.S. government secrets to Israel. One might also think that Arafat's death and the election of the more moderate Abu Mazen would cause Washington to press vigorously and evenhandedly for a peace agreement. In short, there are ample grounds for U.S. leaders to distance themselves from the Lobby and adopt a Middle East policy more consistent with broader U.S. interests. In particular, using American power to achieve a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians would help advance the broader goals of fighting extremism and promoting democracy in the Middle East.
But that is not going to happen anytime soon. AIPAC and its allies [including Christian Zionists] have no serious opponents in the lobbying world. They know it has become more difficult to make Israel's case today, and they are responding by expanding their activities and staffs. Moreover, American politicians remain acutely sensitive to campaign contributions and other forms of political pressure and major media outlets are likely to remain sympathetic to Israel no matter what it does." <<Theodore E. Lang
3/25/06 © THEODORE E. LANG 3/25/06 All rights reserved
|This is the USS Liberty Memorial Web Site|
honoring the memory of thirty four Americans
who were brutally killed by the Armed Forces of Israel
on June 8, 1967.
This web site is dedicated to the memory of thirty-four fine young men who gave their lives on June 8, 1967, defending the USS Liberty against a sustained air and sea attack by the armed forces of the State of Israel.
During the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the American intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Thirty-four men died and 174 were wounded.
The attack, which was a war crime, has been a matter of controversy ever since. Survivors and many key government officials including Secretary of State Dean Rusk, former JCS Chairman Admiral Thomas Moorer, and nearly every senior American intelligence professional say it was no accident. Israel and its supporters insist it was a "tragic case of misidentification" and charge that the survivors are either lying or too emotionally involved to see the truth.
Israel claims they mistook our ship for the out-of-service Egyptian horse carrier El Quseir and that we brought the attack upon ourselves by operating in a war zone without displaying a flag. Not so. We were in international waters, far from any fighting, and flew a bright, clean, new American flag. The flag we flew when the torpedo boats approached is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, Maryland and can be seen there, or in the USS Liberty Images Archive. The flag we flew during most of the air attack will be permanently displayed at the Cold War Museum near Washington, DC.
Our commanding officer, Captain William Loren McGonagle, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the attack. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award our country can bestow. To avoid embarrassing our attackers, Captain McGonagle's Medal of Honor was presented in a quiet ceremony in the Washington Navy Yard instead of in the White House by the President as is customary.
The USS Liberty Web Page presents part of the story along with some historical information and links to other sources.
|QUOTE (mongo @ Mar 26 2006, 07:28 AM)|
Even if only for the sake of the higher education of our species, we have to cast the net as wide and deep as possible.
|QUOTE (TheQuest @ Mar 26 2006, 10:20 AM)|
Do we care enough yet?
|QUOTE (TheQuest @ Mar 26 2006, 11:11 AM)|
Would you weigh in on activism aspect?
Let's get some feedback.
|QUOTE (TheQuest @ Mar 26 2006, 12:20 PM)|
|Just missed your last post Painter,|
What I am asking is that we try to get a little more focused from an activism standpoint. How many people are spreading flyers and DVD's?
I am interested in getting us more organized and active. This also includes networking with other organizations.
What I propose is an online meeting with a core-group of members including the LC team of course, to exchange ideas.
What do you think?
|QUOTE (ChrisM @ Apr 7 2006, 07:01 PM)|
|"To figure out who's at fault, just look at who's to gain."|
The PNAC is indeed the root of all of this. It's the place to start.
You can find more information about the PNAC in "Rise of the Vulcans," an inside story written by a former PNAC member. Foreign Policy Vulcans is a nickname applied to the pre-emption zealots that now line the Bush administration, named after the Roman god "Vulcan," god of fire and maker of arms for Heaven.
The 9/11 Loose Change movie touches on something that always spooked me - it was far too convenient that the Neocons had moved into the Pentagon, and yet in all the places attacked on 9/11, the Pentagon was the one place to not lose a life. A wing just cleared a week before for renovations was struck dead center and nothing else was harmed. It was far too convenient that those who stood most to gain also lost nothing.
The Neocons have a long-documented history of assembling a plan that projects American dominance as far forward as possible in the absence of war by creating war. If the points about the Pentagon are to be believed, they further believe this projection of dominance will have to accept serious losses - just, none of their own. Those in the Pentagon and in the know were safe and secure, and those friends with the team were advised not to fly. But unknowing civilians were made martyrs for their cause. And now 17000 soldiers in Iraq are missing limbs or mentally impaired so that the Neocons can prove a point.
The motivations behind all this are complex though. For example, besides the most coordinated Neocons like Wolfowitz and Rice, there were those that were more out to prove military theory. Rumsfeld was part of a separate group that believed zealously in a "faster, stronger, lighter" military that used less armor and more speed to respond to modern military concerns. This light military theory is well documented by publications like The New Yorker as having recently taken our military command's structure by storm. One need only notice this zealous theory to realize why, above all, demands for more armor on Humvees and on troops are turned down and turned into political controversy - for Rumsfeld to say yes would be to admit he was wrong, and for him, would ruin the point of participating in this whole thing. For Rumsfeld and the rest who were heavily on board with proving this military theory to their past dissenting superiors, Iraq was the perfect proving ground and proving it meant everything.
I think money was a very secondary factor to all this - the idea that the $2.2billion made was the motivation is dubious, in light of the zealotry of the Neocons that were actually inside the administration with access to make this happen.
As for Bush, who was not an integral PNAC member, I really think he was the figure head the PNAC group saw as easiest to get them into office. I don't think he's as tightly integrated - if you ask me, Paul Wolfowitz was the one coordinating all this - look at the documentation in The New Yorker of how he manipulated the CIA via the Office of Special Programs. I think when Bush is famously sitting there in that children's classroom, getting news that the World Trade Center has been struck, he's clearly not angry. He's in shock - I say he's thinking, "Oh shet... they finally did it."
After the 2000 election of George W. Bush, many of the PNAC's members were appointed to key positions within the new President's administration:
Elliott Abrams National Security Council Representative for Middle Eastern Affairs President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Richard Armitage Department of State (2001-2005) Deputy Secretary of State
John R. Bolton Department of State U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Previously served as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs in the first administration of GWB.
Richard Cheney Bush Administration Vice President PNAC Founder
Seth Cropsey Voice of America Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau
Paula Dobriansky Department of State Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs
Francis Fukuyama President's Council on Bioethics Council Member Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University
Bruce Jackson U.S. Committee on NATO President
Zalmay Khalilzad U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq U.S.Ambassador to Iraq Previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from November 2003 to June 2005
Lewis Libby Bush Administration Chief of Staff for the Vice President Indicted by Grand Jury on charges of Obstruction of Justice, False Statements and Perjury and resigned October 28, 2005.
Peter W. Rodman Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security
Donald Rumsfeld Department of Defense Secretary of Defense PNAC founder and previously Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences Developer of Tamiflu
Randy Scheunemann U.S. Committee on NATO, Project on Transitional Democracies, International Republican Institute Member Founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.
Paul Wolfowitz World Bank President Deputy Secretary of Defense, 2001-2005
Dov S. Zakheim Department of Defense Comptroller Former V.P. of System Planning Corp.
Robert B. Zoellick Department of State Deputy Secretary of State Office of the United States Trade Representative (2001-2005);
Gary Bauer, former presidential candidate, president of American Values
William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, co-founder of Empower America, author of the Book of Virtues
Ellen Bork, deputy director of PNAC, and wife of failed Reagan Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork
Rudy Boschwitz, former US Senator from Minnesota
Jeb Bush, governor of Florida
Eliot A. Cohen, professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University
Thomas Donnelly, director of communications, Lockheed Martin
Steve Forbes, multi-billionaire publisher of Forbes Magazine, former presidential candidate
Aaron Friedberg, director of the Center of International Studies
Frank Gaffney, columnist, founder of Center for Security Policy
Reuel Marc Gerecht, director of the Middle East Initiative
Fred Ikle, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Donald Kagan, Yale University professor, conservative columnist with various State Department ties
Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador
William Kristol, a PNAC founder and chairman, editor of the Weekly Standard
Richard Perle, a PNAC founder, formerly of the Defense Policy Board
Norman Podhoretz, Hudson Institute
Dan Quayle, former vice-president
Stephen Rosen, Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs, Harvard University
Henry Rowen, former president of Rand Corporation
George Weigel, political commentator
R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA for Bill Clinton, vice-president at Booz Allen & Hamilton