Goodbye PNAC

June 14, 2006

It would seem as though the PNAC (Project for the New American Century) has met its end. For those of you who still believe everything on CNN and don’t bother to look for real truth, the PNAC is the neo-conservative group that has influenced U.S. politics since Mr. Bush came into office, that called for, among other things, the invasion of Iraq, the total support of Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, and attacks on Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran.

This group did not actually do anything, mind you. They did not sit on top of poorly-armored assault vehicles and fire indiscriminately into crowds of Iraqi civilians. No, they left that job to the hundred thousand or so U.S. service men and women (if you can even call the kids men or women), who only joined the armed forces to get money for college, not to fight some crazy man’s war.

What the PNAC did was send letters. They sent a lot of letters, each one “requesting” that the U.S. government would shape the world according to their vision. They described themselves as a “think tank,” although they could easily be called “Big Brother.” So, they sent letters to Clinton, and he apparently ignored him. That meant that “regime change” was even necessary inside of the U.S. Gore would be Clinton times 3, so they had to ensue that someone who would do their bidding got elected. Enter: Bush.

Now the question is, who is on this committee that could be so influential as to dictate their schemes to the “leader of the free world”? Several people who would later become members of the Bush administration, including: Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, Paul Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams, and U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilizad make up a list of about 27 influential members of Bush’s first term administration. The list also includes several neo-conservatives, right-wing groups, and Zionist organizations outside of the Bush administration.

But now, the organization has melted into non-existence, or at least dormancy. Lobe explains:

“That period — Sep. 20, 2001, to the run-up to the Iraq war in early 2003 — marked the high-water mark of PNAC’s existence. Since then, things have generally gone downhill, as the hawks they represented, including the group’s dominant neo-conservatives, have fallen prey to internal disagreements: over Rumsfeld’s stewardship of Iraq and the Pentagon; over the wisdom of democratic “transformation” in the Arab Middle East; over Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan; over China; and even over the latest administration moves on Iran. “

Unfortunately, most of the damage is already done. Bush is still in office until 2008. Iran could become a fizzling nuclear wasteland by then. Israel might have reached its dream of extending from the “Nile to the Euphrates” by 2008. Iraq might no longer exist by 2008. But even his own supporters would not let Bush go that far. Would they?


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