Project for a New American Century (PNAC)



Project for a New American Century (PNAC)

A Complete List of PNAC Signatories and Contributing Writers

This is a list of members of the PNAC pressure group who published and signed maybe over 100 ambitious studies and PR pieces explaining how and why America must wage war soon, multiple simultaneous wars, and urgently establish America’s greatness via military force, permanently, while there was still a window-of-opportunity to do so, and before any rivals might aspire to that role.

They wrote of “moral order” and “moral clarity”, harkening back to the Cold War propaganda of the USSR as the “Evil Empire” and the USA as the force of good.

Speaking of “moral clarity”, if you and I were very close friends in college, and I knew for certain that your fiance was lying to you and cheating on you behind your back, it would be a moral imperative for me to warn you, as a trusted friend, before you married the creep.

One irony, at least three of the PNAC members espousing this “moral clarity”, Abrams and Wienberger and Armitage, were directly involved with Ollie North under Reagan and Bush Sr.  in the crime of illegal
secret arms sales to Iran even while US diplomats were still held hostage, and they illegally armed and trained the ex-Nicaraguan Contra narco-terrorists (who flooded LA with crack), in violation of an order of Congress.  They were indicted and/or convicted, and later pardoned.  This is moral clarity?  I’d hate to see moral ambiguity.  Oh, they meant the greater morality of fighting the commie threat represented by the starving peasants of Nicaragua, a terrifying threat which required them to sell weapons to the Iranian Mullahs.
TWO of these PNAC members, who were convicted of selling arms to Iran, and pardoned by Poppy, were then rehired by W to fight Islamo-fascism. 

Not that either Iran or Iraq honestly represent(ed) any kind of threat to America, which spends over 100x on weapons that they do, but THEY claim this threat is real.  It was WE who shot down an Iranian passenger plane, they did not shoot down ours, it was WE who overthrew Iran’s govt and installed a dictator, not they who overthrew ours.
It was WE who bombed Iraq for 12 years, based on the argument Iraq might attack us.

Another irony of this “moral clarity” was that these PNAC and Heritage people also lobbied for arming and funding radical the Islamo-fascist Mujahideen and Al-Qaeda, with money from illegal weapons sales to Iran.

Also note that John Kerry chose to avoid mentioning this fact in his campaign.

To round out the Axis of Evil, it was Rumsfeld at PNAC who was on the Board of Directors of ABB when they shipped nuclear fuel technology to North Korea.

One more irony is that a key component of maintaining this “moral order” include LYING to the American public, as a matter of policy.

Is U.S. foreign policy
being run by followers of an obscure German Jewish political philosopher (Leo Strauss) whose views were elitist, amoral, and hostile to democratic government?” – Strong Must Rule the Weak: A Philosopher for an Empire, Jim Lobe
Note – This is not an “anti-Jew” slur.  Many Jewish Straussian neo-conservatives, such as Michael Ledeen, also admire and mimic Adolf Hitler, and the Waffen SS.

PNAC recognized that the American public was not eager about massive military pork-barrel spending on defense contracts.  Americans were looking forward to a “peace dividend” after 45 years of Cold War spending. So PNAC concluded that Americans
MUST experience a crisis, a “New Pearl Harbor” attack, if PNAC expected their vision of massive war and military spending to come to fruition.

In 1998 “The Project for the New American Century” letter
(PNAC Letter) was sent to President Bill Clinton. The letter urged Clinton to target the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power in Iraq due to erosion of the Gulf War Coalition’s containment policy and the resulting possibility that Iraq might develop weapons of mass destruction.

The most famous PNAC document
(which contains the quote about the need for a New Pearl Harbor) is an ambitious 90-page study packed with detailed suggestions on transforming the military, increased spending across the board, what to change with the Navy, Army, Air Force, and militarization of Space.  Full Spectrum Dominance.  This plan was called Rebuilding America’s DefensesThe highlighted quote below is on page 51 of the document, page 63 in Acrobat.

“At present the United States faces no global rival. America’s grand strategy should aim to preserve and extend this advantageous position as far into the future as possible.”
“To carry out these core missions, we need to provide sufficient force and budgetary allocations.

In particular, the United States must:”
“DEVELOP AND DEPLOY GLOBAL MISSILE DEFENSES to defend the American homeland and American allies, and to provide a secure basis for U.S. power projection around the world. CONTROL THE NEW ‘INTERNATIONAL COMMONS’ OF SPACE AND ‘CYBERSPACE’, and pave the way for the creation of a new military service – U.S. Space Forces – with the mission of space control.”

“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.”

the PNAC blueprint of September 2000 states that the process of transforming the US into “tomorrow’s dominant force”
“… 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.”

The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the “go” button for a strategy in accordance with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been (according to PNAC) politically impossible to implement.    (more below)

Original chart detailing which statements they signed:

Richard B. Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld

Richard ArmitageDeputy Secretary of State, blamed for severe human rights violations, torture and death, in Latin Am under Reagan, made Ambasso President of Armitage Associates. Former board member for CACI International, the private military contractor, which “is being investigated by no less than 5 US agencies for possible contract violations” and “employed four interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison” in Iraq, one of whom was singled out by General Taguba in his report on abuses of Iraqi detainees at the prison, which Generals have stated cost the lives of US soldiers.  One of the Iran-Contra plotters, U.S. Government stipulations in the Oliver North trial specifically named Armitage as one of the DoD officials responsible for illegal transfers of weapons to Iran and the Contras.  Board member of Database Technologies (DBT)/ChoicePoint Inc, subsidiary of SAIC.

Paul Wolfowitzcontroversial former deputy defense secretary pushing the Iraq War, lost his post as president of the World Bank, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. AEI houses former George W. Bush admin figures, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former chair of the Defense Policy Board Richard Perle.  His connection with the Iraq War and his controversial choice to staff the bank with close associates and supporters of the Bush administration’s “war on terror” spurred widespread dissension within the bank’s staff and board.

Elliott Abrams  Deputy National Security Adviser, Founding Member of PNAC, convicted (and later pardoned) on charges related to the Iran-Contra scandal, using behind-the-scenes tactics that don’t reveal his role, very careful about not leaving fingerprints, fought a rearguard effort within the Reagan administration aimed at blocking peace initiatives in Nicaragua that were supported by some Reagan officials, shunning negotiations in favor of confrontational, militaristic U.S. policies. Bush appointed Abrams chief human rights officer and then senior director of Near East and North African Affairs,

John Bolton

Jeb Bush

Frederick KaganKagan is credited as one of the “intellectual architects” of the Surge plan.

Robert Kagan
Donald Kagan

I. Lewis Libby

Frank Carlucci – Carlyle Group, fmr Sec Def

Zalmay Khalilzad Unocal consultant, appointed 2nd in Afghanistan, the Bush-Cheney Defense Department transition team. He became an adviser to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and then shifted to the National Security Council, where he worked under Rice.

Jeane Kirkpatrick

William Kristol

Charles Krauthammer

James Lindsay – see apathy.html

William J. Bennett

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Edwin Meese III

Frank Gaffney

Dan Quayle

Dennis RossCamp David negotiator w Clinton, who blamed the rejection completely on Arafat, later disputed by others present, and by President Clinton himself.

Max Boot – fmr Editorial Editor of the WSJ, Boot is a contributing editor—along with the likes of Irwin Stelzer, Charles Krauthammer, and Robert Kagan—of the neoconservative flagship magazine the Weekly Standard, edited by William Kristol.

Norman Podhoretz  Committee for Present Danger, Hudson Institute, Aside from Irving Kristol, few of the writers and ideologues associated with neoconservatism can claim as lasting an influence on the political faction as Norman Podhoretz

Eliot A. Cohen  “the most influential neocon in academe,” Eliot Cohen is a prominent scholar of military affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Richard N. Perle  Once dubbed the “Prince of Darkness” because of his advocacy of extremely hawkish anti-Soviet policies while in Ronald Reagan’s Department of Defense, served as chairman of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’ s Defense Policy Board (DPB) in the years leading up to the Iraq War gave him a privileged perch from which he helped shape Bush administration foreign policies.

Daniel Pipes  Daniel Pipes, son of the well known anti-Soviet crusader Richard Pipes, is an outspoken promoter of the “Islamofascism threat” theory and is closely aligned with many high-profile neoconservatives, many of whom are associated with Pipes’ Middle East Forum, President George W. Bush nominated Pipes to serve on the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).

Caspar Weinberger – Secretary of Defense under President Reagan, known for his roles in the Strategic Defense Initiative program (popularly known as Star Wars) and the Iran-Contra Affair (resulting in his indictment and later pardon).

William Howard Taft IV

R. James Woolsey fmr CIA Director (Tim McVeigh’s helper, which he cites, was “his” Iraqi, not Saddam’s)

Dov S. Zakheim – comptroller for Defense Dept, Lubbavitcher

Robert Zoellick – Deputy Secretary of State

Paul Weyrich – fake Christian right icon, CNP member, co-founder of Heritage has often acknowleged that he does not intend to “conserve” anything.”We are different from previous generations of conservatives,” Weyrich explained.”We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure of the country.”

Gary BauerCNP member, major figure of the Christian Right, former presidential candidate, key organizer of campaigns linking rightist pro-Israel Christian groups and conservative Christian evangelicals. A close friend of William Kristol, dates back to the Reagan administration, where he served in a number of posts under Secretary of Education William Bennett.  vociferous advocate of an aggressive war on terror, Bauer compared today’s “anti-war left” to that of the 1960s, arguing that in both cases the “ugly aggression by the so-called peace movement” ultimately plays into the hands of those supporting war.

Gary Schmitt  – co-founder of PNAC, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and author of numerous texts on intelligence reform and national security, second generation neoconservatives heavily influenced by the arcane political philosopher Leo Strauss,  see Jim Lobe, “The Strong Must Rule the Weak,” Foreign Policy In Focus, May 12, 2003. “Is U.S. foreign policy being run by followers of an obscure German Jewish political philosopher whose views were elitist, amoral, and hostile to democratic government?”

Francis FukuyamaThe poorly executed nation-building strategy in Iraq will poison the well for future such exercises, undercutting domestic political support for a generous and visionary internationalism, just as Vietnam did.  “Neoconservatism, whatever its complex roots, has become indelibly associated with concepts like coercive regime change, unilateralism, and American hegemony. (except it was ALWAYS that) What is needed now are new ideas, neither neoconservative nor realist, for how America is to relate to the rest of the world—ideas that retain the neoconservative belief in the universality of human rights, but without its illusions about the efficacy of American power and hegemony to bring these ends about.”  came under the sway of Allan Bloom, an important follower of Leo Strauss
End of History: With the fall of the USSR, and American ‘liberalism’ remaining standing, Fukuyama contends, history has reached its destination. This is not a happy ending, however. The loss of great ideological conflicts will bring a consumer society, a universal homogenous state, bureaucratization, and ‘centuries of boredom.’ Nietzsche’s prediction may come true: we will become a civilization of last mendull, satisfied customers— ‘without daring, courage, imagination, and idealism

Dennis DeConcini

Midge Decter  wife of Norman Podhoretz (one of the key forefathers of neoconservatism), has been a major player for decades in the peace-through-strength ideological movement. She was a founding member of the hawkish Coalition for a Democratic Majority, served on the Committee on the Present Danger, directed the Nicaraguan Freedom Fund, and founded the Committee for a Free World. She continues to advocate hard-line policies from her perch at the neoconservative Institute on Religion and Public Life, and she is affiliated with the Project for the New American Century as well as the Heritage Foundation and Hoover Institution, and ACPC, a group “fomenting peace” with Al-Qaeda in Chechnya, along with CIA, Brzezinski, and some oil barons.

Thomas Donnelly Project for the New American Century: Fellow, American Enterprise Institute: Fellow, The National Interest: Former editor,
Lockheed Martin: Former communications director.  argues that the U.S. military needs to be upgraded and expanded to meet the “strategic and military realities of our post-September 11 world.” According to Donnelly, “The gap between America’s strategic reach and its military grasp has reached a point of crisis.”   Criticizing the Bush admin in 2005, he said “It’s time to stop thinking and start spending.”  one of the few neoconservative ideologues to support U.S. intervention in Liberia in mid-2003.

Stephen Cambone  former undersecretary of defense for intelligence, longtime associate of Donald Rumsfeld. collaborated with rightist and neoconservative outfits—including the National Institute for Public Policy (NIPP) and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC)—on developing hardline defense and security proposals just prior to the election of George W. Bush, regarded as a core member of a hawkish faction in the Bush administration.  split hairs on whether the Geneva Conventions were applicable to intelligence gathering in Iraq,  defense of the role of military intelligence in interrogations.

Ellen Borkdaughter of conservative icon and former Supreme Court justice nominee Robert Bork, deputy director of the Project for the New American Century.

Paula DobrianskyUndersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Hudson Institute: Former fellow, supporter of HUMAN RIGHTS and against TORTURE, unless the US or it’s allies is doing the torture, in which case it becomes “abuses”.
Morton I. Abramowitz

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