Wise Up Journal
By Gabriel O’Hara
In this short article there is one pre-9/11 2001 paragraph from an important report that shows the mindset of “movers and shakers” that guide U.S policy. Dick Cheney (number 2 in the Bush White House) founded an influential think-tank organisation in 1997 called PNAC (Project for the New American Century). You can read that in their Statement of Principles. Keep in mind other founders were the likes of Jeb Bush (George Bush’s brother who became a governor of Florida in 1999) and Donald Rumsfeld (Secretary of Defense under Bush and Cheney).
Sept 2000, one year pre-9/11, PNAC released a report entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century” in which they mention Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria. The report can be downloaded from the official PNAC website at this address: http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf
On Page 50-51 (PDF page 62-63) it states the following:
“A transformation strategy that solely pursued capabilities for projecting force from the United States, for example, and sacrificed forward basing and presence, would be at odds with larger American policy goals and would trouble American allies.
“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.”
Not a good sign pre-9/11 coming from the mouths of men who would start managing U.S. internal security and it’s military in 2001. Their wish was granted. Another PNAC White House member was I. Lewis Libby who in 2005 was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts (two counts of perjury, two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, and one count of obstruction of justice). These individuals are the opposite of “salt of the earth”. Not to mention the vice president was CEO of Haliburtion corporation who got mountains of tax-payers’ cash to rebuilt the Middle East, the parts blown up, that George Bush’s father’s Carlyle Group’s investments made billions by bombing first. There are too many influential PNAC individuals to list but U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz (who also became the President of the World Bank) and Abram Shulsky of the RAND corporation are worth the mention.
On Page 74 (PDF page 86) there is a paragraph worth noting:
“We have advocated a force posture and service structure that diverges significantly both from current plans and alternatives advanced in other studies.
[…] the expanding American security perimeter are manpower-intensive, and planning for major theater wars must include the ability for politically decisive campaigns including extended post-combat stability operations. Also, this expanding perimeter argues strongly for new overseas bases and forward operating locations to facilitate American political and military operations around the world.”
Good, for them, that these men did not live in ancient Rome, in Nero’s days, otherwise people might ask “cui bono” (“Who benefits?“).