USA: unglorious death of the Project For The New American Century

Chickenhawk, cartoon

From Zaman in Turkey:

While the situation in Iraq is getting completely out of control, groups and individuals who encouraged America to attack Iraq, declare war on it and occupy it are trying to disappear and make themselves forgotten.

According to news, one of the most important of these groups, the PNAC (Project for the New American Century), has decided to close its office on Washington’s 17th Avenue.

Very active with many people coming and going until recently, this office today has only one employee working to complete wind-up operations.

The PNAC’s website has turned into a ghost site; only voice mail remains as an e-mail service.

The PNAC was one of the most prominent and powerful of the new conservative (neocons) movement’s institutions.

The first target they announced was to make the values and policies of “real conservatism” dominant in the Republican Party and America in general.

That makes one neocon ‘think’ thank less.

A sign of bankruptcy of US neo-conservatism.

However, similar organizations, like the American Enterprise Institute of Dick Cheney, Enron, Jeff Gannon … er … Jim Guckert, Ayaan Hirsi Ali … er … Magan, the great ‘thinker’ Ann Coulter, are still around.

American Enterprise Institute and Iraq war: here.

PNAC and Iraq war: here.

See also here.

24 thoughts on “USA: unglorious death of the Project For The New American Century

  1. Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 12:12:35 -0400
    From: hapi22
    Subject: *What’s next?*

    Have we all forgotten the neocons’ Project for the New American Century

    You can read about the PNAC here:

    * the neocons’ “Statement of Principles,” written June 3, 1997, at:
    * “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” (written in Sept. 2000, before Bush
    was even elected) at:

    Click to access

    * and about the neocon’s’ plans to rule Iraq at:

    Click to access iraq-042005.pdf

    The neocons wrote the PNAC for the first President Bush, expecting him
    to implement its provisions in his second term. Bush never had a second
    term, so the neocons put their plan for world domination on the shelf
    and waited .. waited for the next right-winger to win the White House.
    In Nov. 2000, they sensed victory, took the plan off the shelf and …
    got ready … to rule the world through the use of our mighty military
    power. They knew they had the Useful Idiot in George W. Bush and that
    their time had come.

    Having dragged the country into an unnecessary war, they
    ignored allies and military professionals who warned that a
    far larger force would be needed to stabilize a large,
    fragmented nation like Iraq. They haven’t demonstrated
    American strength, they’ve dramatized American weakness
    halfway around the world. Afraid to admit error, they have no
    clue what to do next.

    It’s bad enough that we had these boobies wanting to rule the world, but
    they couldn’t even plan correctly for doing it — and thousands of
    lives, American and Iraq, have been lost or ruined.

    These neocons and their Useful Idiot should all be behind bars.

    ——————– ——————– ——————– ————
    *What’s next?*

    by Gene Lyons
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    June 15, 2005

    For the longest time, all the Bush White House had to do to answer
    critics of the war in Iraq was to unfurl Old Glory. The time for
    flag-waving, however, appears to be ending. According to a USA
    Today/Gallup poll, almost six in 10 Americans think the U.S. should
    start bringing the troops home ASAP. Only 36 percent, roughly the
    hard-core Republican base, want them to stay. Majorities in several
    polls say the war wasn’t worth the sacrifice and doubt that Iraq was
    ever a threat to the United States. Would-be soldiers are voting with
    their feet. Despite lowering standards to include drug users and
    small-time criminals, Army recruiters keep significantly missing their
    enlistment quotas. Marine recruiters aren’t doing much better. There’s
    even talk of a renewed draft, but that’s not going to happen. The kinds
    of student deferments that helped patriots like Vice President Dick
    Cheney (and me) stay out of Vietnam wouldn’t pass muster today. But any
    move to pluck Young Republicans out of the nation’s high schools and
    colleges would alter the balance of American politics overnight.

    Even the generals are beginning to say they see no military solution for
    the Iraqi disaster. On Memorial Day, Cheney claimed the Iraqi insurgency
    was in its “last throes.” President Bush has expressed similar optimism.

    Brig. Gen. Donald Alston, the Army’s spokesman in Baghdad, sees things
    differently, saying: “I think the more accurate way to approach this
    right now is to concede that… this insurgency is not going to be
    settled, the terrorists and the terrorism in Iraq is not going to be
    settled, through military options or military operations. It’s going to
    be settled in the political process.”

    Maybe if everybody who believes in that process simply closes his eyes
    and claps his hands, a solution to Iraq’s centuries-old ethnic and
    religious strife will magically appear. Meanwhile, Gen. George W. Casey,
    the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has complained to reporters about what
    he called “the Pillsbury Doughboy” effect: Pressing the insurgents hard
    in one area only causes outbreaks of violence elsewhere.

    Lt. Col. Frederick P. Wellman, who works with the task force training
    Iraqi troops, was even blunter. In an interview with Tom Lasseter of
    Knight-Ridder, one of the few journalistic organizations to apply
    appropriate skepticism in the coverage all along, Wellman said that
    tribal members’ seeking revenge for slain relatives keeps the insurgency
    growing. “We can’t kill them all,” he said. “When I kill one, I create

    And what about those newly trained Iraqi troops? Here’s what one
    outspoken American soldier told The Washington Post, according to its
    recent news story: “‘ know the party line. You know, the Department of
    Defense, the U.S. Army, five-star generals, four-star generals,
    President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld: The Iraqis will be ready in whatever
    time period,’ said 1 st Lt. Kenrick Cato, 34, of Long Island, N. Y….
    ‘But from the ground, I can say with certainty they won’t be ready
    before I leave. And I know I’ll be back in Iraq, probably in three or
    four years. And I don’t think they’ll be ready then. ‘”

    In a stunning piece of journalism, the Post’s Anthony Shadid, who speaks
    fluent Arabic, and his colleague Steve Fainaru recently spent several
    days on patrol with an Iraqi Army company and the Pennsylvania National
    Guardsmen charged with training them. What they found was profound
    mutual contempt.

    The Americans call the Iraqis “preschoolers with guns” and deride them
    for cowardice. The Iraqis, who unanimously said they enlisted only for
    the money, predicted that the entire company would desert on payday. On
    patrol, they wear face scarves and masks so nobody will recognize them
    and sing songs praising Saddam Hussein that their American counterparts
    can’t understand. “Look at the homes of the Iraqis,” an Iraqi soldier
    complained to a Post reporter. “The people have been destroyed.” “By
    whom?” he was asked. “Them,” said the man, identified as Omar, pointing
    at the U.S. Humvees leading the patrol.

    Let’s get back to basics. Nobody ever asked the American people if they
    wanted an empire. Instead, the geopolitical daydreamers involved with
    the “Project for a New American Century” — Cheney, Rummy, Paul
    Wolfowitz et al. — conceived a scheme to conquer Iraq after the first
    Gulf War to ensure that the U.S. remain the world’s lone” superpower. ”

    The first President Bush knew better, refusing to march into Baghdad
    lest chaos ensue. Knowing little geography and less history, the second
    President Bush was easily tempted into rashness, using the 9/11 attacks
    to concoct a bogus threat largely out of his advisers’ fevered
    imaginations. Having dragged the country into an unnecessary war, they
    ignored allies and military professionals who warned that a far larger
    force would be needed to stabilize a large, fragmented nation like Iraq.
    They haven’t demonstrated American strength, they’ve dramatized American
    weakness halfway around the world. Afraid to admit error, they have no
    clue what to do next.>>

    – – – – – – — – – – – – – –
    Free-lance columnist Gene Lyons is a Little Rock author and recipient of
    the National Magazine Award.

    Read this at:


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