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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:56 PM
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It's Time for Another *INTRO TO PNAC* for the New DU'ers >>>
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 02:06 PM by Stephanie

The key players who are under threat of indictment today are the same neo-cons who lied us into war. The PNAC was a huge topic of discussion here at DU during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion. If you missed it then, here it is again. It will really inform your Plamegate watching.

The first linked thread below has dozens more articles.


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PNAC Links Archive >

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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http://www.newamericancentury.org/publicationsreports.h...

"Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century," September 2000. A Report of the Project for the New American Century.

<snip> The United States cannot simply declare a strategic pause while experimenting with new technologies and operational concepts. Nor can it choose to pursue a transformation strategy that would decouple American and allied interests. 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. Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions. A decision to suspend or terminate aircraft carrier production, as recommended by this report and as justified by the clear direction of military technology, will cause great upheaval. Likewise, systems entering production today - the F-22 fighter, for example - will be in service inventories for decades to come. Wise management of this process will consist in large measure of figuring out the right moments to halt production of current-paradigm weapons and shift to radically new designs. The expense associated with some programs can make them roadblocks to the larger process of transformation - the Joint Strike Fighter program, at a total of approximately $200 billion, seems an unwise investment. Thus, this report advocates a two-stage process of change - transition and transformation - over the coming decades.</snip>

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http://truthout.org/docs_02/022203A.htm

Of Gods and Mortals and Empire
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Friday 21 February 2003

<snip> Vice President Dick Cheney is a founding member of PNAC, along with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is the ideological father of the group. Bruce Jackson, a PNAC director, served as a Pentagon official for Ronald Reagan before leaving government service to take a leading position with the weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

PNAC is staffed by men who previously served with groups like Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America, which supported America's bloody gamesmanship in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and with groups like The Committee for the Present Danger, which spent years advocating that a nuclear war with the Soviet Union was "winnable."

PNAC has recently given birth to a new group, The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which met with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in order to formulate a plan to "educate" the American populace about the need for war in Iraq. CLI has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to support the Iraqi National Congress and the Iraqi heir presumptive, Ahmed Chalabi. Chalabi was sentenced in absentia by a Jordanian court in 1992 to 22 years in prison for bank fraud after the collapse of Petra Bank, which he founded in 1977. Chalabi has not set foot in Iraq since 1956, but his Enron-like business credentials apparently make him a good match for the Bush administration's plans.

PNAC's "Rebuilding America's Defenses" report is the institutionalization of plans and ideologies that have been formulated for decades by the men currently running American government. The PNAC Statement of Principles is signed by Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld, as well as by Eliot Abrams, Jeb Bush, Bush's special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, and many others. William Kristol, famed conservative writer for the Weekly Standard, is also a co-founder of the group. The Weekly Standard is owned by Ruppert Murdoch, who also owns international media giant Fox News

The desire for these freshly empowered PNAC men to extend American hegemony by force of arms across the globe has been there since day one of the Bush administration, and is in no small part a central reason for the Florida electoral battle in 2000. Note that while many have said that Gore and Bush are ideologically identical, Mr. Gore had no ties whatsoever to the fellows at PNAC. George W. Bush had to win that election by any means necessary, and PNAC signatory Jeb Bush was in the perfect position to ensure the rise to prominence of his fellow imperialists. Desire for such action, however, is by no means translatable into workable policy. Americans enjoy their comforts, but don't cotton to the idea of being some sort of Neo-Rome.

On September 11th, the fellows from PNAC saw a door of opportunity open wide before them, and stormed right through it. </snip>

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http://www.observer.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12239,905990,00....

Could Tony Blair look at the internet now, please?
Why is the British Prime Minister the only person who seems to be unaware of the US hawks' agenda.
Terry Jones
Sunday March 2, 2003

<snip>They don't split hairs at the PNAC. George W. Bush and his advisers' stated aim is to ensure that America and American interests dominate the entire world for the foreseeable future. And what's more they make no bones of the fact that they intend to achieve this without diplomacy - that's old hat. What PNAC intend to do is enforce the Pax Americana through military might.

Does Tony Blair know that? Has Tony Blair read the PNAC Report called "Rebuilding Americas Defenses 2000"? It refers to the new technologies of warfare and goes on: "Potential rivals such as China are anxious to exploit these transformational technologies broadly, while adversaries like Iran, Iraq and North Korea are rushing to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent to American intervention in regions they seek to dominate."

So when George Bush and his colleagues talk about Saddam Hussein posing a "threat" to America - they don't mean he's going to drop bombs on Washington (how on earth could he without committing national suicide?) - what they mean is that he poses a threat to American military dominance in the Middle East.

Does Tony Blair know that's what they mean?

In fact, does Tony Blair know that President Bush's advisers regard Saddam Hussein as merely an excuse for military action in the area? The PNAC Report of 2000 states: "the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."</snip>

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http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2004/10/04/foggybo...

The State Department's extreme makeover
A veteran Foreign Service officer warns that when Colin Powell departs in a second Bush term, America will lose its last bulwark against the radical ideologues who are planning more Iraqs.

Editor's note: "Anonymous" is a veteran Foreign Service officer currently serving as a State Department official. The views expressed are personal and not related to his official position.

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By Anonymous

Oct. 4, 2004 |

<excerpt> But Bush the Crusader is off to a rocky start in Iraq. The ongoing meltdown is awakening Americans to the reality of the neocon agenda. But is it too late? Neocons are not dissuaded by the problems in Iraq; on the contrary, they are arguing that the problem is "Bremerism" -- the U.S. has not gone far enough. In their view, we need to take out the Palestinians, Syria and Iran now.

The neocons, working in tandem with a similar staff in the office of Prime Minister Sharon of Israel, have a three-part agenda for the first part of Bush's second term: first, oust Yasser Arafat; second, overthrow the secular Baathist al-Assad dictatorship in Syria; and, third, eliminate, one way or another, Iran's nuclear facilities.

Nowhere has support for the neocon Middle East crusade resonated more than in the constituency of Rep. Tom DeLay, who is the top Christian Zionist handler in the Republican Party and poised to strike GOP gold with his gerrymandering of Texas congressional districts.

For the neocons, Sept. 11 and Israel's security policy under Sharon have morphed into a single concept, the kind of thinking typified by Secretary Rumsfeld's recent lapses mixing Saddam Hussein with 9/11 and Osama bin Laden with Iraq.

Working with direct input from Israeli intelligence, Feith's Pentagon office coordinated with Libby and Wurmser in the vice president's office to spread the story that the missing WMD are to be found hidden in Syria. Israeli agents have worked overtime to neutralize and undo Syrian cooperation with the CIA against al-Qaida. This comes on the heels of a similar highly successful destruction of CIA inroads with the Palestinian Authority. We are now light-years beyond the two-state solution focus of Middle East policy. Instead of chasing Laden, the neocons plan to put the U.S. on the road to Damascus -- and Tehran. The groundwork is laid.

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mattclearing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:59 PM
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1. Recommended again.
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 02:03 PM by tasteblind
Anytime someone makes a detailed and informative post about the Project for a New American Century, it's worth a trip to the Greatest Page.

Edit: Dayum, that took four minutes. Wonder what the record is?
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Debau2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:00 PM
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2. Count me in for a recommendation
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:00 PM
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3. me too :)
:thumbsup:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:03 PM
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4. Stephanie, thanks for putting this all together
I find it madding that so many, even good democrats, have no idea what PNAC is or how it all fits. This will be a handy thing to print up and pass out to those who haven't informed themselves.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:04 PM
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5. Go to the original thread at the first link
More recent articles there - lots of good stuff.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:11 PM
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8. Oh I will
There is too much good stuff here and the other post to pass up. It will make a nice little packet I can pass out to those who need it. Thanks for doing all the work. :yourock:
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:06 PM
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6. I just forwarded this on to friends and family, as well as other dems in
my state
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:08 PM
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7. Recommended
Thanks for posting this, Stephanie. Newcomers usually aren't familiar with PNAC.
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bos1 Donating Member (997 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:15 PM
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9. some of those photos make great looking mug shots
to save taxpayers money
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VWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:17 PM
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10. Jeepers!
How many of these guys WON'T be convicted???

*crickets*
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Cults4Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:22 PM
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11. DU has a PNAC group (link below)
Its a good place to start priming as well and sure could use some traffic and ideas.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Get in there and post, place is so empty and off the radar we could bring down the whole PNACing regime from there and no one would ever know! lol.. ;)
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:23 PM
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12. Just a little update! As of earlier this year...
Zalmay Khalilzad is now our Ambassador to Iraq!
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:24 PM
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13. Funny that!
Funny strange.
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:52 PM
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21. After they ran him out of Afghanistan on a rail!
Oops, I mean an "assassination attempt"! Guess he'd finished making all the proper connections over there, setting up big business for the Afghan's prosperity. Ooops, I mean corporate Neo-con posterity!
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:24 PM
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14. Link to A Complete List of PNAC Signatories and Contributing Writers
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:26 PM
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15. Great job!
Thank you for this.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:40 PM
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16. Very important in connecting the dots-thanks! nt
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Jankyn Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:45 PM
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17. Yep, this is a good 'un.
I love it when someone gives me the background in one spot. Thanks.

Jankyn
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:52 PM
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20. Welcome to DU, Jankyn!
Make that double super secret deep background.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:02 PM
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32. Hi Jankyn!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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mestup Donating Member (756 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:46 PM
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18. "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" If you haven't seen it, rent it!
Great documentary and it mentions PNAC.

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Independent_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:50 PM
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19. Check this out...
The Wallace v. Bush Lawsuit

www.dougwallace.com
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 12:22 AM
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34. try this link
http://www.wallacevbushlawsuit.com /

related site:
http://foundersfreedomdefensefund.blogspot.com /

as found via:
http://www.democrats.com/node/4660

which, also, has a link to another PNAC Primer

How We Got Into This Imperial Pickle: A PNAC Primer

Bernard Weiner
Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers
May 26, 2003

http://www.crisispapers.org/Editorials/PNAC-Primer.htm

Wallace v. Bu$h

Law suit against the current American administration alleging that the government has exceeded its constitutional authority by implementing a scheme for global dominance called "Project for the New American Century."

A lawsuit was filed on January 14, 2005, in the U.S. District Court in Reno, Nevada against President Bush and Vice President Cheney. The lawsuit alleges that both defendants have acted outside the scope of their job description in waging a war against Iraq. The complaint alleges that both defendants and others working within the White House and Defense Department have covertly implemented a white paper called Rebuilding Americas Defenses as presented by the Project for the New American Century or PNAC in September, 2000 two months before the murky elections of that year. Among the persons signing the paper were Richard Cheney and Jeb Bush. While the paper was published on the internet, implementation of it by the White House has been in secret.

~snip~
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tex-wyo-dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:54 PM
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22. Excellent, Stephanie!
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 02:55 PM by tex-wyo-dem
For people to truly understand where the powers that be are taking this country, a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the PNAC is crucial. So much of the WH foreign policy can be attributed directly to this group and their imperialistic vision.
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LunaC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:00 PM
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23. PNAC 101 - Rise of the Neocons
Anyone unfamiliar with this timeline who isn't angered, outraged and frightened by the end, isn't paying attention.

http://demopedia.democraticunderground.com/index.php/PN...

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Cults4Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:07 PM
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25. Ahhh Luna! I just posted one of your awesome entries! lol...
Glad to see you are still around.

I've been wondering how you feel these days with some seeming vindication on its way.
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LunaC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:24 PM
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26. Vindication is very gratifying, indeed!
With the PNAC my Cause du Jour for the last several years, my friends will finally realize that I wasn't insane but just a step ahead of the crowd. That all the dots are being connected warms my heart to no end. With the Cabal soon to be exposed, I am greatly relieved to soon be directing my passion to other matters of importance, whatever they may be.
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Cults4Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:40 PM
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27. Complete and total empathy with you.
Soon I plan on getting back to my career of art and writing.
I was actually making a near living on art, after Bushco cheated themselves into office I couldn't do anything but focus on them and doing my best to bring down the faux presidency.

I can't wait to get back to doing things that bring some joy (and money) into my life instead of things that bring high blood pressure and pessimism to the umpteenth degree... oh happy day!
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Cults4Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:05 PM
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24. Heres another very in depth PNAC treatment! (please check it)
Originally posted by LunaC (she is incredibly diligent in her work)in April here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

DU PNAC Group here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The Demopedia link at the bottom is fairly loaded with info as well.



With CSPAN2 putting the spotlight on PNAC and MIHOP, it's time to dust off this timeline and ask that you distribute it far and wide.....


George W. Bush constantly reminds the nation about the threat of terrorism that began with 911 but he leaves out a few important details that you should know.........

In June 1997, 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:




There are countries to plunder and fortunes to be made. You have it, we want it. Do as we say or suffer the consequences.

The U.S. already has a powerful military but we plan to nurture and grow it until it's massive and we are indominable. Resistance is futile. We are.......


Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Steve Forbes, William J. Bennett, Frank Gaffney, and I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby, signator's - among others - of the PNAC's "Statement of Principles".


"We need to...challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values."

"We need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future."

"It is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge."
http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples ...


JANUARY 1998 - 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.

http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm


MARCH - APRIL 1999 - 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.

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/election/profile.htm


JUNE 1999 - 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.


SPRING 2000 - 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.


How To Rig An Election In The United States
http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00065.htm

Can the votes be changed?
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/access-diebold.htm

Bettter 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00166.htm

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 it endorsed pre-emptive strikes against them, tradition be damned. Iraq was given star billing as Control Central for their Mideast base of operations.


At present the United States faces no global rival. Americas grand strategy should aim to preserve and extend this advantageous position as far into the future as possible."

"American landpower is the essential link in the chain that translates U.S. military supremacy into American geopolitical preeminence.

"We cannot allow North Korea, Iran, Iraq or similar states to undermine American leadership."

"While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

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."
http://cryptome.org/rad.htm


NOVEMBER 2000 - 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.

http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/2000/11/0111200016084 ...


DECEMBER 2000 - In a highly contentious Presidential vote battle on the home turf of PNAC-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:



Donald Rumsfeld - Secretary of Defense

Paul Wolfowitz - Deputy Secretary of Defense

Elliott Abrams - Member of the National Security Council

John Bolton - Undersecretary for Arms Control and InternationalSecurity

Richard Perle - Chairman of the advisory Defense Policy Board

Richard Armitage - Deputy Secretary of State

John Bolton - Undersecretary of State for Disarmament

Zalmay Khalilzad - White House liaison to the Iraqi opposition


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.)

http://www.yuricareport.com/PoliticalAnalysis/FraudinWh ...

MARCH 2001 - 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 Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/071703.c_.shtml

As one internet poster pointed out:


"The Iraq map is not a map, it's a plan

"There are several areas marked 'earmarked for production sharing' (look at the map
legend), which means privatized oil fields. Iraq did not have privatized oil fields and
production sharing agreements before the US took it over.

"There are also parcels marked on the Iraq oil field and exploration map (numbered
'Block 1' through '9'). Iraq did not have an active, privatized oil exploration program
going on before it was conquered by the US.

"If you read the footnotes and entire contents of the other documents, there is a heavy
emphasis on business concerns, such as contracts and vendors over items one might
think would be more important in a government discussion, such as capacity, long term
reserves, etc...

"One footnote (in UAEOilProj.pdf) even contains investment advice for the participants
at the meeting, suggesting opportunities in downstream projects, such as power
desalination and pipeline projects.

"These are not 'just maps'. Read them."

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.


"Iraq was one of the more progressive Islamic countries in the region. It provided full
rights for women and public education for its citizens who enjoyed a decent standard
of living."

"Despite the years of bombings and the even greater toll on human life taken by the
sanctions, visitors to Baghdad don't see a city in ruins. Much of the wreckage has
been cleared away, much has been repaired.

"In our hotel, there's running water throughout the day, hot water in the morning.
Various streets in Baghdad are lined with little stores, surprisingly well-stocked with
household appliances, hardware goods, furniture, and clothes (much of which has a
second-hand look).

"We see no derelicts or homeless people on the streets, no prostitutes or ragged
bands of abandoned children, though there are occasional youngsters eager to
shine shoes or solicit spare change. But even they seem to be well-fed and decently
clothed. ......large swaths of the city used to be shrouded in complete darkness;
today, there are lights just about everywhere

"People used to feel hopelessly isolated and now there seems to be more hope and
better morale

Sadly though, "more and more children are turning up with leukemia" (a result of
the tons of depleted uranium the U.S. military used and left behind after Gulf War I.)

"The Iraqi leadership could turn US policy completely around by uttering just two
magic words: "free market." All they have to do is invite the International Monetary
Fund and World Bank into Iraq, eliminate free education and free medical care,
abolish the minimal food ration that goes to every Iraqi, abolish the housing
transportation subsidies, and hand over the country's oil industry to the corporate
cartels. To lift the sanctions, Iraq must surrender to the tender mercies of the
free-market paradise....

"Until then, Iraq will continue to be designated a "rogue nation" by those policy
makers in Washington who themselves are the meanest profit-driven, power-mongering
rogues on earth."
http://www.towardfreedom.com/2001/mar01/iraq.htm

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

In May 2001 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.

http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/7969.pdf .
http://www.gasandoil.com/goc/features/fex20867.htm

Even as plans were being made to remove the Taliban rulers from power, Colin Powell announced a $43 million "gift" to Afghanistan.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-09170 ...
http://www.cato.org/dailys/08-02-02.html

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.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/images/04/10/whitehouse.pdf

In June 2001 the decades-old procedure for a quick response by the nations air defense was changed. NORADs military commanders could no longer issue the command to launch fighter jets because approval had to be sought from the civilian Defense Secretary and PNAC-member, Donald Rumsfeld.

http://www.9-11commission.gov/hearings/hearing7/for_the ...


In July 2001, 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

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1550366.stm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,55 ...
http://www.gasandoil.com/goc/features/fex20867.htm


In September 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.

http://cryptome.org/rad.htm
http://www.observer.com/pages/story.asp?ID=8830
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp /...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1266317, ...

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 Donald H. Rumsfeld sprung into action.



He told his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq, even though Saddam wasn't linked to the attacks.

PNAC-James Woolsey, former CIA director, was dispatched to London to look for and 'firm up' evidence of Iraqi involvement in the 911 attacks.

PNAC-member and Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was authorized to create the Office of Special Plans.


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/09/04/september11/m ...



"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.

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?030512fa_fact

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.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/130534_focusecond ...

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.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,126244,00.html

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.

http://www.consumerpsychologist.com/#Perception


In October 2001, 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.


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!

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petgoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:44 PM
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28. Lazy? Tired? Short PNAC Video Here.
http://207.234.145.91:8080/ramgen/mef/hijack.org/video/...

Their plan for global domination, their wish for a new Pearl Harbor.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:47 PM
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29. My husband and myself Have Calvin whizzing on PNAC
on our cars . :D

PNAC is the core of our domestic/foreign
problems and must not be ignored .
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:49 PM
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30. Thanks for all the links and contributions, everybody.
Keep them coming. DU is PNAC University.
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:01 PM
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31. Great post
K & R
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:46 PM
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33. kick
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:09 AM
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35. Excellent! Thank you for posting this. n/t
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:00 AM
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36. kick
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 10:08 AM
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37. We can never lost sight of these criminals. n/t
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 11:20 AM
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38. Stephanie thanks. I have started emailing the media AGAIN and urging
THEM to connect the dots as well. This information is right under the noses of Chris Matthews, and many others who continue to pretend it does not exist.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:22 PM
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39. I don't think they'll have any choice - Fitz is going to make it clear
Wilson<-----Plame<------Brewster Jennings<--------WMD Lies<------Forged Niger Doc<---------The Neo-Con Cabal
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:24 PM
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40. I hope they don't have a choice. It's about time they do their jobs.
:hi:
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