The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is a plan for asserting American power in the world, allegedly in support of peace and democracy, but with a focus on pre-emptive war to unseat former US ally Saddam Hussein, resulting in massive deficits, massive government largesse to well-connected corporations such as Halliburton, massive damage to US military readiness, and massive loss of US prestige.
Many prominent members of the Bush Administration are members of PNAC, or have signed one or more of its public letters.
Persons associated with the PNACEdit
[as currently listed on the PNAC website:]
Former directors and staffEdit
- Daniel McKivergan, Deputy Director
Signatories to Statement of PrinciplesEdit
Statement of Principles of The Project for the New American Century
Signatories or contributors to other significant letters or reportsEdit
Associations with Bush administrationEdit
After the election of George W. Bush in 2000, a number of PNAC's members or signatories were appointed to key positions within the President's administration:
|Elliott Abrams||National Security Council||Representative for Middle Eastern Affairs||Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations (2001–2002) and Near East and North African Affairs (2002–2005), Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy (2005-) (all within the National Security Council). President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.|
In 1991 - Pled Guilty to withholding evidence from Congress in Iran-Contra Affair. Pardoned by George H.W. Bush.
|Richard Armitage||United States Department of State (2001-2005)||United States Deputy Secretary of State||Disclosed Valerie Plame's identity in the Plame affair (aka "CIA leak scandal"; "Plamegate").|
|John R. Bolton||United States Department of State (2001-2006)||U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2005-2006)||Previously under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs(2001-2005).|
|Richard Cheney||Bush Administration||Vice President of the United States||Former Secretary of Defense (1989-1993). Prior to 9-11, held secret energy task force meeting with oil industry reps to discuss document, "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts," and maps of Iraqi oilfields.
"Papers Detail Industry's Role in Cheney's Energy Report," by Michael Abramowitz and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post
|Eliot A. Cohen||Department of State (2007-)||Counselor of the US Dept of State||Member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board|
|Seth Cropsey||International Broadcasting Bureau|
|Director||Voice of America was under his purview|
|Paula Dobriansky||United States Department of State||Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs|
|Francis Fukuyama||The President's Council on Bioethics||Council Member (2001-2005)||Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University|
|Zalmay Khalilzad||Department of State||U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations||Previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (6/2005 - 3/2007) and prior to that U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (11/2003 - 6/2005)|
|I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby||Bush Administration (2001-2005)||Chief of Staff for the Vice President||Resigned October 28, 2005. On March 6, 2007, Libby was found guilty on two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice, and one of making false statements to the FBI in relation to the Plame affair. George W. Bush commuted Libby's 30-month federal prison sentence.|
|Richard Perle||United States Department of Defense (2001-2003)||Chairman of the Board, Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee||Resigned as chairman in March 2003|
|Peter W. Rodman||United States Department of Defense||Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security|
|Donald Rumsfeld||United States Department of Defense (2001-2006)||United States Secretary of Defense||Downgraded NORAD defenses prior to 9-11 by altering military code to require his explicit permission to scramble fighter jets. Compare Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction, J-3 CJCSI 3610.01A in June 2001 to 3610.01 from July 1997, note change for Sec. Defense approval from "DOD military assistance" to "DOD assistance." See also 3025.15 from February 1997.|
Former chief envoy to the Middle East under Reagan "The Saddam in Rumsfeld's Closet," by Jeremy Scahill in Commondreams.org
|Randy Scheunemann||U.S. Committee on NATO, Project on Transitional Democracies, International Republican Institute||Member||Founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.|
|Paul Wolfowitz||United States Department of Defense (2001-2005)||United States Deputy Secretary of Defense||Became President of the World Bank in 2005.
Resigned in May 2007 (effective June 30, 2007), after a controversy concerning his leadership.
|Dov S. Zakheim||United States Department of Defense||Comptroller||Former V.P. of System Planning Corporation|
|Robert B. Zoellick||United States Department of State||United States Deputy Secretary of State||U.S. Trade Representative (2001-2005)
Nominated President of the World Bank in May 2007;