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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

Project directorsEdit

[as currently listed on the PNAC website:]

Project staffEdit

Former directors and staffEdit

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

Second Statement on Postwar Iraq, March 28, 2003, newamericancentury.org

Richard H. Shultz, Jr. is Professor of International Politics at Tufts University and Director, International Security Studies Program, which includes the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies at The Fletcher School.

Has contributed to almost all post 9/11 PNAC letters.

Letter to President Clinton on Kosovo and Milosevic, The Project for the New American Century, September 1998

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:

Name Department Title Remarks
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").

"Sources: State Department official source of Plame leak," John King & Brian Todd, CNN.

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
Papers obtained via FOIA from Cheney's Energy Task Force, Judicial Watch
Former CEO of Halliburton, which has received $10 billion in Iraq contracts, $2.5 billion of which were unbid. "What Cheney did at Halliburton," by Mike France & Stephanie Anderson Forest in BusinessWeek
Factsheet on Halliburton Contracts, Truthout.org
Halliburton Watch, an organization dedicated to observation of Halliburton's corporate malfeasance

Eliot A. Cohen Department of State (2007-)

Glenn Kessler, "Rice Names Critic Of Iraq Policy to Counselor's Post", The Washington Post, March 2, 2007.

Counselor of the US Dept of State Member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board
Seth Cropsey International Broadcasting Bureau
(12/2002-12/2004)
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
Former Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, the firm that developed Tamiflu.
Resigned from office December 15, 2006.

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;


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