Bush administration: Project for the New American Century

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The following are Project for the New American Century (PNAC) personnel who are either members of or close to the Bush administration:

  • John R. Bolton, currently Bush's nominee as ambassador to the United Nations, served as Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs. He is not an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles, but has signed at least five PNAC position papers sent as letters to presidents and members of congress advocating military aggression abroad.
  • Dick Cheney is Vice President and an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles.
  • Devon Gaffney Cross is a member of the Defense Policy Board and Donors Forum on International Affairs.
  • Aaron Friedberg is the Vice President's Deputy National Security Advisor and the Vice President's Director of Policy Planning.
  • Zalmay Khalilzad was appointed in December 2002 as the president's "special envoy and ambassador at large for free Iraqis." According to the White House announcement, Khalilzad would "serve as the focal point for contacts and coordination among free Iraqis for the U.S. government and for preparations for a post-Saddam Iraq." Khalilzad's qualifications include not only advocating Saddam's ouster since the 1980s, but also his proven prowess in orchestrating the installation of the Hamid Karzai regime in Afghanistan after being appointed special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan in December 2001. He is an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles.
  • I. Lewis Scooter Libby is Chief of Staff and the Vice President's Assistant for National Security Affairs to Dick Cheney and an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles.
  • Richard N. Perle became chairman of the 30-member Defense Policy Board in July 2001, which meets regularly with Rumsfeld. The board's meetings are classified and members are allowed access to top-secret intelligence reports. He resigned in early 2003 upon allegations that he was essentially profiting from insider trading with classified defense intelligence. Perle is not an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles, but has signed at least eight PNAC position papers sent as letters to presidents and members of congress advocating military aggression abroad.
  • Peter W. Rodman is Asst. Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs.
  • Donald Rumsfeld is US Secretary of Defense and an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles in 1997.
  • Chris Williams is a member of the Defense Policy Board and Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel, as well as Special Assistant to Rumsfeld on Policy, 2001.
  • Paul Dundes Wolfowitz is Deputy Secretary of Defense and an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles.
  • R. James Woolsey, Jr. served as director of Central Intelligence for the CIA from 1993-95, and was ambassador to the negotiation on conventional armed forces in Europe from 1989-91. Woolsey went to Geneva as delegate at large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks from 1983-86. He was also Under Secretary of the Navy and advised the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. Woolsey, one of the most high-profile hawks in the war against Iraq and a key member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, is a director of the Washington-based private equity firm Paladin Capital. The company was set up three months after the terrorist attacks on New York and sees the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001 as a business opportunity which 'offer[s] substantial promise for homeland security investment'. He is not an original signer of the PNAC statement of principles, but has signed at least seven of its position papers sent as letters to presidents and members of congress advocating military aggression abroad. According to RightWeb, Woolsey is a member of the Defense Policy Board, the Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel, and a special envoy of Rumsfeld to investigate the Czech-al Qaeda connection (?).[1]

Information gleaned from RightWeb has been incorporated into this article.[2]

External links

  • Arundhati Roy, "The New American Century," The Nation, January 22, 2004: "From Cancun we learned the importance of globalizing resistance. ... No individual nation can stand up to the project of corporate globalization on its own."