Re: [sixties-l] re the PNAC and makes-LBJ-look-good

From: Michael Simmons (
Date: Fri Jan 10 2003 - 18:28:24 EST

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    Where's the rest of this article?
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      Subject: [sixties-l] re the PNAC and makes-LBJ-look-good

      This was among some snips sent me yesterday.
      "Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W Bush
      said what America needed was "a new Pearl Harbor". Its published aims have,
      alarmingly, come true." by John Pilger :12 Dec 2002
           "The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and
      individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more
      than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America
      to dominate much of humanity and the world's resources, it said, was "some
      catastrophic and catalysing event - like a new Pearl Harbor". The attacks
      of 11 September 2001 provided the "new Pearl Harbor", described as "the
      opportunity of ages". The extremists who have since exploited 11 September
      come from the era of Ronald Reagan, when far-right groups and "think-tanks"
      were established to avenge the American "defeat" in Vietnam. In the 1990s,
      there was an added agenda: to justify the denial of a "peace dividend"
      following the cold war. The Project for the New American Century was
      formed, along with the American Enterprise Institute, the Hudson Institute
      and others that have since merged the ambitions of the Reagan
      administration with those of the current Bush regime.
           "One of George W Bush's "thinkers" is Richard Perle. I interviewed
      Perle when he was advising Reagan; and when he spoke about "total war", I
      mistakenly dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in
      describing America's "war on terror". "No stages," he said. "This is total
      war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out
      there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we
      will do Iraq... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just
      let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we
      don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war...
      our children will sing great songs about us years from now."
           "Perle is one of the founders of the Project for the New American
      Century, the PNAC. Other founders include Dick Cheney, now vice-president,
      Donald Rumsfeld, defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defence
      secretary, I Lewis Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, William J Bennett,
      Reagan's education secretary, and Zalmay Khalilzad, Bush's ambassador to
      Afghanistan. These are the modern chartists of American terrorism. The
      PNAC's seminal report, Rebuilding America's Defences: strategy, forces and
      resources for a new century, was a blueprint of American aims in all but
      name. Two years ago it recommended an increase in arms-spending by $48bn so
      that Washington could "fight and win multiple, simultaneous major theatre
      wars". This has happened. It said the United States should develop
      "bunker-buster" nuclear weapons and make "star wars" a national priority=

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