Project for the New American Century is a neo-conservative think-tank that promotes an ideology of total U.S. world domination through the use of force. The group embraces and disseminates an ideology of faith in force, U.S. supremacy, and rejection of the rule of law in international affairs.
The group’s core ideas are expressed in a September 2000 report produced for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, and Lewis Libby entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century. The Sunday Herald referred to the report as a “blueprint for U.S. world domination.”
According to the Sonoma State University media research group Project Censored, The Neoconservative Plan for Global Dominance was the Top Censored Media Story of 2002-2003.
PNAC’s membership includes people such as Richard Perle, Elliot Abrams, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and William Kristol.
PNAC began to enter the public consciousness when journalist Neil Mackay wrote about the September 2000 report in the September 15th, 2002 edition of the Sunday Herald. According to the article, the report sparked outrage from British Labour MP Tom Dalyell:
Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP, father of the House of Commons and one of the leading rebel voices against war with Iraq, said: ‘This is garbage from right-wing think-tanks stuffed with chicken-hawks — men who have never seen the horror of war but are in love with the idea of war. Men like Cheney, who were draft-dodgers in the Vietnam war.
‘This is a blueprint for US world domination — a new world order of their making. These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to control the world. I am appalled that a British Labour Prime Minister should have got into bed with a crew which has this moral standing.’
The Sunday Herald article highlighted the following goals from the 2000 report, which it termed an “American grand strategy” and “blueprint of world domination”:
· The U.S. must take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein is in power: “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.”
· The U.S. must “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars” as a “core mission”
· The U.S. forces are “the cavalry on the new American frontier”
· The report builds upon the 1992 draft document “Defense Planning Guidance,” which claimed that the U.S. must “discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role”
· Permanent U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, whether or not Saddam Hussein is in power
· Increasing military pressure on China: “it is time to increase the presence of American forces in southeast Asia” which will lead to “American and allied power providing the spur to the process of democratisation in China”
· “the creation of ‘US Space Forces’, to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent ‘enemies’ using the internet against the US”
· The report contains ambivalent language toward bioterrorism and genetic warfare: “New methods of attack — electronic, ‘non-lethal’, biological — will be more widely available … combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the world of microbes … advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target’ specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool”
· Development of “world-wide command-and-control system” to contain dangerous regimes of North Korea, Libya, Syria, and Iran.
Some of PNAC’s members and associates have been implicated in conflict of interest scandals involving the ways that they profit from the wars and military spending that they promote.