<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Mission accomplished at the Project for a New American Century?

Monday, June 12, 2006

Mission accomplished at the Project for a New American Century?

The Washington Post reports that the doors may be closing soon on the Project for a New American Century, the neoconservative "think tank" founded by Dick Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Paul D. Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, Scooter Libby, William Bennett, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Dan Quayle. (One more player and Satan would have himself a baseball team!)

The PNAC's manifesto said that the group's goal was to continue the Reaganite, muscular approach to projecting American power and "moral clarity" (i.e., a clear lack of morals) in the post-Cold War world. In fact, the PNAC and its supporters have dominated the Bush administration's foreign policy apparatus and championed a policy to get rid of Saddam Hussein long before Sept. 11, 2001. In a 1998 letter to President Clinton, the PNAC said "removing Saddam Hussein and his regime...now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy." Clinton was urged to use all diplomatic, political, and military means to topple Saddam. Which, of course, he left to George W. Bush. Who, of course, skipped right past diplomatic and political means and went straight for military.

So now that Saddam is out of power (as is the rest of Iraq), is the PNAC's mission accomplished? A source to the Post said that there had been some debate about PNAC's future, but the feeling was one of "goal accomplished" and it looks to be heading toward closing.

"Goal accomplished"? Sounds to us like they fell 94 years short of their goal. But that's okay - they did enough damage to last us at least 94 more years.



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