Project for the New American Century
|God, guns, and freedom|
|Starting arguments over Thanksgiving dinner|
|Persons of interest|
“”[Our views] are deeply rooted in American history and widely shared by Americans.
|—Robert Kagan, co-founder of PNAC|
“”Henceforth, the Republic shall be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire! To ensure a safe and secure society!
The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a massive neoconservative think tank, created in 1997 and closed in 2006. Its goal was "to promote American global leadership" because "American leadership is both good for America and good for the world." It ended up achieving very different goals.
It was highly influential with regard to the development of military and foreign policies, especially involving national security and the Iraq War, within the previous administration of George W. Bush.
Some of our favorite people were involved in this, including:
And a whole host of other right-wing nutjobs, most of them with convenient connections with the Bush administration.
PNAC has become significant (and entered the public consciousness) due to their presence in truther conspiracy theories, mostly centering around a comment in Section V of their policy report, Rebuilding America's Defenses, entitled "Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force":
“”Further, the process of transformation [of the military], even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor.
The fact that this is simply being realistic ("change will be slow unless something weird happens") rather than calling for actual action is one of the many things that escapes Truthers.
Rebuilding America's Defenses was released in September of 2000, a year before 9/11 happened. The wackos maintain that, considering the date of this document and the quote highlighted above, the Bush Administration had some level of involvement with the events of 9/11, whether it be letting the terrorists go through with their plan that day or to putting nukes in the basement of the trade center; it really depends on who you ask.
- Their website has been shut down, but it can still be viewed via The Wayback Machine: newamericancentury.org
- America still capable of military strikes: Robert Kagan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (So much hilarity in hindsight.)