Sat, 24 Mar 2018 Caitlin Johnstone

In September of the year 2000, the extremely influential neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century published a report titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” which laid out an agenda for ensuring US world dominance in a post-Cold War world. It called for massive, sweeping changes in the current model for US policy, about which it made the following observation:

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor. “

One year later, the neoconservatives got their “new Pearl Harbor” in the form of 9/11.

Following the title page of “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” you will find an introduction titled “About the Project for the New American Century”, which begins as follows:

“Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century is a nonprofit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership. The Project is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project. William Kristol is chairman of the Project, and Robert Kagan, Devon Gaffney Cross, Bruce P. Jackson and John R. Bolton serve as directors.”

You may have noticed that I mention some of those names quite a bit in my work, lately with a special focus on Mr. John Robert Bolton, who was recently named President Trump’s new National Security Advisor. Bolton was one of the leading voices advancing the cause for George W. Bush’s neoconservative wars, and he has remained easily the most aggressively hawkish neoconservative war pundit in Washington as he has continued to defend the Iraq invasion while advocating military aggression against every government which refuses to bow to the US-centralized empire.