September, 2003 The Rest of the PNAC Iceberg

Buddhist Peace Group
STUDIES
The Project for a New American Century

The Buddhist Peace Group will sponsor a study group on ' The Project for a New American Century,' aka PNAC. The study group will be held at the main branch of the Albany Public Library - 161 Washington Avenue, Albany NY. It will begin on Thursday September 4th at 7PM and continue at the same location and same time for all Thursdays throughout September. The study group is free and open to the public. For more information call 852-3923.

The 'Project for a New American Century,' a 90 page document that outlines a radical new strategy for American military and foreign policy, was published in September of 2000 - two months before the presidential election, and a full year before the events of 9/11. It was commissioned by several individuals who later came to play key roles in the Bush administration - including Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz - and now guides current U.S. foreign policy. Anyone interested in understanding U.S. policy is sure to find a study of this document invaluable.

In the study sessions sponsored by the BPG portions of the document will be read aloud, followed by discussion. People with little to very great political knowledge and from all ends of the political spectrum are encouraged to attend.


In this day and age, we who believe in the peaceful resolution of global conflict face the very real possibility of an endless series of very short but devastating foreign wars - invasions conducted by the U.S. without Congressional declaration of war, and in the absence of forums for real public debate. This set of circumstances, along with the fact that commercial media is not providing adequate information about major policy decisions in time for citizens to react effectively, makes it necessary for groups at the LOCAL level to create forums for the pro-active consideration of issues related to foreign and domestic policy.

In this spirit we, the Buddhist Peace Group, are sponsoring readings of a document - 'The Project for a New American Century' (PNAC) - that some have called the blueprint for the foreign and domestic policies that are currently being implemented by the Bush administration. One investigative reporter describes the PNAC this way:

The lexicon of the Bush doctrine of unilateral world domination is laid out in detail by the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), founded in Washington in 1997. The ideological, political, economic and military fundamentals of American foreign policy - and uncontested world hegemony - for the 21st century are there for all to see. [1]
The document was commissioned by Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and other current members of the Bush Administration, long before Bush took office. (Find out more about the individuals who commissioned this document: [2] , and about other secret documents that this group was involved in preparing in the early 1990's [3])

The PNAC is a remarkable document, in many ways. For example, a full year before the events of 9/11, it described the need for a 'new Pearl Harbor' if the monumental policy changes that it envisions were to quickly be put into effect (page 51). It also revealed, 5 years before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the real reasons behind such an action:

Indeed, the US has for decades sought to play a more prominent role in Gulf region security. 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. (page 14)

The document also calls for other specific military plans and actions that have not yet come to pass, but eventually will if what has already come quickly to fruition under the new administration is indicative [4]. As one reporter ominously concludes, 'Iraq counts only as the first strike in a high-tech replay of the domino theory: the next dominoes will be Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.' [5] [For more about what the PNAC has to say about Iran, for example, see: [6]

Join us as we study this document in an effort to understand what the architects of current foreign and domestic policy have in mind for our future, and to seek to understand what kind of response is possible at the local level.


Possible Study Materials:

1) Listen to a reading of excerpts from the 'Project for a New American Century,' sponsored by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Ferlinghetti is a renowned poet, the author of 40 collections of poetry, the founder of 'City Lights Bookstore' in San Francisco, and a publisher. He was also one of the first to learn of the existence of the PNAC, and the earliest to try to widely disseminate the material. 'Why hasn't such a shocking document been disseminated in the mass media?' he asked.

Radio4all, an alternative media group, responded to Ferlinghetti's question by taking the task of making people aware of this document on themselves. If you have software that can play an mp3 file, you can hear the reading of the PNAC that was sponsored by Ferlinghetti, via 'streamed audio' (i.e., you can listen to it while it downloads):
[audio, part1 - 29 minutes]
[audio, part2 - 29 minutes].

Or you can download the files for later listening from here: [2].

2) Also see the link on our INFORMATION page, to the Ted Koppel report on the PNAC (April 23rd, 2003).

3) You can download a printable (and digitably searchable) PDF version of the entire PNAC document from:

http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

To view this pdf file you will need Adobe's (free) 'Acrobat Reader' software installed on your computer.

4) Read the article in the Sunday Herald (9/15/2002) that broke the story about the relationship between the PNAC and the Iraq war: Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President

5) Can we gleen anything from the PNAC about where the new foreign policy will take us in the future? Read: Next Stop Iran?


STUDY GROUP DETAILS:

What: Study Group on 'The Project for a New American Century'
When: 7 PM, each Thursday in September, 2003 - September 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.
Where: Albany Public Library - 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Who: Buddhist Peace Group invites the public to join them