Had to write a letter to the local rag re: David Brooks latest distorted diversion
(naturally, they didn't print it)
7 January 2004
To the Editor:
David Brooks’ opinion column in today’s Star Tribune makes some valid points; among them is that “half truths get circulated and exaggerated”. Unfortunately, Mr. Brooks column is well filled with just such half truths. He primarily focuses on the harmlessness of the so-called “neoconservative” movement, as embodied by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
The PNAC was formed in 1997. It is a well funded Washington think tank and lobbying agent. Here is an excerpt from its’ Statement of Principles (available on the PNAC website):
“As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world’s preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?”
also: “we need to increase defense spending significantly”….”we need to..challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values”
This statement is dated June 3, 1997, well before 9/11. PNAC’s letters and opinions have grown more radical since then.
From this statement and many others available on its website, one can easily conclude that neoconservative foreign policy encourages an aggressive, confrontational pursuit of “American interests” and “American values” worldwide, backed by military force as necessary. This appears to be remarkably similar to policies enacted by the Bush administration, both before and after 9/11.
Who is PNAC? Mr. Brooks states that “neocons…the ones outside government have almost no contact with President Bush”. Here is a partial list of the signers of that June 1997 letter. Decide for yourself how much contact and influence they have had with the President.
Dick Cheney: currently Vice President of the United States
Donald Rumsfeld: currently Secretary of Defense
Jeb Bush: President Bush’s brother, currently Governor of Florida
Paul Wolfowitz: currently Undersecretary of Defense
Richard Perle: Foreign Policy Advisor, Bush Campaign 2000, currently member (formerly chairman) of the Defense Policy Board
Peter W. Rodman: currently Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs (DoD)
Paula Dobriansky: currently Undersecretary, Global Affairs, US State Department
I. Lewis Libby: currently Chief of Staff for Vice President Cheney
Mr. Brooks’ contention that criticism of neocon-style foreign policy belongs in the realm of conspiracy theory has no basis in fact. His contention that criticism of neocon-style foreign policy is somehow anti-Semitic has no basis in fact. His contention that neocons have no special influence with this Administration has no basis in fact. Mr. Brooks would do well to become better acquainted with the facts before accusing others of “half truths”.