Bush’s War Plan Is Scarier Than He’s Saying

Global wars, space control, and U.S. power projection around the
world are all part of an obscure foreign policy initiative authored
by high-level Bush administration officials. Components of the
‘Statement of Principles’ of the Project for the New American
Century — signed by Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and
others – have already become part of American foreign policy,
reports Sydney H. Schanberg in The Village Voice.

The details of the ‘Statement of Principles’ are striking:
‘Fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater
wars,’ says one part of the report, while defensive measures
include missile defense and control of the ‘international commons’
in space and cyberspace. Another statement was more prescient than
even its authors had probably imagined: ‘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.’

Conspiracy theory aside, when the vice president and secretary
of defense are signatories of a plan blatantly calling for world
domination, multiple large-scale wars, and a new military service
— U.S. Space Forces (among other absurdities) — the American
public has a right to know. As Schanberg writes, ‘How far has the
White House taken this plan? How long can the president keep the
nation in the dark, emerging from his White House cocoon only to
speak to us in slogans and the sterile language of pep
Joel Stonington

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War Plan Is Scarier than He’s Saying

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