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US and the triumph of unilateralism

September 19, 2002
US and the triumph of unilateralism

This is a week old, but this article at Asia Times lays out my worst fears about the Administration.

WASHINGTON – When excerpts of the document first appeared in the New York Times in the spring of 1992, it created quite a stir. One senator described it as a prescription for “literally a Pax Americana”. Indeed, the draft Defense Policy Guidance (DPG), which set forth the underlying assumptions for US grand strategy into the next century, was pretty astonishing.

Written by two relatively obscure political appointees in the Pentagon’s policy office after the Gulf War, it boldly called for permanent US military pre-eminence over virtually all of Eurasia – to be achieved by “deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role” and by pre-empting states believed to be developing weapons of mass destruction.

It foretold a world in which US military intervention would come to be seen “as a constant fixture” of the geo-political landscape and Washington would act as the ultimate guarantor of the international order. Indeed, the draft failed to even mention the United Nations.

Who wrote this document? Paul Wolfowitz and I Lewis Libby, who have since risen to the posts of deputy defense secretary and Cheney’s chief of staff, respectively.

I remember the uproar over this document, but didn’t realize it was these two clowns. I recommend reading the entire article to get a sense of where we’re headed.

Recently, The Project for the New American Century document was dug up, and this link is to a 90 page PDF that contains the blueprint of the Administration. You’ll see such heart-warming names as Wolfowitz and Libby, both of whom are now key members of the Administration.

I also strongly recommend reading Statement of Principles of the PNAC and suggest that people read the names at the bottom for an even clearer picture of just where we’re headed. This particular page is a quick read, I might add.