If you have any doubts about McCain living up to his nickname McSame you need to read, John McCain’s Chilling Project for America  by Elliot Cohen on Truthdig. The report is by far the most compelling piece outlining  John McCain’s alignment with the current administration’s objectives and their thinktank, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). McCain’s mindset is a dangerous continuation of the same  policies that have transformed this country into dangerous territory with a government I truly no longer recognize nor understand. Consider the following;

John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. The credo of this group is “the end justifies the means,” and the end of establishing the United States as the world’s sole superpower justifies, in its estimation, anything from military control over the information on the Internet to the use of genocidal biological weapons. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it.
The Road Map to War

The blueprint for this “new order” was drafted in February 1992, at the end of the George H.W. Bush administration when Defense Department staffers Paul Wolfowitz, I. Lewis Libby and Zalmay Khalilzad, acting under then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, drafted the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG). This document, also known as the “Wolfowitz Doctrine,” was an unofficial, internal document that advocated massive increases in defense spending for purposes of strategic proliferation and buildup of the military in order to establish the pre-eminence of the United States as the world’s sole superpower. Advocating pre-emptiveattacks withnuclear, chemical or biological weapons, it proclaimed that “the U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests.” The document was also quite clear about what should be the United States’ main objective in the Middle East, especially with regard to Iraq and Iran, which was to “remain the predominant outside power in the region and preserve U.S. and Western access to the region’s oil.” The Wolfowitz Doctrine was leaked to The New York Times and The Washington Post, which published excerpts from it. Amid a public outcry, President George H.W. Bush retracted the document, and it was substantially revised. 

The original mission of the Wolfowitz Doctrine was not lost, however. In 1997, William Kristol and Robert Kagan founded The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a nongovernment political action organization that sought to develop and advocate for the militant, geopolitical tenets contained in the Wolfowitz Doctrine.  PNAC’s original members included Wolfowitz, Cheney, Khalilzad, Libby, John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, Donald Rumsfeld, William J. Bennett, and other soon-to-be high officers in the Bush administration. 

McCain’s Ties to PNAC

John McCain’s connection to PNAC can be traced back to before its formation in 1997.  In fact, he was president of the New Citizenship Project, founded by Kristol in 1994. This organization was parent to PNAC, and served as its chief fundraising organ. 

 As of this posting, the website for the Project for the New American Century states that the account has been suspended and to contact the billing department. I have visited the website before and read many of the documents the author is referring to and I truly believe the site was removed due to McCain’s presidental bid. I was able to find several key documents on the net that are of great importance to understanding the methodology of McCain, the New Citizen Project and PNAC. In my opinion two of the most telling is featured below, note the signatories on the PNAC Statement of Principles. It reads like the who’s who of the past and current Bush Administrations.

Statement of Principles

American foreign and defense policy is adrift. Conservatives have criticized the incoherent policies of the Clinton Administration. They have also resisted isolationist impulses from within their own ranks. But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America’s role in the world. They have not set forth guiding principles for American foreign policy. They have allowed differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives. And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century.

We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.

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 an 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?

We are in danger of squandering the opportunity and failing the challenge. We are living off the capital — both the military investments and the foreign policy achievements — built up by past administrations. Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world. And the promise of short-term commercial benefits threatens to override strategic considerations. As a consequence, we are jeopardizing the nation’s ability to meet present threats and to deal with potentially greater challenges that lie ahead.

We seem to have forgotten the essential elements of the Reagan Administration’s success: a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities.

Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership or the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.

Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;

• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;

• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;

• we need to accept responsibility for America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.

Such a Reaganitepolicy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.

Elliott Abrams    Gary Bauer    William J. Bennett    Jeb Bush      Dick Cheney     Eliot A. Cohen    Midge Decter     Paula Dobriansky    Steve Forbes  Aaron Friedberg    Francis Fukuyama   
Frank Gaffney     Fred C. Ikle   Donald Kagan    Zalmay Khalilzad    I. Lewis Libby   
Norman Podhoretz   Dan Quayle    Peter W. Rodman    Stephen P. Rosen    Henry S. Rowen
Donald Rumsfeld     Vin Weber    George Weigel    Paul Wolfowitz

Page archived here.

Another notable document created by PNAC is a report titled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century. This 90 page report was released two months before the 2000 elections. Its stated goal, 

• defend the American homeland;
• fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;
• perform the “constabulary” duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions;
• transform U.S. forces to exploit the revolution in military affairs.

Also consider this from page 72 of Rebuilding American’s Defenses;

Although it may take several decades for the process of transformation to unfold, in time, the art of warfare on air, land, and sea will be vastly different than it is today, and “combat” likely will take place in new dimensions: in space, “cyber-space,” and perhaps the world of microbes.

Space itself will become a theater of war, as nations gain access to space capabilities and come to rely on them; further, the distinction between military and commercial space systems – combatants and noncombatants – will become blurred. Information systems will become an important focus of attack, particularly for U.S. enemies seeking to short-circuit sophisticated American forces. And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.

An aside note, with biological warfare on the table and considered  to be a politically useful tool this is a good time to ask, Why does the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) need or should I say want the NBAF, a BSL-4 Agricultural Facility? 

For sometime even mentioning the Project for the New American Century would get you labled as a conspiracy theorist and your opinion dismissed. However, considering the over-bearing influence of PNAC’s geopolitical adenga dating back to Bush 1’s administration with then Defense Secretary, Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, then-under Secretary of Defense at the helm, it baffles me these issues aren’t discussed more but that is where the secrecy comes into play and we know how good these guys are at that. 

I invite you to consider an excellent example of how Cheney and Wolfowitz’s PNAC methodology began transforming our foreign policy included in this material from PBS. The program is titled “The War behind Closed Doors”. If one carefully examines the material PNAC and its splinter groups have crafted and compare those with the foreign policy strategy of the past and present Bush administration’s you will quickly come to one conclusion.  I leave it to you to decide.