Project for the New American Century (1997)
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Project for the New American Century 1997

Project for the New American Century: The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was founded in 1997 by the right wing thinkers William Kristol and Robert Kagan. This group is arguably one of the most influential in Washington and is thought to have a significant influence on - or at least to reflect - much of George Bushs view of the world. The PNAC believes that America should use its power to shape the world and further American interests across the world - by military means if necessary. It has some high profile sympathisers including US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, the under-secretary of state for Arms Control and International Security and Richard Perle . Americas defence All of these people were among a group of 18 who signed a letter from the PNAC to Bill Clinton in 1998 urging him to topple Saddams regime. The most important document produced by the group was published In September 2000, as Mr Bush was running for the presidency. The report called Rebuilding Americas Defences said that Americas goal should be to promote American global leadership. It called for increased defence spending coupled with a strong foreign policy which promotes American democracy across the globe - all hallmarks of the current US foreign policy. Resolve The mission statement reads: 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 achievement of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favourable to American principles and interests?

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