Category Archive 'PNAC Focus Areas'


Jim Lobe’s Neo-Con Focus Area from IPS

Outside Analysis, PNAC Focus Areas

Jim Lobe could possibly be credited as being the journalist who has covered the rise of the neo-conservative movement, including the PNAC, more than anyone else.

Inter Press Service, the press agency Lobe works for (as Washington D.C. bureau chief), has compiled a focus area of all of his stories related to the neo-cons. It has dozens of stories, spanning a number of years.

It looks to be invaluable resource for researching the background of the neo-conservative movement’s power structure, as well as for following along with developments as they have occured over time.

Inter Press Service/Jim Lobe: Neo-Cons


Other PNAC/Neo-con Exposure Sites

PNAC Focus Areas

There are a number of other sites devoted to explaining, critiquing, and exposing the Project for the New American Century, and it’s long past time that they are acknowledged here.

Of course, there’s the aforementioned "Neocon 101" feature from the Christian Science Monitor, which is an excellent (and relatively even-handed) primer.

PNAC Revealed has collected biographical pages for each of the PNAC signatories, as well as a bunch of articles, including some that aren’t linked to here. While the background of the editor seems to be politically left-of-center, that slant doesn’t show up much—the site is primarily a compilation of original sources.

TVNewsLies, which is sort of a very excited, left-wing web tabloid, has compiled a page of links to PNAC-related articles and sites.

The Four Reasons, also apparently left-leaning and Democrat-oriented (though calmer than TVNewsLies), has a good page
of links
to info about a dozen or so of the PNAC core group, and a page of a lot of links to info about Leo Strauss, a purported "godfather" of the neoconservative ideology. I’m a little confused because they have a list of think tanks, which I think is supposed to be a list
of neocon think tanks, but which includes the Cato Institute, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Cato is libertarian, not neoconservative—the president and chairman co-authored an article opposing neocons in July—and back in April, Joseph Cirincione from the Carnegie Endowment was on NPR opposing PNAC. It’s possible that the list is supposed to be think tanks on both sides of the issue…it’s not clear, which is why I’m confused. ;-)

A site I just discovered called Post 9-11 Timeline has a decent page of PNAC-related links, along with a number of other feature pages designed to "do our best to provide you with all the information you need to know in a post-September 11th America." They have an intense intro page that features a rapid-fire presentation of images from the past two years accompanied by rapid-fire music. It’s not cheery, but it’s quite entrancing.

Wikipedia, a free, openly-editable encyclopedia, has an entry for the PNAC, which has quite a few helpful links, and provides a pretty straightforward overview. I take issue with the contention there that the PNAC is "right-wing"—there’s not much that’s legitimately conservative about the PNAC’s embrace of government power and growth, and neither pre-emptive war or "liberating" foreign countries are right-wing any more than they are left-wing tendencies.

Feel free to post further resources in the comments area of this entry.


Empire Builders: Neoconservatives and their blueprint for US power

Outside Analysis, PNAC Focus Areas

It appears that the Christian Science Monitor has put together the best journalistic primer to the neoconservative movement—in other words, the parents and children of the Project for the New American Century. Upon initial
examination, this would seem to be a strong candidate for "hottest resource" in the category of surface-level introductions to the world of the PNAC and beyond.

Empire Builders: Neoconservatives and their blueprint for US power

It features profiles and photos of the top dozen players in the modern movement: Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Lewis Libby, John Bolton, Elliot Abrams, Robert Kagan, Michael Ledeen, William Kristol, and Frank Gaffney, Jr.. They also have a Neocon 101 page, with the most basic questions answered; an "Are You a Neocon?" interactive quiz; analysis Q & A from neocon Max Boot and foreign policy expert Walter Russel Mead; a pop-up timeline of U.S foreign policy since 1783; a collection of short quotes from neocon figures; and a page of links to neocon thinktanks and key documents (our main target, the PNAC, made the top of that list).

It’s clear, succinct, journalistic (not editorial), and from a source which is not known for being especially liberal, or liberal at all as far as I know. In other words, it’s probably the best location going for introducing this bunch of issues to someone.

Of course, you might want to send them right here to this entry, so that they can see that the CSMonitor
focus area
comes out of an atmosphere of concern that goes well beyond that one publication. Their web area doesn’t seem to have links or references to other critical or investigative resources related to the PNAC—or things like Rep. Ron Paul’s fantastic "Neo-conned" speech.

Welcome to a site dedicated to drawing attention to the neoconservative foreign policy approach, and its consequences for America and the world.
Useful Links
Category: Outside Analysis
  • "Afghanistan: The War Without End" (within a war without end)
  • "Regime Change" Ambitions in Iran
  • "The Believer": In-depth look at Paul Wolfowitz "defending his war"
  • 1958-1991, Iraq: A Classic Case of Divide and Conquer
  • A Debate Over U.S. 'Empire' Builds in Unexpected Circles
  • An Economist's Case Against an Interventionist Foreign Policy
  • An Iran Trap?
  • Analysis: Wolfowitz's 1992 vision as 2002 U.S. Foreign Policy Reality
  • Article: Conservatives and exiles [begin to consider that they may have to think about having to] desert war campaign
  • Briefing - The rise of the Washington "neo-cons"
  • Empire Builders: Neoconservatives and their blueprint for US power
  • Getting Out of Iraq: Our Strategic Interest
  • Iraq war to gain US foothold in South Eastern Asia (college paper)
  • Is Iraq the opening salvo in a war to remake the world?
  • Is the Neoconservative Moment Over?
  • Jim Lobe's Neo-Con Focus Area from IPS
  • Neoconservatism Made Kristol Clear
  • Op-Ed: From Republic to Empire
  • Pay no attention to the neocon behind the curtain
  • Pentagon Office Home to Neo-Con Network
  • PNAC College Paper
  • PNAC on NPR's "Fresh Air"
  • Puppet Show: Will Ahmed Chalabi Govern Post-War Iraq?
  • Reference Materials for "Debating Empire"
  • Rep. Ron Paul's Speech to Congress: "Neo-conned"
  • Richard Perle's connections
  • The American Conservative: The Weekly Standard’s War
  • The Bush Foreign Policy Team's Shared Vision
  • The Conservative Split I: An Introduction to Neoconservatism
  • The Conservative Split III: A Call to Action
  • The Hawks Loudly Express Their Second Thoughts
  • The Neo-Conservative Ascendancy in the Bush Administration
  • The New Al Qaeda: More Dangerous than the Old Version
  • This war is brought to you by...
  • William Arkin connects the "Syria's next" dots
  • Category: News Articles
  • "Afghanistan: The War Without End" (within a war without end)
  • "The Believer": In-depth look at Paul Wolfowitz "defending his war"
  • $60 billion Rebuild Iraq Plan 'freezes out' UN, favors U.S.
  • 1992 "Defense Planning Guidance" Draft Excerpts
  • 4 years before 9/11, plan was set
  • A Debate Over U.S. 'Empire' Builds in Unexpected Circles
  • A think tank war: Why old Europe says no
  • ABC News: The Plan
  • Analysis: Wolfowitz's 1992 vision as 2002 U.S. Foreign Policy Reality
  • Angry Assad Says Syria Will Cooperate (but will fight if necessary)
  • Article: Conservatives and exiles [begin to consider that they may have to think about having to] desert war campaign
  • Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President
  • CBS News: Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11
  • China: Little Progress on N. Korea Talks/ N.Korea Offers Reactor-for-Concessions Bid
  • Debating Empire Prior to 9/11
  • Defense deputy gets authority for military tribunals
  • Disturbing Level of Unrest in Iraq
  • Familiar Hawks Take Aim at Syria
  • From Heroes To Targets
  • Hans Blix: Iraq war planned long in advance; banned arms not the priority
  • Hints of PNAC on CNN: "World War IV"?
  • Iran ♥'s Syria
  • Iran Raises Stakes on U.N. Inspections
  • Major survey shows non-interventionism rising in U.S.
  • Much Ado About Syria, Pt.1-- Clashes at the Border
  • Much Ado About Syria, Pt.2-- U.S. Weighed Military Strikes; Syria Gets Surly
  • Much Ado About Syria, Pt.4-- Syria: U.S. troops killed Syrian soldier
  • North Korea and the US 'on a slide towards conflict'
  • Op-Ed: The Pentagon's (CIA) Man in Iraq
  • Opposition groups reject US military rule plan
  • PNAC Proponents Inflated WMD Threat to Promote Iraq War
  • Rebuilding of Iraq is in Chaos, Say British
  • Richard Perle Resigns From Advisory Panel
  • Rumsfeld urged Clinton to attack Iraq
  • State Dept. Report: Democracy Domino Theory 'Not Credible'
  • Superb Article -- The Mideast: Neocons on the Line
  • Syria balks at U.N. Resolution, but promises cooperation
  • The Fight Yet to Come
  • The president's real goal in Iraq
  • The Thirty-Year Itch
  • The trouble with Delivering Democracy Abroad
  • This war is brought to you by...
  • U.N. Demands Syria's Cooperation
  • U.N. Resolution on Syria and Hariri assassination investigation
  • U.S. and partners scrap North Korea Reactor Project
  • U.S. pullback in S. Korea also alarming to N. Korea
  • US begins the process of 'regime change' in Iraq
  • US General Condemns Iraq Failures
  • US losing the peace in Afghanistan
  • Viewing the War as a Lesson to the World