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Volume 69, Issue 135, Friday, April 23, 2004

Opinion
 

PNAC taking America in wrong direction

by Paul Hensarling

I think Bush let 9/11 happen to advance the imperialist ideas of the right-wing Project for a New American Century. More and more, that's the way it's starting to look. PNAC was created in the late 1990s, and 10 of the top Bush administration officials subscribe to its questionable agenda. 

Speaking of that agenda, Ted Koppel on the March 5, 2003, edition of Nightline mentioned that "9/11 provided the opportunity to set it in motion."

One of the most distressing aspects of PNAC is that it wanted a Pearl Harbor-type event to help advance its agenda. What happened on September 11, 2001, was exactly that. Gary Schmitt, executive director of PNAC, speaking on the above mentioned edition of Nightline, said, "I think it was the country's Pearl Harbor. I think that it was the president's Pearl Harbor." 

Bush has seemingly been stonewalling the 9/11 investigation and playing the blame game every chance he gets. How bad is it that Bush picks the committee that will be investigating this serious lapse in national security? Why no independent investigation?

An Aug. 6, 2001, a memo stated that Al-Qaida was planning to attack inside the United States. Condoleezza Rice testified that she saw this memo and thought not to mention them to Bush. She will take the fall, like Oliver North did for Reagan during the Iran-Contra scandal. Despite that damning evidence, Bush says the intelligence about Al-Qaida wasn't there, although he was sure about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Al-Qaida was the most direct threat when Bush took office -- they had attacked the USS Cole just months earlier in a Yemen harbor. Seemingly, Bush turned a blind eye to them. He either dropped the ball or willingly let it happen to further the PNAC agenda.

Leading by fair example is great. If military action is needed when we are attacked, as during Afghanistan, then that's the way it is. But using coercion and fear to control the world is sinister and un-American.

It looks like Bush is advancing the imperialist intentions of PNAC. The mentality of PNAC isn't any different from the Taliban or Al-Qaida, who also want the world to adhere to their line of dictatorial thinking. Now it looks like that kind of nightmare is starting to get a foothold in America and become reality. We need to get back to a true vision of what America is and not become some kind of tyrant nation out to take over the world.

Hensarling, an editorial writer for The Daily Cougar, 
can be reached via dccampus@mail.uh.edu

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