[What we require is] 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.,, 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 the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.Under its new brand as FPI, PNAC restated these principles of military empire as
The United States remains the world's indispensable nation... indispensable to international peace, security, and stability, and indispensable to safe-guarding and advancing the ideals and principles we hold dear."According to an article by Jeremy Scahill, earlier this week the FPI
sent a letter to President Obama about Afghanistan, eerily similar to the one PNAC sent Clinton calling for regime change in Iraq in 1998. It praises Obama's escalation in Afghanistan before calling on him to expand the war even further:Among the usual neocon suspects who signed the letter praising Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan was none other than foreign policy expert Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin, the Neocons & Howard Dean Love the War in Afghanistan | World | AlterNet. Now Howard Dean is appearing on Fox "News" agreeing with Palin that the war in Afghanistan must be pursued? Oddly enough, he even argued (like Dubya) that the US is pursuing the war to "liberate" women. Huh? If we're so interested in "liberating" Afghani women, wouldn't money spent on schools, health centers, and safe drinking water be more useful than killing people (including women)? Can you imagine a bunch of neocons and Howard Dean sitting around a table saying "US foreign policy should be motivated by the feminist goals of women's liberation from patriarchy"? That's about as believable as Sarah Palin being an expert on foreign policy. When will these damn neocons be forced to admit that they were wrong- about the wars, about health care, about being mean to everyone who is not "one of them"- you know, the queers and the poor and the of color. Only by admitting the political and economic policies of the past thirty years, the policies of meanness and military might, are wrong, can we move onto re-fashioning a new America. Sadly, we can never move past the Neocon madness if the likes of Howard Dean keep getting in bed with them.