December 27, 2002

Plan "Needed a Pearl Harbor"

Christopher Bollyn writing for The American Free Press takes another look at the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), the neo-conservative Washington-based organization funded by three foundations closely tied to Persian Gulf oil and weapons and defense industries, whose plan “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century,” completed before the 2000 election, outlined a plan for world military domination that we now see beginning to play out. The plan called for an attack on Iraq, whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power, in order to solidify a power base in the Middle East.

The desired military build-up was seen to need a catastrophe to kick it off. “The process of transformation,” the plan said, “is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.”

Bollyn said The American Free Press asked Christopher Maletz, assistant director of the PNAC about what was meant by the need for “a new Pearl Harbor.”

“They needed more money to up the defense budget for raises, new arms, and future capabilities,” Maletz said. “Without some disaster or catastrophic event” neither the politicians nor the military would have approved, Maletz said.

For more on the plan, see

  • John Pilger
  • The Moscow Times,
  • The Sunday Herald,
  • The Washington Post
  • The New York Times.

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