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The Project for the New American Century intends, through issue briefs, research papers, advocacy journalism, conferences, and seminars, to explain what American world leadership entails. It will also strive to rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world.

 
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Baghdad Is Not Mogadishu

By: Gary Schmitt and Tom Donnelly

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: In a Flurry of recent articles speculating on the nature of a potential U.S. invasion of Iraq, reporters and commentators have raised a ?nightmare? scenario: that a battle for Baghdad would turn into a second Mogadishu. With virtually no chance to survive - let alone win - a force-on-force conflict outside of Iraq?s capital, Saddam would retreat to the close quarters of the streets of Baghdad, the thinking goes. There, the Iraqi army would exact a tremendous pri...

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The Axis of Appeasement

By: William Kristol

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Wait a minute. ?Leading Republicans from the State Department have begun to break ranks with President Bush?? Isn?t the State Department part of the Bush administration? How can its ?leading Republicans? - Colin Powell and his deputy, Richard Armitage - ?break ranks? with the president they work for?

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The U.N. Trap

By: Robert Kagan

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: President Bush?s resounding victory in last week?s midterm elections was, among other things, a remarkable expression of national support for the course the president has steered in the war on terrorism. And, of course, that includes the president?s Iraq policy. Time and again as he toured the nation providing invaluable support to Republican candidates, President Bush made clear to voters that he intended to take action against Saddam Hussein. If it is true, as...

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Do What It Takes in Iraq

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice gave an important speech a couple of weeks ago, in which she called on the United States to make a ?generational commitment? to bringing political and economic reform to the long-neglected Middle East - a commitment not unlike that which we made to rebuild Europe after the Second World War. It was a stirring speech, made all the more potent by the knowledge that it reflects the president?s own vision. President Bush rec...

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$87 Billion Well Spent

By: William Kristol

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: The Bush administration is asking Congress for an $87 billion appropriation to cover near-term troop deployment and reconstruction costs in Iraq. Let?s stipulate a few things about that request right off the bat: One: Foreign aid is politically unpopular. Two: Any large appropriation request, foreign or domestic, contains individual line items that can easily be made to look extravagant or outright ridiculous. Three: Occupation and reconstruction efforts in Iraq...

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A Difficult Marriage

By: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Ever since 1979, Shiite Muslim clerics have scared Americans. The trepidation is, of course, understandable. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini energized a generation of Islamic radicals. His theocratic revolution in Iran held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. His disciples directed and incited lethal attacks against the United States. The slaughter of U.S. soldiers in Beirut in 1983 and at Khobar in Saudi Arabia in 1996 were inspirational for Osama bin Laden and othe...

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Iraq One Year Later

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: A year has passed since the invasion of Iraq, and while no sensible person would claim that Iraqis are safely and irrevocably on a course to liberal democracy, the honest and rather remarkable truth is that they have made enormous strides in that direction. The signing on March 8 of the Iraqi interim constitution - containing the strongest guarantees of individual, minority, and women?s rights and liberties to be found anywhere in the Arab world - is the most ob...

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Democracy Now

By: Robert Kagan and William Kristol

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: We do not know how close the American effort in Iraq may be to irrecoverable failure. We are inclined to believe, however, that the current Washington wisdom - that the United States has already failed and there is nothing to do now but find a not-too damaging way to extricate ourselves - is far too pessimistic, a panicked reaction to the difficulties in Falluja and with Moktada al-Sadr, as well as to the disaster of Abu Ghraib. We are also appalled at the caval...

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A Distinctly American Internationalism

By: William Kristol

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: George W. Bush?s November 19 speech at the Reagan Library represents the strongest and clearest articulation of a policy of American global leadership by a major political figure since the collapse of the Soviet Empire. In his call for renewed American strength, confidence, and leadership, Bush stakes a claim to the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Like the other major Republican presidential candidates, Bush unequivocally rejects isolationism. More important may be Bus...

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Silence of the Lambs

By: William Kristol

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: It is curious indeed when a president can review the state of our nation for nearly 90 minutes, propose dozens of new ways for the government to spend billions of dollars, yet fail to utter a single word about the need for an increase in defense spending. Thursday night, the president again revealed himself the master of the minutiae of domestic policy, doling out small sums to develop the Delta in Mississippi and to discourage deadbeat dads in Minnesota. Americ...

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Why the Rush to Favor China

By: ew American Century

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: President Clinton was right when he said last Wednesday that the decision to grant China permanent most-favored-nation trading status will have a historic significance equal to Richard Nixon?s opening to China and Jimmy Carter?s normalization of relations. But if that?s true, why is the president rushing Congress to make a hasty decision, with almost no time to consider the merits and consequences of this momentous step?

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Disgrace in Durban the U. N. Conference on Racism Was Worse Than J...

By: Charles Krauthammer

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: There Are Few Museums as powerful as the Holocaust Museum in Washington, but it contains what appears to be a structural oddity. The exhibit fills three floors. The middle floor covers the Holocaust itself; the last, the rescue and aftermath. But the entire first floor, which can take hours to go through, consists of the prelude, the 1930s and the relentless Nazi campaign to delegitimize the very existence of Jews.

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Why Natos 10 New Eastern European Applicants Respect American Freedoms

By: ew American Century

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: An event of tremendous importance to America took place recently at a low-key gathering at Riga, Latvia. On July 5 and 6, 10 countries Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, and Slovakia gathered to continue their quest to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. One after the other, presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers from former Soviet bloc countries rose to express their desire to shoulder the ...

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Lessons of a Nuclear North Korea

By: William Kristol and Gary Schmitt

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Last week, the White House announced that North Korea has admitted what critics of the Clinton ?engagement? ruefully predicted eight years ago: Pyongyang retains a secret nuclear weapons program, in defiance of its 1994 pledge to forswear nukes. Since the disclosure became public, the Bush administration has been properly stern and sober, indicating that North Korea?s behavior must stop and must not be rewarded. But the administration has also felt the need to r...

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China Is No Help on North Korea

By: Ellen Bork

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: When China releases one political prisoner while arresting dozens more, threatens Taiwan, or does any number of other disconcerting things, American officials find themselves needing to justify the policy of engagement. One of the ways American administrations deflect attention from the unsatisfactory record of the bilateral relationship with China is to claim that Beijing is helpful on other important matters. In doing this, policymakers routinely cite North Ko...

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Foreign Policy and the Republican Future

By: ew American Century

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Bill Clinton?s foreign policy is in tatters. Republicans are pointing this out, and they?re right to. But can they go beyond criticizing Clinton? Can they articulate a coherent alternative to his policies? It so happens that their political interests coincide with the interests of the nation. Foreign policy represents a huge opportunity for Republicans over the next two years, if they have the wit to seize it. They will have to realize, though, that taking advan...

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A War with a Purpose

By: Gary Schmitt

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: President Bush was right Wednesday morning when he looked up from his cabinet meeting to announce: ?The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.? But war to what end? What do the initiators of this war seek to achieve? What must we accomplish in response?

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Reagans Ray Gun How the Cold War Was Won

By: Gary Schmitt

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Frances Fitzgerald?s thesis is not subtle. The title of her book, Way Out There in the Blue, is taken from Arthur Miller?s Death of a Salesman: ?He?s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.? This account of the birth of the Strategic Defense Initiative and its role in bringing down the Soviet Empire makes Ronald Reagan out to be the Willy Loman of the Cold War. He was a salesman-politician without peer, capable of peddling to the nati...

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Why Iraq If Saddam Stays in Power, The War on Terrorism Will Have ...

By: Gary Schmitt

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Shortly Before getting on a plane to fly to New Jersey from Europe in June 2000, Mohamed Atta, the lead hijacker of the first jet airliner to slam into the World Trade Center and, apparently, the lead conspirator in the attacks of September 11, met with a senior Iraqi intelligence official. This was no chance encounter. Rather than take a flight from Germany, where he had been living, Atta traveled to Prague, almost certainly for the purpose of meeting there wit...

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State of Terror

By: Gary Schmitt

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: In spite of the fact that virtually every major act of terrorism over the past thirty years has been state-supported or state-directed, Americans and their elected officials continue to interpret the phenomenon as the violent, random deeds of the world?s lunatic fringe. It?s as though we would rather see terrorism as akin to natural disasters than to policy made in an adversary?s war room.

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