This is adapted from part of a major update that was sent out via e-mail recently…
Hobby…or Powerhouse? Which will it be?
You probably don’t need to be told about the importance of the "neoconservative" influence on U.S. foreign policy and American politics. If you’re on this list, you’ve probably already connected a dot or two. But let’s review anyway:
In other words, the biggest issues of concern to the PNAC and neoconservatives connect to almost all of the United States’ current front-burner foreign policy concerns. And behind most of the news stories about the above issues is the fact that there are folks who are trying to shape and direct America’s policies and actions toward a certain kind of future– a "New American Century", if you will. They are doing this shaping from positions of power in the White House and elsewhere, and they are doing it from positions of influence like the Weekly Standard, the op-ed pages, and as pundits and guests on the TV news programs.
And not enough is being done to oppose this trend. While the neocon viewpoint has been undone in many ways by Iraq’s failure to live up to their dreams, and the credibility and integrity of neocon policymakers has been stained by the CIA leak scandal, the fact remains that there is much more momentum on that side of the debate than on any opposing side. And I’m not talk about left vs. right, or Democrats vs. Republicans. I’m talking specifically about the battle over this one set of issues–American empire, preventative wars, a "unipolar" world, "The New American Century", reshaping the Middle East, and so on.
More than just a watchdog
PNAC.info has always been intended to be more than just a watchdog, sounding the alarms and shining light on the truth. It was intended to be more like a bulldog, with its teeth clamped down firmly onto the pantleg of the neoconservative movement, refusing to let go until we wear them out, and the battle is done.
Make no mistake, the neoconservative foreign policy approach is a bad idea. It’s bad for America, and it’s bad for the world. The neoconservatives who aim to shape public opinion can be countered, both on the small points and on the larger issue. And the neocons who seek to shape public policy can be influenced, or simply rejected.
Most importantly, the big debate over just what kind of century we do want can be brought into the mainstream, where it can be openly and deliberately considered, and won in the favor of a sane and sustainable foreign policy that is good for the world, and for the U.S.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, that’s what PNAC.info is "back in action" to do.
In the site’s first incarnation, we got a couple of key steps done–namely, attaching our site to the subject of the PNAC out on the web (like a bulldog on a pantleg), and documenting "the rise of the neocons" in a way that wasn’t from a liberal viewpoint, or a form of "Bush-bashing". And of course, building traffic and links to the site. The site was successful on all three of those fronts. Frankly, that was the easy part.
When you boil it all down, PNAC.info got stalled because it was a hobby, at least as far as time commitment was concerned. It was never a hobby in terms of belief and dedication–I’ve always intended for it to be that bulldog on their pantleg–but economic concerns prevented me from being able to properly develop it beyond its initial foundation at the time.
Which brings me finally to the point of this item, which is to make sure that history does not repeat itself– either here at PNAC.info, or in the world at large.
I’m seeking your support to make sure that PNAC.info can be the powerhouse that it needs to be, not the hobby that it was.
Our initial fundraising goal is $2000 — that will be enough to get us well on our way to 2006, and to do things like setting up a non-profit organization, adding new important areas to the website, and managing volunteers, in addition to posting more and more updates and analysis of the steady flow of neocon news and opinion that’s out there.
I’m hoping to raise at least $500 of that goal through this appeal, via credit card and PayPal donations. Your $50 donation would go a long way toward making that happen, and clearing the way for an aggressive counter-campaign to get rolling. If $50 at once is too much to afford, please consider setting up a monthly donation of $5, $10, or $15. Or a one-time donation of $10, $20, or $30.
PNAC.info is in a unique position to help move the "anti-neoconservative" movement forward, due to our position on the political spectrum as well as our positioning on the Internet. And I’m ready and willing to make sure that we (that is, everyone opposed to the neoconservative approach) make the most of it.
Please help make sure we can do just that, by making a contribution today.
Thanks for your time and interest.
Be well, be free,
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