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After a long spell of inactivity, is back in action...


1. Back in Action
2. Thanks
3. The Latest Updates
4. Getting Serious

1. Back in Action - the re-launch 

As many of you have noticed, there hasn't been very much new posted at the site in quite some time. And to call that an understatement would be an understatement in itself. 

There's not much I can do about that except to apologize for letting the site languish for so long. Any way I can think of to explain or justify the situation sounds belabored to me, and while there are many practical and technical reasons for the delay, the bottom line is that it was my responsibility, and I have not met that responsibility for some time. I most definitely apologize.

As I hope you've gathered by now, is back on the job--and ready to finish what we started! (More about just what that means in #4 below.)

The site has been moved to a new software, and all of the old entries have been imported. The visual style is very different than before. For now, the home page has many of the same elements as the old version, so that folks don't get too disoriented. In the coming weeks, the site will be evolving from that setup, growing into more of a functional powerhouse. For now, the good news is that it's back, it's looking slick, and it's got new updates -- with many, many more to come.

Let's just say I aim to make it worth the wait. :-)


2. Thanks

First, I want to thank the handful of folks who responded to the old on-site plea for contributions to get the site updated and expanded. Your support helped get fixed up and back on the job.

Second, I want to thank all the people who have linked to and referenced in the two and a half years since it's been launched. I've only been able to go back a few months in the logs so far, but it's safe to say that hundreds and hundreds of websites have linked to ours, and that's not counting posts on forums and message boards, or blog comments. Just under 250 of those sites are now thanked on our web site, via the link list on the right side of the page. There are probably at least another 250 links still to be reciprocated. It's been great to see how frequently is being mentioned or discovered. New people are linking to the site every day.

Keep in mind that I haven't directly asked for links or promotion help since the first month or so, back in April 2003--so all this word-spreading has been done by folks taking the initiative on their own. Thanks everyone!

Last, I want to thank all the folks around the Internet who have taken up the cause of spreading the word about the PNAC, the neoconservative movement, and its connections with the current administration, and with America's foreign policy. There are literally dozens of websites and focus areas dedicated to educating folks about this stuff now, and it's safe to say that it has made a difference. Awareness of these issues is much more widespread than it was two years ago, and while I can't summarize all the new developments within one sentence, let's just say that the neoconservatives are not in as strong of a position as they were when this site started, or when we were last updating it. All of the sites set up to alert people and spread the word have to get some of the credit for that.


3. The Latest Updates at

Article: Conservatives and exiles [begin to consider that they may have to think about having to] desert war campaign

Picking up where we left off, the following is another article about conservatives shedding their confidence in the effort to bring democracy to the Middle East via the war in Iraq. This article serves up more than our last entry on this subject, however, in that it focuses in part on remarks made at a conference hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an organization closely associated with the PNAC.

The title of this article is fairly misleading in my opinion�the so-called �conservatives� in this article don�t appear to me to be deserting the war campaign, at least not based on what is reported. There is clearly a lot of disappointment as to how the war has been conducted and doubt about Iraq�s future prospects, but I didn�t read anyone say that they oppose the war or think the U.S. should exit anytime soon.

To their credit, that is in line with the neoconservative angle on the Iraq war. Under the neoconservative framework, Iraq really has to be won by the U.S.� or at least needs to be a demonstrable success of some sort. (If for no other reason than because it was supposed to be a �show of power� that would result in a greater level of respect/fear for the U.S. throughout the Middle East, and in troublesome regimes around the globe.)

Click here to read the full entry at the site

Much Ado About Syria

The situation with Syria is getting hotter by the day now, and we've got a series of entries highlighting the major items of the past month:

Part 1: Clashes at the Border
The New York Times reports on military clashes between U.S. and Syrian troops over the past year.

Part 2: U.S. Weighed Military Strikes; Syria Gets Surly
Newsweek reports that the U.S. recently debated launching military strikes inside Syria against camps used by insurgents operating in neighboring Iraq. Meanwhile, Syria is fed up with being bad-mouthed in public, and is backing away from cooperating as a result.

Part 3: Rep. Ron Paul- �Prepare for a broader war in the Middle East�
Republican Congressman Ron Paul from Texas highlights the main reasons to be worried about an expansion of the war in Iraq into Syria, with his usual vigor and principled passion, in a speech entitled "We Have Been Warned".

Part 4: Syria: U.S. troops killed Syrian soldier

While giving a tour to show off his country's border security measures, Major General Amid Suleiman of Syria told reporters that Syrian border guard troops have been fired upon on more than one occasion, and killed on at least one, by U.S. soldiers. �Incidents have taken place with casualties on my surveillance troops,� he said, near the Euphrates river border crossing between Syria and Iraq. �Many US projectiles have landed here. In this area alone, two soldiers and two civilians have been killed by the American attacks.�

Read all these stories at the new home page

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4. Getting Serious, or not

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:

  • Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the administration official indicted in the "Plamegate" CIA leak case, and a major operative in Dick Cheney's push for the war in Iraq, is also a top neocon-- a former student and longtime colleague of Paul Wolfowitz, and a founding member of the PNAC. His public trial is likely to span the next year or so, and centers, in essence, on how key neoconservative war supporters used faulty intelligence to beef up the case for war, and then used their positions of power to try and punish those that looked to expose that practice.
  • Syria. The stories above are just a slice of the bigger picture in Syria. In the past two days, that picture has been getting much bigger, quickly. On Friday, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution demanding that Syria cooperate with Lebanon's investigation of the assassination of its Prime Minister earlier this year (in which high Syrian officials have been named as suspects), or face unspecified consequences. The resolution came at the request of the United States. That same day, Syrian officials said they would allow unmonitored interrogations of said suspects, essentially promising compliance with the resolution. Also on Friday, Iran's president chimed in publicly, saying that the pressure being put on Syria is "unacceptable" and pledging his country's support and alliance. And most recently, a major U.S. military offensive was launched near the Iraq/Syria border, to try and seal off a main route for foreign fighters entering the country.
  • Iran, long on the PNAC's radar (and part of the so-called "axis of evil"), has a new president, and from the looks of it, he's spoiling for a fight, at least with Israel. Combine that with his aggressive public support of the beleaguered Syria, and with the ongoing debate over Iran's possible development of nuclear weapons, and it's clear that there are the seeds of a possible "perfect storm" of geopolitical saber-rattling in the region.

    Consult your world map if the geography is not fresh in your mind.
    It goes kind of like this (left to right/west to east):
    (current U.S. quagmires are in bold, nations we're agitating against are in italics)
  • Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has recently made the rounds in Congress and on the talk shows) to sell the idea that the remaking of the Middle East has been a necessary part of the new agenda since the 9-11 attacks, making it clear that the Bush administration is not wavering from its neocon-influenced foreign policy posture. 
  • And of course, the situation in Iraq continues its schizophrenic progression, wherein the post-Saddam government gains increasing responsibility and authority over a nation of violence and dysfunction--one which, more and more people agree, may be on its way to becoming a failed state, or stuck in a civil war, or a pawn of Iran.

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 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 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, 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, or in the world at large. I'm seeking your support to make sure that 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. 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,

Lance Brown
Project Coordinator - Exposing the Project for The New American Century


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