Pax Americana a pox on all our houses

by Ogi Overman

I found the smoking gun. I found the piece of the puzzle that explains all the nonsensical decisions made by the Bush/Cheney cabal, why they invaded Iraq and why they refuse to leave. And why – mark it down – Iran is next. I found the blueprint for world domination, and unless a way can be found to stop them, war without end will be the legacy we leave our children and our children’s children.

Sadly, tragically, the master plan has been under our noses all along, but almost no one has picked up on it. Part of the reason, I suppose, is the fear of being branded a conspiracy nut and dismissed as just another Bush-hater who’ll stop at nothing to demonize him.

Yet, this is not “X-Files,” brothers and sisters, although no less scary than an alien invasion. The difference, other than the fact that this is all-too real, is that the US of A is the invader, the occupier, the alien who seeks nothing less than to rule the planet.

I am not using hyperbole here; this is the Holy Grail for anyone seeking to confirm Bush’s endless stream of lies, deceit and deception. This proves the veracity of the Downing Street Memo, Paul O’Neill and Richard C. Clarke’s books and all the rest of the documentation that Bush was planning to invade Iraq long before Sept. 11, 2001. This lays out the plan in full view for all to see, and even cursory fact-checking reveals that Bush/Cheney have followed the plan note for note, line for line. But the most dispiriting thing of all is that it’s been public record since September 2000 – before the election in which the Supreme Court awarded Bush the presidency.

The report was authored by Project for the New American Century and titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses.” Twenty-seven conservative interventionists, Neo-cons as they became known, are listed as contributors to the report, six of whom went on to assume key positions in the Bush administration (more on that momentarily). The keystone of the report is the creation and enforcement of a worldwide “Pax Americana,” or American peace, in which the US maintains a permanent military and economic presence in literally every region of the globe.

It dismisses diplomacy and negates treaties as being relics of the Cold War, advocating instead “constabulary duties.” It states that these policing duties in every corner of the world “demand American political leadership rather than that of the United Nations.”

Further, it says the United States “will require bases and stations within and beyond Western Europe and Northeast Asia, as well as temporary access arrangements for the long-distance deployment of US troops. And, rather than deterrence and diplomacy, it recommends “convincing or compelling states to accept their sovereign responsibilities.”

If incontrovertible proof be needed that Bush has been using it as the cornerstone for his (failed) foreign policy, the 2000 report clearly identifies Iraq, Iran and North Korea as primary short-term targets, long before his Axis of Evil speech on Jan. 29, 2002.

Now, this report would have gone straight to File 13 had Bush not been awarded the presidency. But two years later, Sept. 20, 2002 to be exact, it resurfaced in the form of a document called the National Defense Strategy. The thrust of the report was the same, but the wording had been altered to include repeated references to combating terrorism as justification for preemptively invading perceived enemies. Clearly, Sept. 11 provided them with an after-the-fact raison d’etre for US aggression and imperialism.

“The best defense is a good offense,” it states bluntly. If ever a shift in policy from diplomacy to naked aggression was telegraphed to the world, this was it. Jingoism and xenophobia in its purest form. If you don’t like it we’ll ram it down your throat. The Doctrine of Thrasymachus: Might makes right. He who has the biggest stick wins.

But somehow, enough of us didn’t grasp it at the time to prevent it. Even now, it seems only the blogosphere realizes the painfully obvious, that if taken in the context of the blueprint provided by the Project for the New American Century, it all makes perfect sense. All the things that didn’t quite add up – the lack of an exit strategy, building bases along the oil pipeline, the absence of diplomacy, the usurpation of civil liberties, the Axis of Evil speech, calling off the search for bin Laden, dismissing the UN, reviving the Star Wars missile defense shield, the surge, etc. – can all be traced directly to the Project for the New American Century. Here we’ve all been accusing Bush of being in denial and delusional, when all along it has been us. He has been consistent from day one – delusional, yes, but consistently delusional.

Now, back to the six Bush brought on board to implement the New American Century policy. They were: Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary; John Bolton, US ambassador to the UN; Eliot Cohen, member of Rumsfeld’s Defense Policy Board; Dov Zakheim, undersecretary of defense and CFO for the Pentagon; Stephen Cambone, head of the Office of Program Analysis & Evaluation at the Defense Department; and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff and convicted felon pardoned by Bush.

Oh, and one more thing. The 2000 report acknowledges a debt to an earlier document drafted in 1992 by the Defense Department that envisioned the United States as the colossus of the world, maintaining order by imposing its will through military and economic power. The document was authored by undersecretary for policy Paul Wolfowitz. His boss at the time was the secretary of defense, fellow by the name of Dick Cheney.

Ogi may be reached at, heard Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. on “The Dusty Dunn Show” on WGOS 1070 AM, and seen on “Triad Today” Fridays at 6:30 a.m. on ABC 45 and Sundays at 10 p.m. on WMYV 48.