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Profile: Eliot A. Cohen

 
  

Positions that Eliot A. Cohen has held:

  • Professor of strategic studies at Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Member on the Defense Policy Board


 

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June 3, 1997      Complete Iraq timeline

       The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a neoconservative think tank formed in the spring of 1997, issues its statement of principles. PNAC states that its aims are “to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests,” to achieve “a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad,” “to increase defense spending significantly,” to challenge “regimes hostile to US interests and values,” and to “accept America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.” [Sources: Statement of Principles, 6/3/97] The statement is significant because it is signed by a group who will become “a rollcall of today's Bush inner circle.” [Guardian, 2/26/03] ABC's Ted Koppel will later say PNAC's ideas have “been called a secret blueprint for US global domination” (see January 26, 1998) (see also September 2000, August 21, 2001 (B)). [ABC News, 3/5/03 (B)]
People and organizations involved: Donald Kagan, Zalmay M. Khalilzad, Lewis Libby, Fred C. Ikle, Dan Quayle, Frank Gaffney, Eliot A. Cohen, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Paula J. Dobriansky, Peter Rodman, Steve Rosen, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, George Weigel, Midge Decter, Henry S. Rowen, Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Norman Podhoretz, Steve Forbes, Elliott Abrams, Hasam Amin, Vin Weber
          

September 2000      Complete Iraq timeline

       The neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century writes a “blueprint” for the “creation of a ‘global Pax Americana’ ” (see also June 3, 1997). The document, titled, Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century, was written for the Bush team even before the 2000 Presidential election. It was written for future Vice President Cheney, future Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, future Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Florida Governor and President Bush's brother Jeb Bush, and future Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis Libby. The report calls itself a “blueprint for maintaining global US preeminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests.” The plan shows that the Bush team intended to take military control of Persian Gulf oil whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power and should retain control of the region even if there is no threat. It says: “The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.” The report calls for the control of space through a new “US Space Forces,” the political control of the internet, the subversion of any growth in political power of even close allies, and advocates “regime change” in China, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Iran and other countries. It also mentions that “advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target’ specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.” (see also Spring 2001 and April 2001 (D)). [Sunday Herald, 9/7/02 Sources: Rebuilding America's Defenses] However, the report complains that these changes are likely to take a long time, “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.” [Los Angeles Times, 1/12/03] In an NBC interview at about the same time, Vice Presidential candidate Cheney defends Bush Jr.'s position of maintaining Clinton's policy not to attack Iraq because the US should not act as though “we were an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments.” [Washington Post, 1/12/02] This report and the Project for the New American Century generally are mostly ignored until a few weeks before the start of the Iraq war (see February-March 20, 2003).
People and organizations involved: Lewis Libby, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Martinage, James Lasswell, Phil Meilinger, Mark Lagon, Robert Killebrew, Donald Kagan, Fred Kagan, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Mackubin Owens, Steve Rosen, Gary Schmitt, Abram Shulsky, Dan Goure, Michael Vickers, Dov Zakheim, Barry Watts, David Fautua, Thomas Donnelly, Stephen Cambone, Eliot A. Cohen, Devon Gaffney Cross, Alvin Bernstein, Roger Barnett, Lewis Libby, Jeb Bush, William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, David Epstein, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz  Additional Info 
          

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