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Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

PNAC Contributors and Signatories from the George W. Bush Administration

Elliott Abrams
Special Asst. to President and Senior Director for Middle East and North African Affairs, National Security Council; Special Asst. to President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations, National Security Council

Kenneth Adelman
Defense Policy Board

Richard V. Allen
Defense Policy Board; National Security Advisory Group

Richard Armitage
Deputy Secretary of State

John Bolton
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and Disarmament

Stephen Cambone
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Richard Cheney
Vice President

Eliot Cohen
Defense Policy Board

Seth Cropsey
International Broadcasting Bureau, Director

Devon Gaffney Cross
Defense Policy Board

Paula Dobriansky
Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

Aaron Friedberg
Vice President's Deputy National Security Advisor; Vice President's Director of Policy Planning

Francis Fukuyama
Cloning Panel; President's Council on Bioethics

Daniel Gouré
2001 DoD Transition Team

Fred C. Iklé
Defense Policy Board

Zalmay Khalilzad
Special Envoy to Afghanistan; Liaison to Iraqi Opposition

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
U.S. Rep. to U.N. Human Rights Commission

John F. Lehman
National Commission to Investigate Attacks on the U.S.

I. Lewis Libby
Vice President's Chief of Staff; Vice President's Assistant for National Security Affairs

Richard Perle
Defense Policy Board; Consultant to Secretary of Defense

Daniel Pipes
U.S. Institute of Peace, board member

Dan Quayle
Defense Policy Board

Peter Rodman
Asst. Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs

Henry Rowen
Defense Policy Board

Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

William Schneider Jr.
Defense Science Board, Chairman

Abram Shulsky
Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, Director

Chris Williams
Defense Policy Board; Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel; Special Assistant to Rumsfeld on Policy, 2001

Paul Wolfowitz
Deputy Secretary of Defense

James Woolsey
Defense Policy Board; Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel

Dov S. Zakheim
Defense Department Comptroller

Robert Zoellick
Trade Representative

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Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which in a nation ostensibly of, by, and for the people is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.

The United Nations has once again turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one of the darkest moments in their bilateral relations.

In many ways, Donald Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis. Trump is a logical culmination of the Bush era as consolidated by Obama.

For the past few decades the vast majority of private security companies like Blackwater and DynCorp operating internationally have come from a relatively small number of countries: the United States, Great Britain and other European countries, and Russia. But that seeming monopoly is opening up to new players, like DeWe Group, China Security and Protection Group, and Huaxin Zhongan Group. What they all have in common is that they are from China.

The Trump administration’s massive sales of tanks, helicopters, and fighter aircraft are indeed a grim wonder of the modern world and never receive the attention they truly deserve. However, a potentially deadlier aspect of the U.S. weapons trade receives even less attention than the sale of big-ticket items: the export of firearms, ammunition, and related equipment.

Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.”

The West has dominated the post-war narrative with its doctrine of liberal values, arguing that not only were they right in themselves but that economic success itself depended on their application. Two developments have challenged those claims. The first was the West’s own betrayal of its principles: on too many occasions the self interest of the powerful, and disdain for the victims of collateral damage, has showed through. The second dates from more recently: the growth of Chinese capitalism owes nothing to a democratic system of government, let alone liberal values.