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PNAC: Please Contact the Billing/Support Department; Plus, Profile on Project for the New American C

FEATURED ARTICLE PNAC: Please Contact the Billing/Support Department By Alexander Zaitchik The website of the Project for the New American Century went offline last month, spurring conspiratorial rumors regarding the once-prominent neoconservative group, which had been a vocal proponent of regime change in Iraq before and after 9/11 and had displayed a knack for coalition-building…

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PNAC: Please Contact the Billing/Support Department
By Alexander Zaitchik

The website of the Project for the New American Century went offline last month, spurring conspiratorial rumors regarding the once-prominent neoconservative group, which had been a vocal proponent of regime change in Iraq before and after 9/11 and had displayed a knack for coalition-building across the political spectrum. Though its former executive director says the dead website is due to a forgetful accountant, PNAC’s loss of support reaches beyond the technical. Read full story.

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Project for the New American Century
Once regarded as the foremost purveyor of neoconservative thinking on foreign affairs, PNAC’s website disappeared in May, perhaps marking the group’s final demise. SEE ALSO: PNAC Participants

A Right Web Special Report
Jim Lobe and Michael Flynn, “The Rise and Decline of Neoconservatives,” Right Web, November 17, 2006.

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