This organization, funded by foundations closely linked to the defense and energy industry, outlined their goals in their policy paper Rebuilding America's Defenses. Their plans for creating an American Empire, toppling regimes unfriendly to their corporate interests, creating an archipelago of military bases throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, control the internet, and militarize space all hinged upon one thing: According to this document (page 52). "The process of transformation," the plan said, "is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor." September 11th served as the needed "Pearl Harbor". Some people support the idea that 9-11 was allowed to happen so that the PNAC could realize their goal of seizing the oil reserves of the Middle East and enforcing our position as the world's lone superpower.
Upon his appointment to the Presidency in 2000, George W. Bush appointed the hierarchy of this organization to the top levels of the White House, The Pentagon, and the State Department:
- Dick Cheney, Vice President
- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense,
- Douglas J. Feith, Undersecretary of Defense,
- I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs
- Aaron Friedberg, Vice President Cheney’s deputy National Security advisor
- Robert Zoelick, US Deputy Secretary of State,
- Paula Dobriansky, Undersecretary of State,
- Elliott Abrams, Deputy National Security Adviser,
- Frank Gaffney, Pentagon's Defense Policy Board,
- Fred C. Ikle, Pentagon's Defense Policy Board,
- Eliot A. Cohen, Pentagon's Defense Policy Board,
- Henry S. Rowen, Pentagon's Defense Policy Board,
- William J. Bennett, Presidential speech writer,
- Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida,
- Paul Wolfowitz, World Bank President,
- John Bolton, Ambassador to the U.N.,
- Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
"Starving the beast" is a fiscal-political strategy of some American conservatives to use budget deficits via tax cuts to force future reductions in the ability for the government to enforce regulation and provide domestic programs. The term "beast" refers to government and the programs it funds, particularly social programs such as welfare, Social Security, and Medicare.
The tax cuts of former US President George W. Bush's administration are an example. He said in 2001 "so we have the tax relief plan [...] that now provides a new kind -- a fiscal straightjacket for Congress. And that's good for the taxpayers, and it's incredibly positive news if you're worried about a federal government that has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past eight years and it has been."
In economics, regulatory capture occurs when a state regulatory agency created to act in the public interest instead advances the commercial or special interests that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. Regulatory capture is a form of government failure, as it can act as an encouragement for large firms to produce negative externalities. The agencies are called Captured Agencies.
Leo Strauss is widely considered to be one of the leading intellectual sources of neoconservatism. Shadia B. Drury, in her 1997 book, Leo Strauss and the American Right, named the following prominent Washington players as among Strauss' protégés: Paul Wolfowitz; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Judge Robert Bork; neo-con propagandist and former Dan Quayle chief of staff, William Kristol; former Secretary of Education William Bennett; the National Review publisher William F. Buckley; former Reagan Administration official Alan Keyes; current White House bio-ethics advisor Francis Fukuyama; Attorney General John Ashcroft; and William Galston, former Clinton Administration domestic policy advisor, and co-author, with Elaine Kamark, of the Joe Lieberman-led Democratic Leadership Council's policy blueprint.
The hallmark of Strauss' approach to philosophy was his belief in a totalitarian system, who rejected all universal principles of natural law, but saw their mission as absolute rulers, who lied and deceived a foolish "populist" mass, and used both religion and politics as a means of creating trust and compliance. For Strauss and all of his protégés (Strauss personally had 100 Ph.D. students), the greatest object of hatred was the United States itself, which they viewed as nothing better than a weak, pathetic replay of "liberal democratic" Weimar Germany.