Bush's Brain Trust

March 2003


Project for the New American Century
Project for the New American Century
In September 2000, a conservative think tank named Project for the New American Century issued a report entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses", which stated, "At no time in history has the international security order been as conducive to American interests and ideals.....The challenge of this coming century is to preserve and enhance this 'American peace.' "
In essence, it lays out a plan for permanent U.S. military and economic domination of every region on the globe, unfettered by international treaty or concern. The creators of the plan are the core of George W. Bush's braintrust, and today we are witnessing the frightening activation of their vision.
The Project For A New American Century—Our Emerging Evil Empire by Al Vick, Online Journal
The President's Real Goal in Iraq by Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
John Ashcroft John Ashcroft, Attorney General & head of Justice Department.
Pro-death penalty, anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, opposed to affirmative action and gun control. The Christian Coalition gave him a 100% rating for the year 2000, while the League of Conservation Voters and the National Organisation for Women each gave him a zero. He received more than $57,000 in campaign contributions from Enron and individuals within the company.
John Ashcroft's First Year as Attorney General

Dick Cheney, Vice-President.
As CEO, he led Halliburton Co., an oil-field equipment supplier, into the top ranks of corporate welfare hogs, benefiting from almost $2 billion in taxpayer-insured loans from the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corp. Cheney claimed that he supported the U.S. sanctions on Iraq, but the Financial Times of London reported that Halliburton became the biggest oil contractor for Iraq, selling more than $73 million in goods and services to Saddam Hussein's regime. Mr. Cheney's income from Halliburton in 2000 was $36 million.
As Vice President-elect, he held secret meetings with the energy industry to create a new National Energy Plan. Close friends with Kenneth Lay of Enron.
Added the phrase "Endless War" to our lexicon.
Who Is Dick Cheney? (MoveOn.org)
Cheney, Little Seen by Public, Plays a Visible Role for Bush (NY Times)
The bottom line on Iraq: It's the bottom line (Working for Change)
Halliburton -- To the Victors Go the Markets (CorpWatch)
The power behind the Bush throne will fight on (Guardian)
*founding member of Project For The New American Century, and primary author of Rebuilding America's defenses.

Dick Cheney


William H. Donaldson
William H. Donaldson, new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, supposedly a watchdog agency. Donaldson is a long time friend of the Bush family. Founder of the Wall Street investment firm Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and former chairman of Aetna. Just the man to take on the establishment; a veritable Ralph Nader.
A Friendly Face

Donald Evans, Commerce secretary, a Texas oilman who served as Bush's campaign chairman and a longtime friend. He is another leading government official that received calls for help from Enron. Donald Evans

Richard Perle Richard Perle, chairman of the Defense Policy Board and close adviser to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Previously served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the Reagan Administration. Supports overthrowing Saddam through military means. Prominent supporter of Israel.
An advocate of nuclear superiority and manageable nuclear exchange.
Europe lacks moral fibre, says US hawk
*founding member of Project For The New American Century

Condoleeza Rice (“Condi”), National Security Advisor. Amazing that one of the most important members of Washington's inner circle is a member of a classically marginalized group. She's pretty "clean" compared to others on this page, but is a right-wing hawk and hurts minorities by her role as a black woman supporting the Bush administration's agenda.
Rice on Iraq, War and Politics PBS Online
Condoleeza Rice Is Worthy Of Criticism by Tommy Ates
Corporate Connections Opensecrets.org

Condoleeza Rice

Karl Rove

Karl Rove, senior adviser and given control over the offices of political affairs, public liaison and strategic initiatives. He was one of the biggest holders of Enron stock among White House staffers, with between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of shares when he was appointed. Mr. Rove took part in meetings that helped shape the Bush government’s energy policy, while he still held Enron shares.
Karl Rove: Counting Votes While the Bombs Drop (LA Times)


Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense.
On September 12, 2001, a little more than 24 hours after the planes hit the World Trade Center, the Secretary of Defense, in a meeting at the White House, called for immediate strikes against Iraq. "Rumsfeld was raising the possibility that they could take advantage of the opportunity offered by the terrorists attacks to go after Saddam immediately." Yet, he provided key support to Saddam Hussein in 1983 as Ronald Reagan's special envoy.
The Saddam in Rumsfield's Closet by Jeremy Scahill.
Rumsfeld served on board of company building North Korean reactors.
The two faces of Rumsfeld (Guardian)
*founding member of Project For The New American Century

Donald Rumsfeld

John W. Snow John W. Snow, Treasury Secretary, previously chairman of CSX Corp, a railroad. According to Citizens for Tax Justice, CSX paid no federal income tax at all in three of the past four years. Instead of paying taxes, CSX supplemented its $1 billion in pretax profits (Los Angeles Times) over the four years with a total of $164 million in tax rebate checks from the federal government. Just the guy we need at Treasury - makes a profit, pays no taxes and gets tax rebates on the taxes he didn't pay. According to the Times, during the same four-year period, CSX gave Mr. Snow $36 million in salary, bonuses, stock and options, and forgave a $24 million loan so he would not lose money along with other shareholders as the company's stock price declined. Lends a whole new meaning to "Snow job."

Paul Wolfowitz, Assistant Secretary of Defense. Known as "Bush's brainiest hawk," he is one of the foremost architects of the U.S. war against Iraq.
Wolfowitz has day-to-day control over the Pentagon and a perch to play out his hard-line views on theater missile defense (TMD), which he supports; North Korea, which he views as the rogue nation TMD was designed for; and Iraq. He was US ambassador to Indonesia under Reagan and helped support Indonesian government atrocities in East Timor.
Transcript of Jan. 7 interview with New York Times.
*founding member of Project For The New American Century.

Paul Wolfowitz

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