Paul Wolfowitz Considered by Many Term Paper

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First of all, the U.S. should "actively deter nations from "aspiring to a larger regional or global role." Second of all, preemptive force should be used to prevent countries from developing weapons of mass destruction and, third of all, the United States should "act alone if necessary." Clearly, all of these correlated ideas have been implementing in Iraq. Further more, all of ideas would be laid out in the founding statement of principles for the Project of the New American Century.

Evaluating what exactly the neoconservatives that have are now in the highest positions of the U.S. administration is a difficult and dangers job. Consternating the need for an objective evaluation, it is best to present all points-of-view. The least radical of these seems to be the one referring to its goal to promote the United States towards global leadership.

On the other hand, less moderate approaches see the Project for the New American Century as designed to develop the appropriate measures that will mean "securing U.S. global domination for decades to come." The defense for such a statement comes from the members of the Project themselves, many of these in highest positions available (Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Armitage): "United States is the world's only superpower, combining preeminent military power, global technological leadership, and the world's largest economy (...) America's grand strategy should aim to preserve and extend this advantageous position as far into the future as possible."

The neoconservatives and their plans can only be objectively evaluated by using the statements that they have actually made rather than the evaluations of political analysts. The Project for the New American Century has made these statements and Paul Wolfowitz is one of its leading members. These are facts that cannot be actually contested.

In this entire picture, Iraq appears but a small and insignificant part of the wider neoconservative action plans. The preemptive strike and unilateral action principles allow for foreign intervention according to the military strategy and foreign policy objective that the right wing politicians in Washington have decided upon. The connection between the Project for the New American Century and the applied U.S. policies is made by those that are both members of the former and leaders in the Washington administration. Paul Wolfowitz is one of them.

This is in no way directed at shadowing his merits as a clairvoyant, given the assertions he had made in 1979 related to Iraqi danger in the Persian Gulf region. However, someone who was member of the Washington Administration and part of the Department of Defense would have known this better than anybody else, because he would have been aware of the unbalanced military aid that the United States had been giving the Baghdad authorities and the backing of Saddam's regime. All of these were obviously based on the theory that a controlled dictatorship is better than a loose democracy.

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