Paul Wolfowitz, a deputy defense
secretary, was the brain behind the
He belonged to a group that called themselves "neo-Reaganites" who were very unhappy about the way the
first gulf war was ended. He believed that
Wolfowitz wrote them down in a
top-secret draft (1992). Inside Pentagon, people thought this thing was nuts,
and leaked to The New York Times for public debate. The document outlined seven
scenarios in potential trouble spots. The primary case studies were
To dim the controversy, defense Secretary Cheney has to
rewrite Wolfowitz's draft by reiterated the nation's
reliance on containment and coalitions before taking action. When George Bush
senior left office, Wolfowitz's draft plan went into
the bottom drawer until the event of September Eleven (
And the rest is history ...
1992: FIRST DRAFT OF A GRAND STRATEGY
Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has been at the center of Pentagon strategic planning in both Bush administrations.
A hawk on the use of
The draft said that CONTAINMENT was an old idea, a relic of
the cold war. It advocated that
And it stated that, if necessary, the
Ten years later, many analysts see a strong resemblance between President Bush's 2002 National Security Strategy and Wolfowitz's 1992 draft.
2002: THE BUSH DOCTRINE
The new strategy calls for PRE-EMPTIVE action against
hostile states and terror groups, and it states that the
The NSS also focuses on how diplomacy and foreign aid can and should be used to project American values, including "a battle for the future of the Muslim world."
Sources: Barton Gellman of The Washington Post; Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard; historian John Lewis Gaddis of Yale; and Dennis Ross, former State Department official and Mideast envoy.