U.S. Reach: Product of U.S. Fundamentalism, Not Security

November 1, 2002

Documented by S. Brian Willson

[1] Vision For 2020, February 1997, by United States Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

  • "Dominating the space dimension of military operations to protect US interests and investment"
  • Joint Vision 2010: "Dominant maneuver, precision engagement, full-dimensional protection, and focused logistics are enabled by information superiority and technological innovation. The end result of these enablers and concepts is FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE."



[2] Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign and Defense Policy, September 2000, eds. Robert Kagan and William Kristol. New American Century, 1150 17th Street NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20037.

Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is a nonprofit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership. The PNAC is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project (501c3); the New Citizenship Project’s chairman is William Kristol and its president is Gary Schmitt.

Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources For A New Century, September 2000, by PNAC.

  • "Global Pax Americana"
  • "…blueprint for maintaining global U.S. pre-eminence…"
  • "…demanding political leadership rather than that of the United Nations…"
  • "New methods of attack–electronic, ‘non-lethal’ biological–will be more widely available…combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and…the world of microbes.



[3] Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For the 21st Century, April 2000, by (James) Baker Institute For Public Policy, submitted to U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney.


Baker Hall
A front view of Baker Hall, the home of the Baker Institute at Rice University. Baker Hall was completed in the Spring of 1997. More detailed information on the building is available from Rice University.

The Baker Institute is strictly non-partisan and dedicated to the highest standards of intellectual excellence and integrity with the goal of helping bridge the gap between the theory and practice of public policy by drawing together experts from academia, government, the media, business, and non-governmental organizations. By so doing, the institute will broaden the professional perspective and personal understanding of all those involved in the study, formulation, execution, and criticism of public policy.

Located in Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city and a dynamic business and cultural center in the American heartland, the institute brings a unique perspective to the public policy questions of the day. The Baker Institute is an integral part of Rice University, one of the nation’s most distinguished institutions of higher education. Rice’s faculty and student body play an important role in its research programs and public events. The Institute is located on the Rice campus in James A. Baker III Hall, home not only to the Baker Institute, but also the School of Social Science that includes the departments of Economics and Political Science.

The Honorable James A. Baker, III, the 61st Secretary of State and 67th Secretary of Treasury serves as the Institute’s Honorary Chair.

  • "Iraq remains a destabilizing influence to…flow of oil…"
  • Recommendations: "military intervention" and "de-fanging" Saddam
  • "…the United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma"
  • "…central dilemma" is "American people continue to demand plentiful and cheap energy without sacrifice or inconvenience." [emphasis SBW’s]
  • "Chances are greater than at any point in the last two decades of an oil supply disruption."



[4] The National Security Strategy for the United States, delivered to Congress, Friday, September 20, 2002 by U.S. President George W. Bush.

  • U.S. strength "beyond challenge" so as to "dissuade future military competition"
  • "distinctly American internationalism"
  • act "pre-emptively"
  • "non-negotiable demands…[of] respect for private property"

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