Nov. 16, 2015: French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls stand with students at Sorbonne University in Paris. (photo: Reuters/Pool)
Marc Ash | Reader Supported News | November 18, 2015
he stated goals of George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” followed the traditional path of American war rhetoric. The old standby, market-tested themes of “defending America … fighting for freedom and democracy” were the cornerstones of every argument Bush administration officials presented to the American people in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. That was the “made for television version.”
In fact the ideological basis for the War on Terror was set forth in policy statements by the The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) in the late 1990s.
PNAC was ostensibly, according to its founders William Kristol and Robert Kagan, a “non-profit educational organization.” To that extent PNAC’s early declarations proved true: an education of sorts was certainly in the offing.