Is CNAS the Left's Version of PNAC?

By SHARON K. GILBERT
August 6, 2008

WHILE searching for any news of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, I came across an odd article at the New York Observer website. Written by Allen McDuffee, this well-written piece explores the notion that members of a new think tank called The Center for a New American Security are advocating ‘Rumsfeldian’ policies.

Those of you familiar with The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) will immediately see the similarities in names of the two ‘think tanks’ and perhaps their missions as well. With the Bush administration winding down, PNAC closed its internet doors by shutting down its website sometime in June or July of this year. If you go there now, you’ll find a curious message stating that ‘this account has been suspended’.

Enter CNAS to fill the void. The surprise is that CNAS, The Center for a New American Security, is heavily Democratic in its political leanings. PNAC served as the invisible hand behind many Bush decisions (and even Clinton ones, for that matter — but that’s another story). CNAS is stepping up to the plate for our next president — most likely a Democrat.

With this in mind, it’s important to determine what CNAS’s positions are on foreign policy. Go to their website and peruse through the ‘Projects’ pull-down menu. There you’ll discover topics such as ‘Climate Change Wargame’, ‘Building Civilian Capacity’, ‘Energy+National Security’, and many more.

I plan to spend some time in these pages — for you can bet the opinions here will help determine the direction our nation goes in the next 4-8 years. You might want to do the same. It looks like very interesting reading.