President Bush's neoconservatives have announced
that they are relaunching the Committee
on the Present Danger. The new CPD will be totally different from the original.
I was a member of the Committee on the Present Danger. It was a bipartisan
private organization consisting largely of former presidential appointees who
distrusted naiveté about Soviet intentions. One concern was that the U.S.
government, feeling pressured to reduce nuclear arms, would be outmaneuvered by
the Soviets, who didn't have similar pressures, with a strategic advantage for
the Soviets being the result.
The members were patriots committed to liberty, not warmongers. Some of the
neoconservative members talked about "rolling back"Soviet gains, but the
majority of the members rejected this as a romantic impulse not worthy of
discussion. The committee's main concern was that U.S. capabilities not be
rolled back more than, or in advance of, Soviet ones.
The relaunched CPD consists of neoconservatives who are,
in effect, an unregistered lobby group for Israel's Likud Party and its foreign
policy. The purpose of the new CPD is to foment war against Islam.
Myself and others who sought to maintain a balanced perspective will not be
included in the new committee. With its goal of wider war in the Middle East,
the neocon CPD is itself the present danger.