Project for New American Century is a Neoconservative think tank, formed in 1997, whose members include such notable spearheads of the Bush administration such as Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld. Their mission statement already announced the idea of America with "a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities."
It also introduces the idea of preemptive war "...it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire."
Many suggestions put forward to President Clinton at the time were largely left without implementation. These ideas had sinister consequences as their authors went on to become the subsequent president's elite officials.
Conspiracy theorists can look into their published report/manifesto for the new century ("Rebuilding America's Defenses", released September 2000) as it states the requirement for America to transform its national security strategy, military missions, and defense budgets, also experiment with new technologies, which would require a massive financial strain. They also understood the difficulty of gaining such consent, unless...
"Further, the process of transformation,
even if it brings revolutionary change, is
likely to be a long one, absent some
catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a
new Pearl Harbor."
Project for New American Century