See this link:
Note especially the following paragraphs around halfway down tha page:
Michael Tomasky reports on MSNBC that you need to look back to March of 1992, when Dick Cheney was still the Secretary of Defense, an office that he "fully expected to occupy for the next four years." He release a document entitled Defense Planning Guidance.
It said that the United States had to be, as Colin Powell put it at the time, "the bully on the block." This meant that other nations would have to understand that it���s our world, they���re just living in it; no other superpower could even think about emerging; collective action was rejected (NATO won a partial exemption here, but only partial) in favor of "ad hoc assemblies, often not lasting beyond the crisis being confronted"; preventive military action would prove necessary, somewhere, just to make the point that it was our prerogative to do so (the DPG mentioned Poland, Lithuania, the Philippines, North Korea, and Iraq); and more. The writing of the document was overseen by Paul Wolfowitz. When it was leaked (to the New York Times), it was widely denounced as bellicose to the point of being unhinged. Bush 41 said this ain���t our policy, noway nohow.
This document was to reemerge in Sept., 2001 as the National Security Strategy, writes Tomasky, a document that is almost exactly similar to the one written nine years earlier, which is not surprising as it was authored by the same people. David Armstrong offers a more detailed history of the plan in his piece originally written for Harper's, "Dick Cheney's Song of America.