"The Council on Foreign Relations took control of the ideological
foundations of empire encompassing the corporate, banking, political,
foreign policy, military,
media, and academic elite of the nation into a generally cohesive overall world
The divide among
aristocracy was never a question of -
Should we use American
Why has America become an Empire?
even be an Empire?
The CFR effectively undertook a policy coup
d'état over American
foreign policy at the outbreak World War II.
When war broke
out, the Council began a "strictly confidential" project called the War and
Peace Studies, in which top CFR members, financed by the Rockefeller
Foundation, collaborated with the State Department in
determining US policy.
pivotal in funding the eugenics
movement in the US, played a pivotal part in bringing the eugenics ideology
to Nazi Germany by facilitating the beliefs that brought about the
The policy of "containment"
towards the Soviet Union that would
define American foreign policy for nearly half a century was envisaged in a
1947 edition of Foreign Affairs, the academic journal of the Council on Foreign
So too were the ideological foundations for the Marshall
Plan and NATO envisaged at the Council on Foreign Relations, with members of
the Council recruited to enact, implement and lead these institutions.
The Council also played a role in the establishment and promotion of
the United Nations, which was subsequently built on land bought from
John D. Rockefeller,
Jr." - Andrew Gavin Marshall
1921 Council on Foreign Relations founded as US counterpart to
Royal Institute for International Affairs.
Warburg and John D.
Rockefeller are among initial funders.
John W. Davis, attorney to
JP Morgan, is first president.
1922 Council on Foreign Relations begins publishing Foreign
1939 Marshall Plan originates in
the 'War and Peace Study Groups' instituted by the Council on Foreign
On December 6, 1939 the Rockefeller Foundation granted the
Council $50,000 to finance the first year of the project.
March 11, 1941 The
lend-lease program, formally titled "An Act to Promote the Defense of the
United States", supplies Free France, the United Kingdom, the Republic of
China, and later the Soviet Union and other Allied nations with food, oil,
warships and warplanes, along with other weaponry totaling $31.4 billion all
together with an $11.3 billion cutout for the Soviets.
1944 Foreign Affairs the journal of the Council on
Foreign Relations (CFR) publishes an article entitled Korea in the
Postwar World suggesting turning Korea, occupied by Japan, into a
protectorate ruled by the Allies.
It suggest the Soviets occupy North
Korea, while the US occupy South Korea.
Stalin supplies the communist
government of Kim Il-sung in North Korea, building a 150,000-man army with
hundreds of tanks, hundreds of warplanes, and heavy artillery largely using
lend-lease equipment given to the
Soviets by the Americans.
When the Americans departed South Korea
they left only a constabulary force of 16,000 South Koreans with small arms
they did not have a single tank or even one anti-tank gun.
CFR prepares a memorandum for the State Department
which states: "A further possible difficulty was cited arising from the
Constitutional provision that
only Congress may declare
war. This argument was countered with the contention that a treaty would
override this barrier, let alone the fact that our participation in such a
police action as might be recommended by the international security
organization [UN] need not
necessarily be construed as war."
1947 US Secretary of
State General George Marshall presents the Plan in a speech on June 5 1947
outlined in the proposals of the CFR study group of headed by the lawyer
Charles M. Spofford and David
Rockefeller, labeled 'Reconstruction in Western Europe'.
proposal for unifying the
Silesian Coal basin as a bulwark against the USSR is made by
William Clayton, the Under-Secretary for Economic Affairs,
played a key role in preparing the plan and who, after pushing it through
Congress, personally profited.
Clayton & Co. secured $10 million of Marshall Plan orders up to the summer
secured $5.5 million worth of orders between July 1950 and 1951 and the
Ford Motor secured $1 million.
"The Objective of the influential majority of members of CFR has not
changed since its founding in 1922, more than 50 years ago. In the 50th
anniversary issue of Foreign Affairs, the first and leading article was
written by CFR member Kingman Brewster, Jr. - Reflections on Our National
Purpose. He did not back away from defining it: our national purpose should
be to abolish our nationality. Indeed, he
pulled out all the emotional stops in a hardsell for global government. In
the entire CFR lexicon, there is no term of revulsion carrying a meaning so
deep as - America First." - Admiral Chester Ward, former Judge Advocate General
of the Navy, CFR member
"The Council on Foreign
Relations, headquartered in New York City, is composed of an elite of
approximately 1600 of the nation's Establishment Insiders in the fields of high
finance, academics, politics, commerce, the foundations, and the mass media.
During its first fifty years of existence, the CFR was almost never
mentioned by any of the moguls of the mass media and yet the membership
included top executives from the New York
Post, Los Angeles Times, the Knight newspaper chain, NBC, CBS,
Time, Life, Fortune,
Business Week, US News & World Report, and many others." - Gary
technetronic society the trend seems to be toward effectively exploiting the
communication techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason.
People are becoming increasingly malleable with increasing availability
of biochemical means of
projected world information grid for Japan, Western Europe, and the United
States will create the basis for a common educational program.
are witnessing the emergence of transnational elites.
It is likely that
before long the social elites of most of the more advanced countries will be
highly internationalist or globalist in spirit and outlook.
nation-state is gradually yielding its sovereignty.
will require greater American sacrifices." -
"When Henry Stimson
- the group's quintessential member - went to Washington in 1940 as Secretary
of War, he took with him John McCloy, who
was to become Assistant Secretary in charge of personnel. McCloy has recalled:
"whenever we needed a man we thumbed through the roll of the council members."
- Jack Anderson
"The Council on Foreign Relations is 'the
establishment.' Not only does it have influence and power in
key decision-making positions
at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also
announces and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to
justify the high level decisions for converting the US from
a sovereign Constitutional Republic
into a servile member state of a one-world dictatorship." - Former
Congressman John Rarick
In the 1960s, as growing attention centered on
the surreptitious governmental activities of the Council on Foreign Relations,
subsidiary groups, known as the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderbergers,
representing the identical financial interests, began operations, with the more
important officials being members of all three groups.
"Five years ago, the Council on Foreign Relations
gave me my first opportunity to work systematically on
problems of foreign relations.
My relations with it have remained close and my admiration for it has, if
anything, increased." - Henry Kissinger
18 of 38 CFR Board of Directors in 2010:
Carla A. Hills (Co-Chairman; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills
Robert E. Rubin
(Co-Chairman; Former Secretary of the US Treasury)
Richard E. Salomon (Vice
Chairman; Managing Partner, East End Advisors, LLC)
Richard N. Haass
(President, Council on Foreign Relations)
Peter Ackerman (Managing
Director, Rockport Capital, Inc.)
Madeleine K. Albright
(Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group LLC)
Henry S. Bienen (President
Emeritus, Northwestern University)
Alan S. Blinder (Princeton University)
Frank J. Caufield (Cofounder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
Kenneth M. Duberstein (Chairman and CEO, The Duberstein Group, Inc.)
Martin S. Feldstein (President Emeritus, National Bureau of Economic
Friedman (Chairman, Stone Point Capital)
J. Tomilson Hill (Vice
Chairman, The Blackstone Group)
Henry R. Kravis (Co-CEO and
Co-Chairman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.)
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. (Harvard
Pritzker (President & Chief Executive Officer, Pritzker Realty Group,
David M. Rubenstein (Cofounder and Managing Director, The Carlyle
Joan E. Spero (Visiting Fellow, Foundation Center)
2 of 5
Officers and Directors Emeriti in 2010:
Maurice R. Greenberg
(Honorary Vice Chairman; Chairman & CEO,
C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.)
Leslie H. Gelb (President
Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign
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