By Mark Anderson —
Mainstream media-anointed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton revealed her hawkish foreign policy leanings on November 19 by returning to the transnationalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an elder think tank that’s a key component of Bilderberg. Proof of this interlocking connection comes from the fact that CFR co-chairman and former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Bill Clinton’s former Treasury chief, is a fixture at the secretive Bilderberg gatherings.
Mrs. Clinton, as a presidential candidate, expressed her most comprehensive remarks to date about her foreign-policy vision, including her plan to defeat the terror group Islamic State (ISIS).
This comes as Jacob Jeremiah “Jake” Sullivan, 38, who has catapulted through the Democratic foreign policy establishment’s ranks, recently took one of the top posts as a foreign policy adviser for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
Some observers have noted that Sullivan and Mrs. Clinton both subscribe to the obscure doctrine of “smart power.” However, few added the context that the doctrine’s developer, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr., is North American chairman of the Trilateral Commission (TC). Nye was appointed to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board by Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry in October 2014, and he is also a member of the Defense Policy Board.
“The Foreign Affairs Policy Board was launched in December 2011 to provide the Secretary of State, the Deputy Secretaries of State, and the Director of Policy Planning with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of U.S. foreign policy,” according to their website, and the Defense Policy Board is a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense.
Kerry’s paternal grandfather, Otto Kohn, a Central European Jew, wanting to jettison his “Jewish-sounding name,” chose his new name by dropping a pencil on a world map, which landed on County Kerry in Ireland.
The TC, co-founded in 1973 by former CFR leader and Bilderberg elder David Rockefeller, shares several members and general goals with the CFR and the Bilderberg group.
Smart power means manipulatively mixing the “hard power” (military force and sanctions) favored by policy hawks with the “soft power” (foreign aid, cultural and economic bonds, and negotiation) favored by policy “doves.”
Speaking of Sullivan and Mrs. Clinton, Benjamin J. Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting for President Barack Hussein Obama, remarked: “He’s in line with her,” and added, “On the spectrum of people in our administration, he tended to favor more assertive U.S. [military] engagement.”
When Sullivan worked for Mrs. Clinton at the State Department, he advocated arming Syrian rebels that oppose the Syrian government. He also expressed support for the Ukrainian military when he was Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. This means that Team Hillary basically mirrors the war fever of Mrs. Clinton’s mostly hawkish neoconservative Republican presidential opponents.
Most Americans are not getting the true picture of Mrs. Clinton being an internationalist plant dressed in traditional Democratic garb who offers no meaningful alternative to the Republicans. Perhaps more importantly, the conventional press misses the significance of her ties to the CFR, a nearly century-old, lavishly funded, private presidium whose members have filled or influenced the most crucial government posts and policies for decades, keeping the U.S. perpetually at war or otherwise embroiled in the internal affairs of other nations.
Speaking as if the U.S. is incapable of moral treachery and terroristic tactics in its endless war on terror, Mrs. Clinton told the CFR that battling ISIS is a “worldwide fight” and “America must lead it,” in agreement with the longtime CFR mantra that the United States must be the global cop.
The former first lady outlined a three-part strategy:
• “Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq, and across the Middle East;
• “Disrupt and dismantle the growing terrorist infrastructure that facilitates the flow of fighters, financing, arms, and propaganda around the world; and
• “Harden our defenses and those of our allies against external and homegrown threats.”
While acknowledging the U.S.-led coalition “[has] been conducting this fight for more than a year,” Mrs. Clinton said it’s time to “intensify and broaden our efforts,” involving “more allied planes, more strikes and a broader target set.” She added that U.S. and allied ground forces will be needed to take back territory seized by ISIS across Syria and Iraq.
What’s lacking, in her view, is good on-theground intelligence to track ISIS. This is a particularly curious statement in light of evidence cited by former Treasury official Paul Craig Roberts, the respected Canadian research website Global Research, and other sources that ISIS is a Western intelligence asset—covertly created to wreak havoc and justify putting forces into Syria to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Also missed is the fact that the U.S. operation to depose and assassinate former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi helped arm ISIS in its war against the secular government of Syria.
Right on cue, Mrs. Clinton told the CFR that, as the Syrian “civil war” continues, the West can help “pave the way” for “a new government and new leadership” in Syria. She would also impose a Syria-wide no-fly zone “that will stop Assad from slaughtering civilians.”
She added, “There is no alternative to a political transition that allows Syrians to end Assad’s rule.”
In another insult to reality, she added that Russia and Iran, due to their support of “a vicious dictator” [Assad], can never bring “stability” to the Middle East.
She failed to note, however, that Russia’s anti-ISIS military efforts have in a mere two months scattered ISIS and brought noticeably more stability to the region than a year of ineffectual Western meddling.
Mrs. Clinton added, though, that Russia could play an “important role” in helping the West put the Middle East mess in order and “keep key [Syrian] institutions intact.”
Furthermore, Mrs. Clinton called on Congress to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force—the deceptive substitute for a formal war declaration that gives current and future presidents near-autopilot war authority.
She claimed that since America’s European allies saw the 9-11 attacks against the U.S. as an attack against them, the recent terrorist attacks against France should be seen as an affront to the U.S.—which is establishment parlance for endless conflict and nonstop interventionism, even when the exact facts surrounding a given attack, like whatever happened in France, are unclear.
“Now it’s our turn to stand in solidarity with France and all of our friends,” Mrs. Clinton told the CFR.
And the CFR stands ready to offer its “services” to Democrat and Republican candidates, representing both wings of one foreign policy of conquest by the West over any states—like Syria, Iran and Russia—that won’t join the “noble” neoliberalcapitalist brotherhood.
“We are making ourselves a resource for the presidential candidates and their staffs,” CFR President Richard Haas remarked. Haas neglected to mention, however, that Mrs. Clinton was not a new invitee because of her candidacy.
Sen. Clinton and Secretary of State Clinton have addressed the CFR over the years at its New York and Washington offices, showing she is a trusted agent of the neocon, neoliberal network.
Mark Anderson covers the annual Bilderberg meetings and is chairman of AFP’s new America First Action Committee, designed to involve AFP readers in focusing intensely on Congress to enact key changes, including monetary reform and a pullback of the warfare state. He and his wife Angie often work together on news projects.