Our Decline: CFR


“It has been well said that in our modern age the obdurate adherence to national sovereignty and national armed forces represents a form of insanity which may, however, be cured by a species of shock treatment.” (Grenville Clark, World Peace Through World Law, 1958.)

“We are witnessing an outbreak of shortsighted nationalism that seems oblivious to the economic, political and moral implications of interdependence.… The ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down…, an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault…” (Richard N. Gardner, The Hard Road to World Order, Foreign Affairs, April 1974.)

“In the past 15 years, council directors have included Hedley Donovan of Time Inc, Elizabeth Drew of the New Yorker, Philip Geyelin of The Washington Post, Karen Elliott House of the Wall Street Journal and Strobe Talbott of Time magazine.… The editorial page editor, deputy editorial page editor, executive editor, managing editor, foreign editor, national affairs editor, business and financial editor, and various writers as well as Katharine Graham, the paper's principal owner, represent The Washington Post in the council's membership. The executive editor, managing editor and foreign editor of the New York Times are members, along with executives of such other large newspapers as the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, the weekly news-magazines, network television executives and celebrities - Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Jim Lehrer, for example - and various columnists, among them Charles Krauthammer, William Buckley, George Will and Jim Hoagland.… They do not merely analyze and interpret foreign policy for the United States; they help make it.” (Columnist Richard Harwood, Ruling Class Journalists, Washington Post, October 30, 1993.)

“The word ‘Establishment’ is a general term for the power elite in international finance, business, the professions and government, largely from the northeast, who wield most of the power regardless of who is in the White House. Most people are unaware of the existence of this ‘legitimate Mafia.’ Yet the power of the Establishment makes itself felt from the professor who seeks a foundation grant, to the candidate for a cabinet post or State Department job. It affects the nation's policies in almost every area.” (Edith Kermit Roosevelt, Elite Clique Holds Power in U.S., Indianapolis News, p. 6. December 23, 1961.)

“Once the ruling members of the CFR have decided that the U.S. Government should adopt a particular policy, the very substantial research facilities of CFR are put to work to develop arguments, intellectual and emotional, to support the new policy, and to confound and discredit, intellectually and politically, any opposition.” (Admiral Chester Ward, Kissinger on the Couch, p. 151. 1975.)

“[the CFR has as a goal] submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government.… this lust to surrender the sovereignty and independence of the United States is pervasive throughout most of the membership.… In the entire CFR lexicon, there is no term of revulsion carrying a meaning so deep as ‘America First’” (Admiral Chester Ward, Kissinger on the Couch, pp. 144-150. 1975.)

“The sovereignty fetish is still so strong in the public mind, that there would appear to be little chance of winning popular assent to American membership in anything approaching a super-state organization. Much will depend on the kind of approach which is used in further popular education.” (CFR publication, unknown author American Public Opinion and Postwar Security Commitments, p. 35. 1944.)

“1. Search for an international order in which the freedom of nations is recognized as interdependent and in which many policies are jointly undertaken by free world states with differing political, economic and social systems.
2. safeguard U.S. security through preserving a system of bilateral agreements and regional arrangements.
3. Maintain and gradually increase the authority of the U.N.
4. Make more effective use of the International Court of Justice, jurisdiction of which should be increased by withdrawal of reservations by member nations on matters judged to be domestic.” (CFR publication, unknown author Study No. 7, Basic Aims of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1959.)

“As long as states insist that they are the supreme arbiters of their destinies — that as sovereign entities their decisions are subject to no higher authority — international organizations will never be able to guarantee the maintenance of peace.” (Former Secretary-General of the UN Kurt Waldheim, The United Nations: The Tarnished Image, Foreign Affairs, p. 93. 1984.)

“He gave us, in a time when our race is woefully in need of such restoratives, the vision of a man. Of that there is no more doubt than of his great place in history” (Max Eastman, extolling Leon Trotsky The Character and Fate of Leon Trotsky, Foreign Affairs, p. 332. January 1941.)

“The viewpoint of the establishment today is called globalism. Not so long ago, this viewpoint was called the "one-world" view by its critics. The phrase is no longer fashionable among sophisticates; yet, the phrase "one-world" is still apt because nothing has changed in the minds and actions of those promoting policies consistent with its fundamental tenets.

“Mr. President, in the globalist point of view, nation-states and national boundaries do not count for anything. Political philosophies and political principles seem to become simply relative. Indeed, even constitutions are irrelevant to the exercise of power.…

“In this point of view, the activities of international financial and industrial forces should be oriented to bringing this one-world design—with a convergence of the Soviet and American systems as its centerpiece—into being.” (Senator Jesse Helms, Congressional Record, Vol. 133, p. S18146. December 1987.)

“What is the Establishment's view-point? Through the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations its ideology is constant: That the best way to fight Communism is by a One World Socialist state governed by ‘experts’ like themselves. The result has been policies which favor the growth of the superstate, gradual surrender of United States sovereignty to the United Nations and a steady retreat in the face of Communist aggression.” (Edith Kermit Roosevelt, Elite Clique Holds Power in U.S., Indianapolis News, p. 6. December 23, 1961.)

“[Woodrow Wilson] brought home to the hearts of mankind the great hope that through an association of nations the world could in the days to come avoid an armed conflict and substitute reason and collective action for the age-old appeal of the sword. The United States has taken two negative steps. It has declined to have anything to do with either the League of Nations or the World Court.…Even without full membership we Americans can be generous and sporting enough to give the League a far greater share of sympathetic approval and definite official help than we have hitherto accorded.…The time has come when we must accept not only certain facts but many new principles of a higher law, a newer and better standard in international relations.” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, supporting world government through the League of Nations Our Foreign Policy: A Democratic View, Foreign Affairs, July 1928.)

“Among the early Roosevelt fascist measures was the National Industry Recovery Act (NRA) of June 16, 1933. The origins of this scheme are worth repeating. These ideas were first suggested by Gerard Swope (of the General Electric Company) at a meeting of the electrical industry in the winter of 1932. Following this, they were adopted by the United States Chamber of Commerce. During the campaign of 1932, Henry I. Harriman, president of that body, urged that I agree to support these proposals, informing me that Mr. Roosevelt had agreed to do so. I tried to show him that this stuff was pure fascism; that it was merely a remaking of Mussolini's "corporate state" and refused to agree to any of it. He informed me that in view of my attitude, the business world would support Roosevelt with money and influence. That for the most part, proved true.” (President Herbert Hoover, speaking of Roosevelt's ‘New Deal’ The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: The Great Depression 1929-1941, p. 420. 1952.)

“We shall have world government whether or not you like it—by conquest or consent.” (James P. Warburg, speaking to a Senate committee)

“We Republicans in the west want to know if Wall Street, the utilities, and the international bankers control our party and can select our candidate? I believe I am serving the best interests of the Republican Party by protesting in advance and exposing the machinations and attempts of J.P. Morgan and the New York utility bankers in forcing Wendell Willkie on the Republican Party.…There is nothing to the Willkie boom for President except the artificial public opinion being created by newspapers, magazines, and the radio. The reason [in] back of all this is money. Money is being spent by someone, and lots of it.” (Congressman Usher Burdick, indignant that Wendell Willkie (CFR), who until the year he ran was a registered Democrat and a rabid internationalist, won the Republican nomination, who seven weeks before the nominating convention showed that only three percent of Republicans favored him Congressional Record, Vol. 86, p. 8641. June 19, 1940.)

“Locarno [a European collective security agreement] represents an attempt to arrive at the same end by stages,—by treaties and local regional pacts which are permeated with the spirit of the Geneva Protocol,—these to be constantly supplemented, until at last, within the framework of the League of Nations, they are absorbed by one great world convention guaranteeing world security and peace by the enforcing of the rule of law in inter-state life.” (Eduard Benes speaking on a method to slowly bind the world down in the chains of world tyranny. Foreign Affairs, p. 210. January 1926.)

“The Institute of Pacific Relations was a vehicle used by the Communists to orient American Far Eastern policies toward Communist objectives. Members of the small core of officials and staff members who controlled IPR were either Communist or pro-Communist…” (Findings of an investigation by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. These findings were on the IPR, of which the CFR was a parent organization. Courtney and Courtney, p. 51. 1952.)

“Mr. Speaker, over this weekend we have learned the extent of the disaster that has befallen China and the United States. The responsibility for the failure of our foreign policy in the Far East rests squarely with the White House and the Department of State. The continued insistence that aid would not be forthcoming, unless a coalition of government with the Communists were formed, was a crippling blow to the National Government.…This is a tragic story of China, whose freedom we once fought to preserve. What our young men had saved, our diplomats and our President have frittered away.” (President John F. Kennedy, referring to the fall of free nationalist China, under Chaing Kai-shek, to the Chinese Communists under Mao Tse-tung. John Kennedy: A Political Profile, p. 80. January 25, 1949.)

“[A] possible further difficulty was cited, namely, that 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 might be recommended by the international security organization need not necessarily be construed as war.(A confidential memorandum prepared for the State Department by the CFR prophetically anticipating our future wars. American Public Opinion and Postwar Security Commitments, p. 10. 1944.)

“I realized for the first time that I had actually been denied the use of my full military power to safeguard the lives of my soldiers and the safety of my army. To me, it clearly foreshadowed a future tragic situation in Korea, and left me with a sense of inexpressible shock.” (General Douglas MacArthur, who ordered the Yalu river bridges bombed to halt the Chinese Communists advance was countermanded by Secretary of Defense General George Marshall MacArthur, p. 402.)

“In the international field, foundations, and an interlock among some of them and certain intermediary organizations, have exercised a strong effect upon our foreign policy and upon public education in things international. This has been accomplished by vast propaganda, by supplying executives and advisers to government and by controlling much research in this area through the power of the purse. The net result of these combined efforts has been to promote ‘internationalism’ in a particular sense—a form directed toward ‘world government’ and a derogation of American ‘nationalism.’ [The CFR has become] in essence an agency of the United States Government [and its] productions are not objective but are directed overwhelmingly at promoting the globalist concept.” (Findings of the Eighty-Third Congress to investigate the subversive funding activities of some of the biggest and best-known tax-exempt foundations (Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, etc.). The investigation led also to the CFR, which was, and is, thoroughly intertwined with these foundations. Foundations: Their Power and Influence, July 1953.)

“[CFR] members are the nearest thing we have to a ruling establishment in the United States.” (Columnist Richard Harwood, Ruling Class Journalists, Washington Post, October 30, 1993.)

“To the contrary, Castro could not have seized power in Cuba without the aid of the United States. American Government agencies and the United States press played a major role in bringing Castro to power….As the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba during the Castro-Communist revolution of 1957–1959, I had first-hand knowledge of the facts which brought about the rise of Fidel Castro….The State Department consistently intervened—positively, negatively, and by innuendo—to bring about the downfall of President Fulgencio Batista, thereby making it possible for Fidel Castro to take over the Government of Cuba.” (In December 1958 U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, E. T. Smith was instructed by the Eisenhower administration to ask Batista to step down, which he did. In 1959 Castro, the new ruler of Cuba, was a guest speaker at the CFR. Three years later Soviet missiles were pointing at the United States. New York Times, 1979.)

“The My Lai massacre, the sentencing of Lt. Calley to life imprisonment, ‘The Selling of the Pentagon,’ and the so-called Pentagon papers are leading examples of attempts to shift all the blame to the military in the eyes of the people.

“But no one identifies the Council on Foreign Relations—the CFR—a group of some 1400 Americans which includes as members almost every top level decision and policy maker in the Vietnam War.

“CBS tells the people it wants them to know what is going on and who is to blame. Why doesn't CBS tell the American people about the CFR and let the people decide whom to blame for the Vietnam fiasco —the planners and top decision makers of a closely knit financial industrial-intellectual aristocracy or military leaders under civilian control who have had little or no voice in the overall policies and operations and who are forbidden by law to tell the American people their side.

“The My Lai incident, ‘The Selling of the Pentagon,’ and the Pentagon papers have not scratched the surface in identifying the responsible kingmakers of the new ruling royalty, let alone in exposing the CFR role in Vietnam. Who will tell the people the truth if those who control "the right to know machinery" also control the government?” (Louisiana Congressman John Rarick You've Got a Right to Know, July 15, 1971.)

“…it is a legitimate American national objective to see removed from all nations—including the United States—the right to use substantial military force to pursue their own interests. Since this residual right is the root of national sovereignty and the basis for the existence of an international arena of power, it is, therefore, an American interest to see an end to nationhood as it has been historically defined.” (Walt Rostow, one of the chief engineers of the Vietnam fiasco was chairman of the State Department's policy planning council from 1991 until 1966 when he became the National Security Advisor. He has held membership in the CFR since 1955. He was rejected for employment in the Eisenhower administration three times because he could not pass security checks. The United States in the World Arena, 1960.)

“National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept…Marxism represents a further vital a creative state in the maturing of man's universal vision. Marxism is simultaneously a victory of the external, active man over the inner, passive man and a victory of reason over belief…” (Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era, p. 72. October 1970.)

“The economic cooperation that is required will involve us most deeply with our traditional postwar allies, Western Europe and Japan, but it must also embrace a new measure of comity with the developing countries, and include the Soviet Union and other Communist nations in significant areas of international economic life.” (Vice President Walter Mondale, a member of the CFR and the Trilateral Commision flew his colors in the CFR quarterly. Foreign Affairs, October 1974.)

“The Rockefeller Foundation and the Council on Foreign Relations…intend to prevent, if they can, a repetition of what they call in the vernacular “the debunking journalistic campaign following World War I.” Translated into precise English, this means that the Foundation and the Council do not want journalists or any other persons to examine too closely and criticize too freely the official propaganda and official statements relative to “our basic aims and activities” during World War II. In short, they hope that, among other things, the policies and measures of Franklin D. Roosevelt will escape in the coming years the critical analysis, evaluation and exposition that befell the policies and measures of Woodrow Wilson and the Entente Allies after World War I.” (Charles Beard, former president of the American Historical Association Who's to Write the History of the War?, Saturday Evening Post, p. 172. October 4, 1947.)

CNN Correspondent Christine Romans: “Plans for an integrated North American community by 2010, moving ahead swiftly and under the radar. Robert Pastor is an author of the Council on Foreign Relations document, seen as the project’s road map…. Robert Pastor says a more open public discussion would quiet what he calls conspiracy theorists….Just yesterday Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia introduced a resolution opposing a NAFTA superhighway and various elements of a North American Union, as the critics call it. And Robert Pastor, Lou, he says, you’re one of those critics, you’re part of a conspiracy theory that just is not founded.”

Lou Dobbs responded: “That I’m a conspiracy theorist? Well, I — that’s very flattering on the part of Mr. Pastor. What he is, is an out of control elitist, who hasn’t been elected or is in any way nominated by this government to do a darn thing that he’s doing. And the fact that this administration and some of this country’s largest corporations are pushing ahead with this, with some of Canada’s leading elites and Mexico’s — there’s not a single thing in this that even remotely has legitimacy and the fact that this Congress, thank goodness that Virgil Goode stepped up here, the fact that this Congress is not demanding an investigation into this right now is sickening. This is elitism run rampant and it’s just — to me, it’s just inexplicable why it’s being tolerated.”

(Lou Dobbs Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, September 29, 2006.)

“Again, and as another check upon the executive, in his conduct of international relations, the diplomatic representatives of the government must be, as we the people provided in the Constitution, nominated by the President and approved by the Senate. But the habit is growing of appointment by the President of quasi-diplomatic representatives, ‘ambassadors at large’ they call them, who ‘going to and fro in the earth and walking up and down’ — to use Job’s phrase — bring their harvests to the President. President Wilson was the first to give this device considerable importance when he sent the ubiquitous Colonel House to Europe. Col. House (not approved by the senate) with the President’s approval, committed us to enter World War I on the side of the Allies more than a year before Congress declared war.(J. Reuben Clark, Church News, November 29, 1953.)

“Obviously there is going to be no peace or prosperity for mankind as long as (America) remains divided into fifty or sixty independent states until some kind of international system is created…The real problem today is that of world government.” (Foreign Affairs, September 1922.)

“In [General Alexander Haig's] presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as ‘dumb, stupid animals to be used’ as pawns for foreign policy.” (Henry Kissinger, in a book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Simon & Schuster, 1976) The Final Days, p. 194.)

“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” (David Rockefeller, Statement to the United Nations Business Council, September 23, 1994.)

“For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as "internationalists" and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” (David Rockefeller, Memoirs, p. 405. 2002.)

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national determination practiced in past centuries.” (David Rockefeller, speaking at the June 1991, Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany June 1991.)

“Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded, not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering a high morale and cummunity propose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.” (David Rockefeller, New York Times, 1973.)

“The Council on Foreign Relations is the American branch of a society which originated in England [and] believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established.” (Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, A History of the World in Our Time, p. 951. 1966.)

“Marxism represents a further vital and creative stage in the maturing of man's universal vision…The nation-state is gradually yielding its sovereignty…More intensive efforts to shape a new world monetary structure will have to be undertaken.” (Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era, p. 72-300. 1970.)

“The nation-state is becoming less and less competent to perform its international political tasks.… These are some of the reasons pressing us to lead vigorously toward the true building of a new world order” (Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, The Future of Federalism, 1962.)

“A careful examination of what is happening behind the scenes reveals that all of these interests are working in concert with the masters of the Kremlin in order to create what some refer to as a ‘New World Order.’ Private organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Trilateral Commission, the Dartmouth Conference, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Atlantic Institute, and the Bilderberg Group serve to disseminate and to coordinate the plans for this so-called new world order in powerful business, financial, academic, and official circles.” (Senator Jesse Helms, U.S. Senate Speech, December 15, 1987.)

“In defense of the World Order... U.S. soldiers would have to kill and die.… We are not going to achieve a New World Order without paying for it in blood, as well as in words and money.” (Aurthur Schlesinger Jr. Foreign Affairs, 1995.)