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Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy 0th Edition
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The CFR Grand Area planning team was imported wholesale into FDR's State Department -- it became the State Department and directed the war strategy. So the U.S. was not in the war to defend itself, or to fight for Freedom, or to liberate anyone, cherished propaganda to the contrary. The goal was to seize as big a chunk of the globe as possible along with its raw materials and markets. This proved quite successful, of course, and with a few pesky holdouts that were encircled and attacked with variations on containment and rollback over the years, the U.S. Empire replaced the 19th century British Empire, with an unprecedented military reach and military bases everywhere. Since 1945 the sun has never set on the American Empire.Read more ›
The authors provide an excellent historical overview of the Council on Foreign Relations and its original purpose, but the most important contribution that this analysis has to offer, is to reveal how the CFR not only influences but determines US foreign policy.
Through their extensive research the authors quote directly from CFR memorandums, publications and speeches, revealing many instances where the Councils own recommendations have become official government policy. While the Council on its own official website portrays itself as an 'independent, non-partisan think tank' it should be obvious after reading this book that it is far from 'independant' as many government officials have been active members of the CFR during their time in office.
For example, the authors list the key government decision makers on American Foreign Policy in South East Asia between 1940-1973 (p.246-247) and discover that of the 25 top decision makers, 18 of them were members of the CFR.
'But so what?' Some may reply. 'Surely the CFR is only doing what it thinks would be best for the national interest.'
And you see, this is where the problem lies. As the authors go on to explain, the interests of the lower classes differ wildly from those of the upper classes (the power elite). The CFR which embodies the upper classes, are concerned with policies that are most helpful in promoting their own interests.
This is why perpetual war has been the norm in American history, because those that are pushing for war stand to gain immensely.Read more ›