- Series: Nation Books
- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books (March 19, 2004)
- Language: English
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Of course, most people (like myself) would say that Coleman's book went way over the top, but after reading Hitchens' book you start to wonder if some of the topics Coleman tried to tackle were sound arguments, considering Hitchens discusses two major think-tanks that influence foreign policy in Europe and the United States, which are The Council On Foreign Relations (CFR), and The Royal Institute of International Affairs (known to Europeans as Chatham House.) I also highly recommend reading James Perloff "The Council On Foreign Relations and the American Decline."
Anyhow, Hitchens manages to dime out "The Rhodes Scholarship and Ditchley Park, which all seem to be a part of the Round Table groups that rightwing conspiracy theorist such as Coleman, Texe Marrs author of "Circle of Intrigue," and G. Edward Griffin author of "The Creature From Jekyll Island" discussed in their books.
Hitchens argues in a sort of satirical fashion that these think tanks influence Western policy, and of course, Hitchens is spot on about this. According to Hitchens, the Rhodes Scholars schemed in South Africa, running "the Kaffir Compound System, [which was a] forerunner of apartheid operated De Beers diamond mines"[owned by Cecil Rhodes.] Moreover, they were behind the Boer Wars and the Filipino Wars.
Also, Hitchens said, "The British branch of the Institute of International Affairs, with Lionel Curtis as its secretary, swiftly took on the essential prefix `Royal,' under which title it flourishes to this day. Most outsiders know it by its less cumbersome name of Chatham house, and it is by no means unknown to receive a Foreign Office briefing under what are agreeably known as `Chatham House rules'-the surreptitiously, deep-background culture that informs so much British public life."
He then explains how America's number one think tank (The Council On Foreign Relations) is really a spin off of Chatham House. Furthermore, Hitchens goes on to say, "By 1922 the Council had begun to publish Foreign Affairs [magazine,] and it was not long before words like `judicious and authoritative' began to be applied to the magazine. Its launching was the brainchild of Edwin F. Gay, a Council figure and the first dean of the Harvard Business School." Hitchens then quotes Edwin F. Gay as saying, "When I think of the British Empire as our inheritance I think simply of the natural right of succession. That ultimate succession is inevitable."
Can you say "New World Order" three times fast?
Anyway, Hitchens parenthetically states, "Broadly speaking, the composition and character of the Council On Foreign Relations was one of post- [Woodrow] Wilsonian internationalism, with a self-conscious emphasis on America's duty to shoulder a global role. It ranged itself more or less explicitly against the isolationist, and drew strength from the more forward-looking and adventurous element of the business community."
It seems to me that Hitchens is in agreement with conspiracy theorist such as Anthony J. Hilder (founder of the Free World Alliance) who claims that the Council On Foreign Relations is really America's de-facto government, what the elite CFR would call the "Pax Americana" initiative.
Hitchens cites a bevy of points, but one in particular was when the CFR tried to persuade Franklin Roosevelt to extend the Monroe Doctrine to annex Greenland as part of the American Continent in the auspices of protecting it from Adolph Hitler, just in case he decided to usurp Danish colonies.
Also, Hitchens wrote about how Winston Churchill wanted to establish duel citizenship between The United Kingdom and the United States. Of course, this invidious idea would have sparked outrage among the American people. So this idea never saw the light of day.
Hitchens also writes about the backroom deals between Josef Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt during the Malta Yalta conferences.
Hitchens comes to the impasse as to why the Western powers are so xenophobic. The U.S. and Britain share a loving bond, but it seem that Britain in some respects has become the junior partner in the whole scheme of things since today the U.S. pretty much polices the territories the former British Empire usurped before World War II.
The conclusion I came to after reading this book is that nation building is not the answer as Hitchens put it, "it will be a splendid thing if, showing that countries can after all learn from history, [if] the United States decided to become less Roman, and the British decided to become more Greek, and both rediscovered republican virtues in a world without conquerors" then the world would be all the better for it.
In other words we the people need to embrace the ideas that embodies the Constitution and up hold it and set an example to the world. I think that's what Hitchens was trying to say throughout this book.
So, look elsewhere for loony paranoid fantasies; here you will only find the usual intelligent Hitchens style.
This ain't so. Muhlenberg was the Speaker, and a vote did fall one short -- but it wasn't to print in German, it was merely to table such a motion for consideration later. It failed, and thus the motion was dropped forever. It was never voted on at all.(...)