- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Authors Choice Press (July 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595324266
- ISBN-13: 978-0595324262
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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About the Author
Laurence H. Shoup received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1974. He has taught United States history at the university level. He continues writing books. William Minter is the editor of AfricaFocus Bulletin. He is the author of several books and many articles on African issues and U.S. policy.
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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. In order to achieve the ultimate goal of a 'new world order' it is necessary for the CFR to cultivate the right political, economic and strategic conditions, and by engineering one crisis after another, the power elite are in a prime position to establish 'order out of chaos'.
By reading this book, you will understand who the invisible rulers are, how they operate, and what their ultimate agenda is. And everytime election season comes around, you will realise why your vote doesn't count as the CFR effectively controls both political parties.
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.
The name Noam Chomsky is much better known than Shoup & Minter, and Chomsky's analysis draws heavily on their groundbreaking research. The original source material from the CFR's study project is archived in the library of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago. It goes without saying that this book is just as timely as ever. For anyone still hypnotized by the sugar-coated lies about the reasons for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, thinking that we are the selfless Caped Crusaders for Justice, this book is the wakeup call. No, there is no Santa Claus, and no, the U.S. is not "doing God's will" when it continuously invades country after country. It is the most powerful Empire in history, currently taking action to secure control of the remaining and fast-diminishing reserves of OIL.
This is why, all the fulminations of lobotomized Republicans to the contrary, there is such strong bipartisan unity in U.S. foreign policy. The disagreements are all over tactics -- the basic imperial strategy is never in question, and any presidential candidate who does question it, whether from the Right (Buchanan) or the Left (McGovern, Dean) is preemptively defeated by the united efforts of the American ruling class. Of course there was that exception, JFK, and for that there are other methods...