Tthe Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Preventive Action (Part 2 of 2)

The first part of this two-part article provided a brief overview of the history of the Council on Foreign Relations (hereafter referred to as the Council), and demonstrated how with the backing of America’s leading liberal foundations (and working closely with many CIA-linked individuals) it has worked industriously to manufacture elite consent. This concluding part of the article will examine the Council’s present day democracy manipulating credentials, and provide a critical investigation of the people involved with their Orwellian Center for Preventive Action.


The Council as Premier Democracy Manipulator

Problematically, it is near on impossible to determine the extent of the Council’s current relations with secretive agencies like the CIA. However, it is possible to examine the Council’s links to global democracy manipulating organisations, like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which play an integral role in promoting US hegemony through soft power. Examining the ties of Council directors to such groups is particularly important as waging a cultural war for the world’s minds has always also been an integral component of the CIA’s own work: that said, this aspect of their work is downplayed and often misunderstood. In addition it is more than coincidental that the first head of the NED, Allen Weinstein, noted: “A lot of what we [the NED] do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” [1] 

Key democracy manipulators who currently sit on the Council’s board of directors include, Madeleine K. Albright, Richard Holbrooke:

Given the strong links between the Council and the democracy manipulating establishment it is fitting that since 2002, the Council has awarded most of their annual Arthur Ross Book Awards to ‘democratically’-linked authors. The prize is given to those writers whose work makes an “outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations”, and the Gold (first prize) winners to date – from 2007 to 2002 – include: [4]

As the Council prides itself on its ‘open’ nonpartisan nature it makes sense that Grose would mention in passing the existence of Shoup and Minter’s book Imperial Brain Trust. More critically Grose points out that “Richard Barnet, a scholar elected to Council membership in 1969 who remained a frequent critic, noted that membership in the Council on Foreign Relations could well be considered ‘a rite of passage for an aspiring national security manager.’” Although as Edward S. Herman and David Peterson (2008) note in their brilliant article, There Is No “War on Terror”, it would be more accurate to point out that membership in the Council is a rite of passage for an aspiring national insecurity manager.

Finally, it is worth remembering that for all their elite links to key democracy manipulators the Council also invites people whom many people would actually consider to be leading progressives. Such ostensibly ‘progressive’ individuals include people like Katrina vanden Heuvel, who is the editor and publisher of The Nation magazine. However, The Nation’s Council ties do not end there as two of their regular contributors are also linked to the Council, these being Mohamad Bazzi (who is &l

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