A CFR Production – The Conflict in Syria


Men walk on a road amid wreckage, after three blasts ripped through Aleppo’s main Saadallah al-Jabari Square…Men walk on a road amid wreckage, after three blasts ripped through Aleppo’s main Saadallah al-Jabari Square, and a fourth was reported a few hundred metres away near Bab al-Jinein, on the fringes of the Old City, where rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been fighting, October 3, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria’s national news agency SANA. Explosions in government-controlled districts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 70 on Wednesday, Lebanon’s Hezbollah-run al-Manar TV reported, quoting a Syrian official source. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 40 people were killed and 90 wounded, citing medical sources. REUTERS/SANA (SYRIA – Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

In 2011 during Arab Spring nationwide protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government began. Assad’s government forces responded with a violent crackdown and a civil war broke out. In the United States seven think tanks and twenty-one media commentators participated in the media debate surrounding Syria. Seventeen of the twenty-one commentators were CFR members or CFR term members.

CFR Industry ties of commentators profiled
Commentator Identified as Industry ties
Stephen Hadley

CFR member

former National Security Advisor Raytheon, RiceHadleyGates, APCO Worldwide
James Cartwright

CFR member

former Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Raytheon, TASC, Accenture, Enlightenment Capital
Frances Townsend

CFR member

CNN national security analyst and member of CIA and DHS advisory committees MacAndrews & Forbes, Monument Capital Group, Decision Sciences
Anthony Zinni

CFR member

former Commander in Chief of US Central Command BAE Systems, DC Capital Partners
Jeremy Bash

CFR member 2001

former Chief of Staff to DoD and CIA Beacon Global Strategies
Nicholas Burns

CFR member 2001

former Under Secretary of State Cohen Group, Entegris
William S. Cohen

CFR member

former Secretary of Defense Cohen Group
Wesley Clark

CFR member

former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Wesley K. Clark & Associates, MFG.com
Roger Cressey

CFR member 2001

former National Security Council staff Booz Allen Hamilton
Charles Duelfer

CFR member

former chief US weapons inspector Omnis
Adam Ereli former State Department deputy spokesperson and ambassador to Bahrain Mercury LLC
Michele Flournoy

CFR member

former Under Secretary of Defense Boston Consulting Group
Michael Hayden

CFR member

former CIA Director Chertoff Group, Alion Science and Technology, Next Century Corporation
Colin Kahl

CFR member

former deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East consultant to the Defense Department with TS-SCI clearance
Brian Katulis

CFR member 2001

Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress Albright Stonebridge Group
Jack Keane

CFR member

former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army General Dynamics, SCP Partners
Patrick Murphy Iraq veteran and former US Representative from Pennsylvania Fox Rothschild LLP
Madeline Albright

CFR member

former Secretary of State Albright Stonebridge Group
James “Spider” Mark

CFR members

former Commander of the US Army Intelligence Center Stony Lonesome Group, Willowdale Services http://www.invism.com/about-us/team.htm
Chuck Nash Fox News military analyst and retired US Navy Captain Applied Visual Sciences, Emerging Technologies International Inc.
John Negroponte

CFR member

former Director of National Intelligence McLarty Associates, Aamina, Oxford Analytica, Intelligence and National Security Alliance
Robert Scales Fox News military analyst and former Commandant of the US Army War College Colgen (see correction)


Authors Gin Armstrong, Whitney Yax, Kevin Connor wrote a report titled, Conflicts of interest in the Syria debate. The report,

“documents the industry ties of [Council on Foreign Relations member] Hadley, 21 other media commentators, and seven think tanks that participated in the media debate around Syria. Like Hadley, these individuals and organizations have strong ties to defense contractors and other defense- and foreign policy-focused firms with a vested interest in the Syria debate, but they were presented to their audiences with a veneer of expertise and independence, as former military officials, retired diplomats, and independent think tanks.

The report offers a new look at an issue raised by David Barstow’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series on the role military analysts played in promoting the Bush Administration’s narrative on Iraq. In addition to exposing coordination with the Pentagon, Barstow found that many cable news analysts had industry ties that were not disclosed on air.”

The table of commentators above is from the Amrstrong, Yax and Connor report. It has been updated to identify the CFR members.

The think-tanks in the article include Brookings Institution, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, American Enterprise Institute, Atlantic Council, Center for American Progress and the Institute for the Study of War. In their paper, America’s Post-Cold War Grand Strategy-Makers and the Policy Planning Network,  Naná de Graaff and Bastiaan van Apeldoorn explain how the main think tank is the Council on Foreign Relations and the other think tanks are part of the Council’s Policy Planning Networks in the Clinton-Bush-Obama administrations.

CFR Policy Planning Network


Hardly one person in 1000 ever heard of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

The Council on Foreign Relations was formally established in Paris in 1919 along with its British Counterpart the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The Council on Foreign Relations and Royal Institute of International Affairs can trace their roots back to a secret organization founded and funded by Cecil Rhodes, who became fabulously wealthy by exploiting the people of South Africa. Rhodes is the father of Apartheid.

The Council on Foreign Relations was founded by a group of American and British imperialists and racists intent on ruling the world. Many of the American members were American intelligence officers that belonged to the first American Intelligence Agency — THE INQUIRY. Many of the British members were British Intelligence Agents. THE INQUIRY and its members, who included such notable Americans as Col. Edward Mandel House, Walter Lippmann, Isaiah Bowman, and James Shotwell, wrote most of Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points.

The CFR/RIIA method of operation is simple — they control public opinion. They keep the identity of their group secret. They learn the likes and dislikes of influential people. They surround and manipulate them into acting in the best interest of the CFR/RIIA.

The Council on Foreign Relations, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs are adept at using the media to create massive psycho-political operations used to manipulate public opinion. The psycho-political operations are often designed to create tensions between different groups of people. The object is to keep the world in a state of perpetual tension and warfare to maximize profits from CFR/RIIA munition, medicine, media, energy, and food businesses.

The CFR has only 4000 members yet they control over three-quarters of the nations wealth. The CFR runs the State Department and the CIA. The CFR has placed 100 CFR members in every Presidential Administration since Woodrow Wilson. They work together to misinform and disinform the President to act in the best interest of the CFR not the best interest of the American People. At least five Presidents (Eisenhower, Ford, Carter, Bush, and Clinton) have been members of the CFR. The CFR has packed every Supreme court with CFR insiders. Three CFR members (Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Sandra Day O’Connor) sit on the supreme court. The CFR’s British Counterpart is the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The members of these groups profit by creating tension and hate. Their targets include British and American citizens.

The 100 CFR members that surround the president are “the Secret Team.” The “Secret Team” help carry out psycho-political operations scripted by CFR members in the state department and the Intelligence Organizations. The psycho-political operations are coordinated by a group of Council on Foreign Relations members called the Special Group. The Special Group evolved from the Psychological Strategy Board.

President Truman issued an executive order establishing the Psychological Strategy Board. The Board was run by CFR members Gordon Gray and Henry Kissinger. The PSB has close ties to the State Department and Intelligence Organizations. The purpose of the PSB was to co-ordinate psycho-political operations. Many of those operations were focused at Americans. The people became wary of the Psychological Strategy Board. Eisenhower issued an executive order changing its name to the Operations Coordination Board. The OCB was a bigger more powerful PSB. Gray and Kissinger ran the OCB too. President Kennedy abolished the OCB. It became an ad hoc committee called the “Special Group,” which exists today. The PSB/OCB/Special Group always has CFR members running and sitting on it. Since the Special Group was not formed by Executive Order it cannot be abolished.

On September 12, 1939, the Council on Foreign Relations began to take control of the Department of State. On that day Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Editor of Foreign Affairs, and Walter H. Mallory, Executive Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, paid a visit to the State Department. The Council proposed forming groups of experts to proceed with research in the general areas of Security, Armament, Economic, Political, and Territorial problems. The State Department accepted the proposal. The project (1939-1945) was called Council on Foreign Relations War and Peace Studies. Hamilton Fish Armstrong was Executive director.

In February 1941 the CFR officially became part of the State Department. The Department of State established the Division of Special Research. It was organized just like the Council on Foreign Relations War and Peace Studies project. It was divided into Economic, Political, Territorial, and Security Sections. The Research Secretaries serving with the Council groups were hired by the State Department to work in the new division. These men also were permitted to continue serving as Research Secretaries to their respective Council groups. Leo Pasvolsky was appointed Director of Research.

In 1942 the relationship between the Department of State and the Council on Foreign Relations strengthened again. The Department organized an Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policies. The Chairman was Secretary Cordell Hull, the vice chairman, Under Secretary Sumner Wells, Dr. Leo Pasvolsky ( director of the Division of Special Research) was appointed Executive Officer. Several experts were brought in from outside the Department. The outside experts were Council on Foreign Relations War and Peace Studies members; Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Isaiah Bowman, Benjamin V. Cohen, Norman H. Davis, and James T. Shotwell.

In total there were 362 meetings of the War and Peace Studies groups. The meetings were held at Council on Foreign Relations headquarters — the Harold Pratt house, Fifty-Eight East Sixty-Eighth Street, New York City. The Council’s wartime work was confidential.17

In 1944 members of the Council on Foreign Relations The War and Peace Studies Political Group were invited to be active members at the Dumbarton Oaks conference on world economic arrangements. In 1945 these men and members of Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs were active at the San Francisco conference which ensured the establishment of the United Nations.

In 1947 Council on Foreign Relations members George Kennan, Walter Lippmann, Paul Nitze, Dean Achenson, and Walter Krock took part in a psycho-political operation forcing the Marshall Plan on the American public. The PSYOP included a “anonymous” letter credited to a Mr. X, which appeared in the Council on Foreign Relations magazine FOREIGN AFFAIRS. The letter opened the door for the CFR controlled Truman administration to take a hard line against the threat of Soviet expansion. George Kennan was the author of the letter. The Marshall Plan should have been called the Council on Foreign Relations Plan. The so-called Marshall Plan and the ensuing North Atlantic Treaty Organization defined the role of the United States in world politics for the rest of the century.

In 1950 another PSYOP resulted in NSC-68, a key cold war document. The NSC (National Security Council) didn’t write it — the Department of State Policy Planning Staff did. The cast of characters included CFR members George Kennan, Paul Nitze, and Dean Achenson. NSC-68 was given to Truman on April 7, 1950. NSC-68 was a practical extension of the Truman doctrine. It had the US assume the role of world policeman and use 20 per cent of its gross national product ($50 billion in 1953) for arms. NSC-68 provided the justification — the WORLD WIDE COMMUNIST THREAT!

NSC-68 realized a major Council on Foreign Relations aim — building the largest military establishment in Peace Time History. Within a year of drafting NSC-68, the security-related budget leaped to $22 billion, armed forces manpower was up to a million — CFR medicine, munition, food, and media businesses were humming again. The following year the NSC-68 budget rose to $44 billion. In fiscal 1953 it jumped to $50 billion. Today (1997) we are still running $300 billion dollar defense budgets despite Russia giving up because it went bankrupt.

America would never turn back from the road of huge military spending. Spending that included the purchase of radioactive fallout on American citizens in the 50’s, and buying thermonuclear waste from the Russians as we approach the year 2000. Spending resulting in a national debt of $16.3 Trillion Dollars that continues to grow, and interest payments of over $270 billion a year. Is the Council on Foreign Relations trying to make the United States economically vulnerable to influence from outside sources? Isn’t that treason?

THE INQUIRY, the PSB/OCB/Special group, the War and Peace Studies, the “X” Affair, and NSC-68 have had tremendous historical impact. Yet these events and the role played by the Council on Foreign Relations in sponsoring and carrying out the events are missing from our History books. You represent the people. Can you explain to me why the Council on Foreign Relations role in History has been left out of the History books? Why don’t we learn about them in High School History courses? Why don’t History majors in college learn about the Council on Foreign Relations?

Read America’s Post-Cold War Grand Strategy-Makers and the Policy Planning Network and  Conflicts of Interest in the Syrian Debate. Have you connected the dots yet? The Council on Foreign Relations has kept the world in a state of perpetual war for 100 years. When the cold war ended they produce the war on terror. Millions of people have died and millions families destroyed so that a small group of several thousand could become rich and powerful. Martin Luther King Jr said “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” That time is now, it is time for everyone who knows what is going on to speak out about it and put a stop to the Council on Foreign Relations blood bath.








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