Think Tanks, Politics and Influential Convergences….

Because you’re worth it !

IMG_2429Yesterday the New York Times posted a story titled:Researchers or Corporate Allies? Think Tanks Blur the Line”.

[…] Think tanks, which position themselves as “universities without students,” have power in government policy debates because they are seen as researchers independent of moneyed interests. But in the chase for funds, think tanks are pushing agendas important to corporate donors, at times blurring the line between researchers and lobbyists. And they are doing so while reaping the benefits of their tax-exempt status, sometimes without disclosing their connections to corporate interests.

Thousands of pages of internal memos and confidential correspondence between Brookings and other donors — like JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank; K.K.R., the global investment firm; Microsoft, the software giant; and Hitachi, the Japanese conglomerate — show that financial support often came with assurances from Brookings that it would provide “donation benefits,” including setting up events featuring corporate executives with government officials, according to documents obtained by The New York Times and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. (link)

As a person who has floated though the disconcerting world of Think Tank politics, the Times article was a worthy notation not only because of the substance within it, but also -and perhaps more aptly- because in the world of intellectual property amalgamation such a news article (research proposition) doesn’t just happen organically as a matter of happenstance.

Something always spurs an author, or a media outlet, to take an interest in a subject that is generally too opaque and wonky to be considered ‘interesting’.

When topics are ‘out there‘ something has to happen to peak the inquiring mind. Something always precedes the writing; something generally and often loosely attached to the content.

So we turn to the 8’x4’ white board and put a “sticky note”, curiosor, for later reference. What could spur the New York Times to be looking quizzically at the motives of Think Tanks?

Well, it didn’t take long to see what connectivity tissue piqued that curiosity….

Today, The New York Times ‘hosts’ an open letter from a consortium of political policy wonks, former policy advisers, who are now roaming amid the bloodstream of the corporate policy world – and who, as an outcome of their corporate influence, have a vested interest in the 2016 presidential race:

(New York Times) Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

Mr. Trump, the officials warn, “would be the most reckless president in American history.”

The letter says Mr. Trump would weaken the United States’ moral authority and questions his knowledge of and belief in the Constitution. It says he has “demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding” of the nation’s “vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances and the democratic values” on which American policy should be based. And it laments that “Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.”

“None of us will vote for Donald Trump,” the letter states, though it notes later that many Americans “have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us.”

Among the most prominent signatories are Michael V. Hayden, a former director of both the C.I.A. and the National Security Agency; John D. Negroponte, who served as the first director of national intelligence and then deputy secretary of state; and Robert B. Zoellick, another former deputy secretary of state, United States trade representive and, until 2012, president of the World Bank. Two former secretaries of homeland security, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, also signed, as did Eric S. Edelman, who served as Vice President Dick Cheney’s national security adviser and as a top aide to Robert M. Gates when he was secretary of defense. (read more)

The letter is also available HERE in pdf format.

Transparently absent (in my opinion by design, aka ‘risk’) from the list of notables is former White House adviser, and later Bush Cabinet Member, Ms. Condoleezza Rice.

There’s a host of other notable names also missing, but for the sake of comprehensive understanding we’ll just note the transparent absence of former CIA Director George Tenet.

the three stooges you nazty spy 1The former national security officials who are included on the list all have one thing in common, WAR.

Specifically, taking the United States -through espoused policy objectives- into war.

Every one of them has a history within, and now a contracted relationship with, the industrial war machinery.

The Absent Names – In the summer of 2001 CIA Director George Tenet warned of a pending domestic terrorist attack from al-Qaeda through the use of some form of domestic transportation vehicle.

Senior policy adviser Condi Rice dismissed the concerns of Tenet, and shelved his assembled pre-9/11 warnings. Director Tenet demanded the information be given to President Bush, and after multiple weeks of escalating internal conflict was finally allowed by Rice to present the intel findings to the President.

President George W Bush listened to Tenet, then dismissed the warning(s) telling the CIA director he had “covered his ass“. Weeks later the 9-11-01 attack took place.

Post 9-11 the voices outlined in the letter today, took full control of the forward U.S. policy. In essence, it was every one of these voices who participated in framing a self-fulfilling prophecy which forced the U.S. to go to war in the broader middle east including Iraq against out own interests.

These pro-war voices now stand in opposition to Donald Trump, to the direct benefit of Hillary Clinton.

Allow that fact to fully absorb into your psyche.

Also ask yourself, what do these 50 voices have to lose?

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146 Responses to Think Tanks, Politics and Influential Convergences….

  1. nimrodman says:

    Trump: The 50 GOP National Security Officials ‘Are Nothing More Than the Failed Washington Elite’

    Trump stated in a press release Monday night in response to the letter:
    “The names on this letter are the ones the American people should look to for answers on why the world is a mess, and we thank them for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place. They are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power, and it’s time they are held accountable for their actions.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/08/trump-50-gop-national-security-officials-nothing-failed-washington-elite/

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  2. JRD says:

    “Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick”
    The same Robert Zoellick that Heidi Cruz reported to on the CFR.

    These neocons tried this same stunt back in March during the primary. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.
    This tells me they’ve go nothing.

    Open Letter on Donald Trump from GOP National Security Leaders
    http://warontherocks.com/2016/03/open-letter-on-donald-trump-from-gop-national-security-leaders/

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  3. cali says:

    If it weren’t for Sundance – most of the info posted here would have never made into the ‘non-mainstream media’. The unmasking of these agents and their anti-American agenda is quite a thing to behold.
    The one thing always bothered me about G W Bush presidency was the fact that the ‘Patriot Act’ was on his desk two (2) days prior to the 9/11 false flag and agenda to be signed.
    This presidential election will go down in history as the one and only that exposed the shadow government and their many agents having played a big role in wars fought by our soldiers – unjustified wars that only served the interest of the globalists and their goal of the one-world-agenda. It was never about the safety of American citizens. Sadly – many of our soldiers died on the battlefields while thousands suffered lifelong and permanent injuries as a result. That is unforgivable!
    There is no doubt that the agents who controlled the agenda are now being unmasked – one by one and rightly so. The candidacy of DT has caused the exposure of the many agents disguised as conservatives or think tanks members among a host of other false fake-outs. They never even considered to be exposed based on their arrogance and self thought righteous adapted behavior and demeanor while feeling safe in their cushy position assigned to pan, scheme and conduct their deadly agenda.
    Donald Trump is the best thing ever happened in all of history and couldn’t have come at a better time. Sundance is the one who has and continue to open the eyes and ears of American citizens who had no clue about the duplicitous politicians. He too could not have appeared in a better period of time.
    There is no doubt that whether it’s these 50 signees or the NR signees, the #NeverTrump penning their grievances against the candidacy of DT – they are a disgusting bunch of individuals when claiming that DT does not exercise ‘moral authorities’ since it is them who lack character and have not one iota of moral authority even if it hit them upside down their head suing a brick.
    Accusing DT of what they are lacking is actually laughable as well as their own exposure of who they really are and always have been. If they had a sense of moral authority they would not have taken part or participated in the anti-American agenda while causing the thousands of deaths and thousands more with lifelong injuries – of ours soldiers suing them to do their dirty deeds.

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    • RP says:

      Did you read in Breitbart the Garland, TX muslim terrorists were known by and egged on by the FBI to “Tear up Texas”?

      Pamela Geller–Undercover FBI Agent Told Garland Jihadist: ‘Tear Up Texas’
      http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/08/08/pamela-geller-fbi-want-us-dead-garland/

      Those of you who have shouted me down (angrily) here in a few cases when I’ve questioned the official narrative of events like Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon, Orlando, San Bernardino…..9/11(!!!)…..need to read this carefully and start asking yourself some hard questions about your loyalties and cognitive awareness.

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