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A headline on the United Press International website declares: "CFR-Brookings report reveals Obama’s Mideast strategy."  In other words, the "liberal" think tank at the Brookings Institute and the CFR are handing down Obama’s marching orders in the form of a publicly released report.

"There are many reasons to take these recommendations seriously," reports the UPI. "First, the Brookings Institution has been for more than half a century the most influential and significant think tank to influence Democratic administrations, especially on foreign policy."

You bet these Brookings-CFR "recommendations" (actually marching orders) will be taken seriously. In fact, they will the only recommendations on the table.  Not as much is said about the CFR, the Rockefeller cabal that has steered American foreign policy since the early part of the last century. It was established by the same guys — J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Paul Warberg, Otto Kahn, and Jacob Schiff — who gave us the Federal Reserve and the current economic "crisis."

Once again, we are told the Arab-Israeli "peace" issue needs to be addressed. It’s a sick joke how the globalists keep exploiting this one to put forward their "peacemaking" (making war) and "promoting democracy" (handing countries over the to the bankers for looting) agenda.  To accomplish this, the neocons are out and neolibs such as Strobe Talbott and Dennis Ross are in. So is Kenneth Pollack, who runs the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.  If you think the Palestinians will get a fair shake with this one, think again: Haim Saban is an Israeli media-mogul and has proudly declared "I’m a one issue guy, and my issue is Israel." Saban personally recruited Martin Indyk, a former Clinton administration official and AIPAC’s former deputy director of research, as the center’s director.

Says the UPI piece:  "The small but tightly organized and exceptionally influential network of neoconservatives who kept a tight grip on U.S. policymaking in the Middle East for the entire length of the Bush administration are going to be cast into the outer darkness."

Actually, one look at the membership list of the CFR reveals considerable neocon crossover, including notable neocons such as Elliot Abrams, Robert Kagan, Douglas Feith, Zalmay Khalilzad, Irving Kristol, Francis Fukuyama, and Max Boot, who is a senior fellow. Effectively, there is basically no difference. U.S. foreign policy is a tag team game between two factions; the basic rules and objectives are the same.

Says UPI:  "The power of personality also will give a boost to peacemaking diplomacy. Sources in Sen. Hillary Clinton’s inner circle have made clear she is eager, as secretary of state, to finish the job her husband, President Bill Clinton, started in his enthusiastic commitment to the seven-year Oslo Peace Process that broke down at the Camp David II summit in 2000."

It was an engineered break down, of course. The Oslo accords increased the number of Israeli settlers — from 110,000 to 195,000 in the West Bank and Gaza — and resulted in the annexation of East Jerusalem. Under Oslo, Israeli authorities confiscated 35,000 acres of Arab land for roads and settlements. The CFR brokered "peace plan" worked marvelously for globalists and their Israeli partners: in mid-2000, more than one out of five Palestinians had consumption levels below $2.10 a day and at the end of 2000 unemployment stood at 40 percent.

"During the Oslo years, Washington gave Israel more than $3 billion per year in aid and $4 billion in FY 2000, the highest of any year except 1979," writes Stephen R. Shalom. "Of this aid, grant military aid was $1.8 billion a year since Oslo, and more than $3 billion in FY 2000, two-thirds higher than ever before."

Hillary Clinton will finish the job — maybe we should interpret that to say she will finish off the Palestinians — a job drawn up by her handlers at the CFR and Brookings.

Originally posted to saraht on Mon Dec 08, 2008 at 09:57 AM PST.

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