Friday, 13 June 2014 18:30

Hillary Clinton Gets New Book Promo at CFR Confab

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The rollout of the national tour for Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, has been as carefully scripted as any presidential campaign launch, which is no surprise, since the book tour is precisely that: Hillary’s unofficial launch of her 2016 White House bid. It is also no surprise that one of her first stops on the tour was for a star appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the establishment brain trust that has served as the power behind the throne governing America for most of the past century, regardless of whether a Republican or Democrat has occupied the Oval Office.

This was not Mrs. Clinton’s first visit to the seat of globalist power. As CFR President Richard Haass explained in his introduction for Hillary at the organization’s History Makers Series on Thursday, June 12, in New York City: “This is Secretary Clinton's ninth visit to the Council on Foreign Relations, and we're honored to have her.”

“And,” Haass continued, “I expect I speak for everyone in this room in watching and thanking her for her decades of public service as First Lady, as senator here from the great state of New York, and as secretary of state.”

Hillary: CFR “Mother Ship” Directs State Department Policy

The New American has repeatedly pointed out a very telling 2009 admission by Hillary that has been studiously ignored by the CFR-friendly mainstream media thought cartel (see here and here.)

In a July 2009 speech at the CFR’s new Washington, D.C. headquarters, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to the CFR’s New York Pratt House headquarters as her “mother ship” and confessed that the State Department looks to the CFR “to be told what we should be doing and how we should think.” Now, with the CFR office just down the street, she said, she wouldn’t have to go so far for direction.

At that 2009 event, Hillary was also introduced by CFR President Richard Haass, who has infamously editorialized in favor of world government and ending America’s national sovereignty, claiming “states must be prepared to cede some sovereignty to world bodies.” The anti-sovereignty theme of Haass is a favorite refrain and fetish of CFR maestros, who have been in the forefront of promoting world government and the destruction of national independence for most of the past century.

Following her introduction by Haass at that 2009 speech, Clinton said:

Thank you very much, Richard, and I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.

A video of Hillary’s 2009 CFR speech and admission follows.

Hillary’s recent book tour appearance at the CFR power lunch was clearly aimed at solidifying her place with the Council’s MSM reporters, editors, publishers, executives, and commentators who dominate the major broadcast and print media. Among the hundreds of CFR globalists in the MSM choir are:

• Michael P. Hirsh (Newsweek)

• Jim Hoagland (Washington Post)

• Fareed Zakaria (Time, CNN)

• Thomas Friedman (New York Times)

• Erin Burnett (CNBC)

• Ethan Bronner (New York Times)

• Paula Zahn (Discovery cable channel)

• Heather Nauert (Fox News)

• Norman Podhoretz (Commentary magazine)

• Tom Brokaw (NBC)

• Lesley Stahl (CBS)

• Andrea Michell (NBC)

• Elaine Sciolino (New York Times)

• Diane Sawyer (ABC)

• Deroy Murdock (Scripps Howard News Service and National Review Online)

• David Ignatius (Washington Post)

• Alan S. Murray (Wall Street Journal)

• Jim Lehrer (PBS)

• Margaret Warner (PBS)

• Judy Woodruff (PBS)

• Christopher Dickey (Newsweek)

• Mortimer Zuckerman (U.S. News & World Report)

(See: Elites Push Government-funded "Public" Media. )

To the above list of CFR media insiders could be added Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg, Charlie Rose, Maria Bartiromo, Charles Krauthammer, Andrew Rosenthal, Lee Bollinger, Barry Diller, Jeffrey Bewkes — and many, many more.

Hillary got a big sendoff for her book on June 9 with an interview on ABC by Diane Sawyer (CFR) that was somewhat testy with regard to Benghazi, but, overall, no doubt helped push book sales. Ditto for the June 4 cover story for People magazine (owned by TimeWarner, a CFR corporate member). Vogue magazine, which has featured a number of head-over-heels bouquets for Hillary over the years, published an exclusive excerpt from Hard Choices.

Michiko Kakutani described the book in a New York Times review as: “A subtle, finely calibrated work….Hard Choices is a statesmanlike document.”

“[A] clear and at times riveting account of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s four years as secretary of state….,” David Ignatius (CFR) of the Washington Post wrote.

Hard Choices is a richly detailed and compelling chronicle of Clinton's role in the foreign initiatives and crises that defined the first term of the Obama administration…,” the Los Angeles Times exuded.

According to publisher Simon & Schuster, Clinton’s book has already sold out the first million copies. All of this friendly media treatment, undoubtedly, has been a key factor in pushing it to instant bestseller status — and adding materially to the Clinton family’s already considerable fortune.

Poor Hillary?

Hillary’s statement during Diane Sawyer’s ABC interview about her and Bill being “dead broke” in 2000 has caused her some repercussions and  minor grief. Many critics have pointed out that this was a dishonest attempt to appear to be personally sensitive to the financial pain of average Americans; she had already inked a near-record, multi-million dollar book contract (with a huge advance) — one of several she has enjoyed — before leaving the White House. Even the pro-Clinton Washington Post felt compelled to point out that “Bill Clinton has received nearly $16 million in pensions and benefits from the federal government since leaving office,” which is in addition to the tens of millions more he has made from book deals and speaking engagements.

Although Hillary has not yet become an official member of the CFR, husband Bill and daughter Chelsea are already members.

A video of Hillary Clinton’s June 12 book tour appearance at the CFR is posted below.

(A transcript of Hillary’s June 12  interview and comments at the CFR is available here.)

Photo of Hillary Clinton at top: AP Images

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  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Saturday, 14 June 2014 02:03 posted by Heidi Preston

    ".the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the establishment brain trust that has served as the power behind the throne governing America ..regardless of whether a Republican or Democrat has occupied the Oval Office." Yooouuuu got it!

    This letter proves that the "Circle" is unbroken. "But utter delight that you did pervades all the circles in which I move. I met last Wednesday in David Rockefeller’s office with him, John Sculley, Dave Barram and David Haselkorn. It was a great celebration. Both John and David R. were more expansive than I have ever seen them. "The letter is not in it's entirety since it's to long for discussion/comment section.

    This letter, from Marc Tucker to Hillary Clinton (written a decade ago, long before “governors and educators and individual states came up with” the idea of Common Core) –shows the plan of elite politicians to overtake individual state sovereignty of education. This letter is part of the Congressional Record. It really was sent by Marc Tucker to Hillary Clinton. It really does outline a plan to take over American education and turn it into a control system. And it’s really coming true, in the form of Common Core Education.

    Hillary Clinton

    11 November 1992

    Hillary Clinton

    The Governor’s Mansion

    1800 Canter Street

    Little Rock, AR 72206

    Dear Hillary:

    I still cannot believe you won. But utter delight that you did pervades all the circles in which I move. I met last Wednesday in David Rockefeller’s office with him, John Sculley, Dave Barram and David Haselkorn. It was a great celebration. Both John and David R. were more expansive than I have ever seen them — literally radiating happiness. My own view and theirs is that this country has seized its last chance. I am fond of quoting Winston Churchill to the effect that “America always does the right thing — after it has exhausted all the alternatives.” This election, more than anything else in my experience, proves his point.

    The subject we were discussing was what you and Bill should do now about education, training and labor market policy. Following that meeting, I chaired another in Washington on the same topic. Those present at the second meeting included Tim Barnicle, Dave Barram, Mike Cohen, David Hornbeck, Hilary Pennington, Andy Plattner, Lauren Resnick, Betsy Brown Ruzzi, Bob Schwartz, Mike Smith and Bill Spring. Shirley Malcom, Ray Marshall and Susan McGuire were also invited. Though these three were not able to be present at last week’s meeting, they have all contributed by telephone to the ideas that follow. Ira Magaziner was also invited to this meeting.

    Our purpose in these meetings was to propose concrete actions that the Clinton administration could take — between now and the inauguration, in the first 100 days and beyond. The result, from where I sit, was really exciting. We took a very large leap forward in terms of how to advance the agenda on which you and we have all been working — a practical plan for putting all the major components of the system in place within four years, by the time Bill has to run again.

    I take personal responsibility for what follows. Though I believe everyone involved in the planning effort is in broad agreement, they may not all agree on the details. You should also be aware that, although the plan comes from a group closely associated with the National Center on Education and the Economy, there was no practical way to poll our whole Board on this plan in the time available. It represents, then, not a proposal from our Center, but the best thinking of the group I have named.

    We think the great opportunity you have is to remold the entire American system for human resources development, almost all of the current components of which were put in place before World War II. The danger is that each of the ideas that Bill advanced in the campaign in the area of education and training could be translated individually in the ordinary course of governing into a legislative proposal and enacted as a program. This is the plan of least resistance. But it will lead to these programs being grafted onto the present system, not to a new system, and the opportunity will have been lost. If this sense of time and place is correct, it is essential that the administration’s efforts be guided by a consistent vision of what it wants to accomplish in the field of human resource development, with respect both to choice of key officials and the program.

    What follows comes in three places:

    First, a vision of the kind of national — not federal — human resources development system the nation could have. This is interwoven with a new approach to governing that should inform that vision. What is essential is that we create a seamless web of opportunities, to develop one’s skills that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone — young and old, poor and rich, worker and full-time student. It needs to be a system driven by client needs (not agency regulations or the needs of the organization providing the services), guided by clear standards that define the stages of the system for the people who progress through it, and regulated on the basis of outcomes that providers produce for their clients, not inputs into the system.

    Second, a proposed legislative agenda you can use to implement this vision. We propose four high priority packages that will enable you to move quickly on the campaign promises:

    [Page: E1820]

    The first would use your proposal for an apprenticeship system as the keystone of a strategy for putting a whole new postsecondary training system in place. That system would incorporate your proposal for reforming postsecondary education finance. It contains what we think is a powerful idea for rolling out and scaling up the whole new human resources system nationwide over the next four years, using the (renamed) apprenticeship ideas as the entering wedge.
    The second would combine initiatives on dislocated workers, a rebuilt employment service and a new system of labor market boards to offer the Clinton administration’s employment securityprogram, built on the best practices anywhere in the world. This is the backbone of a system for assuring adult workers in our society that they need never again watch with dismay as their jobs disappear and their chances of ever getting a good job again go with them.
    The third would concentrate on the overwhelming problems of our inner cities, combining elements of the first and second packages into a special program to greatly raise the work-related skills of the people trapped in the core of our great cities.
    The fourth would enable you to take advantage of legislation on which Congress has already been working to advance the elementary and secondary reform agenda.

    The other major proposal we offer has to do with government organization for the human resources agenda. While we share your reservations about the hazards involved in bringing reorganization proposals to the Congress, we believe that the one we have come up with minimizes those drawbacks while creating an opportunity for the new administration to move like lightning to implement its human resources development proposals. We hope you can consider the merits of this idea quickly, because, if you decide to go with it or something like it, it will greatly affect the nature of the offers you make to prospective cabinet members.

    The Vision

    We take the proposals Bill put before the country in the campaign to be utterly consistent with the ideas advanced in America’s Choice, the school restructuring agenda first stated in A Nation Prepared, and later incorporated in the work of the National Alliance for Restructuring Education, and the elaboration of this view that Ray and I tried to capture in our book, Thinking for a Living. Taken together, we think these ideas constitute a consistent vision for a new human resources development system for the United States. I have tried to capture the essence of that vision below.
    An Economic Strategy Based on Skill Development

    The economy’s strength is derived from a whole population as skilled as any in the world, working in workplaces organized to take maximum advantage of the skills those people have to offer.
    A seamless system of unending skill development that begins in the home with the very young and continues through school, postsecondary education and the workplace."

  • Comment Link Nora Friday, 13 June 2014 21:10 posted by Nora

    I wonder if there's a chapter in her book about how she decorated the White House Christmas tree with crack pipes and sex toys to defile it. Evil comes in many forms, but this woman is pure evil incarnate. She will finish our country off if she gets into the White House as president. God help us.

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