- Both Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld reassured members of the Trilateral Commission, meeting
in Washington April 15-18, that they anticipated no invasion of Iran. Rumsfeld
further assured Trilateralists that Iraq "will not be another Vietnam"
with "combat troops on patrol 10 years from now," Trilateral
- However, they stressed the qualification "combat
patrol," indicating that troops may remain for logistical duties.
- Logistical duties can turn into combat with a single
shot. Both Cheney and Rumsfeld are old-timers with international power
groups. As secretary of defense under President Bush the Elder, Cheney
participated in the annual closed meetings of the Trilaterals.
- Rumsfeld has participated with the Trilaterals and its
brother group, Bilderberg, as a White House aide under President Ronald
Reagan and as defense secretary under the current President Bush.
- Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission have interlocking
leadership and a common agenda. David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger are
leaders of both groups. The Trilateralsí European chairman, Peter
Sutherland, head of Goldman-Sachs International, is also a Bilderberg leader.
Former House Speaker Tom Foley is the TCís North American chairman.
- Appearances by Cheney, Rumsfeld and other administration
officials were viewed as top secret. The appearances were not listed on
their public schedules, not even as involving a "private group."
There were no transcripts available, which is routine in normal functions.
- The U.S. invasion of Iraq created the first serious dissent
among participants from the United States and Europe in both the Trilateral
Commission and Bilderberg. On all other major issues, including empowering
the United Nations to directly tax the citizens of the world as a crucial
enhancement of its evolving as a world government, both groups are united
- Cheney spoke on "policy directions for the U.S.
administration" on April 16. Rumsfeld addressed the 300 Trilaterals
shortly before they headed for the airports Monday afternoon.
- Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense and president-elect
of the World Bank, addressed the TCís dinner meeting April 17. Wolfowitz
assured everyone that the United States would be a "willing partner"
in helping "developing nations" enhance their economies, meaning
more American tax dollars would be shipped to poor countries.
- Following Cheneyís speech on opening day, David
Gergen provided an "analysis of the American electorate." He
warned that "nationalism" remains a strong force in America and
selling the idea of surrendering sovereignty to the UN will be difficult.
In TC and Bilderberg dictionaries,"nationalism" is an obscenity.
- Gergen is professor of public service at the John Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University. He is of no fixed ideology. Gergen
voted for Hubert Humphrey in 1968 but worked for President Richard Nixon
and later for President Bill Clinton.
- "The rise of China and its impact on global governance"
was the subject of a panel led by Yotaro Kobayashi, TCís Pacific
- Other panelists were Ren Xaio, director of the Department
of Asian-Pacific Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies,
and Yuan Ming, director of the Institute for International Relations at
- They discussed a prospective "Asian-Pacific Union"
similar to the European Union and the evolving "American Union"
as NAFTA expands throughout the Western Hemisphere. The dollar is to be
the common currency of the "American Union."
- It has long been the Bilderberg-TC goal to divide the
world into three great regions for the administrative convenience of the
- Kissinger participated in a panel on "searching
for a new Trilateral partnership." Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist
of London, joined a discussion on "community building in East Asia,
holding his vows of secrecy loftier than his duty as a journalist Thomas
Pickering of the Boeing Co. participated in a panel on "understanding
the Muslim world."
- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan addressed the
Trilaterals on the subject "resolving global currency and trade conflicts."
Greenspan suggested that it would be difficult to increase the U.S. income
tax in the "current political atmosphere in Washington." He said
interest rates would gradually rise.
- The only other coverage of the meeting appeared in The
Washington Times. Reporter Joseph Curl overheard Francois Sauzey of Paris,
a member of the TC staff, complain that "Everyoneís beating
up on France because of the coming referendum."
- Sauzey was referring to several polls in France that
indicate voters will reject the proposed European Union constitution, a
reversal of public sentiment. If just one nation rejects it, the constitution
- An internal TC document obtained by AFP said "Europeans
must be more explicit, privately if not publicly, in committing themselves
to sanctions if Iran resumes its uranium enrichment program. For its part,
the U.S. needs to engage the Iranians not just on the economic front but
also on questions of regional security."
- Israel is pressing the United States to attack Iran,
which has missiles that can strike Israel.
- The document was produced by the Center for Strategic
and International Studies in Washington. It was authored by Giuliano Amato,
former prime minister of Italy; Harold Brown, secretary of defense under
President Jimmy Carter; Carla Hills, U.S. trade representative under President
George H. W. Bush; and George Robertson, former secretary-general of NATO
and long-time Bilderberg luminary.
- "When both the U.S. and Europe face profound economic
challenges from China, India and other rising economies, a high-level political
commitment at the U.S.-EU summit in June to reduce regulatory and other
non-tariff barriers to transatlantic trade and investment could bring long-term
improvements to the competitiveness and growth of the U.S. and European
economies," the document said.
- "Summit" was probably a reference to the Group
of Eight meeting of heads of state from the industrialized nations, scheduled
July 6-7 (not June) at the Gleneagles resort in Scotland.
- Another internal document, obtained by the Times, was
entitled "Trilateral Memorandum No. 8" and dealt with the continuing
skirmish between Japan and China. It was issued by Akira Kojima, a TC member
and chairman of the Japan Center for Economic Research in Tokyo. Relations
soured because of revisionist Japanese textbooks that China claims fails
to address atrocities committed in World War II. Kojima appears to share
Chinaís views. He wrote:
- "Japan still has a history of [government] textbook
approval, and this misguided system is at the root of these unnecessary
misunderstandings and must be abolished."
- The memo called Japanís prime minister, Junichiro
Koizumi, "a peculiar character in that he is basically stubborn. If
he is criticized for one thing, he intentionally sticks to it and repeats
- This year, the Trilaterals returned to their earlier
policy of trying to keep their gathering secret. Its Washington office
angrily refused to say when and where they would meet.
- The huge staff refused to provide papers and the only
working journalist on the scene was under constant surveillance.
- "The Trilateral Commissionís meetings have
inspired conspiracy theories of powerful puppeteers who secretly pull the
strings of world power as they seek to establish a new world order,"
the Times story said. "The theories are based partly on fact."
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