March 30, 2017

Trade With The Enemies Of America – Part 6 of the series

The Manifesto of Constitutional American Nationalism –Part 6

Big Business and its Lobbyists Support Trade with the Enemies of America

Even during the Cold War and the period thereafter, the United States pumped massive quantities of technologies, vital capital, and consumer goods to various adversaries and outright enemies. Devoid of patriotism, multinational corporations and large financial investment firms lobbied for such trade and an ever-increasing economic dependence on the totalitarian bloc led by Moscow and Beijing.

 

“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Thomas Jefferson

…the boycott movement violates fundamental American interests.” American Chamber of Commerce in Germany in Cologne March 1933 on the Jewish-American boycott of Nazi Germany

“…one should not postpone more direct political action, while awaiting the gradual change in public opinion to be effected through education and information. Business must learn the lesson, long ago learned by labor and other self-interest groups. This is the lesson that political power is necessary; that such power must be assiduously cultivated; and that when necessary, it must be used aggressively and with determination — without embarrassment and without the reluctance which has been so characteristic of American business. As unwelcome as it may be to the Chamber, it should consider assuming a broader and more vigorous role in the political arena.” The Powell Memo August 23, 1971

“The ‘free market’ shills on the payroll of the U.S. Chamber, NAM, and in economics departments and think tanks that are recipients of grants from transnational corporations are whores aligned with elites who are destroying the American work force.” Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts

“Washington is now being run by and for the large corporate interests, large pharmaceutical companies, big IT and Wall Street banks. They are running the country and the combination of all of these years of alphabet soup trade agreements has destroyed the natural balance that existed previously between smaller manufacturing entities and large manufacturers.” US Business and Industry Council (USBIC) President Kevin Kearns

“It is their orthodoxy…The Club for Growth and the Chamber of Commerce have seminars on this before (representatives) come into office.” Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), on special interest groups inculcating Republican Congressmen and Senators in the free trade, pro-big business orthodoxy

“We’re going to have our work cut out for us…Campaigning is one thing and actually being a member of Congress is another. But we’re going to do aggressive outreach to them across the board. We’re not taking anything for granted. These folks are going to have to hear from the business community and their constituents about why trade is important.” Christopher Wenk, the senior director of international policy at the US Chamber of Commerce

…The Reds have succeeded in inducing business communities to look to Soviet trade as a means of restoring prosperity.  Large business elements, with all their financial and other resources, are now being used to help the Communist objective of softening up America for recognition and acceptance of Red China, for instance…We see that operating today in official and business circles, which are essentially anti-Communist. The business circles that do so have the false hope that there will be tremendous trade available, that the entire automobile industry of America will find great new markets in Red China, and that two families of nations, Communist and non-communist, can work together.” As former OSS agent and journalist Edward Hunter, 1958

“…(communist nations) should be allowed to bid on government projects in the US.” Dow Chemical Chairman Carl Gerstacker, Ford Engineering May 1967

 “…businessmen handle unique equipment, patents, weapons, and what not. They can lobby their statesmen amid the complete indifference of the rest of the population. Former Politburo translator Lev Navrozov on American and Western business trade relations with the Soviets

Mr. ARENS. Mr. Marcus, do you care to give us a thumbnail sketch of your experiences regarding the Soviet penetration into American finance and American industry, into American industrial establishments via their trade missions and delegations which have been operating in the United States?

Mr. MARCUS. Shakespeare said, and I quote, ‘There is no darkness but ignorance.’ And ignorance has been our greatest enemy; the ignorance prevailing in the circles of our financiers and our industrialists is simply inexplicable and inexcusable.” J. Anthony Marcus, President of the Institute of Foreign Trade, Testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 1954

“The change in the balance of world forces towards socialism and national liberation has impelled the more sensible and knowledgeable of the Wall Streeters to move towards limited accommodations with the USSR.” Victor Perlo The Worker August 30, 1964

“There are also important sections of big business which…are pressing for the opening up of trade with the Soviet Union, China, and other socialist countries and which find the Administration policy in Vietnam obstacles to this.” Gus Hall World Marxist Review

October 1965

“Whenever the cold war weakened, conflicts about it among big business circles came to the surface. Practically alone among the upper crust was Ernest T. Weir, Chairman of National Steel Corp., who for several years has advocated abandonment of the cold war policy, and substitution of one of peaceful coexistence. More recently another financial leader of the Cleveland group, Cyrus Eaton, has expressed similar sentiments. And many big businessmen have advocated relaxation of particular aspects of cold war policies.  Some, such as Philip Reed of General Electric and Charles E. Wilson of General Motors, expressed deep concern about the excessive level of military spending. Many more showed a desire to trade with socialist countries, either verbally or by specific actions. These have included top officials of the automotive Big Three, Kaiser Motors, General Electric, International Harvester, Anderson, Clayton & Co., St. Joseph Lead, and others. In the same category, but expressed more conditionally, were statements of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and of the U.S. Council of the International Chamber of Commerce. The Wall Street Journal and the Pacific Shipper, organ of West Coast maritime interests, at times editorialized in this direction.” Perlo, Victor. The Empire of High Finance

“(The US Chamber of Commerce determines) the political course of the United States.” Soviet social science textbook Obshchestvo Vedeniye 1976

“American capitalists were rabid anti-Communists only so long as they saw Communism as a threat to their business interests—not because they were so concerned with democracy and freedom…Now that they see they can make a few bucks dealing with the commissars, they’ve changed their tune.” AFL-CIO leader George Meany, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Commentary Magazine June 1976

“Just because a country is technically called communist doesn’t mean a capitalist institution such as the Chase bank can’t deal with them on a mutually beneficial basis; and indeed we do deal with most of the so-called communist countries of the world on a basis that has worked out very well, I think for both of us.” David Rockefeller, 1979

In 1998, Frank Kittredge, then president of NFTC and vice chair of USA Engage stated: “USA Engage was formed because a lot of companies are not anxious to be spotlighted as supporters of countries like Iran or Burma. The way to avoid that is to band together in a coalition.” Quoted from Frontpagemag.com August 10, 2006

The consensus among my associates is that this thing was unfortunate but it is in the past.” Vice President of Marketing of Kroptex Ltd, Linton Cowart, noted in reference to the Iranian hostage crisis and his opposition to the interruption of trade relations between Iran and the United States, 1981

 If we’re following a policy of engagement in China, where the government is less than democratic, there’s an argument for at least exploring possibilities in Iran.” J. Daniel O’Flaherty, the vice-president of the National Foreign Trade Council, 1997

“The United States appears to have a genuine opportunity to begin bridging the differences that divide our two nations. While there are serious and long-standing concerns that must be addressed, we are greatly encouraged that progress towards normalized relations can now begin.” Vice Chairman of USA Engage Frank Kittredge

“This decision is a response to widespread international pressure, as well as growing pressure from U.S. companies fighting for a share of international markets.” Iranian radio May 1999

This decision is a response to widespread international pressure, as well as growing pressure from U.S. companies fighting for a share of international markets.” Tehran radio, April 1999 on the partial lifting of American sanctions on Iran

“Big Western companies, including US firms, are weighing plans to invest in Iran and make the most of reopening of a big market in the Middle East as soon as a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers takes effect…The promising prospect of trade with Iran has prompted giant American firms to explore the market potential in the populous Middle East nation.” Tasnim News Agency July 19, 2015

Apple Inc. communicated with potential Iranian distributors. Boeing Company sold aircraft manuals and charts to the state-owned Iranian airline. McDonald’s also sought to open a restaurant in Iran. Information quoted from Tasnim News Agency July 19, 2015

“In 2011, an Iranian official announced that he had received a letter from the US Chamber of Commerce, in which the group expressed its opposition to sanctions against the theocratic regime. ‘The economic atmosphere of the US and Europe is opposed to sanctions against Iran,’ an Iranian official told state-run Fars News at the time. He cited a letter he said he had received from the US Chamber of Commerce.” Breitbart News September 2, 2015

And in 2010, the Chamber publicly rallied against new sanctions on Tehran. Information quoted from Breitbart News September 2, 2015

“It is clear to me that the sanctions will be thoroughly gutted… There will be little way of financial pressure that the U.S. and its allies will have after the implementation of the deal,” and there is “no way to assure the public that Iran will not spend that money on terrorism or destabilizing the region.” Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and vice president for research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

“…the banking system is about to relax its sanctions against Iran, so they will be allowed back onto the SWIFT financial messaging system…The Central Bank of Iran will be delisted so the channels for moving those funds to dangerous actors will be cleared.” Right Side News July 20, 2015

Boeing lobbied hard for the American-Iranian nuclear deal. A team of 11 lobbyists with the Monument Policy Group pushed the Iran deal on Boeing’s behalf. The team included former aides from the offices Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R., Texas), and House Armed Services ranking member Adam Smith (D., Wash.), as well as a former White House senior counsel and special adviser to the president. They spent $5 million on lobbying for commerce with Iran in the fourth quarter of 2015. Information quoted from Free Beacon January 29, 2016

“In that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is regarded as one of the bedrock (generally conservative) institutional proponents of American enterprise and capitalism, today’s meeting with the FJP is simply inexplicable. Perhaps those responsible for arranging this meeting are unaware that the Brotherhood’s motto is, ‘Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.’” Pipeline News 2012

 “We fail to see how American values are advanced by a meeting between the Chamber and the FJP. Rather, we see a hallowed American institution providing undeserved legitimacy to the Muslim Brotherhood which has spread the ideology of Islamist terror worldwide.” Pipeline News 2012

“The Cuban leadership has stimulated interest on the part of certain business circles in the USA in studying the possibilities of future trade and economic ties. The organization ‘Business International’ conducted a seminar in Havana with the participation of leaders of major corporations from the USA, Japan, and several West European countries. It was made particularly apparent that the participants wielded broad influence in USA political circles and were in a position to exert pressure on Congress necessary from Cuba’s perspective.” USSR Embassy in Cuba, Informational Letter on Contemporary Cuban-American Relations April 26, 1979

 “The Cuba lobby is comprised essentially of two elements-liberal senators and conservative businessmen…The vanity of Congress and business people is such that it takes little more than a casual wining and dining and a midnight visitation to turn the heads of the American guests of the Cuban leadership. Senator George McGovern, kingpin figure in the Cuba lobby…rarely misses the opportunity of noting that ‘Castro is something of a Ho Chi Minh of Cuba.’” Irving Louis Horowtiz, quoted in Hollander, Paul. Political Pilgrims

“As Bob Price of Breitbart Texas reported, ‘(Texas Governor Greg) Abbott said he met with business leaders, small business owners and entrepreneurs, Cuba’s minister of foreign trade, and the vice president of Cuba.’ But when asked directly about meeting with dissidents, the Texas governor tried to fudge his answer, saying that he had met with people with an entrepreneurial spirit. Abbott’s job, as he sees it, is ‘to look for potential opportunities and help Texas businesses capitalize on them.’ But he also has a moral obligation to stand up for freedom, human rights, and democracy–and not to aid and abet the tyrants who are using the new U.S. policy to enrich themselves while continuing to arrest dissidents, persecute opposition, and promote anti-American hatred. Abbott’s press office: ‘…there is little political risk, outside certain Cuban-American circles, still mostly concentrated in Florida, in the move toward closer economic relations with Cuba.’ Before he left for Cuba, Abbott said: ‘Opening the door to business with Texas will expand free enterprise and the freedom that flows from it.’” Breitbart News December 4, 2015

“Deals such as the one with Conoco are like a blood transfusion to a regime that is on its deathbed. They only serve to prolong its survival. Trade with this country accounts for a third of Iran’s foreign currency earnings. But not a cent of all that money goes to improve the economy. It is used for repression at home, for buying arms, developing a nuclear weapons program, financing of terrorism and fundamentalism abroad and for sabotaging the Mideast peace process. To effectively clamp down on a population of 65 million people, the mullahs need very sophisticated computers and other equipment.” Mohammad Mohadessin, head of the foreign affairs committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran concerning his opposition to American oil deals with the Iranians, 1995

…a small path leading to the American business world, and this path should be made use of in every way.” Lenin, communication with Stalin on American businessmen Armand Hammer serving as a lobbyist for trade with the Soviet Union

Soviet agent Owen Lattimore told Chinese ruler Chiang Kai-shek that the desire for American multinationals for an understanding with the Soviet Union “had not one whit of ideology in it.” Robert P. Newman, Owen Lattimore and the “loss” of China

As late as March 1945, the US Chamber of Commerce salivated over Soviet orders from General Electric, ITT, and Newport News Shipbuilding. Robert P. Newman, Owen Lattimore and the “loss” of China

In December 1944, American Embassy counselor George Kennan warned that the USSR viewed foreign trade as a tool to build up the Red Army: “It will view imports from our country only as a necessary means of hastening the achievement of complete military-economic autarchy of the Soviet Union.” Quoted from F.J. Gavin, Architects of Globalism: Building a New World Order During World War Two

 “Believe it or not, American big business is our only remaining friend in the United States.” A Soviet AMTORG representative, 1947

“It is worth mentioning that neither the NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) not the U.S. Chamber of Commerce nor the various foreign trade bodies have shown sufficient understanding of the problems facing us as a result of the pernicious influence of the Soviet and satellite foreign trade monopolies.” Plain Talk, 1949

In 1954, the Soviet and Czechoslovak representatives, Georgi F. Saksin and Jiri Nosek, raised their hands in the United Nations (UN) regarding a vote (yes) for consultative status for the US Chamber of Commerce in the Economic and Social Council of the UN. The vote was cast according to Saksin “in the hope that this will foster the expansion of trade relations among the nations.” Information quoted from The New York Times April 2, 1954

In the early days, before it became fashionable, none of the big companies wanted to admit that they were doing business with the communist countries, so it was always disguised through an organization like ours. Part of the arrangement with major companies was that we kept it strictly hush-hush. But I think the Eaton group was probably the real pioneer in East West trade in North America.” Cyrus Eaton Jr. quoted in Joseph Finder, Red Carpet

“It is possible we will see a Soviet owned and operated plant on US soil. It is also possible that the next generation of business leaders in the United States will be choosing sites in the Soviet Union for their plant operations.” American Cynamid Executive Vice President Robert C. Swain

 “Business Executives Move for New National Priorities serves to mobilize businessmen who have commercial dealings with the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact states for political action in favor of détente, against US defense modernization, and for a foreign policy of non-intervention against Soviet aggression.” Western Goals, 1982

 “I am pleased to be here tonight to lend my support and the support of the United States government to the work of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade and Economic Council. More than ten years ago the Department of Commerce helped establish the Council, and events since then have shown this was a wise decision.” Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, in a meeting of the United States-Soviet Trade and Economic Council (USTEC)

“The meeting took place on 17 May on the initiative of Giffen, who shared his considerations in connection with the US Commerce Secretary Baldridge’s upcoming visit to the USSR.

  1. Giffen described Baldridge as one of the most reasonable, though not highest-ranking, members of the Administration. Especially in recent times, he firmly advocates the development of relations with the Soviet Union and, in particular, the development of US-Soviet trade…You can consider Baldridge, Giffen said, as the friendliest man towards the USSR in the present US Administration.
  2. …The mood in the Administration increasingly favors some kind of ‘improvement’ in the relations with the USSR. The people who take such a view include (State Secretary George) Schulz, (National Security Advisor Robert) McFarlane and Baldridge. There is, of course, the opposite wing (Defense Secretary Caspar) Weinberger, (Assistant Defense Secretary Richard Perle, and others), who advocate confrontation. However, although the latter wing dominated Washington’s policies until recently, now they are gradually losing ground to the soft-liners. Giffen is convinced that, in the nearest future, we will see great twists and U-turns in the administration’s policy due to the rivalry between different factions…
  3. In these circumstances, Baldridge hopes to achieve some positive results in Moscow. Obviously, he cannot return from the Soviet Union with just unilateral results, i.e. having only made concessions to the Soviet Union. He has to get something in exchange, although, basically, he cannot and should not expect anything serious.” Soviet document where the First Deputy Secretary of the International Department of the CPSU Vadim Zagladin provided a breakdown of the anti-Soviet and pro-détente, pro-trade elements within the Reagan Administration to USTEC President James Giffen.

“Many amendments will be discussed next week by the Senate on Senate trade bill S-1420. One amendment, section 925, raises again the issue of forced labor. It would effectively prohibit Soviet imports unless the President certifies to Congress that they have not been by convicts or forced labor, which the President probably will not do…it is the Council’s impression that the Congress has not been hearing from American industry sufficiently.” A 1987 USTEC mailgram to members of Congress which opposed a ban on the import of goods manufactured by Soviet slave labor

William Verity Jr. who then worked closely with USTEC executive committee member Yevgeny Pitovranov. Pitovranov was identified in 1983 by intelligence expert John Barron as a KGB lieutenant general. Verity has become such an uninhibited booster of trading with Moscow that he personally led the delegation of 500 American businessmen to the USSR this spring.

Some USTEC members are representatives of the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which maintains ties to the Soviet military intelligence agency, GRU. One-third of the Chambers 140 employees are known or suspected Soviet secret service officers. Declassified portions of a recent Central Intelligence Agency investigation reveal that the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a center of Soviet industrial espionage while acting as a trade promoter and facilitator with excellent access to Western firms. Yet USTEC’s influence seems to be increasing. At the December 1987 U.S.-Soviet Summit, Verity invited two USTEC executives to an unpublicized meeting with Gorbachev. Heritage Foundation Backgrounder “A Yellow Light on U.S. Joint Ventures with the Soviets”

August 4, 1988

Romanian intelligence defector Liviu Turcu noted that former President Ceausescu had very deep links in the US business and political communities. The Association of Businesses for International Trade was set up by Romanian intelligence to penetrate US businesses and influence them favorable towards Ceausescu’s positions. The ABIT is operated out of the Washington office of Robert Roberts, a representative of Occidental Petroleum Inc. A Romanian diplomat who served as a liaison to the group, Dumitru Aldea, was a senior Romanian intelligence officer. Turcu claimed that ABIT’s Romanian advisers were spies for Ceausescu. Other fronts for Romanian intelligence included the Romanian-American Economic Council and joint economic ventures between American firms and Romanian intelligence controlled companies, such as the New York-based firm AMROCHEM. The Washington Times November 24, 1989

“Today Western businessmen, bankers, grain dealers, and manufacturers supported by the usual compliment of useful idiots are prepared to come to Moscow’s rescue once again. This time they must be stopped.” Patrick Buchanan, 1987

…(Soviet) political incentives (to influence US) business circles are necessary.”

Hungarian Foreign Ministry report recounting the meeting of the Warsaw Pact regarding the Malta Summit with President Bush, December 1989

 “As far as the US business community was concerned, Jackson-Vanik had to go, and the Obama Administration fully supported this idea. If the president could have repealed Jackson-Vanik by himself, he would have. But in order to the get the law off the books, he needed an act of Congress.” Bill Browder, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice

“…the US National Council for Foreign Trade and lobbyists from major business associations have spoken against the decision to tie the human rights issue to trade.” Voice of Russia July 19, 2012

Even with sanctions, America’s trade deficit with Putin’s Russia totaled approximately $13 billion. United States Census, Trade Balances

According to one communist Romanian document, “action will be taken at all times to obtain data about advanced technologies…(and) to influence foreign firms and businessmen in adopting a favorable attitude towards developing relations with Romanian partners.” Deletant, Dennis.  Ceausescu and the Securitate

The Angolan Ambassador to France Luis da Almeida noted in 1981 that “The American oil companies are our best lawyers.” Washington Post September 23, 1981

Former Polish diplomat Spasowski engaged in a discussion with Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin. Dobrynin observed this point regarding the US Congress: “…there are people worth talking to. But the most important thing in Congress is business, the dollar. That’s America’s true strength.” Spasowski, Romuald. The Liberation of One

Top East German communist Hermann Axen reported in May 1988 to the SED Politburo that “growing technological and market interests of leading American conglomerates” would lead to “an expansion of relations with the GDR.” Junker, Detlef The United States and Germany in the Era of the Cold War

Former US Ambassador to Romania David Funderburk reported that “Finally, the presidents of American companies doing business with Romania visited Romania from time to time. Originally the State elite had enlisted these business leaders in the favor Romania game. Since the beginning days of the US-Romania Trade Agreement and MFN American company presidents have testified for Favored Nation Status for Romania. At the same time they have benefited from trade with Romania. Many American businessmen appear overwhelmed by the opportunity to meet President Ceausescu and to be photographed with him. Others serve as promoters for Ceausescu conveniently overlooking the low wages, required labor, poor working conditions, and government repression.” Funderburk, David. Pinstripes and Reds

 “Not a few United States corporations and manufacturers expressed their high hope of doing business with China. We support such aspirations.” Chinese Vice-Minister for Foreign Trade Wei Jen-Min, 1954

We are prepared to conduct business transactions with the United States industrial and trade circles whenever possible.” Chinese official, Geneva Switzerland

“The President is going all-out to cultivate Communist China and almost any other place in the world where freedom no longer exists…There are a lot of American businessmen who have an idea that there’s some profit to be made by dealing with Red China on a commercial basis. Well, if I know anything about Red China, the only way Red China can buy anything we produce is if we first lend them the money. The thing that concerns me in this new approach is a further threat to American jobs…It is pretty tough to fight wages that are the equivalent in American dollars of 14 cents an hour, 15 cents an hour or 30 cents an hour…Are American wages going to go down to meet this competition? There is a definite drive in this country on the part of big business to keep wages down, to drive them down…This whole new approach in my book, threatens further erosion of American jobs. We have been exporting American jobs all over the world for some time now. It looks like this is going to continue.” AFL-CIO President George Meany, November 1971

I hope that you will use your influence to help overcome these difficulties” in restrictions on high technology exports to Red China. Premier Zhao Ziyang, speech to assembled American businessmen of the National Council for US-China Trade, January 1984

Those of us who are committed to China business over the long term think whatever has happened is a temporary aberration…We’re in this for the long haul: the next 25 years.” A.J. Robinson, Executive Vice President of Portman Overseas of Atlanta, comments on the business opportunities after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

If the massacre drives everyone away and it leaves just you, now you’ve got a million opportunities where before you had just ten.” Richard Barone of the Maxus Investment Group comments on the business opportunities after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

It’s the right time to invest in China. You need to be radical to succeed.” Mohamed Hadid, the developer of the Beijing Ritz-Carlton Hotel, commented that comments on the business opportunities after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

We must of course deplore the suppression and wanton killing of demonstrators and find appropriate ways to respond…but if your business is such that you can make money in a pre-reform environment then go ahead.” Roger W. Sullivan of the US-China Business Council commented that comments on the business opportunities after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Former US Ambassador to China James Lilley confirmed that American corporations served as lobbyists for communist interests: “I’m not saying they’re paid lobbyists, but I can tell you this, the Chinese damn well expect them to go out and push the cause…This has been true right from the beginning to do business in China. It comes with the territory. You do business, you sing our tune.” Quoted from Investor’s Business Daily April 15, 1999

One Chinese defector known as Mr. White reported that Chinese intelligence exploited an internal split within the Clinton Administration. This strategy was to build a winning pro-China coalition in the US government. The Chinese government identified National Security Adviser Tony Lake and his deputy Sandy Berger as their friends. The Chinese also identified Treasury Secretary/National Economic Council Chairman Robert Rubin, Under-Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs Laurence Summers, and Laura Tyson (Chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers) as pro-China elements because of their positions on free trade and globalization. Major corporations lobbied Clinton directly not to jeopardize ties with Red China. By late 1993, the Chinese achieved influence over the Clinton White House. Information quoted from Michael Pillsbury, The Hundred Year Marathon

A Chinese defector Ms. Lee reported that the Chinese embarked on a strategy to suppress information inside and outside of China on Beijing’s absolute opposition to relinquishing socialist control over the economy. Ms. Lee noted that this program was very effective in securing PNTR for China and its accession to the WTO. Information quoted from Michael Pillsbury, The Hundred Year Marathon

In 2005, a Chinese defector named Ms. Tang confirmed the economic component of the Hundred Marathon Plan to Pillsbury. The plan was drawn up by PLA generals and senior level CCP cadres from the vice-ministerial level upwards. Ms. Tang confirmed that the Chinese drew upon the American trade and industrial policy experience. Ms. Lee reported that from 1995 to 2000, the CCP exploited fissures within the American elite to push for PNTR and China’s accession to the WTO. The Communists utilized a disinformation campaign to convince the US that China was moving along the free market path, was committed to privatizing SOEs, and not committed to currency manipulation via devaluation. Information quoted from Michael Pillsbury, The Hundred Year Marathon

“I’ve heard them(American multinational companies) say this for a long time, but I haven’t seen any action at all. All they care about is competitive advantage and their own profits.” Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, 2000

“…the biggest beneficiary of the trade deficit with China and unemployment in the USA is big business in both America and China. For many years, these businesses have voluntarily defended the interests of the Chinese Communist party. In these issues of unfair trade and manipulation of currency, they share the interests of the Chinese Communist Party.  Just ten years ago, they were already able to manipulate both the US Congress and the US administration to the degree that they went against the desires of the majority citizen voters in the USA.  Even with the prerequisite of being unable to hide from the public, they were able to pass a resolution that the majority of voters were against and thus offered free trade to the Chinese Communist Party unilaterally.  Now, their benefits are already 4 or 5 times more dependent on business, so the average voters have even less power to go against them.” Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, 2000

Former US Senator and Ambassador to China James Sasser reported that “The Chinese spend no money on lobbying…Their lobbying is really done by the American business community in Washington. And they don’t want legislation that will adversely affect business ties.” Quoted from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel December 28, 2003

“As the principal negotiator for the landmark market access agreement that led to China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), I have reflected on whether the agreements we negotiated really lived up to our expectations. A sober reflection has led me to conclude that those trade agreements did not…( PNTR for Red China benefited) multinational companies that moved to China and the financial institutions that financed those investments, trade flows, and deficits.” Robert Cassidy, President Clinton’s Assistant US Trade Representative for Asia and China, 2008.

Ross Terrill wrote “a symbiosis occurs between Americans who benefit from business or other success with China and American institutions. Money may appear from a businessmen with excellent connections in China and it is hard for a think tank, needing funds for its research on China, to decline it.” Dr. Ross Terrill, Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2009

“We need to influence the influential. In every country, there are famous commentators and writers, and they are the media and public focus. With the support of these foreign ‘eloquent speakers’ and writers, the national public relations drive can yield twice the results with half the effort. In addition, it is necessary to fully mobilize overseas elites and (overseas) Chinese who are ‘familiar with China.’ … (Because they) understand the cultural environment abroad, they can be good assistants in China’s public relations.” Media Diplomacy: Breaking the Siege of Public Opinion in the West, Reference News (Cankao Xiaoxi) February 2009

“One of the former U.S. officials who had taken part in the Nixon- Kissinger opening to China, Roger Sullivan, resigned from his position as head of the U.S.-China Business Council because he could no longer justify working with the regime after the Tiananmen crackdown.” Mann, Jim. The China Fantasy

“(Home Depot CEO Bernie) Marcus has just helped create a new organization called the Job Creators Alliance, which is dedicated to bringing ‘together job creators from large and small companies to educate Americans on the vital role of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in creating jobs, spurring innovation and ensuring America’s economic success.’ Judging from the outsourcing-friendly trade policy dreck on its site, at least when it comes to employment in genuinely wealth-creating industries like manufacturing, the organization should probably be renamed the China Job Creators Alliance.” Alan Tonelson, 2011

“…Others see the rise of China as a threat. They see the bad things that China does–from its one child policy to its shabby treatment of intellectual property–and want to punish China, or worse, create protectionist policies: build a great wall around America and keep to ourselves. The fact is that over the past decade, China has become more like America, while America has become more like Western Europe. Like China or hate China, the country has moved the equivalent of the population of the United States from rural poverty to urban prosperity in the space of a single generation. It is the largest and most successful migration in world history.” Mike Leven is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Job Creators Network member.

“…let’s not imitate China or treat China as an emerging threat. Let’s see China as an opportunity. An opportunity to sell things to that growing middle class of theirs, to educate them, feed them, and entertain them. Let’s sell them our cars, cell phones, jeans, franchises, oil, coal, and our natural gas. Instead of whining about China, and beating up on China, let’s do what we do best: make stuff and sell it to them. Let’s treat them like the potential customers they are, while holding their feet to the fire on human rights abuses and other important issues.” Mike Leven is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Job Creators Network member.

“It is a real disappointment for me to write these things. I have spent a good part of my professional life, beginning in graduate school, studying China, and arguing for greater efforts at mutual understanding that focus on the benefits of cooperation rather than give in to the mutual suspicion that is rapidly enveloping both of us. I have always been an optimist about the relationship, but that view is becoming increasingly untenable, as China asserts itself in ways that are inevitably going to bump up against our interests in the region and in multilateral fora. It is common knowledge that there is no shortage of people in each country who believe the other is an existential threat, and I have thought for some time the fundamental policy goal for each country should be to keep those people out of power. I have not changed my view about that, but it does not appear to be happening in China, which will only make it harder to prevent it from happening here.” William Reinsch, corporate lobbyist for the National Foreign Trade Council, Clinton Administration Commerce Department official, testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2014

Recently, various elements of the big business lobby called for the negotiation and implementation of the US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The US-China Business Council is currently one of the lead organizations in the effort to promote this treaty, which could provide further entry of Beijing into the American economy. In October 2014, the US-China Business Council and a number of American multinational corporate officers petitioned President Obama to advance the BIT. The companies who signed off on this open letter to President Obama included Alcoa, Walmart, Tyco International, Westinghouse Electric Company, Pfizer, Pepisco, Praxair, Proctor and Gamble, Morgan Stanley, Ford Motor Company, Goldman Sachs, IBM, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Walt Disney Company, Dell Company, Coca Cola, Citigroup, Celanese, Cargill, Carlyle Group, Caterpillar, and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Such an agreement could also spur even more outsourcing and technology transfers to Red China. The big business lobby in the United States was also acutely aware of the fact that Red China and its economic partnership with the United States was deeply unpopular. The US Chamber of Commerce admitted that “…there are serious and growing challenges–both strategic and economic–that could derail these positive trends. Since the opening to China in 1972, senior government officials and business leaders have shared a commitment to keep our relationship on track.  We urgently need to revive that vision again–in both capitals at senior levels, supported by the two business communities.” Information quoted from US Chamber of Commerce, 2014

“WikiLeaks cables show that Ryan appears content to march lockstep with the interests of big business, pushing not just trade relations with politically suspect countries, but accountability-free Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with countries that have appalling human rights records.” Quoted from Sam Knight, Truthout August 23, 2012

“In another 2006 cable from US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Marine, Ryan acknowledged that human rights abuses in Vietnam are contentious in the context of a possible free trade agreement, but only, really, with respect to its political permissibility. The cable elaborates on Ryan’s position: ‘Rep. Ryan said he appreciates (National Assembly) Chairman (Nguyen Van) An’s candor on the democracy of Vietnam’s economic system, but is concerned about the inherent contradiction between economic democracy and political centralization. This will be a contentious issue as Congress debates PNTR for Vietnam and each member tries to justify his/her position to his/her constituents.’” Quoted from Sam Knight, Truthout August 23, 2012

“…Ryan’s position on human rights and free trade seems to be that he considers the former an obstruction when trying to convince the electorate on the merit of the latter.” Quoted from Sam Knight, Truthout August 23, 2012

In July 2015, Obama and US Chamber of Commerce officials met with the communist president of Vietnam. Matt Phillips, Quartz.com July 7, 2015

“(The) reason suggested for the hands-off policy is that Chavez has welcomed U.S. oil-services companies even as he has built a forward-operations base for terrorists that potentially could be used to strike the US mainland. Companies such as Halliburton, ConocoPhillips and other U.S. giants have taken the lion’s share of Venezuela’s oil-contract business, say senior officials in Washington, leaving little reason for these corporations to complain about Venezuela’s left-wing government.” Christopher Whelan, Insight on the News December 8, 2003

“Yet even as the talk from Caracas and Washington grows more hostile and the countries seem to be growing ever farther apart, trade between Venezuela and the United States is surging.” Worldnetdaily August 20, 2006

“The paradox is that Chavez’s anti-Americanism is central to his global appeal, while American consumers and companies are central to the economic performance of his regime. So, while he’s going around the world giving speeches about how the goose should be killed, he relies on the golden eggs to keep himself in power.” The New Yorker January 8, 2007

An official with the United States Commerce Department commented “There’s rhetoric and there’s business…The Venezuelans can’t produce their oil without our equipment. It’s as simple as that.” An official with the United States Commerce Department quoted in the New York Times August 16, 2006

“At the moment, we have the strange situation where the U.S. is subsidizing Venezuela to the extent of the tax relief on the excess above-market prices.” Oliver Campbell, a former finance coordinator of the state-owned Venezuelan oil company PDVSA, quoted in Worldnetdaily August 20, 2006

“After the military defeat of this State, a complete social revolution will follow therein and the French who for years have spread poisonous and loathsome lies about our nation and our Fuehrer will welcome us as saviors who will deliver them from the hell of war. We have many friends in France, in Belgium, and most of them in Holland. These friends are not only our kinsmen resident there, but also many members of those nations. Some of them have adopted the Fuhrer’s doctrine; some of them are displaced officials of former regimes; some of them are ambitious to gain prominent positions; some who will not resist the temptation of money; all, however, will render our cause the most faithful service…In the first place, as in France and other countries, also in the United States we have many of our compatriots and even more friends among the citizens of the United States who are favorably disposed toward us. Many of the latter hold the most important positions in political and economic life and will not permit public opinion to allow something so senseless and insane as war against Germany.” Nazi Minister of Agriculture Walther Darre, secret speech, 1940

In 1940, Dr. G. A. Westrick, the special emissary of Adolf Hitler, visited the United States to “consult with American businessmen.” The American Mercury, September 1940

According to captured German records, Westrick was also dispatched to the United States “for the purpose of building up good will for Germany among American industrialists.” Rogge, John O. The Official German Report Nazi Penetration 1924– 1942

According to Ernst von Weizsaecker, Westrick “went to the United States with the intention of building up good will between the industrialists of America and Germany.” Rogge, John O. The Official German Report Nazi Penetration 1924– 1942

In 1939, Westrick himself recalled that German Ambassador Dieckhoff told him “You have good relations in the United States and you have many friends there. You should try to foster these business relations so that we remain on friendly terms with the United States…You will go to the United States to foster and strengthen commercial and business relationships. Rogge, John O. The Official German Report Nazi Penetration 1924– 1942

German diplomat Herbert von Strempel recalled that Westrick wielded considerable financial resources for his lobbying campaign directed at American businessmen. Westrick also brandished various carrots to entice American corporations to increase their business activities in the Third Reich.  Von Strempel reported that “Westrick was appointed by Ribbentrop as special envoy for creating good will in the United States. He was a well-known Berlin lawyer, and his law firm represented the interests of several big American business concerns. After he arrived in America, I noticed that he had business with an American oil man by the name of Rieber who was head of the Texas Oil Company. Rieber had to resign his job after his relationship with Westrick had been publicized by Walter Winchell and the newspapers… Westrick was well equipped with money. He could use funds in a double way. He had a dollar fund, and he said he could influence prominent businessmen through unfreezing their blocked credits in Germany.” Rogge, John O. The Official German Report Nazi Penetration 1924– 1942

An “Urgent Cable” dated from June 1940 was transmitted from German Consul Johannes Borchers to State Secretary Ernst von Weizsaecker. It outlined a report from Westrick concerning his lobbying activities amongst American big business: “Handelsrat Westrick Reports: A group of prominent businessmen and politicians, whom I personally regard as reliable in every way, and whose influence I consider to be very great, but who, in the interest of our operation, do not want to be mentioned in any circumstances at this time, suggested that I convey to the Foreign Ministry the following: The aforesaid group, which has the approval and support of a substantial number of leading personalities, will shortly urge upon President Roosevelt the following recommendations: 1. Immediate sending of an American Ambassador to Berlin. 2. A change of Ambassadors in London. 3. Suspension of armaments shipments to Great Britain until the new Ambassador to Berlin has had an opportunity to discuss matters with the German government. It remains of course a question what effect this step will produce in Washington. In any case, however, the communication made to me will likewise be made known by unofficial channels today to the British government.” Rogge, John O. The Official German Report Nazi Penetration 1924– 1942

Our country was accustomed to regard the United States as a source of friendly influence. Its contributions have alleviated Germany’s burden under the peace treaty. President Hoover’s step leading up to the complete elimination of the financial debt resulting from the Versailles treaty was considered always as characteristic manifestation of the American attitude towards the German people… A certain agitation was allowed to interfere with German-American relations. Instead of cooperating in the opening of tremendous potential markets, Germany and America were forced to join hostile diplomatic camps…Germany is therefore willing to undertake everything humanly possible, in order to approach directly the financial and industrial leaders of the United States…The new Presidential elections must bring the United States on the side of the powers fighting for the reorganization of the world markets. To support those trends in the American public opinion which definitely favor such a change, is the paramount task of the German foreign policy. This support does not only include the swinging of the German-American vote to a presidential candidate definitely sympathetic to the aforementioned aims, but also all possible cooperation with truly national forces. This, of course, cannot be construed as interference into American internal affairs, since the concrete form as well as the extent of that support must be determined by the political groups concerned.” Nazi diplomat and former radical revolutionary SA officer Baron Manfred von Killinger, secret speech to General Motors executives, November 1937

 “We would advance the idea of such informal conferences between responsible business and political leaders in order to consider questions of national and international importance affecting economic and, yes, political recovery.” Nazi diplomat and former radical revolutionary SA officer Baron Manfred von Killinger, secret speech to General Motors executives, November 1937

 

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Red Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan speech to the US-China Business Council

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US Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue meeting with Cuban Communist dictator Raul Castro

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US Russia Business Council Logo

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AIG CEO Hank Greenberg attending speech giving by Chinese Communist ruler Xi Jinping

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Erich Honecker with Dow Chemical CEO Robert Lundeen 1986

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Putin Meeting with Boeing Executives

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Hitler Awards Henry Ford Grand Cross of the German

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Hitler Meeting with Thomas J. Watson of IBM

The Evisceration of Nationalism from American Conservatism

Skrabec commented that “the trick was to make ‘free trade’ synonymous with democracy and capitalism…” The free market, libertarian-globalist Mont Pelerin Society and other likeminded intellectuals and economists had to “decouple nationalism and protection” from conservatism. Reportedly, the turning point in the conversion of many of America’s leading conservative activists and intellectuals occurred at a Mont Pelerin Society meeting at Hillsdale College in 1975. Libertarian-monetarist economist Dr. Milton Friedman converted the conservative movement largely to an increased free trade ideology, while “the battle of language was fought and won at America’s universities by the free traders.” Information quoted from Skrabec, Quentin J. The Fall of an American Rome

 

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