The US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Presidential Election

On the US Presidential Election

Swiss Policy Research

Joe Biden speaking at the US Council on Foreign Relations (January 2018)

To better understand the recent US presidential election and international political and media reactions to it, SPR recommends its two articles, The American Empire and Its Media (2016, available in 12 languages), and its sequel Trump, the Media, and Geopolitics (2017, in English and German).

The US presidential election is only superficially a battle between two political parties, since the US establishment, primarily represented by the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), encompasses both of these parties. Indeed, the CFR establishment has to keep at bay factions in both parties, notably the “socialist” (e.g. Bernie Sanders) and pacifist (e.g. Tulsi Gabbard) factions of the Democratic party, and the isolationist and nationalist faction (e.g. Trump) of the Republican party.

A Jeb Bush against Hillary Clinton race in 2016 would have been business as usual (as both are from CFR families). In a Jeb Bush against Bernie Sanders race, CFR compliant media would have supported Republican Jeb Bush. A Trump against Sanders race would have been a CFR nightmare that was only prevented by sabotaging the Sanders campaign twice (in 2016 and 2020).

Trump is pro-Israel, pro Wall Street, pro-military, pro fossil fuels, and yet CFR compliant media did not accept him. This is because his isolationist policies endangered the American Empire and its domestic and international power structure. His personality had nothing to do with it. Importantly, most of the Republican national security establishment opposed Trump, too.

CFR compliant media did support, however, Trump’s limited imperial actions, like his missile strikes against Syria (in response to staged chemical attacks), his killing of Iranian General Soleimani, as well as his (attempted) regime changes in Venezuela, Bolivia and Belarus.

A special case is the conservative media empire of Rupert Murdoch (Fox News, New York Post, WSJ). Murdoch actually left the CFR in 2014. Murdoch’s media did not support Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries, but did support him against Clinton and as President (otherwise they would have gone bankrupt; the Republican party establishment was in a similar bind). Unsurprisingly, Murdoch now appears to have dropped Trump (“It’s Joe time”, as the New York Post recently titled).

The CFR establishment had to employ all of its political, media and intelligence assets to launch a huge four-year “Russiagate” disinformation campaign to keep Trump and his administration in check. The campaign included the Steele dossier (fabricated), the Mueller investigation (no results), false “Russian hacking” allegations (real DNC whistleblower likely killed), the impeachment trial over Ukraine (no results), the alleged “Cambridge Analytica scandal” (collapsed), and more.

In contrast, it is true that Joe Biden and his family were involved in corruption in Ukraine and China during Biden’s time as US Vice President, as Biden himself famously divulged during a 2018 CFR session, and as several leaked documents and witnesses have since confirmed. CFR compliant media had to ignore, distort or downplay this troubling fact ever since. In addition, US social media companies had to suppress additional pre-election leaks and a New York Post report about them.

The one-hour investigation “Biden’s Bribe Tapes” (see below), produced by conservative US news channel OAN between June and August 2020, includes the original leaked phone recordings between Biden and then Ukrainian President Poroshenko and many key witness testimonies. They show how Biden’s son was installed on the board of a Ukrainian gas company (Burisma), how Biden prevented a legal investigation against the company by the Ukrainian state prosecutor (and got him fired), and how Biden initiated a cover-up after the unexpected election of Donald Trump in November 2016.

When Ukrainian whistleblower Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former advisor to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, wanted to testify and present the Biden tapes in the US in December 2019, he was first denied a visa and then, a few days before his departure, trapped and put into custody for half a year by German police. In May 2020, Ukrainian politician Andrii Derchak finally published the Biden tapes. Derchak was later declared a “Russian agent” by the US Treasury, barred from entering the country, and had his Facebook account (used for publishing the leaked documents) deleted.

In October 2020, it become known that the Facebook manager for ‘election integrity’ is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council (run by senior CFR members) and was a former Ukraine policy advisor to Joe Biden. Moreover, both Oleksandr Onyshchenko (the Biden tapes whistleblower) and Viktor Shokin, the former Ukrainian state prosecutor who was investigating the Biden-linked Burisma gas company and who got fired after Biden put pressure on Poroshenko, report to have been poisened.

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