The Task Force Report flagrantly refers to “aid programs” as being a means of subverting states, in case there is any doubt. Hence, US aid is shown to be a strategic weapon of US foreign policy:
In pursuing pragmatic engagement with Burma, the United States must continue to develop, and even ramp up, means of reaching the Burmese population directly through assistance programs.
The Task Force states that US aid should bypass the Government to provide “Assistance to NGOs that have no connections to the military and are not officially registered with authorities should be expanded.” The report states that care must be taken as the new constitution of Myanmar prohibits those who receive foreign aid for running for office. Hence it can be seen that Myanmar is trying to take steps to thwart foreign subversion that is undertaken under the guise of humanitarian programs. That the Myanmar regime is correct in its suspicions is clear from what the Task Force report itself states about the purposes of aid programs, as cited above.
Cultural subversion, or what the Left had traditionally called “American cultural imperialism,” remains an essential part of the globalization process. The Task Force lays out plans for subverting the traditional basis of Myanmar society, a matter in which the Open Society network has been very active in the former Soviet bloc and Central Asia. There is nothing more lethal that the cultural poison that emanates from the USA and spread across the world:
Educational exchange under the Fulbright and Humphrey Scholar programs and cultural outreach activities should be expanded. These programs produce powerful agents for community development in Burma and can significantly expand the prospects for improved governance. Although the military government is highly averse to foreign cultural influence in the country, the U.S. Embassy’s American Center has long served as a cultural focal point for many Burmese living in the Rangoon area. If the election produces a transfer of power to a less xenophobic leadership, the United States should support the extension of American Center programs through the Internet, the deployment of visiting speakers to other cities, and other forms of cultural outreach. If political transition produces real change, marked by full participation of opposition and non-Burman ethnic representatives in elected government, U.S. scholarship and visitor programs should be expanded to include Burmese government officials.
Note how the Myanmar regime is suspicious of “foreign cultural influence,” making Myanmar a rare state that is determined to resist globalization on all levels, economically, politically and culturally. Note also the role played by the US Embassy’s “American Center.” Myanmar would do well to shut it down as a center of cultural pathology. The wide-ranging culturally subversive program outlined by Rivkin, US Ambassador to France, for using Muslim youth to undermine French culture and national identity, called “xenophobia” by the globalists, might here be recalled. The use of non-Burmese ethnics is mentioned as being a potential source of use for creating dissent and division.
If Myanmar cannot be shifted in the desired direction the Task Force recommends that business and banking sanctions should be increased, with the assistance of ASEAN and the European Union. Should, however, Myanmar’s leadership bow to pressure and open itself up to foreign exploitation, then Asian (including China) and some other states should be used in proxy to “assist” Myanmar to make the necessary reforms under the auspices of the United Nations.
Significantly the focus of the above-cited 2010 Asia Society Task Force report was on the reform of Myanmar’s economy, with the object of “reform-oriented economic activity.” Once Myanmar has succumbed to US pressure, the Task Force proposes that Myanmar’s economic globalization proceeds with advice from the IMF, World Bank and Asia Development Bank:
A first measure is the provision of expert advice. Accordingly, the United States should gradually release current injunctions on and partner with institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank to provide Burma with advice on reform.
The Task Force Report then states that the US and other states should provide advisers to instruct as to how best to exploit Myanmar’s resources. “A second measure is for the United States and other appropriate countries to provide Burma with assistance in economic institution building.” Should Myanmar show signs of reticence at domination by the USA and exploitation by predatory capital, there should be options in place to put the squeeze on:
The United States should encourage the creation of a flexible mechanism that will allow some sanctions to be lifted, while maintaining others and holding the capacity to impose new, tightly targeted financial sanctions should circumstances deteriorate.
The “problem” with Myanmar, in the view of the globalists, is that its economy is under state direction, and is not amenable to being exploited by international capital. The Task Force Report states that Myanmar’s “formal economy” is dominated by the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited and the Myanmar Economic Corporation. Of the six demands for reform, the Task Focvre objectives include: “Market opening policies, including the removal of remaining restrictions on private enterprise, Openness to foreign trade and investment.” Once Myanmar has opened up to predation. then the usual gaggle of financial advisers are expected to be able to descend on the hapless state, as has been the case with so many now bankrupt and impoverished states throughout the world; lamenting that, “The Burmese government has a track record of disregarding the advice of international financial institutions.” The Report states on this: “Second, economic engagement can be directed toward providing advice on how Burma should manage its natural gas revenues and promoting accountability for government spending.”
CFR Globalists Report on Myanmar in 2003
The overlap between the CFR, the USA pre-eminent think tank, and the Asia Society and Soros OSI is typical of the globalist nexus. Both Fore and General Clark who Co-Chaired the Asia Society Task Force on Burma/Myanmar, are also members of the CFR, as is George Soros. One of the primary purposes of the CFR is to change policy and public opinion from “behind the scenes,” (sic) as candidly stated by CFR historian and luminary Peter Grosse. CFR Task Force Reports should therefore be regarded as something more than idle theorizing from a “non-partisan” (sic) discussion club. As Grosse makes plain in his book, the CFR is at the heart of US foreign policy decision making and provides continuity between Democratic and Republic Administrations, which might in part explain why nothing substantial changes.
The CFR report on Myanmar is entitled Burma: Time for Change. (As far as this writer knows, Myanmar’s Generals have yet to reciprocate with a report entitled USA: Time for Change). Of the twenty-seven CFR Task Force members, the following have particularly interesting links:
UREEN AUNG-THWIN, director of the Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute; serves on the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch/Asia and the Burma Studies Foundation, which oversees the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University.
MA JANET BENSHOOF, president emeritus and founder of the Center for Reproductive Rights (formerly the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy). This organization is a recipient of Soros largesse, as part of the Soros strategy for using “feminism,” and especially “reproductive rights,” to undermine traditional societies, whether Catholic, Orthodox, or Muslim.
GEORGE C. BIDDLE, senior vice president of the International Rescue Committee. Previously vice president of the International Crisis Group (ICG) and president of the Institute for Central American Studies. The International Crisis Group is yet another globalist think tank that was founded in1995. Among the ICG Executive Committee is the omni-present George Soros, and General Wesley Clark. It should be recalled that another member was Mohamed ElBaradei, who “suspended his membership in 2011 to return to Egypt,” as the globalist’s leader-in-waiting after yet another “velvet revolution” had overthrown an unwanted regime. Zbigniew Brzezinski (CFR), former National Security Adviser under Carter, and North American director of David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, is a “senior adviser” for the ICG.
BOWMAN CUTTER, managing director at Warburg Pincus, part of the well-known Warburg banking dynasty.
MATHEA FALCO, a chair of the Task Force, president of Drug Strategies, and associate professor of public health at the Weill Medical College, Cornell University. She served as assistant secretary of state for international narcotics matters 1977 to 1981. Drug Strategies is one of the narcotics liberalization lobbies funded by Soros.
ADRIENNE GERMAIN, president of the International Women’s Health Coalition; member of the Asia and women’s rights advisory committees of Human Rights Watch and of the Millennium Development Goals Project Task Force on Child Mortality and Maternal Health.
JOSHUA KURLANTZICK, foreign editor of The New Republic, having formerly worked for The New Republic, U.S. News and World Report and The Economist.
TOM MALINOWSKI, Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch; served as a senior director at the National Security Council 1998 to 2001 and served at the State Department 1994 to 1998.
ARYEH NEIER, president of the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundations Network, previously serving as executive director of Human Rights Watch.
GEORGE SOROS, chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, founder of the Soros Foundations Network, “a consortium of philanthropic organizations active in more than 50 countries.”
ROSE STYRON, poet, journalist, and human rights activist who has chaired Amnesty International’s National Advisory Council, PEN’s Freedom-to-Write Committee, and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards.
KENNETH WOLLACK, president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
Note among the above that the supposedly “non-partisan” Human Rights Watch, which is influential in shaping the perceptions of “world opinion” towards states, is well represented in the CFR and is closely associated with Soros. Amnesty International also has a connection here. These “impartial” organizations are influential in deciding how the mass media throughout much of the world portrays a regime.