23. "Government in Exile?"
Who determines American policy, domestic and foreign? Most of the public
probably does not really know where actual policy is formulated. Most
of the public is unaware as to the actions of such policy groups as
the Trilateral Commission. Very few even knew Jimmy Carter was a member,
even fewer had heard of it.
With Carter's Trilateral Administration in power, many criticisms of
their policy have been advanced. But none of the criticisms leveled
can match the trenchant and influential Center for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS). The CSIS has its academic roots entrenched at Georgetown
University. Over the years, the CSIS has developed close ties with Congress,
important world scholars, and political leaders from other nations.
More recently, Henry Kissinger decided to join the ranks of the CSIS.
His decision was based on his assumption as to "where the action
The CSIS has grown immensely in the last ten years. It was first to
detect the Sino-Soviet rift and the importance of the Persian Gulf to
the United States. Its budget has been enlarged from $500,000 in 1969
to its present budget of $2.4 million. Two-thirds of this money is from
foundations such as Ford, Rockefeller, Mellon, and Crown; one-third
of the funds received were from such corporate elites as ARCO, which
was the largest donor in 1977.
The CSIS is headed by West Point graduate and former Nixon administration
member David M. Abshire and Ray Cline, former deputy director of the
CIA. The CSIS has led the charge against the Panama Canal treaties;
it is against present U.S. policy with respect to arms control; it crushed
Carter's attempt, in 1977, to normalize relations with the People's
Republic of China; it advocates the use of breeder reactors at home
and abroad; and is interested in seeing coal being used as a source
Should the Trilateral administration falter in some way, the CSIS may
be in a position to choose the next president from its members and supporters.
Due to the lack of public awareness to such interest and policy groups
as the Trilateral Commission and now the CSIS, this story is being nominated
as one of the "best censored stories of 1977."
"Home for Hardliner," by Morton Kondracke, The New Republic,
February 4, 1978, pps. 21-25.