May 10, 2013
President Obama recently nominated current Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, Michael Froman, for the post of US Trade Representative. Although the nomination requires Senate approval, it is expected Froman will soon start at his new job, not only overseeing US trade policy but to advance the “global trade agenda” pursued by the Obama administration. As member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Froman has an impressive résumé, making him a likely participant for the upcoming Bilderberg meeting near Watford in the UK.
Froman, whose career was given a boost by his former classmate and associate on the Harvard Law Review Barack Obama, will likely be further advanced by a possible participation at the coming Bilderberg conference. I would submit that the likelihood of Froman attending the coming conference is just about 90 percent. We find Froman’s predecessors attending Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission on a regular basis. For example, Obama’s last appointee, Ron Kirk, has moved in- and out of Bilderberg-related entities on a regular basis. Former US trade Representative Susan Schwab is a member of the Trilateral Commission. The other former Trade Rep (under George W. Bush) enjoying key globalist conferences, Mr. Robert Zoellick, is a Bilderberg regular, visiting the confab so many times he must have lost count by now.
The other reason I’m speculating Froman will be present at Bilderberg 2013 is the ongoing effort to merge the two major world blocks, such as the United States and the European Union, into one overarching power-monolith. Quite recently both Froman and Kirk (his direct predecessor) admitted to the fact Barack Obama is negotiating with the EU “toward a transatlantic trade and investment partnership”. During a conference call, Kirk stated that that the US and the EU should “seize the opportunity to develop new disciplines in emerging areas that have confronted trade, such as the involvement of state-owned enterprises and increasing use of localization measures as barriers to trade.”
Froman, who also made remarks at this particular conference call, pointed out that “this is potentially a very big deal. Between the U.S. and the EU, we account for almost half of global GDP.”
“(…) what Ambassador Kirk and his team have done over the last year, working with the European Commission”, Froman continued, “is to identify what those issues were and how we might be able to bridge the gap. And we think that the stars could well be aligned given developments on both sides of the Atlantic for us to be able to resolve issues that have been difficult to resolve before. And that is what we’ll be turning ourselves to next.”
Furthermore, Froman said Obama is dedicated to advance not merely a US trade agenda, but a global trade agenda:
“our goal is to achieve high standard, 21st-century style trade agreements, trade investments that advance the global trade agenda, and to introduce into the bloodstream of the multilateral trading system new disciplines and new standards for conducting international trade. And we think that this exercise with the European Union presents a very good opportunity to do just that.”
As commentator Stephen Lendman recently pointed out, Froman’s experience at negotiating trade deals are quite extensive:
“He (Froman) was White House liaison to the G7, G8, G20, and APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summits. He heads the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. He co-chairs Washington’s Transatlantic Economic Council. He’s CEO of the US-India and US-Brazil Forums. He helped negotiate South Korea, Colombia and Panama trade deals. Like NAFTA and other bilateral deals, they cost America tens of thousands of jobs. Expect more of the same ahead.”
Again: the current emphasis on synchronizing transatlantic trade agenda’s makes Froman the ideal candidate to pull up a chair next to the banking heads of Europe and the US at the Grove Hotel in the beginning of June.
At a conference on global governance and local accountability earlier this year, described by the chairman as the “big-tent church of globalization”, Obama’s old buddy lauded the European Union’s “strong degree of accountability”.
As a preface to the subject at hand (globalization and local accountability), Froman told the people present that contrary to popular belief, the EU is exemplary in its process of accountability towards its member-states (from 56 minutes, 15 seconds):
“Much has been written about the democracy-deficit in Europe”, Froman said. “My understanding is that in any week in Brussels there are 200 meetings between representatives of the member-states and members of the commission, reviewing every commission-proposed action at every stage in its gravity. When you add that to the ministerial meetings of each semester and to the now quite frequent head of state council meetings, increasingly frequent, head of state council meetings, it’s hard to say that the process of coming up with decisions in the European Union- not to mention the role of the European Parliament- doesn’t reflect a strong degree of accountability.”
A remarkable position to be taken by the then White House top adviser on economic security matters. Especially given the fact that the “euro-zone crisis” has revealed that the EU is everything but transparent or accountable to the people in Europe. Furthermore, these comments beg the question that if Obama’s top adviser on these matters lauds the EU’s transparency, which course will the US government fare in regards to its democratic processes. Froman:
“And I’ll just say from personal perspective, from personal experience, when President Obama convened the leaders of the euro-zone, and leaders of the European Union (…), to talk about the euro-zone-crisis, certainly there was a great appreciation in the room of the domestic, local, political constraints and drivers of policies, even in that pinnacle of global governance.”
If the former White House economic security guy really considers the unelected European Union “to be a “pinnacle of global governance”, where does that leave the United States in this global construct? In any case, by stating that the EU is a “pinnacle of global governance” Froman (without knowing it) concurs with two term former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors, who gave a speech to the Royal Institute of International Affairs titled The European Community and the New World Order, saying:
“Our trading partners are gradually being won over to the idea that regional integration has a dynamic impact on all, and the European model is an inspiration for others- witness the recent agreements concluded by the United States, Canada and Mexico.”
In that same speech Delors also stated that “(…) giving birth to institutions to which sovereignty is to be transferred and which are to be given power manage cooperation and settle disputes is a slow and arduous process.”
“The contribution that the Community as such can make to the new world order can, to use an image of the plant world, be considered something of a hybrid, what is produced by crossing a world power with an international organization.”
In conclusion Delor stated in 1992:
“I would add- and I will not go into detail- that economic integration, unless it is backed by a strong political will, will not in itself produce stronger international institutions or help create world government. This is why, although the need for a new world order is self-evident, our era is one of trial and error or, as the harsher critics among us would have it, of impotence, inability to take on world challenges.”
It seems that Michael Froman, for one, is impressed with the way the EU does business. For the sake of sovereignty, one hopes he does not, like the EU kingpins of old, plan to merge the US with an international organization into that transnational hybrid called world government. If we fear big government, we should decry world government, especially considering the heads of business and government of the most powerful states in the world convene in secret.
Jurriaan Maessen’s article first appeared at ExplosiveReports.com.