January 11, 2012

Given Jon Huntsman’s recent attacks on Ron Paul (including his last week’s shameful “false-flag”-style dirty trick), and the media’s sudden decision to shower him with positive press in a transparent effort to manufacture a “Huntsman surge” self-fulfilling prophecy, a lot people have been wondering: Is he, or has he ever been, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)?

The answer is yes.  While his name has not appeared on their roster in recent years, he was a member in the 1990′s.

Just to put any doubts to rest, here is a document straight off of the official CFR website ( confirming this. has also archived a copy on WebCite here for posterity.

The document lists the various members of the CFR’s “Committees of the Board, 1998–99″.  Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., is shown to be a member of the Term Membership committee, which appears to be a subcommittee of the Membership committee.

Just to be clear: Huntsman does not appear to have been a “term member” himself at the time, but rather a “full” member who was apparently helping to oversee and guide the Term Member Program.  In the document, a cross-like symbol denotes a “Designated Term Member”.  While individuals like Mark P. Lagon, Dwight F. Holloway, and Puneet Talwart have this symbol next to their name, Huntsman does not.

The Term Member Program was and still is basically the CFR’s recruitment arm and farm team.  Men and women in their early 30′s are given five year “terms” as CFR members, during which they come under the tutelage of more senior members, who work on training them to be the next generation of globalist, collectivist ideologues and elitist gatekeepers of the status quo for vested interests.  The 1999 report explains on p. 81:

The term members of the Council, a group of up-and-coming leaders and thinkers in foreign policy, enjoy a wide variety of programs such as seminars, roundtables, receptions, trips, special private dinners with senior Council members, and an annual conference. … Each year a new class of term members, all U.S. citizens age 34 and under, is elected to a five-year term. Today, the Council has over 400 term members, who are increasingly elected to full membership when their terms expire, thus creating a sustainable source of qualified applicants for reinvigorating the ranks of the full membership.  As the roster of meetings suggests, these young members are dedicated to the Council’s work and are engaged in diverse aspects of U.S. foreign policy.

While Huntsman, the son of a billionaire, has taken to trying to paint himself as an alternative to the “Establishment’s favorite”, Mitt Romney (Huntsman himself calls Romney that), his history of membership in the CFR makes it easy to understand why the media is propping him up and enthusiastically cooperating with him in shameful attacks against Ron Paul: Huntsman, too, is an Establishment candidate.  Given the fact that Huntsman is unelectable, having failed to get on the ballot in three states already, it’s clear that his role is to attempt to tear down the Ron Paul campaign to make way for other Establishment darlings, especially the ruling class’s GOP “heir apparent”, Mitt Romney.

Here is a short video which provides a brief overview of the history of the CFR’s dominance the “mainstream” media, going back many decades.

For a much more in-depth understanding of how the CFR has stealthy dominated the electoral process, and American society as a whole, for nearly a century — and by extension, the significance of Huntsman’s history as a member — I highly suggest reading The Future Is Calling by G. Edward Griffin.  Part Two of the series focuses most directly on the CFR, but it is HIGHLY beneficial to read the entire series, starting with Part One.

Alternatively, much of the same ground is covered by Griffin in his lecture entitled “The Quigley Formula”.  An mp3 of the lecture can be downloaded by right clicking here and choosing “save as”, and a video version is embedded below.

Huntsman is in stunning lock step with Obama on countless major issues, and so is Mitt Romney (well, at least half the time, since he is a political chameleon with no principles who comes down on opposing sides of many major issues, depending on the which way the wind is blowing.)  Neither offer any “change” whatsoever, just as Obama administration, which is loaded with CFR members, offered no real “change” from the CFR-stacked Bush administration.

Further study:
CFR Corporate Roster – JPMorgan Chase & Co (founding member), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (founding member), Bank of America Merrill Lynch (founding member), Credit Suisse, Lockheed Martin Corporation, American Express, Morgan Stanley, The Boeing Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deutsche Bank AG, Northrop Grumman, etc, etc.
Ron Paul answers question if he is a member of the CFR – He’s not.
Ron Paul explains his ideological differences with the CFR – “This is an ideological battle”
Dick Cheney talks about being a CFR member – “I never mentioned that when I was campaigning for re-election back home in Wyoming”
Hilary Clinton speaks at the new CFR outpost – “It’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. … This will mean that I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.”

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