THE DISARMAMENT OF AMERICA-Part 3
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
February 6, 2012
During his tenure as Council on Foreign Relations chairman, Power Elite agent John J. McCloy in 1956 had written: “In my view we must be ready to consider the most far-reaching proposals, including those for total disarmament, universal, enforceable and complete with international controls and inspection.” Because of this viewpoint, President-elect John Kennedy on January 2, 1961, designated McCloy as his principal disarmament advisor and negotiator. Nine months later, Kennedy on September 25, 1961, addressed the UN General Assembly, proclaiming: “Let us join in dismantling the national capacity to wage war…. The program to be presented to this assembly is for general and complete disarmament.”
Rhodes scholar, Trilateralist and CFR member Richard Gardner in the CFR’s Foreign Affairs (April 1974) wrote that to achieve the “house of world order,” an “end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.” This was three after Norman Cousins along with UN Secretary-General U Thant and leading New Ager Donald Keys had founded Planetary Citizens. This organization was affiliated with Planetary Initiative for the World We Choose, which in 1983 held a Congress criticizing “myopic and narrow nationalism” and an “outmoded sense of national sovereignty.” Instead, the Congress advocated disarmament along with a global system of law, the establishment of a permanent world peacekeeping corps and compulsory arbitration service, the promotion of a New International Economic Order, expanded exchange programs, “transformative and teamwork-based education” (like Outcome-Based Education today), and “the moral and ethical values of a New Age.”
On March 20, 1985, Grenville Clark was honored on a 39 cent U.S. postage stamp, and it seems that his and WAPWG’s plans were pursued under President George H.W. Bush (with his New World Order) and President Clinton. In 1992, Richard Gardner, mentioned earlier, was an advisor on UN matters to Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign, after which President Clinton appointed him Ambassador to Spain. Also during Clinton’s presidential campaign, fellow Rhodes scholar, Trilaterialist and CFR Director Strobe Talbott in Time (July 20, 1992) wrote that “Perhaps national sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all…. But it has taken the events in our own wondrous and terrible century to clinch the case for world government.” For this article, Talbott was given the World Federalist Association’s first Norman Cousins Global Governance Award. Cousins had been a president of the WFA (successor to Grenville Clark’s United World Federalists) who had said, “World government is coming, in fact, it is inevitable.” And on June 22, 1993, President Clinton wrote a letter to the WFA stating: “Norman Cousins worked for world peace and world government…. Strobe Talbott… will be a worthy recipient of the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award. Best Wishes… for future success.”