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22. Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team

August, January 30, 2009
Title: “Obama: Trilateral Commission Endgame”
Author: Patrick Wood

Student Researcher: Sarah Maddox
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips
Sonoma State University

Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days in office. This represents a very narrow source of international leadership inside the Obama administration, with a core agenda that is not necessarily in support of working people in the United States.

Obama was groomed for the presidency by key members of the Trilateral Commission. Most notably, Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller in 1973, has been Obama’s principal foreign policy advisor.

According to official Trilateral Commission membership lists, there are only eighty-seven members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other countries). Thus, within two weeks of his inauguration, Obama’s appointments encompassed more than 12 percent of Commission’s entire US membership.

Trilateral appointees include:
* Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner
* Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice
* National Security Advisor, Gen. James L. Jones
* Deputy National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon
* Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee, Paul Volker
* Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair
* Assistant Secretary of State, Asia & Pacific, Kurt M. Campbell
* Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg
* State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Haass
* State Department, Special Envoy, Dennis Ross
* State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Holbrooke

There are many other links in the Obama administration to the Trilateral Commission. For instance, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is married to Commission member William Jefferson Clinton.
Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner’s informal group of advisors include E. Gerald Corrigan, Paul Volker, Alan Greenspan, and Peter G. Peterson, all members. Geithner’s first job after college was with Trilateralist Henry Kissinger at Kissinger Associates.

Trilateralist Brent Scowcroft has been an unofficial advisor to Obama and was mentor to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. And Robert Zoelick, current president of the World Bank appointed during the G.W. Bush administration, is a member.

According to the Trilateral Commissions’ website, the Commission was formed in 1973 by private citizens of Japan, Europe (European Union countries), and North America (United States and Canada) to foster closer cooperation among these core democratic industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system. The website says, “The membership of the Trilateral Commission is composed of about 400 distinguished leaders in business, media, academia, public service (excluding current national Cabinet Ministers), labor unions, and other non-governmental organizations from the three regions. The regional chairmen, deputy chairmen, and directors constitute the leadership of the Trilateral Commission, along with an Executive Committee including about 40 other members.”
Since 1973, the Trilateral Commission has met regularly in plenary sessions to discuss policy position papers developed by its members. Policies are debated in order to achieve consensuses. Respective members return to their own countries to implement policies consistent with those consensuses. The original stated purpose of the Trilateral Commission was to create a “New International Economic Order.” Its current statement has morphed into fostering a “closer cooperation among these core democratic industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system.”
Since the Carter administration, Trilateralists have held these very influential positions: Six of the last eight World Bank Presidents; Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States (except for Obama and Biden); over half of all US Secretaries of State; and three quarters of the Secretaries of Defense.

Two strong convictions guide the Commission’s agenda for the 2009-2012 triennium. First, the Trilateral Commission is to remain as important as ever in maintaining wealthy countries’ shared leadership in the wider international system. Second, the Commission will “widen its framework to reflect broader changes in the world.” Thus, the Japan Group has become a Pacific Asian Group, which includes Chinese and Indian members, and Mexican members have been added to the North American Group. The European Group continues to widen in line with the enlargement of the EU.

Update by Patrick Wood
The concept of “undue influence” comes to mind when considering the number of Trilateral Commission members in the Obama administration. They control the areas of our most urgent national needs: financial and economic crisis, national security, and foreign policy.

The conflict of interest is glaring. With 75 percent of the Trilateral membership consisting of non-US individuals, what influence does this super-majority have on the remaining 25 percent?
For example, when Chrysler entered bankruptcy under the oversight and control of the Obama administration, it was quickly decided that the Italian carmaker Fiat would take over Chrysler. The deal’s point man, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is a member of the Trilateral Commission. Would you be surprised to know that the chairman of Fiat, Luca di Montezemolo, is also a fellow member?
Congress should have halted this deal the moment it was suggested.

Many European members of the Trilateral Commission are also top leaders of the European Union. What political and economic sway do they have through their American counterparts?
If asked, the vast majority of Americans would say that America’s business is its own, and should be closed to foreign meddlers with non-American agendas.
But, the vast majority of Americans have no idea who or what the Trilateral Commission is, much less the power they have usurped since 1976, when Jimmy Carter became the first Trilateral member to be elected president (Project Censored Story #1, 1976).

In light of today’s unprecedented financial crisis, they would be abhorred if they actually read Zbigniew Brzezinski’s (co-founder of the Commission with David Rockefeller) statement from his 1971 book, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, which states that, “The nation-state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.”
Yet, this is exactly what is happening. The global banks and corporations are running circles around the nation state, including the United States. They have no regard for due process, Congress, or the will of the people.

Why have the American people been kept in the dark about a subject so great that it shakes our country to its very core?
The answer is simple: The top leadership of the media is also saturated with members of the Trilateral Commission who are able to selectively suppress the stories that are covered. They include:
• David Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media Company
• Karen Elliot House, former Senior Vice President, Dow Jones & Company, and Publisher, the Wall Street Journal
• Richard Plepler, Co-president, HBO
• Charlie Rose, PBS
• Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek
• Mortimer Zuckerman, Chairman, US News & World Reports
There are many other top-level media connections due to corporate directorships and stock ownership.

For more information, this writer’s original 1978 book, Trilaterals Over Washington, is available in electronic form at no charge at This site also has many papers analyzing various aspects of the Trilateral Commission’s hegemony in the United States and elsewhere, since it’s founding in 1973.

  • Chris July 2, 2010

    Change seems nearly impossible at this point. Special Interests are so entrenched in global politics that Democracy isn’t dying, it died a long time ago. Our choices at the voting booth are the best funded candidates from the primaries. Voting out incumbents is not a solution, our problems are much bigger than that. The real questions are, What can we do about it and Are we willing to do it?

  • Willy July 15, 2010

    Now I can see more why Obama is trying to destroy our economy from within! It was known 16 years ago that Obama would be elected as President of the US. His mission is to level the paying field with all the failing economies in Europe. When is the TLC going to start working on Japan? China is climbing up to the European level as we speak.

  • PhreedomPhan (Rick) August 23, 2010

    Much of the plan of what is happening today was layed out in 1941-42 in a map and plan published in Philadelphia. In the plan the world was to be consolidated into a number of regional superstates. Among them was the U.S. consisting of all of North America (NAFTA, CAFTA). Most of Asia was the United Republics of China. We are making China the premier economic and military power in Asia toward that end.

    The verbal portions of the plan make it fairly clear that the government of the world is to be socialist/fascist which means redistribution of the wealth. The American people would never have accepted this while we still had the highest living standard in the world because it would be our wealth being redistributed. Hence, as former Chairman of the Fed, Paul Volcker said, “The standard of living of the average American must come down.

    I’ve got the plan in my blog which also contains links to the map at the Library of Congress and the University of San Diego.


  • concerned4US April 8, 2011

    Tommorrow: April 8, 2011, will be a busy one for our nation!

    1. The possibility of “shutting down” the Federal Government

    2. The Trilateral Commission will be meeting in Washington

    Then on June 9-12, 2011 – this is the time that the Bilderbergs will meet in Saint Maritz, Switzerland.

    Please help America! Make people aware!
    Have them know the difference between Democracy and Communism – show and scare people of what will happen if the NWO takes over our country.
    What will they loose? How will their lives change? How all of this will affect our children – the future of America?
    Please look into:
    1. This is a Russian who was in the Russian prison camps and he thoroughly explained the horrors of True Communism: (Look for a summary or synopsis – it’s a large book!)
    Alexander (Aleksandr) Solzhenitsyn…Gulat Archipelago
    ….the possibility of haveing Communism here – and our sovereigny taken away – IS HORRIFYING!
    2. Also – one last note: look at what happened after the “Wall coming down” between East and West Germany.
    See what they found in East Germany: it was appaling! Dirty-filthy water, run-down ruined buildings, roads that were impassible, people starving and huddled together for survival in buildings that seldom had electricity or heat during the water.
    That is what happens with a Communist regime. That is what could happen here in America!
    Thank you for your site – very iinformative. Thank you especially for lifting up and helpin The American People!
    It is needed!

  • concerned4US April 8, 2011

    The Trilateral Commission is meeting right now.
    Go to their site and you will see that they are – NOT happy with Obama.
    Our financial status is at an EXTREME FIRE DANGER LEVEL – ready to go up in smoke.
    They are ready to help us – to save us!
    The Trilateral Commission wants us all together: The European Group
    North American Group (Canada, Mexico and US-All)
    Japanese Group/ Pacific Asian Group
    ASEAN Group
    ….You see they have the world all split up into sections to CONTROL ALL ASSETS, OIL, GAS, ENERGY, FOOD SUPPLY…and America’s resources!
    Our very lives and the lives of our children are at stake.
    Go to their site:
    also good:….and there are others too.
    …..they are only 1%! What is 1% – not much!
    Educate! Have people know about COMMUNISM VS DEMOCRACY – and what will happen!
    THIS NATION SHALL NOT PERISH! That should be our motto!

  • herve leger clutch May 16, 2011

    Your very own dedication to passing the message throughout ended up being wonderfully effective and has consistently permitted ladies just like me to get to their goals.

  • Loyd Rob75 July 13, 2011

    Zionist Jews think they are in control.  There is a backlash coming – from the people of America. Shhh.  Can you hear it?

    • Littleking125 December 23, 2011

      So obama,bill clinton and hillbilly huckster carter are jews?Realy?Take off your rascist glasses!!Trilaterals have very few jews in their ranks.

  • Loyd Rob75 July 13, 2011

    Zionist Jews think they are in control.  There is a backlash coming – from the people of America. Shhh.  Can you hear it?

    • Littleking125 December 23, 2011

      So obama,bill clinton and hillbilly huckster carter are jews?Realy?Take off your rascist glasses!!Trilaterals have very few jews in their ranks.

  • Heavenboundru? February 26, 2013

    wake up America before you turn to zombies…oops its already happening….At least go get saved at church before that is gone too.

  • Heavenboundru? February 26, 2013

    wake up America before you turn to zombies…oops its already happening….At least go get saved at church before that is gone too.

  • Rod Guthrie October 4, 2013

    In reading about the 9/11 tragedy as well as the ensuing war in Iraq, my impression is that our involvement was less influenced by idealism than it was economics. The Trilateral Commission seems to have been involved at the outset, and the “grooming” of President Obama is troubling. I voted for him because I felt he would reflect the needs of people on the street (he was an attorney who represented them), but I fear we are on the verge of something, a threshold, of world economics that has been carefully orchestrated by the commission. I pray that I’m wrong, but it seems the Constitution of the United States, the quick changing of its amendments to suit the security needs of the 9/11 attack – are we being led into dark areas? One philosopher said that, “At times we are like elves on the shoulders of giants – in that we think we can see so far!” Our perception of reality is controlled by the media, and now with the extension of cellular phones with that capacity, people are blindly walking around with those phones glued to the side of their heads and are oblivious to reality. Even in churches (and I’m in one now) computers are provided and for what? To play video games – and NOT – constructive job seeking or networking. When the flags were at half mast because of the incident involving the murder of 12 soldiers, only one of many I asked about the why of the flags being displayed such knew the answer. Are we on the edge of the Brave New World Aldous Huxley wrote about, or are we about to start consuming “soylent green” that was portrayed in the last days by Charlton Heston. Time will tell…

  • Mike licata October 16, 2013

    It seems like the common person has lost control over who leads American foreign policy.

  • Karl October 18, 2013

    Realistically? Seeing the recent disfunctions in Washington DC I would say the farce down there is long gone. I know John J. McCloy “advised” all our “presidents” from FDR through at least Reagan though. He worked for the Rockefellers as their top Consiglieri and was Chairman of Chase, CFR, Ford Foundation, High Commissioner of Germany after WW 11 and ran much of WW11 as “assistant” Sec. of War. McCloy handled legal dealings of their major oil companies globally and IG Farben(largest corporation in Europe before WW11 sitting in Adolf Hitler’s box at the Olympics) The “plan” has been going on for a long time and “wars” are just part of this. Tax Free Foundations and Trusts give them the huge capital to direct foreign and domestic policy and fund University grants to ensure programming to their liking. President Wilson I think realized later that when he signed over the nation to the private bankers in 1913 it was over. Heard he went literally insane. I would say it more complicated than that involving the City of London Corporation bankers and Vatican but DC is just paid off. I have been all over the world and worked for several large corporations(GM, Pearson Plc. National Computer Systems, Adage, CGX, Teradyne, etc. and think nations and borders should be abolished and the human race merged into one intelligent race. I’d like to see human DNA combined with plant abilities to produce energy from sunlight! What’s going on now is not good and the wars a huge mistake I think. More than one way to skin a cat as they say but too many of limited intelligence are squatting in power.

  • Ron December 1, 2013

    I recently wrote and self-published a book titled The Other 98%. In researching information for its follow-up publication, I have increasingly come into contact with disturbing information and some who desire to do something about it. What can I do and how can I help? Please email me and let me know. Thank you.

  • JustAnotherBill January 16, 2014

    I’d say this is about when this country’s decline started. Why is Japan and Europe or any other country having any say in the direction the US is going? The phrase watch your own backyard and stay out of mine, come to mind. As for the banks I thinks we all can agree there is nothing but crooks and thieves in charge of this country’s monetary worth.

  • Greg February 27, 2014

    Why don’t we start by getting the truth out while trying to organize and boycott these companies this planet belongs to us as a whole I have the right to persue a better life for me and my family without  the worryof some evil organization plotting to destroy my future.we have to become organized and mentally focused that’s the way to destroy this evil plot we are infinitebeings there’s nothing we can’t do. the first thing we have to do is believe in ourselves. We bring about what we think about we change our thoughts we change our lives. If we could learn organized thinking it would create powerful vibrations that could change the world . Its a law of nature. We as a people one cell allow our selfs to be destracted by life TV and these devices these things control our thoughts that’s other secret