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By Cliff Kincaid

December 2, 2008

CNN’s “Late Edition” Sunday program featured the views of several observers, including so-called “Republican strategist” Ed Rollins, who could find nothing objectionable in any of President-elect Barack Obama’s controversial pro-U.N. nominations in the foreign policy arena. Rollins’ views were indistinguishable from those of Democratic Party strategist James Carville.

Host Wolf Blitzer commented, “It says a lot, Ed Rollins—correct me if I’m wrong—about his self-confidence, Barack Obama, that he’s bringing in these major figures with a lot of experience and a lot of personality and a lot of strong ideas, in the sense that he’s not afraid that they’re going to fight each other and fight him.”

Rollins replied, in part: “I think that’s one of the greatest compliments to him, is that he’s not afraid of smart, strong people around him.”

This is what passes for media scrutiny of Obama’s foreign policy picks.

In fact, there is much to question. Two nominees in particular—Senator Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice—were close associates of Brookings Institution president Strobe Talbott, an advocate of world government who was named as a trusted contact of the Russian Intelligence service while he was in the Clinton Administration. The charge, which was denied by Talbott, was featured in the blockbuster book, Comrade J, based on interviews with a prominent Russian defector from the U.N.

Talbott wrote a book this year, The Great Experiment, describing his own background in the pro-world government World Federalist Movement and naming a network of friends and close associates that includes former President Bill Clinton and billionaire leftist George Soros. The purpose of Talbott’s book is to promote “global governance,” a euphemism for world government. It is defined in the subtitle as “The Quest for a Global Nation.”

With the nominations of Clinton as Secretary of State and Rice as United Nations Ambassador, Obama’s global agenda is becoming clear. He wants to dramatically expand the power of the U.N., a corrupt global institution that is infested with spies for foreign and hostile interests. Obama’s record in the Senate included sponsorship of the pro-U.N. Global Poverty Act and co-sponsorship of the Jubilee Act. These two foreign aid spending measures alone would cost $920 billion to implement.

Obama also wants to pass several controversial U.N. treaties and says that he would consider joining the International Criminal Court, a U.N. institution that could prosecute American soldiers for “war crimes.”

But you wouldn’t know any of this if you had been watching CNN’s officially designated “Republican strategist” Ed Rollins on Sunday. “Hillary Clinton—16 years experience, eight as first lady, eight as a United States senator,” said Rollins. “You couldn’t pick a better person that has traveled the world and knows the players.” Asked for his opinion of Susan Rice and others, Rollins said, “Extraordinary talent. And I think the interesting thing is, even though I’m the opposite party, these are people that are widely respected by Republicans on the Hill.”

If Rollins is correct about Capitol Hill Republicans, it indicates that the Republican Party is in even worse shape than commonly believed.

Mrs. Clinton, as First Lady, was a cheerleader for the U.N. and made a video appearance at a 1999 conference sponsored by the World Federalist Association (WFA), a group openly dedicated to world government financed by global taxes. President Bill Clinton had previously sent a message to the group on the occasion of the WFA’s awarding of a “global governance” award to Talbott, who had been his Deputy Secretary of State in charge of Russian affairs.

A former Time magazine journalist, Talbott wrote favorably about world government in a notorious column entitled “The Birth of the Global Nation.”

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