SunShine 2013/01/17 14:20:10

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, serves on the board of a George Soros-funded group that advocates a nuclear-free world.

The Ploughshares Fund has a long history of anti-war advocacy and is a partner of the Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies, which has urged the defunding of the Pentagon and massive decreases in U.S. defense capabilities, including slashing the American nuclear arsenal to 292 deployed weapons.

The Poughshares Fund has also partnered with a who’s who of the radical left, including Code Pink, the pro-Palestinian J Street, United for Peace & Justice, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the Demos progressive group, where Obama’s former green jobs czar, Van Jones, serves on the board.

Ploughshares Fund identifies itself as a “publicly supported foundation that funds, organizes and innovates projects to realize a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.”

The fund calls itself “the largest grant-making foundation in the U.S. focusing exclusively on peace and security issues.”

Since its founding in 1981 by San Francisco philanthropist and activist Sally Lilienthal, Ploughshares says it has awarded many hundreds of grants “whose aggregate value exceeded $60 million.”

The fund is in turn financed by a small number of foundations, including Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Buffett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Occupy, MoveOn, Soros

A primary Ploughshares donor is the Tides Foundation, a money tunnel in which leftist donors provide funds to finance other radical groups. Tides is itself funded by Soros.

Another grantee of Tides is Adbusters magazine, which is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Tides funds hundreds of radical groups. Its partners have been chief defenders of Hagel’s nomination.

Fenton Communications is a far-left public relations firm closely partnered with Tides that routinely crafts the public relations for Tides grantees, including J Street, MoveOn.org and other prominent far-left causes, organizations and activists, from Soros himself to Health Care for America Now to a litany of anti-war groups.

Discover the Networks documents how Ploughshares in 2007 hired Fenton Communications to create and administer something called the “Peace Primary,” an online contest in which Ploughshares grantees developed their own “peace platforms” on a wide range of topics such as the Iraq War and the genocide in Darfur.

Earlier this week, the Washington Free Beacon obtained emails showing a group of anti-Israel activists and journalists are engaged in a coordinated campaign to stifle criticism over Obama’s pick of Hagel by attacking the former Republican senator’s critics.

Fenton communications chief executive officer David Fenton participated in the email exchanges along with other progressive activists, the Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reported.

Former Fenton executive Jeremy Ben Ami now directs J Street, which has partnered with Ploughshares.

J Street supports talks with Hamas, is heavily critical of Israeli military actions aimed at curbing terrorism and is staunchly opposed to a military strike against Iran.

Discover The Networks notes how Ploughshares donated $25,000 to J Street “to support congressional advocacy and education against the use of a military resolution to the impasse over Iran’s nuclear program.”

Two months later, J Street produced a Web video and policy campaign urging against military force targeting Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Opposes U.S. missile defense

Ploughshares, meanwhile, opposes America’s development of a missile defense system and contributes to scores of anti-war groups highly critical of U.S. foreign policy and military expansion.

Ploughshares is directed by Joseph Cirincione, who served as an advisor on nuclear issues to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Cirincione also served as director of nuclear policy at the Center for American Progress.

Among the groups Ploughshares donates to the anti-Israel Americans for Peace Now, the Arms Control Association, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Center for Policy Alternatives, the Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity, the radical Citizen Action, Citizens for Environmental Justice, the Coalition for New Priorities and the radical the Institute for Policy Studies.

More grantees include the New America Foundation, the Nonviolent Peaceforce, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the Nuclear Freeze Foundation, the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, Peace Action, the Peace Studies Association, Physicians for Human Rights and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Ploughshares has also funded the Soros-financed Connect US Fund, which urges more U.N. helmets on U.S. troops, as well as the Center for American Progress, which is highly influential in informing White House policy.

Also on the list of Ploughshares grantees is The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which has long petitioned for the U.S. to reduce its nuclear stockpiles. According to Pavel Sudoplatov, a former major-general in Soviet intelligence, the work by the magazine editors was for the benefit of the Soviet Union.

Two of the magazine’s founding sponsors, Leo Szilard and Robert Oppenheimer, were accused of passing information from the Manhattan Project to the Soviets. Both were also key initiators of the Manhattan Project.

Ploughshares funds the International Crisis Group, a small organization that boasts Soros on its board and is a key promoter of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine used to justify the NATO airstrikes in Libya last year.

Massive defense slashes

Another Ploughshares grantee is the Institute for Policy Studies.

Ploughshares is listed on the institute’s website as a partner organization.

The institute works with the Center for American Progress to release an annual “Unified Security Budget,” which reportedly has influenced White House military policy. Previous recommendations from the two groups’ yearly Unified Security Budgets have been adapted by the Obama administration.

The 2012 budget, reviewed in full by WND, called on Obama to use the U.S. Armed Forces in part to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations and increase “peacekeeping” forces worldwide.

The budget called for massive, second-term slashes to the military budget. The savings are to be used to invest in “sustainable energy” and in fighting worldwide climate change.

The report makes clear the stated objective of transforming the U.S. Armed Forces to stress conflict resolution and diplomacy.

The report takes issue with the use of forces on the ground in various countries to secure or influence the longer-term strategic position of other nations.

It recommends scaling back all U.S. ground forces by 20 percent and reducing the Navy’s surface fleet by 20 percent, including two carriers and carrier combat air wings. It also calls for reducing the Air Force by two combat air wings while cutting standing peacetime overseas deployments in Europe and East Asia by up to 50,000 troops at a time.

The budget’s authors strongly argue for the reduction of the U.S. nuclear arsenal to no more than 292 deployed nuclear weapons and the complete elimination of the Trident II nuclear missile. It’s a process Obama already initiated in April 2010 when he signed a deal with Russia reducing stocks of weapons-grade plutonium.

The accord with Russia was signed at a nuclear summit in Washington arranged by Obama at which leaders of 47 nations committed to reducing the world’s nuclear stockpiles. One week earlier, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and Obama signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, committing both countries to reducing their deployed nuclear arsenals.

Obama had broadly proclaimed his disarmament intentions during a 2007 campaign speech: “Here’s what I’ll say as president: America seeks a world in which there are no nuclear weapons.”

By 2010, as president, he was arguing: “We need to change our nuclear policy and our posture, which is still focused on deterring the Soviet Union – a country that doesn’t exist.”

Obama’s declaration came just as Russia was signing a major arms deal with Syria and began to revive its Cold War-era naval bases in the Middle East, including in the Syrian ports of Tartus and Latakia on the Mediterranean.

The joint CAP and IPS report, meanwhile, recommends the U.S. cease all further development of missile defenses.

The report goes through a list of current missile defense programs, including Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Airborne Laser, Kinetic Energy Interceptors and a number of others, pushing for all programs to be cut.

“It is unwise to fund more advanced systems for missile defense while current ones have yet to be proven effective against their targeted threats,” complains the report.

The military’s vital Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation program is to be cut by $10 billion across the board.

Next on the chopping block: the complete cancellation of the second SSN-744 Virginia Class submarine. While the Unified Security Budget describes the new model as “unnecessary to address any of the threats facing the United States today” and “a weapon looking for an enemy,” the SSN-774 is designed for covert collection of intelligence, transportation of special operations teams, and launching of tactical Tomahawk missiles – flexible capabilities tailored to rapid responses required by the 21st-century’s conflicts with irregular combatants.

Similarly targeted for cancellation are the V-22 Osprey helicopter and the Navy and Marine Corps versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Combating ‘global warming’

The 2012 Unified report sets the tone of its lofty agenda by demanding immediate reductions in the military’s already heavily slashed budget. But there is one exception requiring massive increases in funding – any spending that funds “alternative energy” or that focuses Defense Department resources on combating “climate change as a security threat.”

The report authors recommend investing “the lion’s share” of the few allotted military increases in addressing the “threat” of so-called climate change.

The report wants Obama to take billions of dollars from the U.S. military and instead use them for a “green stimulus.”

These groups also envision the military as a tool to fight so-called global warming. In 2011, the IPS released a 40-page CAP-endorsed report titled “The Green Dividend,” a term the IPS defines as “a major shift of resources from the military budget to sustainable energy.”

The IPS research paper identifies the Pentagon as the “largest institutional energy user – and greenhouse gas emitter – on the planet,” arguing that if it undertook a “crash program” to convert to renewable energy sources and clean vehicles, it could make a significant impact on global emissions.

The IPS calls on the Pentagon to contribute to a green world “by simply getting out of the way,by handing over unneeded military installations to be converted into green job incubators.”

The report lauds Obama’s first-ever U.S. Global Development Policy, which was issued in September 2010 and declares that the primary purpose of our development aid is to pursue broad-based economic growth as the means to fight global poverty.

The report goes on to recommend that massive funds be sent to combat global woes, including an increase of $3.5 billion to “Global Health” investment and $2.14 billion to support United Nations peacekeeping and ensure that the United States does not fall behind in U.N. payments.

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    • Cat 2013/01/18 08:31:02
      Too many words. But I suppose so.
    • USAF Vet 2013/01/18 07:49:25
      USAF Vet
      I'm most suspicious of anyone Odumbo keeps in his company.
    • Woof 2013/01/18 07:03:00
      If Obama likes him then you know he'll help Obama nation dismantle. Anything Soro's is involved in is really bad news. Soro's should be band from America. England learned the hard way and we should take their lead. Soro's should be banned from anything American.
    • SunShine Woof 2013/01/18 07:48:52
      he should be banned from the universe
    • Woof SunShine 2013/01/18 17:44:46
      Absolutely.the British were correct in banning him. He's a monster. He is evil and he has been messing around in our politics. He's a danger to all countries.
    • Roger47 2013/01/18 05:29:11
      War is a bad thing. It costs us billions (Iraq, a trillion) and kills too many of our troops, and innocents. It would be a good thing if our Secretary of Defense views war as a last resort. I hope Hagel gets the job. For a Republican he is a very smart guy!
    • Chokmah 2013/01/18 05:06:19
      God, I like Hagel more and more.... we have to get this guy approved.
    • Wayne 2013/01/18 01:21:49
      If the man or woman is wrong for the job Obama hires them every time.
    • Murph 65 2013/01/18 00:47:35
      Murph 65
      Sounds to me like this is exactly why he wants him. Great post!!!!!
    • dru dixon 2013/01/18 00:28:12
      dru dixon
      I think Hagel has served his country enough with his purple hearts in Nam that he knows that war should be the last resort not the first!
    • cutter'... dru dixon 2013/01/18 03:32:10
    • dru dixon cutter'... 2013/01/18 16:18:26
      dru dixon
      I have no idea what that means!
    • cutter'... dru dixon 2013/01/18 16:39:42
    • dru dixon cutter'... 2013/01/18 16:45:09
      dru dixon
      I assume you are talking about Hagel? How did money corrupt him? I am not being a wise ass I am just curious.
    • cutter'... dru dixon 2013/01/18 17:19:59
    • dru dixon cutter'... 2013/01/18 18:35:04
      dru dixon
      I think the military budget could use some slashing. We have bases left over and still being used from WW2!
    • Andrew 2013/01/17 23:16:15
      Anyone this President picks as Defense Secretary is somebody I would NOT trust!
    • kaZappoo 2013/01/17 23:02:30
      and a NWO advocate !
    • kaZappoo kaZappoo 2013/01/17 23:14:09
      and more ...

      Hagel was the only senator out of 100 who refused to sign the American Jewish Committee's 1999 statement against anti-Semitism in Russia.
      Hagel was one of only a handful of Senators who refused to sign a bipartisan letter to the European Union to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations.
      Hagel strongly opposed the enhanced interrogation of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists after 9/11 that helped prevent more terrorist attacks on our homeland.
      Hagel voted to invade Iraq and then, almost immediately, joined the left in attacking the efforts of our troops on the ground.
      Hagel currently serves as Chairman of the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy blog. On December 11, 2012 the Atlantic Council published a front page article titled "Israel's Apartheid Policy," appropriating a term, "apartheid," which Israel's bitterest enemies use to justify calls for its annihilation.
      Hagel referred to the "Jewish lobby" in comments he made in 2006, conjuring up the image of rich, powerful Jews pulling the strings of Washington which is a staple of the hate speech of jihadis and neo-Nazis.
    • Murph 65 kaZappoo 2013/01/18 00:49:02
      Murph 65
      Sounds like Hagel may have spent a lot of time at the feet of "Old Scary Dude" himself, Soros.
    • kaZappoo Murph 65 2013/01/18 01:50:01
      Hmmmm....Imagine that !
    • Murph 65 kaZappoo 2013/01/18 19:41:53
      Murph 65
      I wish I could un-imagine it.
    • Chokmah kaZappoo 2013/01/18 05:10:08
    • templer003 2013/01/17 22:35:19
      I guess that we will just have to see their anti Americanism, and then raise them one 1776 eh ??
    • srini 2013/01/17 22:10:24
      Basically, it's a given that Hagel is only as much a veteran as Murtha -- an absolute atrocity to whichsoever force he "served" with!
    • Todd The Libertarian 2013/01/17 21:53:44
    • SunShine Todd Th... 2013/01/17 21:59:46
      after reading the info above.. only a liberal could say that.
    • Todd Th... SunShine 2013/01/17 22:46:17
    • SunShine Todd Th... 2013/01/18 01:59:10
      listen big mouth.. you don't know who you are talking to so best to remain silent..I am not a Republican..but ex democrat now Independent..
      As for veterans.. I have the utmost respect for our vets and have done many blogs in their honor in the past 5 years.. I don't want your apology.. just leave. good bye.
    • cutter'... Todd Th... 2013/01/18 03:35:05
    • goatman112003 2013/01/17 21:32:00
      Thats a given, His job is to take the Defense dept apart and he totally doesn't give a fig about Israel and says its fine if the Iranians get the bomb. Its pure Soros plain and simple and Obama loves it.
    • texasred 2013/01/17 20:37:57
      Hmmm... is it that Obama wants Hagel? Or is it that Soros told Obama he wants Hagel? Whichever it is, you've definitely found a humongous nugget of information that sheds another nasty light on Obama,
    • kaZappoo texasred 2013/01/17 23:06:25
      well NOW were getting to the truth ,,obie's masters are telling obieBOY who to place ,,

      hagle is an advocate in the NWO as well ....
    • Murph 65 texasred 2013/01/18 00:50:10
      Murph 65
      I'm voting for Soros told the big O he wants Hagel. Wouldn't surprise me one iota.
    • texasred Murph 65 2013/01/18 00:51:03
      That works, too!
    • Rodney 2013/01/17 20:30:08
      No doubt in my mind. They know we can never become subservient to the UN's plans being armed and with the greatest defenses. Gun control for the citizens and a neutered military would and will allow the Leftist Marxist movement to enslave ALL Americans. We WILL become a third world nation ruled by a dictatorial group of elitists.
    • kaZappoo Rodney 2013/01/17 23:08:41
      only if the patriots allow this to happen "I know how you & I feel" . but the rest minght have to fend for them selves !

      and the programmed liberals wont ever listen to common sense !
    • Rodney kaZappoo 2013/01/17 23:31:37
      SO very true. Obie is creating a greater divide then we have ever had in this country. Meanwhile, the elected Republicans are floundering for their backbones.
    • RevJim 2013/01/17 20:29:14
      This is the Normal for this administration!
    • SunShine RevJim 2013/01/17 20:51:42
      nothing about this administration is 'normal' .. but I get your meaning.

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