Skip to comments.Meet Robert Pastor: Father of the North American Union
Posted on 07/26/2006 2:39:27 AM PDT by Trupolitik
Robert Pastor intends to give away U.S. sovereignty to a newly forming North American Union exactly as he gave away the Panama Canal to Panama during Jimmy Carters presidency.
As we are taught in grade school, George Washington is the Father of our nation. If the North American Union comes into existence as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) asserts, then we all better get prepared for a new hero. Robert Pastor is the person most likely to be proclaimed the father of the North American Union, a designation consistent with his decades-long history of viewing U.S. national interests through the lens of an extreme leftist almost anti-American political philosophy.
Dr. Pastors early professional career involved a working association with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Here he participated on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Latin America, which produced a 1977 report, The Southern Connection: Recommendations for a New Approach to Inter-American Relations, arguing for the U.S. to abandon our anti-communist allies in Latin America in favor of supporting ideological pluralism, a code word for the revolutionary socialist forces taking hold in Latin America, including the communist Sandanistas and other revolutionary terrorist groups that were developing in countries such as El Salvador. Author David Horowitzs discoverTheNetworks.org identifies the IPS as Americas oldest leftwing think tank that has long supported Communist and Anti-American causes around the world, with a place for KGB agents from the Soviet embassy in Washington to convene and strategize.
From February 1975 to January 1977, Dr. Pastor was executive director of the Linowitz Commission on U.S./Latin American Relations. The Linowitz Commission supported President Carters decision to negotiate a treaty to turn over the Panama Canal to Panama. Pastor left the Linowitz Commission to join become director of the Office of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs in the National Security Council in the Carter White House. There Pastor served as Carters point man in getting the Senate to narrowly vote for the Carter-Torrijos Treaty on April 18, 1978, despite staunch objections from conservative politicians including Ronald Reagan.
In December 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Pastor to be U.S. ambassador to Panama. Pastors nomination was approved by a 16-3 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his confirmation looked virtually certain. The nomination failed, however, and was withdrawn by the administration in February 1995, after then-Sen. Jesse Helms (R.-N.C.) swore to prevent a Senate vote on Pastors nomination. Helms, who had vehemently opposed the turn-over of the Panama Canal, placed much of the blame squarely on Pastor, declaring when he opposed Pastors nomination that Pastor presided over one of the most disastrous and humiliating periods in the history of U.S. involvement in Latin America. Helms also claimed that Pastor bore responsibility for what Helms saw as a Carter administration cover-up of alleged involvement by Nicaraguas Sandinista government in arms shipments to leftist rebels in El Salvador.
Dr. Pastor has also co-authored a 1989 book with his long-time friend, Jorge G. Castañeda, who began his career as a member of the Mexican Communist Party. Castañeda, a life-long admirer of the radical left, published in 1998 an admiring biography of the revolutionary hero Che Guevara. Castañeda, like Pastor, has sought to work in government positions to implement his theories, not satisfied to be a political scientist who writes books and teaches at universities. Castañeda too has mixed his career as a government employee by alternating time spent as an author of more than a dozen books and a university professor at various times on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University, and the New York University.
Castañeda was an aggressively pro-illegal immigration foreign minister when he accompanied President Vincente Fox in the U.S. in 2001. Those were the days when Vincente Fox was declaring himself to be the president of 100 million Mexicans at home and 23 million Mexicans in the United States. Castañeda also attended with President Fox on a three-day state visit to pre-9/11 Washington. There in a joint statement on Sept. 6, 2001, the two leaders announced a bilateral Partnership for Prosperity, which after 9/11 evolved into the trilateral summit statement of a Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, announced in Waco, Tex., on March 23, 2005. Castañeda is probably best remembered for telling in 2001 a group of mostly Latino union workers that Mexico was going to press for the whole enchilada, intending to legalize all illegal Mexicans aliens in the U.S.
In his pressing enthusiasm for realizing the NAU, Robert Pastor argued in a 2004 article in CFRs Foreign Affairs, entitled North Americas Second Decade, that the United States would benefit by giving up U.S. national Sovereignty. Countries are benefited, he wrote, when they changed these [national sovereignty] policies, and evidence suggests that North Americans are ready for a new relationship that renders this old definition of sovereignty obsolete.
Characteristically, Dr. Pastor has seen the U.S. as a North American bully that needs to be restrained, for the good of the region and possibly even for the good of the world. On Oct. 21, 2003, he testified to the House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere affairs along these lines:
A new approach to the Americas needs to begin with some humility and a willingness to bridge the post-Iraq gap. The United States needs to realize that its power has limits and obligations. U.S. power can compel other governments to take our agenda seriously, but if we brandish it or ignore other views, we unintentionally invite resistance or simply no cooperation. To achieve our goals in the region (and elsewhere), we need to listen more and lecture less.
In 2004, Dr. Pastor declared his support for the presidential campaign of John Kerry. Dr. Pastors 19-page curriculum vitae (c.v.) on the website of American University where he is currently a faculty member documents that Dr. Pastor has served as an adviser to every Democratic Party presidential candidate for three decades, since he first supported Jimmy Carter in 1976.
Dr. Pastor was the co-chair of the May 2005 CFR report, Building a North American Community, argued that the Security and Prosperity Partnership signed by President Bush with Mexico and Canada on March 23, 2005 should become by 2010 a North American economic and security community, the boundaries of which would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter. According to his published c.v., Dr. Pastor was the principal editor of this CFR report as well as the vice chair of the task force that produced it.
The May 2005 CFR task force report made clear that the borders between the U.S. and Mexico and between the U.S. and Canada would be erased, with the only border to be protected to be around North America. As the report stated on page 3, the boundaries of the North American Union will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. The outer security perimeter referred specifically to the border around Canada, the U.S., and Mexico -- such that the borders between these countries would be virtually erased. Dr. Pastor left no doubt about his view of U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in his June 2005 testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
Instead of stopping North Americans on the borders, we ought to provide them with a secure, biometric Border Pass that would ease transit across the border like an E-Z pass permits our cars to speed through toll booths.
Note that Dr. Pastors reference was to North Americans, a term he meant to replace the current designations of Mexicans, Americans, and Canadians, much as he also was arguing for the NAU to replace the USA.
Dr. Pastor himself proclaims that the May 2005 CFR task force report on which he was vice chair and principal editor was a blueprint for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP.gov). In his June 2005 testimony to the U.S. Senate, Dr. Pastor informed the Foreign Relations Committee of this link:
Entitled Building a North American Community, the report offered a blueprint of the goals that the three countries of North America should pursue and the steps needed to achieve these goals.
The CFR report, under Robert Pastors direction, recommended expanding the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) into a North American military command, creating a North American Development Fund to help pay for Mexicos economic development, establishing a North American Union Court to resolve disputes, establishing a North American Advisory Council to serve as the NAU executive branch, and creating a North American Inter-Parliamentary Group to act as NAU lawmaker. These recommendations derive directly from Robert Pastors many published books and papers, as well as his extensive professional testimony to Congress and groups such as the Tri-Lateral Commission. His most comprehensive statement of his views on creating the NAU by transforming NAFTA into a political entity were expressed in his 2001 book, "Toward a North American Community", where he also advocated the creation of a common NAU currency, the Amero, as first proposed by Canadian economist Herbert Grubel.
Critics who argue that the NAU is a conspiracy theory are well advised to take a hard look at Robert Pastor. With U.S. policy toward Latin America, Dr. Pastor first approached the issue in writing (for the radical IPS, as we have noted), next as a university professor, and finally as a government official. Had John Kerry won the 2004 presidential election, Robert Pastor most likely would have emerged with a government position from which he could have pursued his NAU agenda. Given the re-election of George Bush, Dr. Pastor has surfaced within the CFR, an influential think-tank NGO whose history of impacting U.S. policy would suggest the CFR impact on SPP.gov could easily be more than academic.
You put a < then a p (for paragraph) or a br (for break), then a >. I'll bill you for the HTML lesson later. :)
Does anyone have a ping list for this? I think I saw one last week...
A curse on these people and all of their works, including Morton Halperin (Commie Clinton butt boy).
I've created a ping list for the North American Union topic, but sometimes I'm pretty slow at posting ping lists to new threads when they pop up. (I have a life y'know...) If anyone would like to administer the ping list, let me know and I'll Freepmail it to you.
IMO, this topic is going to be BIG in the coming months and years, and right now most people don't have a clue that it exists.
Debit my Amero account. Thanks bud. ;-)
Brings to mind the "Greater East-Asia co-prosperity sphere".
....." a conclusion could be reliably drawn that the person drafting and proposing the legislation drew from Pastor's writings and intended to advance his political agenda to create a "North American Union."....
So now we also have to deal with traitors on the Senate's staff??????
Quite frankly, I find so many of the talk radio show hosts to be so uninformed, it's amazing. What do they do all day? Don't they prepare for their show by researching topics? I guess not.
So, sink, is this the same Jerome Corsi you warned me has a "conspiracy theory" agenda with a book to sell? What side of this issue are you REALLY on?
Sounds to me as though Corsi, far from being a conspiracy theorist with a book to sell, is trying his level best to preserve the sovereignty of the US and expose the machinery working below the surface to undermine our sovereignty and create a North American Union.
That would be great. mail it to me, and little instruction on how to use it. I pretty much news hound this issue when I can, so I dont mind administering it.
Send it to me.
Thanks for the ping! I'm glad people are taking interest in this issue. Despite the naysayers who believe our Admin. can do no wrong, I feel this, along with the threat of Islamofacism, are the most important issues of our time.
Nowhere does it show the members involved, except the Ministers of the three governments.
I dont know, but I heard Dr. Corsi in an interview on Israel National Radio talking about it. It appears he is going to whomever will listen.
I learned what I needed to know about these things by going straight to the top---where it says File Edit View and so forth. Click View and then Page Source. It shows you the whole page in html. It's no fun reading it but you find what you want in the web page and find how it's done in the html. For unusual or complicated stuff I keep a desktop file with sample codes; and a document with the code for posting images, too.
If you want to learn html you should copy it keystroke by keystroke every time; if you just want to use html, cut and paste from a handy document is the way to go.
keeping an inventory of handy html code is a good idea. Thanks.
"I would like more background on this Pastor critter. Where he was born. His family. Ethnic extraction. Early education. Where he was raised. This guy is AWFUL!!!!"
This was posted by Calcowgirl yesterday.
Here is some old background on Pastor.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 18, 1994
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES INTENT TO NOMINATE ROBERT A. PASTOR
AS AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
The President today announced his intent to nominate Robert A. Pastor, of Georgia, as Ambassador to the Republic of Panama.
Dr. Pastor has been Professor of Political Science at Emory University and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program at Emory's Carter Center since 1986. The author of nine books and over 200 articles on U. S. foreign policy and Latin America, he also served as Executive Secretary of the Council of Freely- Elected Heads of Government, a group of 23 hemispheric leaders led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The Council has monitored elections in eight countries in the Americas, including Panama, Nicaragua, and Haiti.
Robert Pastor was the Director of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs on the National Security Council during the Carter Administration. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Linowitz Commission on U. S.-Latin American Relations, a private group that recommended new Panama Canal Treaties.
Dr. Pastor was born on April 10, 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. He received his B.A. from Lafayette College, his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. A Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, his languages are Spanish and Malay/Indonesian. He is married to the former Margaret E. McNamara. They have two children, Tiffin Margaret, age 13, and Robert Kiplin, age 11.
15 posted on 07/25/2006 7:50:54 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies | Report Abuse ]