Why is this not a surprise? Somehow I missed this last month, but it sure seems a worthwhile read for this moment, a few days post-BREXIT referendum. I have found it very unveiling, for myself, at least.
“…according to journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, the European project was a CIA-inspired scheme from the start… Evans-Pritchard recalled that “Brexiteers should have been prepared for the shattering intervention of the US,” since “the European Union always was an American project.”… taking a look back through archival history, one finds that “it was Washington that drove European integration in the late 1940s,”, and Washington that “funded it covertly under the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.”
“As for the figure of Jean Monnet, the French economist and diplomat considered to be one of the founding fathers of the European Union, he “looms large in the federalist pantheon, the eminence grise of supranational villainy” among British eurosceptics, but “few are aware that he spent much of his life in America, and served as war-time eyes and ears of Franklin Roosevelt.”… Charles de Gaulle, an opponent of supranational Europe and a staunch supporter of French sovereignty, “thought [Monnet to be] an American agent, as indeed he was in a loose sense.”
“The archives, Evans-Pritchard adds, show that the CIA essentially “treated some of the EU’s ‘founding fathers’ as hired hands,” and even “actively prevented them [from] finding alternative funding that would have broken reliance on Washington.”… “what they [the archives] [do] show is that the American ‘deep state’ was in up to its neck” with the project which has now morphed into the 28-nation European Union.
“While Evans-Pritchard’s argument about Russia posing a threat to a disunited Europe is highly debatable, the questions he raises about the CIA’s role in the creation of the European supranational project are highly relevant. How can any self-respecting Briton, or European for that matter, support a project that was cooked up across the Atlantic for the purpose of maintaining Washington’s Cold War hegemony?“
If supporters of the UK’s exit from the European Union didn’t have enough reasons to vote yes on exit, they may have just got another one: according to journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, the European project was a CIA-inspired scheme from the start.
In a recent piece for The Telegraph, commenting on President Obama’s trip to the UK earlier this month to attempt to convince the island nation to vote against Brexit, Evans-Pritchard recalled that “Brexiteers should have been prepared for the shattering intervention of the US,” since “the European Union always was an American project.”
In fact, the journalist recalled, taking a look back through archival history, one finds that “it was Washington that drove European integration in the late 1940s,”, and Washington that “funded it covertly under the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.”
Contrary to popular belief among some in Europe that the US may have viewed European integration as a threat, the project was in actually always seen as an “anchor to American regional interests alongside NATO,” all the way back to its inception.Evans-Pritchard recalled that the May 1950 Schuman Declaration, the proposal by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman to create the European Coal and Steel Community, which “set the tone of Franco-German reconciliation – and would lead by stages to the European Community – was cooked up by the US Secretary of State Dean Acheson at a meeting in Foggy Bottom” (in Washington DC).
And it was the Truman administration “that browbeat the French to reach a modus vivendi with Germany in the early post-war years, even threatening to cut off US Marshall aid at a furious meeting with recalcitrant French leaders [if] they resisted in September 1950.”
Truman’s motive at the time was obvious, the journalist suggests. “The Yalta settlement…
Read the rest here: https://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/about-that-eu-thing-did-you-know-this-eu-was-a-cia-project-from-the-beginning-vt-5-1-16/