Flashback: The Domination of Barack Obama By The Trilateral Commission

Trilateral CommissionTrilateral Commission Members Pete Peterson, Paul Volker, David Rockefeller and Alan Greenspan - Photo: Brian Stanton
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The Trilateral Commission has been dedicated to creating a “New International Economic Order” (NIEO) since 1973, when it was founded by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski. The NIEO is modeled after historic Technocracy that was defined in the 1930s as a replacement economic system for Capitalism and Free Enterprise. Their strategy to accomplish these goals is still in play today, and very close to completion.

Upon entering office on January 20. 2009, Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days. 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 had been groomed for the presidency by key members of the Trilateral Commission. Most notably, Zbigniew Brzezinski has been Obama’s principal foreign policy advisor.

According to official Trilateral Commission membership list, 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.

Obama’s Trilateral appointees included:

  • 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.

It also must be noted that the current U.S. Trade Representative, who is the lead architect and negotiator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the upcoming Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership , is Trilateral Michael Froman. In fact out of 12 USTR appointments starting with the Carter Administration, 9 out of 12 have been members of the Trilateral Commission.

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, including Ashton Carter who was appointed on February 17, 2015.

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.

Undue Influence

The concept of “undue influence” screams from the rooftops 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.

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.

Hidden in Plain Sight

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 overlaps in corporate directorships and direct stock ownership.

Obama’s Climate Change Policies

Trilateral Commission member John Podesta is single-handedly responsible for Obama’a climate-change policy. According to the New York Times, “the architect of Mr. Obama’s climate change plan is none other than his senior counselor, John D. Podesta.” This could not be any more plain. 

Podesta accepted an appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to Obama for Climate Change on January 1, 2014. His immediately prior position was as an appointee to a U.N. panel called the “High-Level Panel of Emminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” This 27-member panel essentially crafted the 2030 Agenda and climate change policies that were adopted by the U.N. in September and December 2015. 

Additionally, in the 1990s Podesta served as Chief-of-Staff for President William Clinton, where he invented and perfected the policy of ruling by Executive Orders. It has been openly acknowledged that Podesta coached President Obama in the same techniques.


There is no escaping the fact that the Trilateral Commission has dominated the United States Executive branch since the Carter Administration in 1976. The hegemony continues under President Barack Hussein Obama. The original goal of the Trilateral Commission in 1973 was to create a “New International Economic Order”, which they have largely done under the guise of Sustainable Development with the collaboration and force of the United Nations.

ED. NOTE: Names of Trilateral Commission members are in bold for easy identification.

About the Editor

Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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My God, how much time is left? With the current events on the economy, Mideast, social unrest, shredding of the Constitution and our rights…it seems there is very little time left.


So basically we’re screwed. We all knew this anyway. Waking up achieved zilch. So either they wrote the script and made it appear to be ancient, or Jesus really is on his way.

Jerry Bresser

Scary indeed. I wonder how Donald Trump would react if presented with this information?

john Smith

The Communist Nations are based on a corrupt economic system and Americas ancestors knew this and put into policy a no trade or economic partnership against it. 1970’s those trade barriers were removed by the Trilateral Commission, Council of Foreign Relations and Central banks. The working class citizens in the Communist states dont have access to ownership of private property, which is owned by the state government. In America, working class people have rights to this same property and usually are in a mortgage to acquire such property. When an economic slowdown exceeds the outdated, under valued unemployment insurance period… Read more »

john Smith

The trilateral commission was ment to mean 3 economies, Americas, European and Japan. 1970-1980, trade restrictions were removed and opened to China and Russia. The Communist Manifesto states that Communism has a dedicated and committed goal to spread its communist marxism- Leninism by global international trade policy negotiations. Since 1980, America has adopted those policies and changed industrial union labor policy practices and agricultural policies to mirror that of communist nations. Also government practice of governing as mafia organized crime by government official so to use policy and economic crisis in any sector they want to, being established by corrupted… Read more »

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