(Author’s Update: 2/7/09 – I have gone down another rabbit hole and will not post for a day or two; this particular web is getting intricate….be back soon.)


Every time I turn around I am running smack dab into a neon CFR signpost.  If you have not been paying attention, go here to learn about the Council on Foreign Relations, Paul Warburg, J.P. Morgan, and not to be forgotten, David Rockefeller who believes that given the proper global crisis, countries would be lining up to be part of the New World Order.

Earlier this evening I started writing a post on Bambi’s Economic Advisory Board.  One can only take so much of the insanity of the appointees and the deaf ears of our elected officials before one just has to take a break and let the thrill of the hunt rekindle.

This little puzzle started with the special envoys, and because of all of the fear mongering coming from “Bush 3”, you probably have not thought too much about one in particular; Richard Holbrooke as special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

From the CFR’s website: (bold emphasis is mine.)

Richard C. Holbrooke

Vice Chairman, Perseus LLC

Ambassador Holbrooke is vice chairman of Perseus LLC, a leading private equity firm. He is the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and member of the cabinet (1999-2001). He was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement (which ended the war in Bosnia), assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs (1994-96), U.S. ambassador to Germany (1993-94), assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs (1977-81), and a member of Averell Harriman’s delegation at the 1968-69 Paris Peace talks on Vietnam. He has also served as vice chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston, managing director of Lehman Brothers, managing editor of Foreign Policy, and director of the Peace Corps in Morocco. Ambassador Holbrooke has received seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations; is the author of To End A War; and is the co-author of Counsel to the President and one volume of the Pentagon Papers. He is the chairman of the Asia Society, chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, president and CEO of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, and serves on numerous boards. He is based in New York, NY.

As I was running through the list of the Board of Directors of the CFR, a few names started to look strangely familiar, and I, of course, became curious.

Frank J. Caufield

Co-Founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Mr. Caufield is a co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a venture capital firm. Prior to the formation of KPCB in 1978, he was a general partner and manager of Oak Grove Ventures, a venture capital partnership located in Menlo Park, California. He is a past president of both the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Caufield has served on the boards of Quantum Corporation, Caremark Inc., AOL, Inc., Megabios, Verifone Inc., Wyse Technology, and Quickturn Corporation. He is currently the lead independent director of Time Warner. He also serves as a director of the U.S. Russia Investment Fund, Refugees International, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. He has served as chairman of the Child Abuse Prevention Society of San Francisco. He is based in San Francisco, CA.

What makes Frank Caufield interesting to me is that one of his partners, John Doerr has just been named to Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board along with Jim Owens of Caterpillar.

James W. Owens

Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar Inc.

Mr. Owens is chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc. After joining the company in 1972 as a corporate economist, he has held numerous management positions. In 1995, he was named a group president and member of Caterpillar’s Executive Office. Over the next eight years as a group president, he was at various times responsible for 13 of the company’s 25 divisions. In December 2003, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named him vice chairman and appointed him chairman and chief executive officer effective February 1, 2004. He is a director of IBM and Alcoa Inc., as well as the Institute of International Economics. Mr. Owens is a member of the Business Council, Business Roundtable, and the Manufacturing Council in Washington, DC, and the Global Advisory Council to the Conference Board in New York. He is based in Peoria, IL.

Here is the complete list of the Board of Directors of CFR and you will notice that they are quite an interesting mix of finance, legal and media.  Scroll down for the International Advisory Board, the Corporate Membership, and of course, Bambi’s Economic Advisory Board.

I thought you might like to take a look at this also:

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board (IAB), established by the Board of Directors in 1995 under the chairmanship of David Rockefeller, Honorary Chairman of the Council, meets annually in conjunction with the fall Board meeting to offer perspectives on a broad range of matters of concern to the Council. IAB members are invited to comment on institutional programs and strategic directions, and on practical opportunities for collaboration between the Council and institutions abroad. They also provide invaluable international insights into U.S. foreign policy in discussions on a variety of issues—from the need for new strategies and institutions for the twenty-first century, to the value of multilateral approaches toward world problems, to ways to foster democratization.

The IAB includes the following distinguished individuals:

Peter G. Peterson, Chairman, International Advisory Board
Chairman Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations;
Senior Chairman and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group

Syed Babar Ali
(Pakistan) Chairman, Interbank; Advisor, Packages Limited; Former Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Planning, Pakistan

Khalid A. Alturki
(Saudi Arabia), Chairman, Trading and Development Company (TRADCO)

Mukesh D. Ambani
(India), Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Ahmad E. Bishara
(Kuwait), Secretary-General, National Democratic Movement

Mark C. Chona
(Zambia), Chairman and CEO, Sumika Consultancy and Management Services Ltd.; former Political Adviser to the President of Zambia

Gustavo A. Cisneros
(Venezuela), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisneros Group of Companies

Gerhard Cromme
(Germany) Chairman, Supervisory Board, ThyssenKrupp AG

Abdel Raouf El Reedy
(Egypt) Chairman, Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs

Jacob A. Frenkel
(Israel), Vice Chairman, American International Group; former Governor, Bank of Israel

Mikhail Fridman
(Russia), Chairman, Alfa Bank

Toyoo Gyohten
(Japan), President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs; former Vice Minister of Finance, Japan

Baba Gana Kingibe
(Nigeria), AU Special Representative in the Sudan; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria

Yotaro Kobayashi
(Japan), Chief Corporate Adviser, Fuji Xerox Company, Ltd.

Rahmi M. Koç
(Turkey), Honorary Chairman, Koç Holdings A.S.

Luiz Felipe Lampreia
(Brazil), Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais; former Foreign Minister of Brazil

Maurice Lévy
(France), Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Publicis Groupe

Brian Mulroney
(Canada), former Prime Minister of Canada; Senior Partner, Ogilvy Renault

Sari Nusseibeh
(Palestinian Authority), President, Al Quds University

Sadako Ogata
(Japan), President, Japan International Cooperation Agency; former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

Lubna S. Olayan
(Saudi Arabia), Chief Executive Officer, Olayan Financing Company

Ana Palacio
(Spain), Senior Vice President, International Affairs and Marketing, AREVA

Surin Pitsuwan
(Thailand), Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations; former Foreign Minister of Thailand

Prannoy Roy
(India), President, New Delhi Television Ltd.

Zalman Shoval
(Israel), Head, Foreign Policy Bureau, Likud Party; former Israeli Ambassador to the United States

Khehla Shubane
(South Africa), Director, RMB Holdings

Washington SyCip
(Philippines), Chairman and Founder, SGV Group; Chairman, Asian Institute of Management

Horst M. Teltschik
(Germany), Chairman, Teltschik Associates GmbH

Jacob Wallenberg
(Sweden), Chairman of the Board, Investor AB

Jusuf Wanandi
(Indonesia) Senior Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta)

Shirley V. T. Brittain Williams
(United Kingdom), Member, House of Lords

Yuan Ming
(China), Director, Institute for International Relations, Beijing University

Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León
(Mexico), former President of Mexico; Director, Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University

Want to peruse the Corporate Membership Roster?  I strongly suggest that you actually read the list and not just skim over it – you will see numerous names you now know the dirt about since the investigation of this bought presidency.

Please notice that GE is on this list among many others, and Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE is on the Economic Advisory Board.  How many want to place bets that Oracle will be adding their name to this list as the President of Oracle is also on the EAB?

Corporate Membership

(as of February 07, 2009)


Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Hess Corporation
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Nasdaq OMX

President’s Circle

Alcoa, Inc.
American Express Company
American International Group, Inc.
Basic Element
Bennett Jones LLP
BP p.l.c.
Bridgewater Associates, Inc.
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
Credit Suisse
Eni S.p.A.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Guardsmark LLC
H.J. Heinz Company
Investcorp International, Inc.
Kingdon Capital
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Korn/Ferry International
Landor Associates
Lazard LLC
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Mars, Inc.
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Moody’s Investors Service
Morgan Stanley
New Media Investments
Nike, Inc.
Pfizer, Inc.
Reliance Industries Limited
Rio Tinto
Rohatyn Group, The
Sanko Holding
Soros Fund Management
Standard Chartered Bank
Starwood Capital Group
Strategic Real Estate Advisors
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Veritas Capital


ABC News
Access Industries, Inc.
ACE Limited
AEA Investors Inc.
Alleghany Corporation
Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd.
Apax Partners, Inc.
Apollo Management, LP
ARAMARK Corporation
Aramco Services Company
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.
Baker Capital Corp.
Baker, Nye Advisers, Inc.
Baldwin-Gottschalk Group, The
Banco Mercantil
Bank of America
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, The
Barclays Capital
BASF Corporation
Blackstone Group, The
BNP Paribas
Boeing Company, The
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Bunge Limited
CALYON Corporate and Investment Bank
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Canon, Inc.
Cantillon Capital Management LLC
Caxton Associates
CH2M HILL Companies, LTD
Chrysler LLC
Cisneros Group of Companies
CIT Group Inc.
CNA Corporation, The
Coca-Cola Company, The
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation
Continental Properties
Corsair Capital
Craig Drill Capital Corporation
Dalberg Global Development Advisors
De Beers
Deere & Company
Deutsche Bank AG
Duke Energy Corporation
DynCorp International
EDS, an HP company
Enel North America
Energy Intelligence Group, Inc.
Equinox Partners, L.P.
Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
Federal Express Corporation
Ford Motor Company
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc.
Future Pipe Industries, Inc.
General Atlantic LLC
General Electric Company
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
Google, Inc.
Granite Associates LP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Hitachi, Ltd.
Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin
IBM Corporation
Indus Capital Partners, LLC
InsCap Management, LLC
Invus Group, LLC
J.E. Robert Companies
Jacobs Asset Management, LLC
Jones Day
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Kometal GMBH Austria
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Lukoil Americas
MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
Mannheim LLC
Marathon Oil Company
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Marubeni America Corporation
MasterCard Advisors
MBIA Insurance Corporation
MeadWestvaco Corporation
Medley Capital
Medley Global Advisors
Merck & Co., Inc.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Mitsubishi International Corporation
Mitsui & Co., Inc.
Moore Capital Management LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Munich Re America Corporation
National Interest Security Company
Natixis North America, Inc.
New York Life International, Inc.
News Corporation, The
NYSE Euronext
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Olayan Group, The
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pepsico, Inc.
Peter Kimmelman Asset Management LLC
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Principal Financial Group
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Raytheon Company
Resource Holdings, Ltd.
Rho Capital Partners
Rothschild North America, Inc.
Sandalwood Securities, Inc.
Shell Oil Company
Sidley Austin LLP
Silver Lake Partners
Sony Corporation of America
Standard & Poor’s
Stanford Financial Group
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Tata Group, The
Time Warner Inc.
Tishman Speyer Properties, Inc.
Tribeca Enterprises
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United Technologies Corporation
Verizon Communications Inc.
Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Visa Inc.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Vornado Realty Trust
Wyoming Investment Corporation
Xerox Corporation
Ziff Brothers Investments LLC


Airbus North America
Apple Core Hotels Inc.
Arnold & Porter LLP
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Banca d’Italia
Banca di Roma
BGR International
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Control Risks Group
Covington & Burling
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
First Atlantic Capital, Ltd.
French-American Chamber of Commerce
Hemispheric Partners
Idemitsu Apollo Corporation
Intellispace, Inc.
Interaudi Bank
Intesa Sanpaolo
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
JETRO New York
Joukowsky Family Foundation
Mark Partners
Mine Safety Appliances Company
Oxford Analytica Inc.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association
Warburg Pincus LLC
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Zephyr Management, L.P.

I swear the web is never-ending.  At least 30 of these companies have been on this very site reading about the economic collapse and Bambi’s birth certificate issues, and now they want us to trust our hard earned money with the people that Bambi chose to lead us out of this economic mess? (Especially Penny Pritzker of the Superior Bank seizure or William Donaldson of the “let’s give Madoff a pass” fame?)

Obama to Name Economic Advisory Panel

A full list of the advisory board:

William H. Donaldson, Chairman, SEC

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA-CREF

Robert Wolf, Chairman & CEO, UBS Group Americas

David F. Swensen, CIO, Yale University

Mark T. Gallogly, Founder & Managing Partner, Centerbridge Partners L.P.

Penny Pritzker, Chairman & Founder, Pritzker Realty Group

John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

Jim Owens, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar Inc.

Monica C. Lozano, Publisher & Chief Executive Officer, La Opinion

Charles E. Phillips, Jr., President, Oracle Corporation

Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU

Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Dean, Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley

Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE

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