Gordon Brown has appointed former UN deputy secretary general (under Kofi Annan), Mark Malloch Brown, as a foreign minister in his government. Malloch Brown who bears a strong resemblance to many of the Democrats, and some Republicans, in the United States, is an anti-war, anti-America puppet of none other than George Soros. It had been speculated Malloch Brown might become president of the World Bank. Fortunately that did not happen but his appointment by Brown could signal a new direction in Britain.
In November 2006, Malloch Brown took a shot at middle America and, surprise, Rush Limbaugh. He was speaking at a luncheon co-sponsored by The Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation:
And today, on a very wide number of areas, from Lebanon and Afghanistan to Syria, Iran and the Palestinian issue, the US is constructively engaged with the UN. But that is not well known or understood, in part because much of the public discourse that reaches the US heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. That is what I mean by “stealth” diplomacy: the UN’s role is in effect a secret in Middle America even as it is highlighted in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
Here is a little background on The Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation from my post in November linked above:
An interesting aside to this story is that Brown's speech was given at a luncheon co-sponsored by the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation . The President of the Center for American Progress (CAP) is John Podesta, former Clinton chief of staff. According to Discover the Networks, CAP is a leftist think tank "run by Hillary Clinton and....John Podesta". Pretty friendly crowd.
John Bolton, then US Ambassador to the UN, took exception to Malloch Brown's insult and shot back:
Bolton called Tuesday's speech by Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown a "very, very grave mistake" that could undermine Secretary-General Kofi Annan's efforts to push through an ambitious agenda at the world body.
Bolton said Malloch Brown's "condescending, patronizing tone about the American people" was the worst part about the speech.
"Fundamentally and very sadly, this was a criticism of the American people, not the American government, by an international civil servant," Bolton said. "It's just illegitimate."
U.S. officials, including Bolton, said they were especially upset that Malloch Brown, a Briton, mentioned "Middle America."
A top aide to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is defending his rental of a home in a posh New York suburb from billionaire financier and Democratic money-raiser George Soros.
Mark Malloch Brown acknowledged last week he pays $120,000 a year in rent to Soros, who last year orchestrated an expensive and unsuccessful effort to defeat President Bush. Brown's annual salary as Annan's chief of staff is $125,000.
Brown denied there is anything inappropriate about having Soros as his landlord, telling reporters at a daily news briefing, "I pay a full commercial rent for the one property of his that I live in."
With Bush a Republican and Congress controlled by the GOP, Annan's point man having such a financial relationship with Soros could raise eyebrows in Washington. Soros contributed more than $23 million to moveon.org and other groups that sought to topple Bush.
Last May Malloch Brown was named vice-president of one of Soros' hedge funds:
Last week, Mr. Malloch Brown was named vice president of the Quantum Fund, the hedge fund run by his billionaire friend George Soros. A former World Bank official himself and ally of soon-to-be British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mr. Malloch Brown would almost surely be a leading candidate to replace Mr. Wolfowitz should he step down. Not surprisingly, Gordon Brown cold-shouldered Mr. Wolfowitz at a recent meeting in Brussels.
And now he is a member of the House of Lords:
One of the most controversial appointments in yesterday's announcements of Gordon Brown's first Government was that of Mark Malloch Brown as a foreign minister with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the United Nations.
A number of critics of the Iraq war have returned to Government under Prime Minister Brown. In addition, David Miliband, the new Foreign Secretary and Lord Malloch Brown's new boss, was always sceptical of the Iraq war and was critical of Israel's actions last summer during the Lebanon crisis.
George Soros has been Malloch Brown's patron for decades. Upon his retirement from the UN, the deputy secretary-general became vice-chair of Soros' hedge fund company and "Open Society Institute". With respect to Andrew Stuttaford, anyone inclined to join the good-riddance-to-Blair chorus of the last week might now appreciate the difference he made: a huge chunk of the foreign policy of America's closest ally has just been outsourced to a man who is the living embodiment of the worst kind of sleazy careerist transnationalism, and an all but wholly owned subsidiary of George Soros. Amazing.
(Note: Andrew Stuttaford is a National Review contributor critical of Tony Blair.)
Amazing. And disturbing.