Some Pawlenty critics believe his close and long-standing friendship with former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.)—a key Pawlenty campaign advisor—does not reflect well on Pawlenty, however.
A member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations—the New York offshoot of the London-based Royal Institute for International Affairs, the foreign policy-making arm of the Rothschild banking dynasty—Weber is a key figure in the global elite.
Weber is also a veteran of the now-infamous Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which once declared the need for a “new Pearl Harbor” to stimulate American grassroots support for global interventionism.
During the early 1980s, Weber urged the GOP to become “America’s new internationalist party.” As a member of Congress from 1981 to 1993—who retired abruptly after being caught up in the House banking scandal, where he was found to have written 125 bad checks on his House bank account—Weber engaged in a scurrilous effort to smear Liberty Lobby, the populist publisher of the newspaper The Spotlight, for its efforts to focus public attention on Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967, resulting in the slaughter of 34 Americans and the grievous wounding of 172 others. (See page 17.)
Weber charged that The Spotlight played a pivotal role in nearly causing his own reelection defeat after it publicized Weber’s betrayal of the men of the Liberty. The Weber-CFR-PNAC connection says much about the presidential aspirations of Pawlenty and is a point that savvy GOP primary voters need to keep in mind. Pawlenty clearly has some powerful negative influences lined up behind him.