In an important pre-Christmas action that received scant media attention, President Obama announced appointments to a number of key administrative posts, including nine members of the President’s Global Development Council, an organization he created by executive order one year ago, on February 9, 2012. The appointments will turn out to be very important as they pertain to the dispersal of billions of dollars in foreign aid, particularly when it comes to promoting programs and policies of the United Nations on abortion, population control, homosexual practices, condom distribution, Agenda 21, “sustainable development,” “green energy,” wealth redistribution, and other controversial issues.
Pro-life/pro-family organizations are understandably alarmed at the overwhelmingly pro-abortion tilt of the president’s appointments, including the billionaire husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein and the former president of global development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, now one of the largest funders of global population-control programs.
The Obama executive order states:
To help protect national security and further American economic, humanitarian, and strategic interests in the world, it is the policy of the Federal Government to promote and elevate development as a core pillar of American power and chart a course for development, diplomacy, and defense to reinforce and complement one another....
There is established the President's Global Development Council (Council). The Council shall be established for administrative purposes within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) subject to the foreign policy and budgetary guidance of the Secretary of State.
In addition to the “Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the USAID Administrator, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation,” the executive order specifies that the Council shall be composed of “not more than 12 individuals from outside the Federal Government appointed by the President. Appointed members of the Council may serve as representatives of a variety of sectors, including, among others, institutions of higher education, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, civil society, and private industry.”
The individuals named in December to the President’s Global Development Council are:
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