In Barrack H Obama: the Unofficial Biography, Tarpley focuses at length on the "counterinsurgency" function played by the Ford Foundation, particularly under the leadership of McGeorge Bundy (1966-1979).
Who Was McGeorge Bundy?
Tarpley's review of Bundy's public life sheds light on his pivotal role in the creation of so-called "left leaning" or "liberal" foundations to suppress and re-direct grassroots dissent. An army intelligence officer during World War II, Bundy became National Security Advisor to both John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and was largely responsible for the cynical "strategic hamlets" policy in Vietnam. Bundy left government in 1966 to head the Ford Foundation, where he totally revamped the foundation's agenda to focus on the oppression of African Americans and other minorities. This was accompanied by a simultaneous shift away from funding broad economic needs, such as housing, education, mass transit and health care to more divisive political and cultural programs that specifically target white blue collar racism as the cause of minority disadvantage.
It was Bundy's view that the efforts of Martin Luther King (who opposed racial quotas because of their inherent divisiveness) and the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee to merge the struggle of the black community with the labor and antiwar movement posed a serious threat to the Wall Street interests he represented. His strategic response was to target white blue collar workers as the main barrier to black self determination and to pour millions of dollars of Ford Foundation race baiting black separatist and nationalist organizations, such as the Congress of Racial Equality.
Another of Bundy's strategic moves was to break up the traditional black-Jewish progressive coalition in New York City. He did so by funding minority community coalitions to churn out rabidly anti-Semitic propaganda directed at leftist Jewish teachers and administrators, many of whom had radical New Deal backgrounds. The demand posed by these community groups (backed by $1.4 million from the Ford Foundation) for the right to arbitrarily hire and fire teachers was a blatant violation of their union contract and an important precipitant of the disastrous 1968 teacher's strike.
Following Nixon's election in 1968, Bundy, Nixon and Shultz collaborated in pushing affirmative action and quota legislation through Congress. Many Americans are totally unaware that Nixon, a Republican president, is the father of both affirmative action and hiring quotas. Or that he and Shultz deliberately launched these programs not to promote the interests of women and minorities but to splinter and suppress a progressive voice in the Democratic Party that was becoming a threat to business interests. In fact Nixon himself stressed in meetings with Republican Congressional leaders, his desire to exploit mandatory hiring quotas "drive a wedge between civil rights groups and organized labor."
Obama's Role in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge
Obama's "official" biography reveals that he first gained public prominence in Chicago as the first chairman of the board of the "liberal" Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). However on close examination the CAC itself, where Obama was a board member for six years (three years as chair), appears to have replicated Bundy's 1968 strategy to pit minority boards (in Chicago they were called Local School Councils) against the teachers' unions. As Tarpley's research uncovered, the campaign to give LSC's the power to fire teachers and several hundred school principals was championed, not by grassroots minority groups, but by business interests headed by Thomas Ayers. Ayers, by coincidence, happens to be the father of Obama's pal the former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers. Tom Ayers also has impeccable corporate credentials, which include heading Commonwealth Edison for seven years in the seventies, and serving on the board of General Dynamics, Searle, Chicago Pacific, Zenith, Northwest Industries, First National Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Tribune.