Following the Money in Macedonia

Following the Money in Macedonia

January 31, 2017

What would Open Society Foundation (OSF) president and fund manager George Soros want with the small, landlocked nation of Macedonia? As it turns out, plenty. The Daddy Warbucks of progressive causes is working overtime to weaken European borders and facilitate the flow of refugees from the Middle East by sending money to disrupt nations holding both democratic elections and cracking down on illegal immigration.

But he hasn't done it alone. The U.S. State Department has been working right alongside him.

The aid that the U.S. has provided to Macedonia during their long friendship has been channeled through the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). While the U.S.' goals for Macedonia include benign statements on investing in democracy, the State Department began favoring partnerships with Soros' long litany of organizations in 2012. These organizations are anything but democratic. Instead, they are pushing progressive, violent, and radical ideals throughout Europe. Soros owns or controls over 60 NGO's in Macedonia -- the same ones that receive grants from the USAID program! Among other efforts, Soros has been funneling USAID money into the Social-Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM) -- the country's former Communist party.

Yes, U.S. money has been going to support the communists in Macedonia.

Macedonia's prime-minister-elect Nikola Gruevski had harsh words for Soros: "His [Soros'] foundation, in finances and human resources is the most powerful foundation in the world that has political goals…After a while, entire institutions, ministries, perhaps governments and their intelligence services are infected with his views, his ideology, his views and goals."

The people of Macedonia are so tired of Soros' 25-year history of meddling in their country that they've banded to form Stop Operation Soros (SOS). At a recent press conference, the SOS co-founder Nikola Srbov stressed, "The Open Society Foundation, operating under the Soros umbrella, used its funding and personnel to support violent processes in Macedonia. It has monopolized the civil society sector, pushing outside any organization which disagrees with the Soros ideology." Srbov specifically called out the USAID program, saying that SDSM has been supported through USAID and the U.S. had been exerting direct political influence in Macedonia. He told the press that now, in the Trump era, Americans need to know the truth.

The same man who helped the terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, in Egypt, funded the violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., and channeled millions into Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's election campaigns is now trying to crush democracy in the small nation of Macedonia with State Department dollars.

But a Soros-less State Department could be underway. Recently, the State Department was gripped by a mass exodus of top officials. Most notable was the resignation of Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management. While he was a career diplomat, Kennedy was anything but squeaky clean. During the congressional investigation of the bungled Benghazi mission, House GOP investigators faulted him for failing to provide adequate security. Kennedy once again took center stage during the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server when an FBI witness said Kennedy had offered a "quid pro quo" to another FBI official in the attempt to suppress evidence that would undermine Hillary Clinton's claim not to have classified information on her server.

Department spokesperson Mark Toner (a former Obama White House spokesperson) indicated that turnover is the norm when the White House changes hands from one political party to another, and that some of the resignations were expected. But considering Trump's follow-through on the recall of ambassadors and envoys from overseas, it may well be that the Trump administration realizes a housecleaning is necessary. It will also require leadership that is unafraid to take on the imbedded liberal special interests at the State Department.

Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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