Have you too seen articles citing a think tank called the Center for Strategic and International Studies? We have been played! Warmongers in "impartial" academic clothing!
... think tanks are frequently not objective, neutral arbiters of information, but corporate- and government-funded agenda-promoters with an academic veneer to give the appearance of impartiality. One of the two think tanks the Times’ Eric Lipton and Brooke Williams raked over the coals was the Center for Strategic and International Studies,...
... CSIS is funded largely by Western and Gulf monarchy governments, arms dealers and oil companies, such as Raytheon, Boeing, Shell, the United Arab Emirates, US Department of Defense, UK Home Office, General Dynamics, Exxon Mobil, Northrop Grumman, Chevron and others.
Anyone with a seven-year-old’s understanding of causality can conclude that CSIS would, in the aggregate, promote the expansion of the military and surveillance state, since that’s who pays their bills; what the Times did was reveal a specific, rather direct example, using heretofore secret documents. [purple emphasis mine]
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Did anyone every thing that think-tanks were neutral? I've only ever thought of them as blatantly partisan.
All the more reason for full disclosure of where their funding comes from.
Just as with political candidates and with super PACs.