A brief update on Devon Gaffney Crossâ€™ Policy Forum on International Security (www.policyforumuk.com) whose cozy, off-the-record briefings by senior Pentagon officials, fellow-neo-cons and fellow members of the Defense Policy Board (DPB) for select British and European reporters in exclusive clubs and cafes in London and Paris, we discovered earlier this year, were the beneficiary of a no-bid contract by Defense Undersecretary Eric Edelmanâ€™s Policy office last September. We just learned that the Policy Forum was also the beneficiary of the Smith Richardson Foundation, for which Cross has in the past served as director of research and a program office, according to the Foundationâ€™s 2006 annual report which was published late last year. Crossâ€™ group, the report said, was to have received a grant for $25,000 during 2006 to â€œorganize a series of events that bring current and former U.S. policy makers and strategic thinkers together with leading European journalists and opinion makers to discuss key foreign and security policy issues.â€
Smith Richardson, whose considerable endowment is based on the Vickâ€™s VapoRub fortune, has been a big funder of neo-con organizations and individuals since the 1970â€™s, as well as more-mainstream organizations and universities.
Despite the Pentagonâ€™s and Smith Richardsonâ€™s largess, the Policy Forumâ€™s website remains as dormant as ever. For more on the Forumâ€™s and Crossâ€™ activities, just type in her name on this site. Iâ€™ve posted about half a dozen times on them over the past year or so. Cross, of course, is the sister of Frank Gaffney, the ultra-hawkish president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP) who last week wrote a remarkable column in the Washington Times in which he associated Sen. Obamaâ€™s use of the phrase â€œcitizen of the worldâ€ in Berlin with the Terror in Revolutionary France, â€œCitizen Kane,â€ the Organization of Islamic States (â€a Muslim mafia organizationâ€), â€œCommunist China,â€ Russia, the non-aligned movement, the specter of gun control, and Rodney King. As you will see from the other posts, the Policy Forum appears to be closely associated with the people at Anatol Sharanskyâ€™s OneJerusalem.