Paul’s national team plans to huddle once every quarter, with weekly calls between the meetings. Foreign policy advisers, such as former ambassador Richard Burt and Lorne Craner, a former State Department official, are expected to be part of the chain of command... Trygve Olson, a Paul ally and an adviser to American Crossroads, a Karl Rove-affiliated super PAC...could join his camp after the midterm elections.
Who are these guys?
Richard Burt serves as managing director at McLarty Associates, where he has led the firm’s work in Europe and Eurasia since 2007. McLarty Associates emerged out of Kissinger-McClarty Associates and is considered one of the most influential Washington global-insider groups.
From the McLarty web site:
McLarty Associates has built a global team of seasoned international specialists with expertise in all the major markets of the world..
Our professionals are former diplomats, trade negotiators, intelligence officers, journalists, and business people. Most of our staff base in Washington, DC and New York, but our overseas associates can be found at our representative office in Beijing, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Brussels, Kiev, Moscow, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, Jakarta, Vietnam, China, Japan, Philippines, and India.
Our approach is interactive. We do not produce generic white papers, or craft strategies for others to execute. Rather, we work closely with our clients to analyze the international opportunity or problem, assess the tools available to the client, develop the strategy, and execute it – all in close coordination with the client...Our clients are generally Fortune 200 companies with substantial global footprints..
From 1992 to 1995, Burt was a partner with McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm.
Prior to that, Burt was U.S. ambassador to of Germany from 1985 to 1989. Before the ambassadorship, he worked at the State Department as assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs from 1983 to 1985. From 1981 to 1983, Burt was the director of politico-military affairs in the Department of State.
From 1977 to 1980, Burt worked in Washington as the national security correspondent for The New York Times. From 1973 to 1977, he worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, first as a research associate and then as assistant director.
The institute claims that it
"was hugely influential in setting the intellectual structures for managing the Cold War."ISS supported the Iraq war and hosted President Bush during his 2004 state visit to Britain.
Lorne Craner is a member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center's Human Freedom Advisory Council. He was president of the International Republican Institute from 2004 to 2013, where John McCain is a board member.
IRI appears to be a CIA front that has been involved in U.S. overseas meddling. From IRI's web site:
In the Republic of Georgia, IRI has worked to strengthen political party structures since 1999. The Institute’s work helps parties effectively communicate their platforms, utilize campaign technologies and develop and strengthen regional structures.From the The Amman, Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute web site:
Since the 2008 presidential election, IRI has helped Georgian political parties develop viable platforms and ideas on which to base their constituent messages. ...
Since 2007, IRI has worked with the mayor of Soacha, Colombia to increase government transparency and accountability...
In Tunisia and Egypt, IRI works with traditionally marginalized youth populations as they engage in political processes through civil society. Through the Youth Leadership Academy in Egypt and Youth in Politics program in Tunisia, IRI helps young activists implement community projects, develop advocacy skills and conduct government watchdog activities...
In Sudan, IRI played an instrumental role in the preparations for the historic January 2011 referendum...
In 2008, the International Republican Institute established AWLI with support from the National Endowment for Democracy.According to the George Bush Center, previously, Craner was Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the George W. Bush Administration. "Among other accomplishments, Craner initiated the first U.S. government programs to advance democracy in China... and contributed to the conception and implementation of the Administration’s approach to democratization in the Middle East."
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Here's Justin Raimondo in 2012 on the Rove-affiliated Trygve Olson:
All this explains a lot. Rand now appears to be in the Bush family orbit and is bringing on to his team heavy Empire building, global interventionists. It's becoming very clear why MSM is so comfortable with Rand, he is one of them