This is the cover letter for NSSM 200
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20506
April 24, 1974
National Security Study Memorandum 200
TO: The Secretary of Defense
The Secretary of Agriculture
The Director of Central Intelligence
The Deputy Secretary of State
Administrator, Agency for International Development
SUBJECT: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests
The President has directed a study of the impact of world population growth on U.S. security and overseas interests. The study should look forward at least until the year 2000, and use several alternative reasonable projections of population growth.
In terms of each projection, the study should assess:
– the corresponding pace of development, especially in poorer countries;
– the demand for US exports, especially of food, and the trade problems the US may face arising from competition for resources; and
– the likelihood that population growth or imbalances will produce disruptive foreign policies and international instability.
The study should focus on the international political and economic implications of population growth rather than its ecological, sociological or other aspects.
The study would then offer possible courses of action for the United States in dealing with population matters abroad, particularly in developing countries, with special attention to these questions:
– What, if any, new initiatives by the United States are needed to focus international attention on the population problem?
– Can technological innovations or development reduce growth or ameliorate its effects?
– Could the United States improve its assistance in the population field and if so, in what form and through which agencies — bilateral, multilateral, private?
The study should take into account the President’s concern that population policy is a human concern intimately related to the dignity of the individual and the objective of the United States is to work closely with others, rather than seek to impose our views on others.
The President has directed that the study be accomplished by the NSC Under Secretaries Committee. The Chairman, Under Secretaries Committee, is requested to forward the study together with the Committee’s action recommendations no later than May 29, 1974 for consideration by the President.
HENRY A. KISSINGER
cc: Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
So this is a statement by a group of people who have a different value set from mine and others like me.
I don’t see myself in a “competition for resources” with anyone.
This is a different way of looking at the world and represents a rejection of our traditional values.
When Christians overseas pray to God–back in the 1970s or now–it would often be the same prayer we used to have widespread in public schools in Canada–the Lord’s Prayer. One of the lines in the prayer is “deliver us from evil.”
I imagine that many Christians prayed the Lord’s Prayer overseas and I imagine that members of other religions make similar statements in their prayers.
But we can think back over the events of the last 50 years, including all the wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, and in many other places, and just thinking of those wars as an example, we can conclude that there really hasn’t been enough prayer going on.
I think it’s really time to start back up on the prayers, regardless of our faith.
And I think it’s time to stop going along with and endorsing evil.
Population control policies began before 1974 and continue to this day:
Just the legalization of abortion was a big change in itself back in the 1970s.
Here is a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, New York Times Magazine, July 7, 2009, www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/magazine/12ginsburg-t.html:
Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.
There was forced abortion in China with their one child policy.
Population policies have also taken covert form in the shape of coercive sterilization policies in many countries–whether legal or illegal:
Here is a copy of the report:
National Security Study Memorandum
Implications of Worldwide Population Growth For U.S. Security and Overseas Interests
(THE KISSINGER REPORT)
December 10, 1974
CLASSIFIED BY Harry C. Blaney, III
SUBJECT TO GENERAL DECLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 11652 AUTOMATICALLY DOWN-GRADED AT TWO YEAR INTERVALS AND DECLASSIFIED ON DECEMBER 31, 1980.
Declassified/Released on 7/3/89 under provisions of E.O. 12356 by F. Graboske, National Security Council
(I don’t have an explanation for the differing declassification dates)
To be continued, Part 2: