By Nancy Raiden Titus Journal Record Staff Reporter W. DeVier
Pierson, an international attorney from Washington, D.C., warned a
group of corporate women Monday that although the recent political
and economic changes in the world have brought many desired
outcomes, the status of the United States hangs on its economic and
political resolve in the coming years.
His address was given to those assembled for the 1990 Corporate
Woman of the Year luncheon hosted by The Journal Record Monday at
the Sheraton Century Center Hotel Ballroom.
Pierson, who has been involved in national and international
politics for many years, gave a speech entitled ``The New World
Order: What It Is and How Will It Work?'' In it he gave information
about the status of the United States in a world that is no longer
dominated by the Cold War but by an increasingly global economy.
Pierson served as a special counsel to former President Nixon
from 1968 to 1969 and was associate special counsel to the president
and counselor of the White House from 1967 to 1968. He also was
chief counsel for the joint committee on the organization of
Congress in 1965 to 1967, a member of the advisory committee to the
U.S. trade representative from 1978 to 1981 and a member of the U.S.
delegation to the El Salvador legislative elections in 1988.
He was born in Pawhuska and was graduated from Classen High
School in Oklahoma City. Pierson was a 1957 graduate of the
University of Oklahoma School of Law. Since 1969, he has been a
partner with Pierson Semmes and Finley in Washington. He was a
lawyer in Oklahoma City from 1957 to 1965.
The text of his address follows:
``The New World Order is a term often used to describe the
framework being developed for international political and economic
cooperation as the Cold War ends and the world bands together
against Iraqi aggression in the Middle East.
``I want to suggest to you that this year - perhaps even this
month of October 1990 - may be the most challenging and dangerous
period of recent times. This morning (Monday) President Bush has
suggested to the United Nations that military force may be needed
against Iraq if the sanctions are unsuccessful to force Iraq out of
``At a time when we suddenly have 150,000 men and women in the
Persian Gulf, when a shooting war is altogether possible, and when
wrenching worldwide economic hardship is likely, it would behoove
all of us - whether our home is in Oklahoma or Washington - to spend
a little time pondering the world in which we now live and how it is
likely to change on the eve of the 21st century.
``To understand what is meant by the New World Order, we need to
look back 45 years - to the end of World War II. When the war
ended, the United States became the architect of the free world's
economic and political order - its banker and its policeman as well.
The United Nations was established as the organ for international
peace-keeping cooperation. An infusion of U.S. dollars under the
Marshall Plan restored the ruined economy of Europe. Japan was
nursed back to economic health under a benevolent U.S. occupation.
International economic organizations - the International Monetary
Fund and the World Bank - were created to provide economic
assistance to Third World nations. With memories still fresh of the
disastrous trade policies of the 1920s and 1930s that had contributed
to a global depression, a trading system was established to permit
the free flow of goods throughout the world. In each of these areas
of international cooperation, the United States took the lead.
``Americans were willing to accept this burden of world
leadership for one reason - with the Soviet Union and Communist
China, we had a well-defined and highly visible enemy. The Cold War
has dominated virtually every major foreign policy decision in the
past 45 years. …