Chomsky on JFK and Vietnam
By Michael Morriessey The Third Decade 1993, 9.6, 8-10.
Noam Chomsky has been described, justifiably, as the leading American (leftist) dissident, and his argument against what he calls the "withdrawal thesis" (see "Vain Hopes, False Dreams," Z, Oct. 1992) is a serious challenge to those who believe Kennedy was killed because he was planning to withdraw from Vietnam.
Although I have the greatest admiration for Chomsky and agree with him on most other issues, I think he is dead wrong here, and his argument is flawed. First of all, although it may be true that some biographers and assassination researchers are JFK "hagiographers," as Chomsky puts, one need not deny that Kennedy was as ruthless a cold warrior as any other president to acknowledge that he had decided to withdraw from Vietnam. Reagan's decision to withdraw from Lebanon doesn't make him a secret dove, either.
Secondly, the withdrawal "thesis" is not a thesis but a fact, amply documented in the Gravel edition of the Pentagon Papers ("Phased Withdrawal of U.S. Forces, 1962-1964," Vol. 2, pp. 160-200). Since Chomsky himself co-edited Vol. 5, I am surprised that avoids mentioning that this PP account states clearly that "the policy of phase out and withdrawal and all the plans and programs oriented to it" ended "de jure" in March 1964 (p. 198; my emphasis). It is also clear from the PP that the change in the withdrawal policy occurred after the assassination:
The only hint that something might be different from on-going plans came in a Secretary of Defense memo for the President three days prior to this NSC meeting [on Nov. 26]....In early December, the President [Johnson] began to have, if not second thoughts, at least a sense of uneasiness about Vietnam. In discussions with his advisors, he set in motion what he hoped would be a major policy review... (p. 191).
There can be no question, then, if we stick to the record, as Chomsky rightly insists we do, that Kennedy had decided...Read it all
BBC Propaganda: What's she smiling about? It is disgusting to hear the BBC's Claire Bolderson pant for the blood of the Catholic Church over and over, just in time to whip up good old-fashioned anti-Catholic hysteria prior to Benedict's visit. This time its over a bombing in Claudy (5 Catholics and 4 English dead) some 38 years ago where a priest was allegedly involved. Why wasn't he arrested then? Nice to indict the dead who cannot speak. Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson said that the government was "profoundly sorry" that Fr Chesney had not been properly investigated. Spare us the crocodile tears. If the BBC wants to find real horror let it investigate the genocidal crimes of Winston Churchill against India, to say nothing of the [distinctly English] racist Malthusian philosophy which enabled those views. Or let's pound the drums again for an English government apology and reparations for the (again Malthusian) genocide waged against Ireland during the Famine which they have covered up for over a century. What bloody hypocrites that government and its BBC Ministry of Truth. No wonder Orwell had the BBC in mind when he wrote...Some facts for Claire Bolderson
When the British government speaks compassion and justice, watch out. With the [not so] hidden hand they plan conquest. Benedict XVI is one of the last peacemakers on earth who dared to resist Anglo-American planetary wars, abortion, population control and all eugenical intentions against the poor. No wonder the powers howl to crucify him.
--->Catholic Church denies IRA Claudy cover-up
Meanwhile the mission of the BBC is to condition the herd, and so pave the way for planetary conquest under new cynical slogans and banners today. Disgusting.
--->See also Dickens v. the English Malthusians... The essence of "humanitarian" Malthusianism is not necessarily direct extermination so much as it is just hands off, let them die...
--->Exposing microbes in outer space, they survive. Let's hope such experiments do not transfer to other planets one day and the announcement be made, Life Discovered on Planet X!
--->Mexico is out of control..."people in Mexico are living in fear"...and where is Mr. Obama? Churches need to get over this sentimental disregard for the necessity of maintaining secure borders. And government officials in the West need to drop all pretense about being concerned about preventing 'terrorism' if domestic borders are not secure---this is the first order of business for any nation. Certainly refuge should be given to the persecuted and other needy on a case by case basis.
Tactical: Tyrants are always announcing things like plans to end corruption just before they embark on a wholesale, massive covert corruption campaign themselves. It is all diversionary. They will often even parade a few corrupt officials as a diversionary tactic. The morally upright (gag) oligarchs in Red China are famous for it. It's also like the high level pervasive government pedophiles going after some priests known to be homosexuals; or England pretending it is outraged over the deaths of 9 while ignoring their own responsibility in starting so many wars (not Britain alone) and otherwise being complicit in the deaths of millions.
--->Stem-Cell Ruling Puts Labs in Limbo. Experiments using human embryonic stem cells are in a state of limbo across the country, following a judge's injunction on Monday to block any such research funded by the federal government. Note: No ghoulish feasting on our own for utilitarian cannibal ends for the time being. But Obama, slave of unseen powers, says he will not be deterred.
Adult stem cells will do the job, without rejection reactions, but he and the others do not seem interested.
--->In His Pocket, Bought: Progressive Christian leader Jim Wallis admits Soros funding. "According to WORLD magazine, Soros, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary and a devotee of philosopher Karl Popper, has financed groups that promote abortion, atheism, and same-sex marriage. According to WORLD, his institute funded Sojourners in the amount of $200,000 in 2004. Sojourners has received at least two more grants from Soros' organizations altogether totaling $325,000, the most recent in 2007. Sojourners revenues have more than tripled -- from $1,601,171 in 2001-2002 to $5,283,650 in 2008-2009, according to WORLD...In a news release from the Institute for Religion and Democracy, IRD Mark Tooley said "Wallis' initial denials and then ultimate confirmation of Soros funding for Sojourners is a revealing turning point for the evangelical left."
---->Adolf Hitler is likely to have had Jewish and African roots, DNA tests have shown.
--->Gulf pollution so bad in places sea-life trying to crawl out of the water..."Ross said he has watched horseshoe crabs trying to crawl out of the water, and other marine life like stingrays and flounder trying to escape the water as well. He believes this is because the water is hypoxic due to the toxicity of the toxic dispersants, of which BP admits to using at least 1.9 million gallons
--->Is it possible the US will increasingly 'dis' Israel in favor of Iran? Israel has been a friend to the US because, with Saudi Arabia, it has been the 'biggest and baddest' watchtower and launching pad in the Middle East. But, alas, God led the Hebrews into about the only patch of desert in the region without oil, whereas Iran is a "marvelous resource" for both gas and oil. And the US is well known to prop up friends for decades and then 'dis' them like yesterday's lunch. It is possible.