Monday, July 27, 2009

Was President Kennedy Returning to His America Firster Roots?

No less an authority than Oliver Stone calls Orbis Books' JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters "the best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance" and "one of those rare books that, by helping us understand our history, has the power to change it" — The MIC Murdered JFK.

Author James Douglass was quoted on these pages as saying that "Kennedy had a conversion experience" and "went from a Cold War warrior to a man of peace, who knew one reckless move could blow up the whole world" — Two on the Conspiracy Behind the Murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Stephen Hand, quoted in the same post, suggested that that the 35th president "had bucked the powers, prepared to smash them, reconfigure things, was reportedly out to break up or reorganize the CIA, reverse the previous administration's course on Vietnam, bring home the 'advisors' and seek a reduction in tensions with Russia, defusing the Cold War." Most crucially, "He bucked the all powerful Federal Reserve" and "sought to dismantle their power, the power of the international bankers, the CIA, even the Secret Service."

I've never been that interested in this particular case or enamored of this particular president, but the idea that he was returning to his pacific and patriotic roots as a one-time America First Committee member and the possibility that he was taken out for the same are intriguing.

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