Saturday, August 07, 2010

JFK: His Apotheosis and the Men Who Murdered Him

by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

His 'presidency' was cut short by murder. Nevertheless, JFK had grown increasingly disillusioned by the CIA and the US Military-Industrial Complex, commonly called the MIC. That JFKs 'awakening' was among the major motives for his murder is the subject of a new book by James Douglass, JFK'S Conversion from War.

JFK won a narrow victory over Nixon, running as a 'Cold Warrior' when everyone, it seems, was a 'cold warrior' by merely living in insane times. Under-repoted is the young President's growing disillusionment following the 'Bay of Pigs' which figures prominently as motive in various 'theories' about his murder.

JFK had been shaken by the Cuban Missile Crisis. He could not have known at the time that it may have resulted in improved relations with the government of Nikita Khruschev at least as shaken by the Cuban missile crisis as was the young, new American President.

The 'Brass', to be expected, were not happy. They were, in fact, the object of ridicule and parody, most notably Stanley Kubrick's ascerbic comedy hit of the era: Dr. Strangelove.

The 'brass' were unhappy because JFK represented a threat to CIA-Pentagon-MIC plans for 'global domination'. JFK, in retrospect, was absolutely correct: such plans would have lead inexorably to nuclear armnageddon. Dwight Eisenhower had issued his own warnings about the rising power of the Military/Industrial Complex.

The 'Brass' would never forgive JFK's overtures of peace with Fidel Castro. On the other hand, LBJ appears to have assuaged the brass by putting further talks with CUBA on hold. One wonders what LBJ knew and when he knew it. Certainly -no President since the cold-blooded murder of JFK has dared piss off the Pentagon brass. That being the case, it is fair to call the U.S. government a 'military-dictatorship'.

JFK was likewise blamed for Viet Nam when, in fact, it was Pentagon incompetence that shares the blame and responsibility for the seemingly endless and ruinous debacle there. The Pentagon's compromised position is understandable: $millions$, $billions$ were riding an Orwellian 'perpetual war' in Southeast Asia from whom only the military contractors benefited. Interestingly, because the Pentagon, the MIC and K-street call the shots, America is still stuck in war muck --war from which even now it is only the big contractors who benefit. If Obama sucks up to the CIA-MIC, he will be fine. If not, he may very well wind up dead, accused of getting blow jobs or even worse. Since JFK was gunned down mercilessly in the street in Dallas, TX, Presidents have served at the pleasure of higher and more ruthless powers.

The murder of JFK has been called a Coup d' Etat. Who but the MIC with CIA help could have pulled it off? A man who would later become President of the United States was, at the time, a little known oil man, the founder of an alleged 'oil company' called Zapata! This man, who was most certainly connected to the CIA, was photographed hanging around just outside the Texas School Book Depository in the short, tragic moments leading up to the murder of someone who was quite possibly our last legitimate and duly elected President. I knew Bush Sr and would testify, under oath, that that is him in the photograph.

Earlier, in what has been called one of the greatest speeches in American history, in fact, his farewell address to the nation, President Eisenhower warned that we should beware the unchecked power of the military-industrial complex.

There are precedents throughout history. Roman writer and military strategist Flavius Vegetius Renatus --supported in modern times by Arthur Ferrill --believed that Rome's decline can be traced to the use of German mercenaries in the legions. Certainly, any fan of the BBC's historic "I, Claudius" based upon the books by Robert Graves will remember the "Germans" who wore the tunic, who fought the battles, who took the orders.

A state of Orwellian "perpetual war" and foreign occupations define 'empire' and 'fascism'. A series of foreign wars and internal struggles preceded Caesar's "crossing the Rubicon". The rest is grist for Shakespeare's Julius Caeser who illustrates the internal dynamics driving the will to power. Later, the Praetorian Guard, Rome's Military-Industrial Comlex, auctioned off the empire to a nobleman --Didius Julianus. Significantly, the sale was concluded in Greek Drachmas, not worthless Roman sesterces, yet another parallel another instance in which the U.S. seems destined to repeat Rome's numerous follies.

The result in America, as in Rome earlier, is the literal "auctioning off" of the office of President of the United States, an act both denoted and described by Mussolini's term: corporatism, i.e, fascism. A society is morally lost when mass murder becomes its number one or only export. A nation is lost whenever there are mercenary exceptions to the "rule of law". A case in point: Blackwater, U.S.A. In such a society, everyone is guilty and only corporations and the elites that run them are enriched. Everyone else is made poorer by design. That is precisely what has happened in and to America. There is a word for it: Fascism.

Following are JFKs remarks in Fort Worth on the very day that he would die:
In the past 3 years we have increased the defense budget of the United States by over 20 percent; increased the program of acquisition for Polaris submarines from 24 to 41; increased our Minuteman missile purchase program by more than 75 percent; doubled the number of strategic bombers and missiles on alert; doubled the number of nuclear weapons available in the strategic alert forces; increased the tactical nuclear forces deployed in Western Europe by over 60 percent; added five combat ready divisions to the Army of the United States, and five tactical fighter wings to the Air Force of the United States; increased our strategic airlift capability by 75 percent; and increased our special counterinsurgency forces which are engaged now in South Viet-Nam by 600 percent. I hope those who want a stronger America and place it on some signs will also place those figures next to it.

This is not an easy effort. This requires sacrifice by the people of the United States. But this is a very dangerous and uncertain world. As I said earlier, on three occasions in the last 3 years the United States has had a direct confrontation. No one can say when it will come again. No one expects that our life will be easy, certainly not in this decade, and perhaps not in this century. But we should realize what a burden and responsibility the people of the United States have borne for so many years. Here, a country which lived in isolation, divided and protected by the Atlantic and the Pacific, uninterested in the struggles of the world around it, here in the short space of 18 years after the Second World War, we put ourselves, by our own will and by necessity, into defense of alliances with countries all around the globe. Without the United States, South Viet-Nam would collapse overnight. Without the United States, the SEATO alliance would collapse overnight. Without the United States the CENTO alliance would collapse overnight. Without the United States there would be no NATO. And gradually Europe would drift into neutralism and indifference. Without the efforts of the United States in the Alliance for Progress, the Communist advance onto the mainland of South America would long ago have taken place.

So this country, which desires only to be free, which desires to be secure, which desired to live at peace for 18 years under three different administrations, has borne more than its share of the burden, has stood watch for more than its number of years. I don't think we are fatigued or tired. We would like to live as we once lived. But history will not permit it. The Communist balance of power is still strong. The balance of power is still on the side of freedom. We are still the keystone in the arch of freedom, and I think we will continue to do as we have done in our past, our duty, and the people of Texas will be in the lead."

--JOHN F. KENNEDY, Fort Worth, Nov 22, 1963
Following is an account of the last day of a man who was arguably the last legitimate President of the United States.
On November 21, the President and First Lady departed on Air Force One for the two-day, five-city tour of Texas. JFK was aware that a feud among party leaders in Texas could jeopardize his chances of carrying the state in 1964, and one of his aims for the trip was to bring Democrats together. He also knew that a relatively small but vocal group of extremists was contributing to the political tensions in Texas and would likely make its presence felt—particularly in Dallas, where UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson had been physically attacked a month earlier after making a speech there. Nonetheless, JFK seemed to relish the prospect of leaving Washington, getting out among the people and into the political fray.

The first stop was San Antonio. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Governor John B. Connally and Senator Ralph W. Yarborough led the welcoming party and accompanied the President to Brooks Air Force Base for the dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center. Continuing on to Houston, he addressed a Latin American citizens’ organization and spoke at a testimonial dinner for Congressman Albert Thomas before ending the day in Fort Worth.

A light rain was falling on Friday morning, November 22, but a crowd of several thousand stood in the parking lot outside the Texas Hotel where the Kennedys had spent the night. A platform had been set up and the President, wearing no protection against the weather, came out to make some brief remarks. “There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth,” he began, “and I appreciate your being here this morning. Mrs. Kennedy is organizing herself. It takes longer, but, of course, she looks better than we do when she does it.” He went on to talk about the nation’s need for being “second to none” in defense and in space, for continued growth in the economy and “the willingness of citizens of the United States to assume the burdens of leadership.” The warmth of the audience response was palpable as the President reached out to shake hands amidst a sea of smiling faces.

Back inside the hotel the President spoke at a breakfast of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, focusing on military preparedness. “We are still the keystone in the arch of freedom,” he said. “We will continue to do…our duty, and the people of Texas will be in the lead.”

The presidential party left the hotel and went by motorcade to Carswell Air Force Base for the thirteen-minute flight to Dallas. Arriving at Love Field, President and Mrs. Kennedy disembarked and immediately walked toward a fence where a crowd of well-wishers had gathered, and they spent several minutes shaking hands. The First Lady was presented with a bouquet of red roses, which she brought with her to the waiting limousine. Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, were already seated in the open convertible as the Kennedys entered and sat behind them. Since it was no longer raining, the plastic bubble top had been left off. Vice President and Mrs. Johnson occupied another car in the motorcade.

The procession left the airport and traveled along a ten-mile route that wound through downtown Dallas on the way to the Trade Mart where the President was scheduled to speak at a luncheon. Crowds of excited people lined the streets waving to the Kennedys as they waved back. The car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza around 12:30 p.m. As it was passing the Texas School Book Depository, gunfire suddenly reverberated in the plaza. Bullets struck the President’s neck and head and he slumped over toward Mrs. Kennedy. The Governor was also hit in the chest.

The car sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital just a few minutes away. But there was little that could be done for the President. A Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead.

--JFK in History: November 22, 1963: Death of the President, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Read: "JFK'S CONVERSION FROM WAR" The author is James Douglass, a founder of the 'Ground Zero Center.


n., pl., -ses (-sēz').

  1. Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification.
  2. Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification: "Many observers have tried to attribute Warhol's current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision" (Michiko Kakutani).
  3. An exalted or glorified example: Their leader was the apotheosis of courage.

President Dwight David Eisenhower Warns of the Military/Industrial Complex

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Worst Ever President

by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

REAGAN was among, perhaps the worst U.S. President in U.S HISTORY.

Reagan blew a chance for nuclear disarmament when Gorby put it on the table. Reagan blinked, wimped out, feared he would lose his prototypical 'neocon' support.

At the Reykjavik summit meeting Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met to discuss an issue for which a solution remains essential to the future of mankind. Their 'meeting' spanned the dates --October 11-12, 1986 --about which it is said that the two leaders very nearly reached agreement on the total elimination of nuclear weapons and production of additional weapons. Nearly! In this case, 'nearly' is not partial success; it is utter failure.

As a symbol and 'example', Reykjavik proved that nuclear disarmament is attainable only when political leaders have both the courage and the 'freedom' to decide and act positively. It is clear in retrospect that Ronald Reagan was not his own man. He was indebted to handlers, financiers, a 'ruling elite' and the alliance forged with the Military-Industrial complex.

U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz recalled a situation --a situation in which a peace might have been achieved. Alas, it was not! Why? We must understand the failure of Rekjavik if any success is to be achieved in time to avert a nuclear accident, a nuclear war, a global holocaust.

What happened? What went wrong? Why was not the total elimination of nuclear weapons achieved? It was Reagan who blinked. Gorbachev is quoted as having said that he really didn't know what else he could have done. Everything had been put on the table.

The GOPs utterly failed trickle down economics resulted in a two year long depression --the longest, biggest, deepest since Herbert Hoover'

Reagan's infamous tax cut of 1982 must be credited with having turned America into a banana republic, a nation of 'haves' and 'have-nots'. This single act robbed millions of financial and class status, triggering a trend that threatens U.S. economic stability today. Now --as a result of GOP tax cuts benefiting only the very rich --just one percent of the total U.S. population owns more than about 95 percent of the rest of us combined. This incredibly steep curve graphed over time from the date of the tax cuts to the present are incredibly and increasingly steep as wealth flows upward. The plight of the very poor has only gotten worse since. The 'lower middle' may no longer exist, having slipped off into poverty.

Reagan is second to DEAD LAST in job creation

The result is a form of corporate serfdom if not slavery.
The wealthy have always used many methods to accumulate wealth, but it was not until the mid-1970s that these methods coalesced into a superbly organized, cohesive and efficient machine. After 1975, it became greater than the sum of its parts, a smooth flowing organization of advocacy groups, lobbyists, think tanks, conservative foundations, and PR firms that hurtled the richest 1 percent into the stratosphere.

--Steve Kangas, The Origins of the Overclass

The Bush administration will be forever associated with a "ruling overclass" --oligarchs who were the sole beneficiaries of Ronald Reagan's infamous tax cut of 1982 and, later, several equally inequitable tax cuts during the Bush regime. The oligarchs, heavily invested in the Military-Industrial Complex, likewise benefited from Bush's military adventures in the Middle East. GOP tax cuts are typically called "trickle down" theory. Reagan's Budget Director David Stockman called the theory "a Trojan horse" advocated by a 'noisy faction of Republicans'.

Since Ronald Reagan's infamous tax cut of 1982, "conservatives" myopically cite a mythical "Reagan Recovery" as proof of "Reaganomics", otherwise called supply-side economics. The right wing argument is simplistic and fallacious. It must be pointed out that following the tax cut, the nation plunged into recession, the worst since Herbert Hoover's Great Depression of 1929. Nevertheless, conservatives will persist in citing a three percent growth rate following two years of severe recession as proof that "wealth trickles down". This assertion fails to address key questions.

Who benefited from the recovery?

At some 3 percent how long did it take for the nation to regain lost ground?

Did Reagan's tax cuts bring about more growth than would have normally occurred? The Carvellian quick response: NO!

The record shows that between 1979 and 1989 the growth rate was 3% --the same as the growth rate between 1973 and 1979! There was, then, no improvement with "voodoo economics" than without it. There was no "Reagan recovery"! Wealth did not trickle down; it flowed upward at alarming rates. It is, in fact, an increasingly steep curve that can be, has been plotted. The 'slope' of this curve at any given point, gives you the rate at which the rich get richer, the poor even poorer at that very moment.

The dubious honor of being dead last in almost every economic category belongs to Bush Sr, the wannabe who was photographed hanging around the front entrance to the Texas School Book Depository just prior to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. What interest had a Texas 'oil man' in the TSBD? At the time Bush was, in fact, the 'owner' of an upstart company called Zapata whom few had ever heard of and about which very little is known even now.
Job Growth Per Year Under Most Recent Presidents8

Johnson 3.8%
Carter 3.1
Clinton 2.4
Kennedy 2.3
Nixon 2.3
Reagan 2.1
Bush 0.6

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Survey
The economic story is this: every Democratic President has presided over greater GDP growth and job growth than any GOP 'president' since World War II. His depression of some two years began with the infamous tax cut of 1982. Curves plotted in the wake of this cynical move literally graphs the transfer of wealth from from a relative egalitarian state to one in which only the upper quintile benefited. The trend reverse briefly during Clinton's second term only to resume with the stolen election, the rise of Bush Jr. At present, just one percent of the nation owns more than the rest of us combined.

Reagan should have been tried for TREASON!

Read the Final Report of IRAN-CONTRA prosecutor, L. Walsh.
The underlying facts of Iran/contra are that, regardless of criminality, President Reagan, the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, and the director of central intelligence and their necessary assistants committed themselves, however reluctantly, to two programs contrary to congressional policy and contrary to national policy. They skirted the law, some of them broke the law, and almost all of them tried to cover up the President's willful activities.


The Iran/contra investigation will not end the kind of abuse of power that it addressed any more than the Watergate investigation did. The criminality in both affairs did not arise primarily out of ordinary venality or greed, although some of those charged were driven by both. Instead, the crimes committed in Iran/contra were motivated by the desire of persons in high office to pursue controversial policies and goals even when the pursuit of those policies and goals was inhibited or restricted by executive orders, statutes or the constitutional system of checks and balances.

The tone in Iran/contra was set by President Reagan. He directed that the contras be supported, despite a ban on contra aid imposed on him by Congress. And he was willing to trade arms to Iran for the release of Americans held hostage in the Middle East, even if doing so was contrary to the nation's stated policy and possibly in violation of the law.


Dion: Abraham, Martin and John




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