Wilson, Churchill, Roosevelt and Bush: The Banality of Betrayal

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Poke
holes in the government's ludicrous account of what happened on
9/11
and mention the possibility (likelihood) of it being an
inside job, and the first reply is likely to be, "No, that's
impossible because there would be too many people involved."
Many people simply refuse to believe that Misters Bush-Cheney-Powell-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz-Feith
would risk the mass murder of 3,000 innocent Americans just to rev
up America's juices for some good old-fashioned violence abroad.
No, too many loose lips would sink the U.S.S. Conspiracy, goes the
argument.

But
an excursion back in time reveals evidence for small, mid-size and
large conspiracies at the top. U.S. entry into the misnamed Great
War, for example, was aided by "black ops." While President
Woodrow Wilson called for neutrality in his political speeches in
1914 and 1915, akin to Mr. Bush's 2000 declaration against nation-building
and support for "a more humble foreign policy," Wilson
wrote a secret letter to the leaders of the British government,
reinforced by frequent visits from Wilson's primary adviser, Colonel
House, pledging to bring America into the European war on the Allied
side to guarantee a decisive win (the history recounted here is
based on the thorough research of John V. Denson's magnificent,
"Roosevelt and the First Shot: A Study of Deceit and Deception,"
here).
Afterward, the fool in the White House planned to impose his wonderful,
worldwide permanent peace (such megalomania about remaking the world
in our image sounds familiar today, doesn't it?). Before sending
our boys "over there, over there," into enemy machine
gun fire, however, a public change of heart was needed.

Fortunately,
the resourceful Winston Churchill, then first lord of the Admiralty
(Franklin D. Roosevelt was Woodrow Wilson's assistant secretary
of the Navy, learning treachery on the job) was standing by to provide
some "oomph" for U.S. entry into the war. Just prior to
war, the Cunard steamship company in England received a government
subsidy to build the Lusitania, the world's fastest ocean
liner. The subsidy allowed government to take it over during war
and the government had designed a secret compartment for weapons
and ammunition aboard ship. On the fateful voyage, the British admiralty
under Churchill's leadership, changed captains, substituting Captain
William Turner for the usual captain. As the Lusitania neared
its destination, the Admiralty ordered the military escort ship,
the Juno, to abandon its usual mission, thereby leaving the
ocean liner without protection from submarines. The Lusitania
was not told that it was then alone, nor that a German sub was directly
in its path, facts known to the Admiralty. The Admiralty ordered
Captain Turner to reduce his speed, thereby making the Lusitania
an easy torpedo target. When the Lusitania sank, over 100
Americans lost their lives. At a hearing in England following the
disaster, Captain Turner was disgraced and found guilty of negligence,
deflecting attention from Churchill and the Admiralty, just as the
American commanders at Pearl Harbor would later become scapegoats
for the disaster of December 7, 1941.

OK,
put the Lusitania aside as so much small change to hasten
U.S. entry into WWI. FDR set a whole new standard. First, consider
the espionage operation in the U.S. by our erstwhile ally, Great
Britain, steering the U.S. into war and paralleling the espionage
of today's neocon
cabal
. A Canadian citizen by the name of William Stephenson
later became known by his code name, Intrepid. He was a personal
friend of Winston Churchill who set up a secret organization rent-free
in Rockefeller Center in New York. The purpose was to help those
likable rascals Roosevelt and Churchill bring America into the war
through false propaganda, creation of false documents, and whatever
means were necessary, allegedly including murder. One of the organization's
secret agents was Ian Fleming, subsequent creator of 007, James
Bond.

Two
false documents proved noteworthy. First, Intrepid cooked up a false
map that Roosevelt knowingly used in a national radio speech on
October 27, 1941. This document allegedly was obtained from a German
spy and purported to show Hitler's secret plans to invade South
America, thereby posing an imminent danger to America. Detect the
similarity with Bush's tale in his State of the Union message about
the imminent threat of Saddam
Hussein seeking uranium from Niger
? Second, Intrepid managed
to plant a false document in Hitler's hands on December 3, 1941,
purporting to show Roosevelt's secret plan to preemptively strike
Germany without a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress. When
Hitler suddenly declared war against America on December 11, 1941,
almost everyone except Churchill, Roosevelt, and Intrepid was surprised.

It
boggles the mind, I know, to find out what Roosevelt and Churchill
did to get America into a war with Germany. Intrepid used one dirty
trick after another. He smeared people like Charles Lindbergh and
Henry Ford as Nazi sympathizers, supplied mistresses to shut up
anti-interventionist opponents like Republican Senator Arthur H.
Vandenberg of Michigan, altered Gallup poll results, and helped
rig the Republican nomination for Wendell Wilkie who had the same
foreign policy as FDR, rather like the establishment John Kerry
overtaking dissident Howard Dean.

Intrepid
must have had some fun. Intrepid built on the model of Sir William
Wiseman, head of the British Secret Service in America in World
War I, who played a major role in getting the U.S. into that war.
Wilson's adviser, Colonel House, "habitually permitted Sir
William Wiseman…to sit in his private office in New York and read
the most secret documents of the American Government. House's father
and mother had both been English" (Denson quotation, p. 490).

But
FDR's perfidy magnifique was the "surprise" attack
at Pearl Harbor. It was a day of infamy alright. The Pearl Harbor
attack was about as big a surprise as 9/11 was to insiders three
years ago. The American people were adamantly opposed to fighting
another European war after Wilson lied them into World War I. Roosevelt
labored away at provoking Germany and Japan and finally got what
he wanted by maneuvering Japan into firing first. In January, 1940,
he ordered the Pacific fleet transferred from its home base at San
Diego to Pearl, so that it would be vulnerable to carrier attack
with little air cover or support (reminiscent of the air defense
"stand down" on 9/11). In May, 1940, it was announced
that the entire fleet would remain at Pearl indefinitely, a suicidal
departure from naval policy, and Roosevelt transferred ships to
the Atlantic, weakening the Pacific fleet and trying to provoke
the Germans into firing the first shot. When the commander of the
Pacific fleet, Admiral James O. Richardson, visited the White House
to protest these absurd orders, Roosevelt fired him.

Following
in his idol's (Wilson's) footsteps, Roosevelt campaigned as a dove
("Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars")
while sending alter ego Harry Hopkins to London to promise
American entry into the war. On July 25, 1941, Roosevelt ordered
all Japanese assets in the United States "frozen," thus
shutting down commerce between the two. Combined with identical
orders from the British and Dutch, Japan was cut off from direct
purchase in oil markets. Roosevelt refused to negotiate with the
moderate Konoye government, soon replaced by the militaristic Mr.
Tojo. Roosevelt had painted Japan into a corner.

Reassuring
Pearl commanders that they were continually supplied with updated
information, Roosevelt concealed. American cryptographers had cracked
the diplomatic and naval or military codes of the Japanese. The
Japanese fleet sailed on November 25, 1941, and did not maintain
radio silence up through December 7, 1941. American cryptographers
decoded its communications and sent them directly to Roosevelt.
Directional radio finders tracked the fleet all the way. Meanwhile,
Navy officials declared the North Pacific Ocean a "Vacant Sea"
to clear out traffic for the approaching Japanese. When Admiral
Husband E. Kimmel tried to defend Pearl Harbor by searching for
a Japanese carrier force north of Hawaii, the area where Japan planned
to launch her attack, the White House ordered him out.

An
elaborate cover up followed, naturally. Hundreds of insiders knew
the score, but were shut up by self-censorship, threatened imprisonment,
disgrace and loss of benefits. So much for the "it's too big"
objection to conspiracy. Roosevelt formed a commission to investigate
only what happened at Pearl itself, not what went on in Washington,
D.C. A limited hang out, cover-up commission sounds familiar. Roosevelt's
commission held secret hearings (yup) and neither commander at Pearl
was allowed to submit evidence or call witnesses and they were completely
denied due process. The commission found them solely at fault and
they were forced to resign in disgrace. Condemning the findings,
Admiral Richardson who preceded Admiral Kimmel at Pearl said: "It
is the most unfair, unjust and deceptively dishonest document ever
printed by the government printing office. I cannot conceive of
honorable men serving on the commission without greatest regret
and deepest feelings of shame" (Denson, p. 515).

There
were ten official inquiries into Pearl Harbor, but it wasn't until
the arrival of Robert
Stinnet's painstakingly-researched book of 17 years
, aided by
the Freedom of Information Act, that we discover the truth about
Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt has his huge monument on the mall, including
his nonsense statement, "I hate war," to deceive the tourists.
Establishment historians rank him among the top three presidents
of all time. I guess Mr. Roosevelt's crimes on behalf of a "good
cause" were just fine and dandy. As historian Arthur Schlesinger
rationalizes, both Lincoln and Roosevelt "did what they thought
they had to do to save the republic" (Denson quotation, p.
519). Good intentions mean so very, very much to a Harvard historian.

It
took 59 years to learn the truth about Pearl Harbor. Maybe we can
shorten the time span to arrive at the truth about 9/11.

September
15, 2004

Morgan
Reynolds [send him mail],
retired professor of economics at Texas A&M University and former
chief economist, US Department of Labor, lives in Hot Springs Village,
Arkansas.

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