Reverse the Revolution of 1963

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about President Obama’s foreign policy can be heard among those
who voted for change from his predecessor. But determining what
to do about Guantanamo Bay, the rights of suspected terrorists and
even finding ways to end the failed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
will only address symptoms of a deeper problem.

Not even a
revolution will cause substantial change if no one knows the root
of what harms our nation. We should understand that we had a revolution
in 1963. It would serve us well to recall how we got from there
to here:

In November
of that year, several shots fired from different directions felled
President John Kennedy in broad daylight in Dallas, Texas. An innocent
man, Lee Harvey Oswald, was framed for the crime and the authorities
missed several leads, such as dozens of "ear" witnesses
who said the fatal shot came from in front of the president’s motorcade.

Enter Lyndon
Baines Johnson, sworn in next to the late president’s widow, who
still had his blood on her clothes. As soon as LBJ covered up the
JFK assassination by appointing enemies of JFK to "investigate"
the coup was complete. The revolution began and has never stopped.

Johnson went
on to reverse JFK’s draw down of our involvement in a war in Viet
Nam. And after using false reports of U.S. ships being fired upon
in the Gulf of Tonkin to get "authority" to prosecute
the war, he never looked back. He attempted to fund social programs
to fight poverty and the war.

Enter Richard
Nixon who said we had to choose one or the other. Guess which one
he chose?

The war ultimately
took the lives of millions of Vietnamese people along with over
58,000 of our troops. The public found out by that time that our
leaders had lied about the war thanks to the Pentagon Papers and
other reports.

No matter.

Enter Jimmy
Carter. Elected after the only non-elected President, Gerald Ford,
took over from Nixon, Carter said he would not lie. But even the
president who used military force least often among recent presidents
got us involved in a covert war in Afghanistan. He shipped weapons
illegally through Pakistan to a group of people who fought alongside
Osama bin Laden.

We had to stop
the communists!

But the CIA
wanted more covert action to fight the communists in Nicaragua.
Carter wouldn’t do it. Not a problem. The revolution continued with
some new leaders.

Enter Ronald
Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Reagan was the front man who talked
tough about Iran who held our people hostage. Bush was the guy in
the back room making deals with the Ayatollah by sending him weapons
in exchange for a delay in the release of the hostages.

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16, 2010

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