December 7, 2016
My local newspaper, the state-wide Arkansas Democrat Gazette, featured three Pearl Harbor op/eds this morning. All three support the government’s story about an unprovoked, “surprise” Japanese attack. No surprise, the newspaper gave official fable apologists space and critics none.
Paul Greenberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer and columnist for the newspaper, wrote, “…Franklin Roosevelt pre-empted every radio program on the air as he reviewed the now undeniable facts of Japan’s treachery.” Treachery? Sort of. But every military commander knows that the element of surprise is a force multiplier. And undeniable facts? All critical facts were left out of Roosevelt’s remarks because the real treachery was in Washington, D.C., where FDR and his gang effectively knew everything and Pearl nothing.
Greenberg used most of his space to reproduce the transcript of FDR’s propaganda talk. FDR said, “…the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.” Well, FDR’s claim overlooks important facts; in particular: “The Japanese were aware that FDR and Churchill were trying to provoke a war between America and Japan as a ‘back-door’ entry into the European war” (John V. Denson, Reassessing the Presidency, pp. 500-1). Japan’s Konoe government, in an unprecedented diplomatic move following the August, 1941, Atlantic Conference [plot!] between Roosevelt and Churchill, “offered to send Prince Fumimaro, the prime minister, and a member of the royal family to negotiate personally with Roosevelt in a desperate effort to preserve peace. Roosevelt flatly refused” (p. 501). This caused the downfall of the Konoe government, succeeded by “Tojo’s militant jingoistic government” (p. 501). Not exactly the way to preserve the peace, FDR. But that was hardly his aim.
FDR’s radio address asserted, “But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.” The character of the onslaught? The trouble is that “history is not history unless it is the truth,” as Abraham Lincoln said. And given FDR’s manipulation and extreme deceit, the real nature of the onslaught remains hidden from most citizens. FDR also referred to “the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan.” Unprovoked? It was nothing but provoked by FDR’s actions. Greenberg concludes, “And so it was on this date 75 years ago. For always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.” But the official account of the Pearl Harbor onslaught is not history, it’s a pack of lies! By contrast, Secretary of War Henry Stimson was closer to the truth when he recorded relief in his diary about the attack on December 7: “We three [Hull, Knox, and Stimson] all thought that we must fight if the British fought. But now the Japs have solved the whole thing by attacking us directly in Hawaii” (Denson, p. 512).
The column by William Inboden, an associate professor at the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin, says “Pearl Harbor also marked ‘an end to illusions,’ as the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr described the United States’ sudden mindfulness of the threats posed by Japan and Nazi Germany.” Inboden then delves into all the wonderful advances in U.S. foreign policy since Pearl: “…from isolationism to international leadership…from disdaining alliances to forming an extensive network of allies…” Then the sainted Truman administration, “mindful of the intelligence and policy failures that left us vulnerable to surprise attacks, partnered with Congress to establish” all those wonderful institutions that run our foreign policies today, like DoD, CIA, etc. Ah yes, “The world is a better place, and our nation is more prosperous and secure, when the United States leads from the front. That is as true today as it was in 1941.”
Secretary of State Dean Acheson in the Truman administration said that “[i]n the final analysis, the United States is the locomotive of mankind and the rest of the world the cabooses.” Inboden puts it more gently but it’s all about U.S. interventionism around the world, now isn’t it? Anytime and any place because Inbolden sees threats from China’s rising power, North Korean nukes, Russian “aggression,” a Middle East torn asunder by war [I wonder why?], and “on virtually every continent, we see the threat of jihadi terrorism.” Blowback? What’s that? False flag attacks? Never heard of it. Provoking the first shot? America would never stoop so low. And today we have failure of legitimacy in nearly every U.S. intervention.
The essay by Brenda Looper says “you would think this tragic event would be treated respectfully…Instead, conspiracy theories have surrounded Pearl Harbor and other events for years.” Oh yes, somebody has to play the conspiracy card. After all, Saul Alinsky’s Rule 5 in his Rules for Radicals (1971) points out: ““Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” When the facts get cross-wise with the government story, trust the government, right. And the corporate media? No lies there. Then Looper writes this whopper: “The McCollum memo, for instance, which contained a containment strategy for Japan, was instead an example of hypothetical war plans just about any nation would make in case war happened (in most cases it wouldn’t); there is no evidence the October 1940 memo ever even got to FDR.” Oh yes, that FDR was quite the choir boy. Hell, FDR requested the memo from Lt. Commander Arthur H. McCollum who wrote at the bottom of the plan “If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better.” The two met immediately after FDR received it and FDR acted on all eight steps of the plan to provoke Japan into war. He got the memo alright.
The Pearl Harbor attack, magnified by 9/11 60 years later, is the gift that keeps on giving. It is a bonanza for the military-industrial-intel-Congressional complex, as well as the money power. That is why we have so much lying on behalf of Roosevelt and his crew of traitors even after 75 years. The surprise-attack lore must be run up the flag pole, the truth deep-sixed. Instead of America’s common sense and wholesome desire to mind our own business, we have the fear card played time and again in Washington, the elite served and the interest of the American people disserved. America should lead by example, not by alliances, war, deception and treachery.
Hello Morgan, and fellow commentators : thank you all for your insights and thoughts. WW2 was truly one of the most terrible times in human history–but alas, there were other terrible times, just as there were many other “Greatest Generations”, all trying to make some sense of what had happened –and why– in the aftermath of how many historic catastrophes. Post– Second world war, (as if the First had not been awful enough), people desperately wanted to believe that there had been some higher cause, some undying noble reason, some real lasting triumph over great evil for which so many soldiers and countless civilians had sacrificed their lives. Sad truth of the matter is that word sacrifice: these terrible wars were designed to grind up and sacrifice as many human lives as possible, and the wars were prolonged as long as possible to accomplish that. Recently I read an analysis of the Pacific war that urged its readers to consider that the war with Japan could have ended in 1943-early 1944 at the latest. Also please study the brutally effective aerial mining campaign conducted by the B29s against Japanese shipping lanes, waterways and ports (“Operation Starvation”–no mincing of words there)..postwar interrogations of Japanese officials revealed their strong belief that if the Americans had started this aerial mining operation earlier, the war would have ended much sooner. …and Hiroshima and Nagasaki would not have happened. Also, Be sure to check out David Dionisi’s revealing book Atomic Bomb Secrets.
Thanks Chad. Your comment–“the wars were prolonged as long as possible”–interests me. Why, for example, expend all those lives bloody island hopping in the Pacific to take out irrelevant Japanese troops? Bypass ’em! I have not studied this issue in any detail but I am raising questions about U.S. tactics in the Pacific. The Aleutians were some 750 miles from the Japanese Kurile Islands and the Wikipedia account states: “Although plans were drawn up for attacking northern Japan, they were not executed. [Why not?] Over 1,500 sorties were flown against the Kuriles before the end of the war, including the Japanese base of Paramushir, diverting 500 Japanese planes and 41,000 ground troops.” The Japanese occupied two Aleutian islands for a year and what we might call military “skirmishes” occurred for control, with the Americans finally “ejecting” the occupying Japanese.
“the elite served and the interest of the American people disserved”
Tell me, what exactly were FDR’s personal ambitions in betraying a nation he serviced throughout the Depression and Second World War? The American economy had already been fueling the Allied war effort for years. And provocation? After almost ten years of Japanese war-mongering in Asia and the Pacific islands, you honestly find it that unlikely for Japan to then turn their attention to the US, the next logical foe in their multi-continental conquest? If you were FDR in 1940 and Japan and Germany just buddied up in their Tripartite Pact, were declaring war against nearly every other Western nation (and doing so unprovoked!) you wouldn’t feel the least bit intimidated? You wouldn’t find this unprecedented aggression happening virtually on top of either coast provocative? You wouldn’t feel as if you had a target on your back? As our president you wouldn’t become the least bit concerned for your peoples’ future? Even if it was staged by the US government, why destroy almost our entire Pacific fleet? Why not rig explosives on some ocean liner and just have a USS Maine 2.0?
But getting back to your conclusion (what I’d really like to argue here), how was our entry into WWII in anyway deserving the American public? Your implication that the hundreds of thousands of American lives sacrificed were done so unnecessarily is unnerving and beyond insulting. Your brazenly ignorant slap in the face to the Greatest Generation is disgusting. You ought to be ashamed of yourself as an ex-public servant and moreover an American. And that you had the nerve to use a cartoon character to help dish out this laughable argument. What you’ve attempted to do here is challenge commonly accepted history to ultimately uncover truth (which is an important thing to do). It’s what historians do everyday; it’s their passion, remembering history as it truly happened. We take the black and white facts from founded sources and make grey. But that isn’t what your doing here. You’re just spouting opinion as fact, running rampant with prejudice and bias. You’re no academic or professional on this page, you’ve done just as much work as some slack-ass high-schooler cherry-picking the internet for a conclusion you reached before you even started. You’ve made yourself just another blogger, unworthy of anyone’s serious consideration. You’re better off posting pages from your diary than this crap. Go take a history class and start devoting your time to the pieces of history that genuinely need revision.
FDR’s personal ambitions? I don’t really know or much care. My aim is to find out and state the truth about his actions. But for the record, we have plenty of proof he was one evil SOB. For openers, FDR was responsible for the thousands of lives lost at Pearl. I cut him no slack for that. But you do? He was a traitor flat out, as I explain in detail in my article on this site, “On FDR’s Treason: An Addendum to Alan Stang’s ‘Pearl Harbor, Proves 9-11 Fraud’.” You refer to “…a nation he serviced throughout the Depression and Second World War?” Serviced is an interesting verb, as in bend over America and FDR inserts his policies? Instead of “saving capitalism” Hoover and FDR thwarted capitalist/market recovery at every turn, turning the Fed-induced boom of the 1920s followed by its inevitable downturn into a disastrous and unprecedented Great Depression. Regardless of ambitions (the road to hell is paved with…), those bozos thereby created the “mixed economy,” the unstable admixture of big government socialism and what remains of the “free” market, one counterproductive intervention after another, hence, the servile and doomed welfare/warfare state we inherit today, a monstrous parasite consuming its productive host at accelerating speed.
And remember FDR for his “Papa Joe” BS, buddy-buddy with the greatest mass murderer in human history? R.J. Rummel, Death by Government, puts the Soviet murder toll at 62 million of its own subjects, with Mao ranked second at 37 million murders. I’m an enemy of naziism/fascism but it is accurate to point out that FDR and company “destroyed the three most anticommunist governments: Germany, Japan, and Italy. WWII made the world much safer for communism and, thereby, more at risk to tyranny” (Denson, p. 483). Nice going, FDR! Besides, the most important part of the truth about Pearl Harbor is that it is not “unthinkable” that high US officials could plot and pull off the 9/11 attacks. Understanding our real history there is about shining sunlight on our big contemporary lie, 9/11.
As an historian, I’m good at it. Better than the court historians who cover up the truth about perfidy by the “sainted” leaders of the US government. I agree with Lord Acton: “The historian should be a hanging judge…the avenger of innocent blood.” I’m here to hang Roosevelt with the facts he produced. And avenge innocent blood, starting with 2,403 he had killed at Pearl Harbor by depriving Kimmel and Short with vital intelligence. Then he had the balls to scapegoat them! That came back to bite them. Crooks learn from history. That is why the 9/11 [cover up] Commission said up front that they sought to blame no one. There are good professional historians, yes, but most do not connect the right dots because they are statists. Plus they know no economics. Study my other articles on Pearl Harbor here, plus the references cited therein, especially Robert Stinnett’s Day of Deceit and John V. Denson’s “Roosevelt and the First Shot: A Study of Deceit and Deception,” in his edited volume, Reassessing the Presidency.
It is absurd to suppose Japan had designs on conquering the USA. There is zero evidence for this proposition that I know of and it would have been totally impossible. If you have proof to the contrary, bring it. The Japanese even messed up their attack at Pearl by sinking battleships at the cost of destroying infrastructure. They should have followed up their 45-minute attack with another wave as necessary. It was a hit-and-run job. No angels were the Japanese but Tojo and company were hemmed in by US-British-Dutch barriers and then wanted to buy time to annex/confiscate resources in Asia, lebensraum (elbow room) as Hitler put it. And FDR, the US government and other major nations were partly culpable because, as economists know, “When goods cannot cross borders, armies will.” Shut down mutually advantageous trade and things start to get desperate. The Smoot-Hawley tariffs and similar protectionist tariffs around the world ruined international trade and implied that poorly endowed yet commercially ambitious nations were screwed without commercial access to natural resources. By the way, Hitler artfully dodged war with the US for over two years and was suckered into declaring war on the US after Pearl, as FDR intended.
Ensign Kazuo Sakamaki, the Japanese midget submarine commander who was captured as POW no. 1 when his sub ran aground on Oahu on December 7, said, “Your honorable ‘have’ country placed an economic blockade on the ‘have not’ country” (Day of Deceit, ebook location 6714). What insight! No surprise, however, because the Japanese are far more aware of their paucity of natural resources than Americans.
The first step in understanding WWII is to recognize that history is a stream and WWII was a continuation of the unfinished business of WWI tragically enhanced by the vindictive Treaty of Versailles. History is about achieving understanding, not just cheering for “our team.” After its WWI experience the American public wanted nothing to do with another European conflagration. Roosevelt knew he could not convince the people to the contrary and ran as a peace candidate in 1940, that is, he lied and lied and lied some more. Meanwhile, German forces could not get across the English Channel much less cross the Atlantic ocean to conquer America.
The founders put the war power in Congress (Article I, section 8), not in a power-mad executive who arranges an attack on the very country he was sworn to protect and then goes before Congress to get a declaration of war based on fraud. No matter how noble the end, it does not justify the use of vile means. The real end is the use of proper means. The evidence proves FDR was a vile user of vile means.
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