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.