I've finished John M. Newman, Countdown to Darkness, his second of a trilogy.
As he brings us to the eve of the Bay of Pigs invasion, he wonders that Lyman Lemnitzer, Curtis LeMay, Arleigh Burke allowed the President to go forward without warning of catastrophe.
He ponders the self-deception and deception of Allen Dulles, Richard Bissell, and Charles Cabell
advising the President regarding chances for the success given that:
1. There would be no popular uprising: Many were favorable toward Castro; those not were dead or in prison.
2. The initial plan for a half dozen raids utilizing sixteen B-26s each were pared to a single raid of a half dozen planes--which failed to destroy Castro's air force.
3. A Soviet ship a day was arriving with arms, tanks, planes, and military advisors.
4. The destroyer screen was ordered twenty miles off shore instead of three.
5. The site was moved from one near mountains to a swamp far from mountains.
6. Castro had penetrated all the interior resistance and all the Miami exiles.
For reasons presented in this work, and for other revelations--many from Greg's presentations and essays--I believe the operation was forged into a trap to blow back on Kennedy, to create an army of assassins motivated by seething hatred, ditto their CIA handlers.
Hunt's Give Us this Day (1973) and Newman's depiction of despairing Phillips with a bottle leaning against a tree, may seem merely sad--
--but the mask conceals a cold rage, a Welcome to Dallas, Mr. President/Welcome to Washington, Mr. Lincoln.
With today's revelation Susan Rice was calling on intelligence agencies for spreadsheets on Trump administration figures
With earlier admission by Evelyn Farkas she was pushing intel on Trump people on "friends on the Hill"
With cunning denial by Comey and Clapper that the president was a target
we see a parallel to the poisonous fog described in Douglass' Unspeakable
Mockingbird enmeshed all the media that mattered, and sang the songs the CIA wanted sung
Now it's Russian Meddling with Trump Collusion ad nauseum
albeit sans any evidence--
With Kennedy, the spooks and brass wanted carte blanche based on poor or nonexistent planning despite catastrophic consequence
With Trump, the President isn't keen on more trillion-dollar escapades in the desolate quadrilateral of Orwell
and is marked for character assassination as the fence-jumpers and celebrity threateners proliferate in the background
Robert DeNiro would like to punch Trump in the nose
I don't believe Jimmy Hoffa or Carlos Marcello were ever so injudicious in public
The target of so much bile donates the first quarter's salary to the National Parks Service
Teddy Roosevelt is grinning
from the era when bully meant jolly good
The question in my mind is
With all the Trump-snooping being done by FBI and NSA
do they have any time and manpower to spare to stave off the next 9/11-scale terror event?
One thing is certain, when the milint complex got its war in 'Nam, it allowed LBJ and Nixon and the Democrat Congress
to cripple the U.S. effort with rules of engagement the enemy found laughable
Are Putin and Xi laughing at the spectacle created by Schumer and Schiff?
Ho and friends laughed over tea at LBJ's professed fear of Chinese and Soviet intercession
The wizards of Langley and the Pentagon get their 'nam war and their Iraq war
and somehow through the mess described by Sibel Edmonds
they let it slip away
We would do well to recall the words of President John F. Kennedy at American University June 10, 1963 regarding the so-evil country Donald J. Trump is continually accused of colluding with:
Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique, among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation's territory, including nearly two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland--a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.
When Khrushchev warmed to Kennedy's overtures he was surveilled and replaced--surveilled and replaced
for the milint machine rusts in peace
or so it says, as it grows fat on contracts for untested systems threatened by a businessman
Why are we listening to a milint machine which watched as China fell, North Korea invaded, Cuba fell, Vietnam fell, Iran fell, and Iran received the A-bomb gold card
Kennedy and Trump's skepticism is similarly based on observation of failure
Milint attitude is we may not always be right but we're never wrong and will kill you if you persist in insisting we are