It was great to hear from Karen Hudes again. We should all fight for the rule of law: it's a worthy ideal. However, if Karen believes the ruling class can't make and prosecute law to defend its rule, she's living in cloud cuckoo land. Still, ideals can take one a long way - a good example being Martin Luther King. When a year ago the Occupy Movement tried to use their Constitutional "right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances", acting as plaintiffs for the general public to redress the rank financial criminality, the response of the local law-enforcement agencies, acting in conspiracy (which evidence has shown was the case), was to beat and jail the plaintiffs in the interest of defending the perpetrators. This is the modern role of officialdom: attack the plaintiffs, defend the perpetrators. Mark Novitsky gave out a lot of good information. One thing he was wrong about, though: it was common knowledge among those opposing the Vietnam War in the '60s and '70s that Walter Cronkite was on the CIA payroll. In every news organization there are honest journalists who get the stories and want to see them aired, but the stories end up in the waste basket because their editors effectively have government commissars standing over them. I heard this firsthand from CNN staff who came up and spoke to us at a demonstration in front of CNN headquarters.
Hey Atlantabill, are you familiar with the work of historian Kirkpatrick Sale -- and most significantly, the writings of his disciple Carl Oglesby -- on how the Vietnam War was finally ended because of a split in the power establishment, with the Eastern (banking) faction turning against the Western (armaments/drugs) faction?Sure ol' Uncle Walter was a "made man" for the Company, but it was the bankers faction that gave him the marching orders to call for the bloodbath to end.
Andy, yes, there could be something to the establishment split over the war on Vietnam, with the Eastern (Wall Street) intelligentsia quicker to realize that the Vietnamese were putting up a much stiffer resistance than expected and that the war was beginning to test the U.S. social fabric to an extent not seen since the Civil War. Carl Oglesby did a revealing piece on the founding of the CIA entitled "The Secret Treaty of Fort Hunt", showing the Nazi ODESSA network's influence in the destruction of the OSS and its replacement with the CIA. I think this is just one among many works of historiography that show not so much that the German civil establishment survived the war, but that Nazism survived the destruction of Germany.
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