They shouted out ‘who killed the Kennedys’
When after all, it was you and me.
— Rolling Stones
I just finished “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters”. It’s written by peace activist and historian James Douglass, and it includes a lot of new information and interviews from people who were simply too afraid to speak for decades.
In case you haven’t noticed, there was an astounding death rate among anyone who came forth with testimony that contradicted the “official” version of Kennedy’s death at the hands of a lone gunman.
I think I’ve read almost every JFK conspiracy book out there, and here’s one that answers the essential question: Why, exactly, did the CIA want Kennedy dead?
Douglass relates the details of back-channel communications between JFK and Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev and their efforts toward ending the Cold War. He also spells out eaxctly how JFK was trying to avoid getting pulled into Viet Nam (a point disputed by other historians, addressed by Douglass), but was seriously contradicted and undermined by Henry Cabot Lodge, Kennedy’s ambassador to Vietnam and his political adversary. (Obama should take a clue from this.) Of course, you already know about Cuba.
His speech at American University (below) was seen as a turning point for the establishment members who were invested in war.
While I’ve read many books that wrote about Kennedy the man, and others about Kennedy the politician, this is the first one I can recall that really clearly communicates how the man he was informed his political decisions.
Anyway, if after all this time, if you still believe the Kennedys were killed by crazy lone wolf-gunmen, and if you still believe we live in the land of the free and the home of brave, this book won’t change your mind. (Because if you still believe that, nothing will.)
What depresses me is how the exact same scenarios with the same kind of interests are being played out today. (We already know there’s a hardcore group of Cheneyites working against Obama from within the CIA and the Pentagon.)
While Obama is cooperating with the establishment on almost everything else, I imagine his halting attempts to deal with the real problems posed by the American relationship with Israel are probably enough to get him killed.
And while if it does happen, it may look that way, it almost certainly won’t be a “lone wolf.” It’ll be some guy sitting at a desk in Langley.