Monday, June 13, 2016

LBJ-JFK campaign at Armarillo Air Force base, fall 1960. Sunshine Williams, of Austin, TX (now a realtor in 2016, formerly a Young Democrat and formerly a radio reporter, has her right hand with ring on it in this picture - lower left hand corner. Sunshine has personally told me this story.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lyndon Johnson, Bill Moyers and Morley Safer

LBJ threatening CBS News over the Vietnam War reporting of Morley Safer

            The most outraged reaction to Cam Ne came from the White House. The morning after the broadcast the president of the United States, Lyndon Johnson, telephoned his good friend and member of the president’s  Advisory Commission on the United States Information Agency, Frank Stanton, who was also the president of CBS.

            “Hello, Frank, this is your president.”

            “Yes, Mr. President.”

            “Frank, you trying to fuck me?” The president then went on to give Stanton, one of the coolest, most aloof men I have ever known, a dreadful tongue lashing. He described graphically how CBS and I, and by inference Stanton himself, had publicly desecrated the flag. A few days later he summoned Stanton to the White House and in a small office off the Oval office, with Bill Moyers, then his press secretary, continued the harangue. The meeting then took a much darker turn. Johnson threatened that, unless CBS got rid of me and “cleaned up its act,” the White House would “go public” with information about Safer’s “Communist ties.”

            Johnson claimed that he and Moyers “had the goods” on me as a result of an investigation launched by the FBI, the CIA, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

            In fact there was an investigation that produced nothing, except perhaps the fact that politically the Safers were an extremely conservative bunch. Johnson, with Moyers help, was simply bluffing.”

[Morley Safer, Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam, p. 94]

Wikipedia on Morley Safer and Cam Ne search and destroy mission, broadcast on August 5, 1965

In 1964, Safer joined CBS News as a London-based correspondent. In 1965, he opened the CBS News bureau in Saigon. That year he followed a group of United States Marines to the village of Cam Ne, for what was described as a "search and destroy" mission. When the Marines arrived, they gave orders in English to the inhabitants to evacuate the village. When the homes were cleared, the Marines burned their thatched roofs with flamethrowers and Zippo lighters. Safer's report on this event was broadcast on CBS News on August 5, 1965, and was among the first reports to paint a bleak picture of the Vietnam War. President Lyndon Baines Johnson reacted to this report angrily, calling CBS's president and accusing Safer and his colleagues of having "shat on the American flag." Certain that Safer was a communist, Johnson also ordered a security check; upon being told that Safer "wasn't a communist, just a Canadian", he responded: "Well, I knew he wasn't an American."

Morley Safer on Dean Rusk and Bill Moyers

            To this day Rusk believes the entire Cam Ne story was staged. He says I convinced a Marine Corps unit to bring in some Vietnames refugees to an abandoned village that the marines were using for training exercises, that I then asked the marines to torch the village, and that, being susceptible, well-meaning young Americans, they obliged.

            Rusk maintains that it was “common knowledge at the White House that the reporter was a questionable character with ties to the Soviet intelligence apparatus… The White House had its own intelligence on him but for reasons I can’t recall, they never used it.”

            I find it hard to believe that Bill Moyers would engage in character assassination over one brief evening news broadcast - even given the political imperatives of the moment. But I confess, I find it harder not to believe it. His part in Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover’s bugging of Martin Luther King’s private life, the leaks to the press and diplomatic corps, the surveillance of civil rights groups at the 1964 Democratic convention, and his request for damaging information from Hoover on members of the Goldwater campaign suggest that he was not only a good soldier but a gleeful retainer feeding the appetites of Lyndon Johnson. “

[Morley Safer, Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam, p. 96]

Saturday, May 14, 2016


            THE J.F.K. ASSASSINATION:  A PERSONAL MEMOIR                     5/11/16

 On that Friday, November 22, 1963, I was an 18- year old freshman majoring in
engineering at the University of Buffalo, on a Regents Scholarship, and having problems.
America in that year was blissfully naïve and politically inscrutable; very,
very different from today's America. In the words of C. Wright Mills, one
of my radical heroes of that age, "American politics is characterized by a 'conservative mood', but Americans are neither liberal, nor conservative; neither radical nor reactionary...
They are inactionary; they are out of it." My own political views had moved
from the moderate Republican attitude of my small-town parents to a mishmash
of center-left feelings. I was against Kennedy in 1960; I just couldn't
imagine a man that skinny being President! But I came to like him even
though he scared the life out of me in the Cuban missile crisis. By
November 1963 he was just sort of taken for granted and was thought very likely to
be re-elected in 1964. Little did I know what a corrupt mess he and his
administration were at the time, or what deadly enemies he had made.

I was meeting with a guidance counselor that day around 2 pm, when a woman
popped into the room and told the counselor that she just heard that the
President had been shot. I bolted from the meeting and went downstairs
where the dean of student affairs was located; I told him what I had heard
and asked him to put the news onto the public address system; he did. He
then remarked about the old curse of presidents elected every 20 years since
1860 dying in office. The whole building started to hear fragmentary reports
from Dallas; I sat down at an empty desk and started praying.

Within a few minutes I heard the radio announcer say "Stand by for a
bulletin...The President of the United States is dead; President Kennedy has been
assassinated." Within 2 seconds a pre-canned biography of Kennedy started running. It still ranks as the biggest shock of my life. I heard women down the hall sobbing and
blowing their noses. Students around me sat stunned and silent. I got up and left the building. It was a typical Buffalo fall day; about 50 degrees and semi-cloudy. I just wanted to go
home. A young coed walked up to me. She had heard the President had been
shot and asked me if I knew "how he was doing". I didn't immediately tell
her; she walked alongside me until I stopped and turned to her face. I said
"He's dead." She completely lost it, screamed and sent her arms flailing
in the air; then quickly turned and walked away. I walked for a while then looked
back at her. She was just sitting alone on the cold, wet grass.

I continued down a hill towards home and saw a bunch of cars that had
stopped along Main Street. A woman at the wheel of one of these was holding both hands to her ears, apparently trying not to let into her head the horrible news issuing from
her car radio. I crossed Main Street and walked into the Newman Club, a
Catholic student center of which I was a casual member. A special mass was
announced "for the soul of the President"; I attended this mass and found
myself crying for a man I never met. I imagined his soul drifting upwards to
Heaven. But nobody else was crying, which I found surprising and offensive at the time.
After the mass I left and continued walking home along a major highway.
Traffic seemed unusually slow, as if drivers were concentrating on the
earth-shaking news from their car radios. I was in a daze, wondering and
fearing what this meant for me and the world. One front-page article later
that day was titled "Election Outlook Confused".

I got home and turned on the TV which had live coverage on all channels. [A
friend of my father said "I don't mean any disrespect to the late President, Lou,
but it sure was nice to have 4 days of TV without commercials!"]
The whole nation just seemed to come to a halt. The grief was indescribable
and inconsolable. One news story told about a man who had been working on a
stepladder when the news came over his transistor radio. He grabbed a
hammer and smashed the radio to pieces. Another news story had a reporter
pointing to a sign in a window that said "I CRY". Kennedy had received over
34 million votes but someone had just murdered this young, vital leader of
the nation, leaving his children to grow up without a father. I also remember
feeling mad at him for not protecting himself better; I said to myself
"someone powerful really wanted him dead". Then the name Lee Oswald was put
before the public, and they immediately assumed he was the assassin because
the government said so. Two days later when a man walked past 75 armed cops
and murdered Oswald, I realized that this was all orchestrated from above.
I started to suspect LBJ at that point, but he had covered his tracks well,
and with the help of a gullible press, the truth stayed largely concealed
for years. My father remarked that it was an embarrassing irony that JFK was
killed in LBJ's home state; nobody realized then that this was no coincidence...

Kennedy was buried the following Monday. During the funeral his pastor
cried out "Never again will we see his smiling face!"; I think that's when it
really hit home for me.... I went back to my classes on Tuesday. In English
literature class a student asked "WHAT IS DEATH?" The professor made a
derogatory remark about Oswald's mother, apparently intended to explain his
actions. In Political Science class, the professor stood staring aimlessly in front
of us, expressed his ongoing shock, and dismissed the class. I soon changed my major to Sociology and my grades bounced upwards. Within a few weeks, news of the assassination tapered off and Americans went back to their daily grind... but with an unhealed wound in their hearts.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lyndon Johnson put the USA into Vietnam, NOT John Kennedy who had plans to get the USA out of Vietnam

LYNDON JOHNSON AND VIETNAM: Web Links and #VietnamWarSummit

Lt. Gen. Charles Cooper details LBJ’s scary mental breakdown over Vietnam w/ JCS #VietnamWarSummit

Only 118 US Vietnam War deaths before LBJ, 58,060 US Vietnam deaths bec/ LBJ #VietnamWarSummit

Here are many valuable web links on LYNDON JOHNSON and his beyond tragic VIETNAM WAR

James Galbraith: In 1963, JFK ordered a complete withdrawal from Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

JFK After 50 years - James Galbraith 2013: #VietnamWarSummit

JFK was the dove. LBJ who murdered JFK was the war hawk #VietnamWarSummit

JFK wanted OUT of Vietnam. LBJ wanted IN Vietnam (DiEugenio post 13) #VietnamWarSummit

Nation 2013: JFK’s Vietnam Withdrawal Plan a FACT by James Galbraith #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ dove the USA into Vietnam, not JFK who wanted out! #VietnamWarSummit

James Galbraith: Exit Strategy: In 1963 JFK ordered a complete withdrawal from Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

Historian Howard Jones: JFK about to kick out Vietnam war hawk Dean Rusk at State and put in McNamara #VietnamWarSummit

Ronnie Duggar used to refer to Lyndon Johnson as Senator (D-Pentagon) #VietnamWarSummit

NSAM #263 dated Oct 11, 1963 was JFK’s Vietnam withdrawal plan LBJ was the War Hawk #VietnamWarSummit

Nov 26, 1963: LBJ signs NSAM 273 reversing JFK’s Vietnam Withdrawal plan #VietnamWarSummit

Roger Hilsman on JFK’s Vietnam plans All reversed by War Hawk LBJ #VietnamWarSummit

Operation Northwoods was IN FACT the JFK assassination: kill JFK to be blamed on Castro

Thurston Clarke: JFK was working on détente with USSR - not LBJ!! #Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

CIA Gen. Edward Lansdale, identified at Dealey Plaza was used by LBJ in Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

War Hawk Vietnam ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge likely had foreknowledge of JFK assassination  #VietnamWarSummit

A very clear text of NSAM 263 JFK’s Oct 1963 plan to WITHDRAW from Vietnam LBJ put us in there not JFK. #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ to JCS Dec 63 “Just let me get elected, and then you can have your [Vietnam] war.” Stanley Karnow, Vietnam a History, p. 326 #VietnamWarSummit

Johnson Administration 1967 - “We are winning Vietnam War” #VietnamWarSummit

Timeline of Vietnam War #VietnamWarSummit

Another timeline of Vietnam War #VietnamWarSummit

Vietnam War Timeline: #VietnamWarSummit

Lyndon Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Sham #VietnamWarSummit

Operation Plan 34A - LBJ’s provocations before Gulf of Tonkin sham #VietnamWarSummit

New Light on Gulf of Tonkin - evidence it was deliberately provoked by Johnson Administration #VietnamWarSummit

 Vietnam’s Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap denies there was no Viet attack at Gulf of Tonkin! #VietnamWarSummit

US Senators by 1968 knew LBJ Administration had lied to them about Gulf of Tonkin #VietnamWarSummit

Lt. Comm Pat Paterson on the sham of the Gulf of Tonkin-LBJ Administration #VietnamWarSummit

NYT 11-6-11 New Tapes Indicate Johnson Doubted Attack in Tonkin Gulf #VietnamWarSummit

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution - Johnson Admin Lying America into War by James Bovard 2008 #VietnamWarSummit

Lyndon Johnson, NSAM, Vietnam & the JFK Assassination by Greg Burnham #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ getting the USA into Vietnam 11-26-63 - signs NSAM 273 four days after his murder of JFK #VietnamWarSummit

A clear text of NSAM 273 - LBJ getting the USA into Vietnam on 11-26-63 #VietnamWarSummit

Lyndon Johnson escalating the Vietnam War #VietnamWarSummit

PBS - Johnson’s escalation of Vietnam - a timeline #VietnamWarSummit

NYT 6-29-01. Must read Daniel Ellberg on LYING ABOUT VIETNAM - LBJ Administration #VietnamWarSummit

1964 LBJ utterly lying about being the “peace candidate” - Vietnam plans were in works #VietnamWarSummit

Sorry - but LBJ was not deceived on Vietnam!! HE was the one lying #VietnamWarSummit

Michael Morrissey on the Big Lie that LBJ was just continuing JFK’s Vietnam policy #VietnamWarSummit


Barry Goldwater - Lyndon Johnson was a traitor and a war criminal #VietnamWarSummit

Lyndon Johnson was a serial murderer and a mass murderer #VietnamWarSummit

The Last Days of the President - LBJ in Retirement - Leo Janos #VietnamWarSummit

 New Book proves US murder, rape & torture were the norm in LBJ’s Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

American GIs were raping each other in LBJ’s Vietnam War #VietnamWarSummit

Book: Kill Anything that Moves: Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse #VietnamWarSummit

MUST READ - Jim DiEugenio’s “JFK Foreign Policy - a reason for Murder” #VietnamWarSummit

James DiEugenio on JFK getting out of Vietnam - post #13 #VietnamWarSummit

JFK’s Embrace of Third World Nationalists Not LBJ!! #VietnamWarSummit

Why JFK was hated by CIA/military - his embrace of Third World Nationalists #VietnamWarSummit

Edmund Gullion Oral History proves what a dove JFK was on Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

JFK in opposition to Sen. Dodd and CIA Allen Dulles on Congo policy

American Rape was Rampant in Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

Was My Lai just one of many USA massacres in Vietnam War? #VietnamWarSummit

Vietnam Gen. Giap in 2011: “JFK was withdrawing from Vietnam in late 1963” #VietnamWarSummit

Eisenhower said 80% of Vietnamese population would have picked Ho Chi Minh over Bao Dai #VietnamWarSummit

1956 USA opposed Unifying Elections of Vietnam because Ho Chi Minh would have won going away #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ used CIA & Air Force Gen. Edward Lansdale for both JFK’s  murder and later in Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ’s man Gen. Edward Lansdale identified by 2 high level US military as present at Dealey Plaza #VietnamWarSummit

R.J. Rummel: 3,800,000 Vietnamese died in LBJ’s Vietnam War. #VietnamWarSummit #LBJOwnsIt

Robert McNamara said JFK WOULD HAVE NOT PUT US IN VIETNAM WAR!! #VietnamWarSummit

Robert Dallek: JFK would NOT have fought Vietnam War . #VietnamWarSummit

McGeorge Bundy told biographer Kai Bird that JFK would have acted differently than LBJ on Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit


JFK in 1963 to Sen. Mike Mansfield - I will get out of Vietnam in 1965 (source Kenny O’Donnell) #VietnamWarSummit

3 days after JFK’s murder, Pentagon already planning for Vietnam War- Mary Cooley Judge #VietnamWarSummit

3 days post JFK murder, John Judge’s Pentagon mother was told get ready for Vietnam War #VietnamWarSummit

Former JFK press secretary Pierre Salinger: JFK was planning to get USA out of Vietnam!  #VietnamWarSummit

Bill Moyers: Johnson’s Escalation of Vietnam - A Timeline #VietnamWarSummit

1961 Eisenhower tells JFK he might have to invade Laos. JFK does not. #VietnamWarSummit

1961 JFK rejects a military solution for Laos #VietnamWarSummit

May 1961 LBJ visits Vietnam and calls dictator Diem “the Winston Churchill of Asia” #VietnamWarSummit

Edward Lansdale wanted dictator Diem to be the GEORGE WASHINGTON of Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

Ed Lansdale’s Black Warfare in 1950’s Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

1962 CIA Gen. Edward Lansdale most likely wrote Operation Northwoods for JCS #VietnamWarSummit

Gen. Edward Lansdale was opposed to overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem #VietnamWarSummit

1965 LBJ puts Gen. Ed Lansdale in charge of Vietnam “pacification” #VietnamWarSummit

Jan 1964 Sen. Mike Mansfield tells LBJ NOT to go into Vietnam (Kai Bird, Color of Truth, p. 272) #VietnamWarSummit

Brutal US War Crimes detailed in “Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam” #VietnamWarSummit

Kennedys did not tell LBJ of Turkish missile deal with Russians to end Cuban Missile Crisis #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ opposed JFK’s Cuban blockcade and wanted to go BOMBS AWAY on Cuba at very beginning   #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ 11-24-63 “I am not going to lose Vietnam. I am not going [see]Southeast Asia go the way China #VietnamWarSummit

James Lindsay: The Vietnam War in 40 Quotes #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ “We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away [to Vietnam] 10-21-64 #VietnamWarSummit

Richard Nixon told JFK he had to send in the Navy at the Bay of Pigs Crisis. JFK refused #VietnamWarSummit

Eisenhower 1961 told JFK he should send the US military to intervene in Laos. JFK refused #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ told JFK during Cuban Missile Crisis that he should bomb Cuba. JFK refused. #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ and his lies about the Gulf of Tonkin - for political reasons #VietnamWarSummit

Notable Quotes on the Vietnam War #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ compared Vietnam to the Alamo! #VietnamWarSummit

LBJ - If we quit Vietnam, tomorrow we’ll be fighting in Hawaii, and next week we’ll have to fight in San Francisco #VietnamWarSummit

Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam escalation 64-66 #VietnamWarSummit

Julian Zelizer - How LBJ Wrecked his Presidency on Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit

NYT: The LBJ Legacy crowd and Vietnam #VietnamWarSummit