Thursday, 18 October 2012

The JFK bashing continues

With the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy’s assassination fast approaching, his character and legacy has once again come under fire. I am referring to the recent allegations of his affair with famed actress, Elizabeth Taylor, Bill O’Reilly’s new book, Killing Kennedy, and the recent “revelations” that the Kennedy brothers had been running a top secret CIA- Mafia plot against Fidel Castro, in 1963.

Honest to god, is anybody actually surprised to hear this sort of crap being dumped on us?

Let’s begin with Kennedy’s so-called affair with Elizabeth Taylor. The allegations were made in Taylor’s new biography, Elizabeth Taylor: There is nothing like a dame, written by Danforth Prince and Darwin Potter. According to the authors, Kennedy and Taylor had sex whilst skinny dipping in Kennedy’s swimming pool in 1948. But apparently they weren’t alone. The authors allege that actor, Robert Stack, was also involved in sexual intercourse with Kennedy and Taylor!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly. Not only did Kennedy have affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Judith Exner, Mary Meyer, Mimi Alford, but he also had a threesome with Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Stack. These are all quite kinky stories, but are any of them true? Well, we don’t know, now do we?

I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear one these rumours about Kennedy’s sexual relationships, I demand to see actually tangible proof. As far I am concerned, simply taking the word of Judith Exner, Mimi Alford, and a few authors such as Seymour Hersh, who have undoubtedly made a lot of money off these allegations, does not constitute tangible proof.

This brings me to Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, Killing Kennedy. Not surprisingly, O’Reilly’s book is nothing but a rabid defence of the Warren commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone murdered President Kennedy. However, O’ Reilly didn’t stop there. You see, like the many rabid Warren commission defenders before him, the big shot goes after Kennedy’s sex life as well. For those of you fortunate enough not to own a copy, I strongly recommend you read through Jim DiEugenio’s excellent review of that piece of trash of a book, here.

The final point I would like to address are the insinuations of CIA- mafia assassination plots against Fidel Castro sanctioned by the Kennedy brothers. But we’ve all heard it all before, haven’t we? From Gus Russo’s atrocious book, Live by the Sword, to Lamar Waldron’s and Tom Hartman’s utterly banal, Legacy of Secrecy and Ultimate Sacrifice.

Waldron’s fanciful C-Day invasion has been thoroughly ripped apart by Jim DiEugenio in his reviews of Waldron’s books, here and here. Whilst Waldron, Russo, and other JFK bashers continue to undermine his legacy with this garbage, they never once mention the secret back channel JFK had established with Fidel Castro. I am referring of course to the secret liaisons between Lisa Howard, William Atwood, and Jean Daniel with Castro on Kennedy’s behalf. The goal being to negotiate a détente between the United States and Cuba.

The most recent allegations were made in the so-called RFK papers, which outline a contract on Castro’s life using Mafia hit men – spearheaded by non-other than Robert Kennedy. Apparently the contract on Castro’s life was $100,000, with $20,000 for his brother Raul, and also $20,000 for the life of Argentine Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara.

Of course the question is whether this is authentic information, or just more disinformation to chastise the Kennedy brothers. I honestly believe it is nothing but a pile of crap! None of President Kennedy’s closet advisors ever claimed that either he or his brother had any knowledge of any assassination attempts against Fidel Castro. In fact, when Lyman Kirkpatrick, the CIA inspector general, investigated the involvement of the Kennedy brothers in the assassination plots, he could find no evidence that either one of them had any knowledge of the plots!

Unfortunately, there are many delusional souls who actually believe that the Kennedy brothers were really the culprits behind the assassination attempts against Castro. For example, there are those who have made repulsive comments such as “The Kennedy’s were mad men”. Oh really? If JFK was a mad man, then why didn’t he attack Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis - instead of secretly negotiating with Nikita Khrushchev through his brother to bring the crisis to a peaceful end?

Honestly, where do these people come with such sickening crap? Also, just ask yourself, what kind of a mad man refuses to invade Cuba to prevent the Bay of Pigs invasion from failing? What kind of a mad man refuses on no less than, get this, 9 occasions to send combat troops into Vietnam to fight the communists? What kind of a mad man agrees to establish the Peace Corps to render aid and support to third world countries? What kind of a madman refuses to attack the Soviets during the Berlin crisis? What kind of a mad man signs the partial test ban treaty with the Soviets to limit nuclear testing?

These people really should purchase a copy of Jim Douglass’s seminal book, JFK and the unspeakable.

All of the allegations against the Kennedy brothers are nothing but pure horse crap. What will we hear next? JFK was a paedophile? Considering all the garbage that has been written about his character in the past, it would not surprise me in the least! However, no matter what derogatory claims are made against JFK, there will those of us, such as Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, who will continue to defend him and his legacy.

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