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Weekly History News Roundup

Black Lives Matter vandalize Jefferson Statue at UVAschool President condemns  misguided protest

 

Virginia Military Institute will not remove Confederate statues… governing board agrees to add historical context

 

CIA file on Lee Harvey Oswald is officially “missing”….  Other JFK assassination files to be released Oct. 26

 

Navy to investigate 99 year old shipwreck… USS San Diego’s sinking may assist ship design

 

Blood-stained ice axe that killed Trotsky to go on displayInternational Spy Museum in Washington DC will display long lost artifact

 

Go to community college, kiddies…

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Conspiracy Eats Itself

Conspiracies rely upon the unknown… where there is no paper trail, recorded voices, or first hand accounts, conspiracies thrive.  Nothing brings out distrust more than secrecy, regardless of its motivation.  To say that every conspiracy is unfounded is either dangerously naive, or the weakest defense of a person with something to hide.  Where you find enough secrecy, there will always be conspiracy theories- because the historical record is not definitive…secrecy prevents it. 

Patsy no longer

Patsy no longer

Mafia, Cubans, Russians, Alien contact… there has been enough secrecy surrounding John Kennedy’s assassination, and the subsequent investigation, to fill volumes- enough to even prompt another government inquiry.  There is so much secrecy, so many unanswered questions surrounding Kennedy’s death that multiple conspiracies competed for the public’s attention.  Every avenue unsatisfactorily explored by official investigation is open to scrutiny, followed by conjecture.  Competing conspiracy theories have grown more outrageous through the years- many bordering on the absurd.  

Mystery in a riddle...

Mystery in a riddle…

The ebbs and flows of the historical record… now show  lone gunman theories back in favor.  Every major study of the assassination in the last decade has fingered Lee Harvey Oswald as the shooter.  The Grassy Knoll is now a punchline, rather than an epicenter.  The new authoritative narrative on the assassination dismisses long sought after eyewitnesses accounts as unreliable, confused, or fraudulent.      Tactics utilized by conspiracy theorist for decades have been turned around with chilling effect-  on the 50th anniversary of the assassination- believe Oswald acted alone or else. 

Never Forget Edward Lansdale- the key man.

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Weekly History News Roundup

French massacre unearthed… mutilated remains discovered in circular pits near Alsace

 

King Tut’s dagger likely made from meteorite… recent tests strongly suggest extraterrestrial origins

 

Historian claims Hitler had younger brother…. records show possible sibling who died when Hitler was three years old

 

JFK’s love letter to his mistress up for auction... Mary Meyer is the likely recipient of randy letter

 

TJ Stiles wins second Pulitzer for history… “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.” offers fresh insight

 

Uneasy dig

Uneasy dig

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Misreading the Same History

Cold Warriors

Cold Warriors

Kennedy wanted to end the Vietnam war.   Conspiracy theorists on both sides point to National Security Memo #263 as the smoking gun in Kennedy’s secret plan to get our troops out of Vietnam; and, also Memo #273 as proof the warmonger Johnson wanted to escalate the war.  Both accounts are demonstrably false.  Memo #263 simply states that Kennedy wanted to follow the recommendations of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and General Maxwell Taylor following their visit to South Vietnam(withdrawal was not one of them.)   The second memo was drafted November 21, 1963 and is clearly a Kennedy document approved by Johnson.  In an interview given on the Huntley-Brinkley Report Kennedy reaffirmed our commitment to South Vietnam and his belief in the “domino theory.”  Kennedy did not want to end the war in South Vietnam and Johnson did not personally choose to escalate it. 

 

September 9, 1963: "I think we should stay. We should use our influence in as effective a way as we can, but we should not withdraw."

September 9, 1963: “I think we should stay. We should use our influence in as effective a way as we can, but we should not withdraw.”

Far too many amateurs historians have duped… suspicious  Americans for academic credibility and financial gain.  Oliver Stone lends his tarnished credibility to the misreading of a complicated series of policy decisions.  Stone does not deal in complexities- as a film maker, he prefers stories with heroes, villains, and tidy plots.  For reasons unknown, Stone and his acolytes refuse to accept Jack Kennedy for what he was- a Conservative Democrat committed to the policy of containment as laid down by his Democratic predecessor, Harry Truman.  Vietnam was a national tragedy and a painful scar on our history- trying to make John Kennedy the martyr of it is a fraudulent endeavor.

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Conspiracy Eats Itself

Conspiracies rely upon the unknown… where there is no paper trail, recorded voices, or first hand accounts, conspiracies thrive.  Nothing brings out distrust more than secrecy, regardless of its motivation.  To say that every conspiracy is unfounded is either dangerously naive, or the weakest defense of a person with something to hide.  Where you find enough secrecy, there will always be conspiracy theories- because the historical record is not definitive…secrecy prevents it. 

Patsy no longer

Patsy no longer

Mafia, Cubans, Russians, Alien contact… there has been enough secrecy surrounding John Kennedy’s assassination, and the subsequent investigation, to fill volumes- enough to even prompt another government inquiry.  There is so much secrecy, so many unanswered questions surrounding Kennedy’s death that multiple conspiracies competed for the public’s attention.  Every avenue unsatisfactorily explored by official investigation is open to scrutiny, followed by conjecture.  Competing conspiracy theories have grown more outrageous through the years- many bordering on the absurd.  

Mystery in a riddle...

Mystery in a riddle…

The ebbs and flows of the historical record… now show  lone gunman theories back in favor.  Every major study of the assassination in the last decade has fingered Lee Harvey Oswald as the shooter.  The Grassy Knoll is now a punchline, rather than an epicenter.  The new authoritative narrative on the assassination dismisses long sought after eyewitnesses accounts as unreliable, confused, or fraudulent.      Tactics utilized by conspiracy theorist for decades have been turned around with chilling effect-  on the 50th anniversary of the assassination- believe Oswald acted alone or else. 

Never Forget Edward Lansdale- the key man.

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Misreading the Same History

Cold Warriors

Cold Warriors

Kennedy wanted to end the Vietnam war.   Conspiracy theorists on both sides point to National Security Memo #263 as the smoking gun in Kennedy’s secret plan to get our troops out of Vietnam; and, also Memo #273 as proof the warmonger Johnson wanted to escalate the war.  Both accounts are demonstrably false.  Memo #263 simply states that Kennedy wanted to follow the recommendations of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and General Maxwell Taylor following their visit to South Vietnam(withdrawal was not one of them.)   The second memo was drafted November 21, 1963 and is clearly a Kennedy document approved by Johnson.  In an interview given on the Huntley-Brinkley Report Kennedy reaffirmed our commitment to South Vietnam and his belief in the “domino theory.”  Kennedy did not want to end the war in South Vietnam and Johnson did not personally choose to escalate it. 

September 9, 1963:  "I think we should stay. We should use our influence in as effective a way as we can, but we should not withdraw."

September 9, 1963: “I think we should stay. We should use our influence in as effective a way as we can, but we should not withdraw.”

Far too many amateurs historians have duped… suspicious  Americans for academic credibility and financial gain.  Oliver Stone lends his tarnished credibility to the misreading of a complicated series of policy decisions.  Stone does not deal in complexities- as a film maker, he prefers stories with heroes, villains, and tidy plots.  For reasons unknown, Stone and his acolytes refuse to accept Jack Kennedy for what he was- a Conservative Democrat committed to the policy of containment as laid down by his Democratic predecessor, Harry Truman.  Vietnam was a national tragedy and a painful scar on our history- trying to make John Kennedy the martyr of it is a fraudulent endeavor.

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Conspiracy Eats Itself

Conspiracies rely upon the unknown… where there is no paper trail, recorded voices, or first hand accounts, conspiracies thrive.  Nothing brings out distrust more than secrecy, regardless of its motivation.  To say that every conspiracy is unfounded is either dangerously naive, or the weakest defense of a person with something to hide.  Where you find enough secrecy, there will always be conspiracy theories- because the historical record is not definitive…secrecy prevents it. 

Patsy no longer

Patsy no longer

Mafia, Cubans, Russians, Alien contact… there has been enough secrecy surrounding John Kennedy’s assassination, and the subsequent investigation, to fill volumes- enough to even prompt another government inquiry.  There is so much secrecy, so many unanswered questions surrounding Kennedy’s death that multiple conspiracies competed for the public’s attention.  Every avenue unsatisfactorily explored by official investigation is open to scrutiny, followed by conjecture.  Competing conspiracy theories have grown more outrageous through the years- many bordering on the absurd.  

Mystery in a riddle...

Mystery in a riddle…

The ebbs and flows of the historical record… now show  lone gunman theories back in favor.  Every major study of the assassination in the last decade has fingered Lee Harvey Oswald as the shooter.  The Grassy Knoll is now a punchline, rather than an epicenter.  The new authoritative narrative on the assassination dismisses long sought after eyewitnesses accounts as unreliable, confused, or fraudulent.      Tactics utilized by conspiracy theorist for decades have been turned around with chilling effect-  on the 50th anniversary of the assassination- believe Oswald acted alone or else. 

Never Forget Edward Lansdale- the key man.

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