Monday, June 10, 2013
50th Anniversary Of JFK Peace Speech
It happened 50 years ago today, and it was supposed to change the world. (Remember when Americans used to dream of changing the world? Hint: you have to be a Boomer to remember…and if you were born after 1980, we don’t mean the invention of the I-phone.) And it did change the world, but not in the way intended. It made the world worse because it led to the death of the last U.S. President to stand for anything. Its reverberations and shockwaves led to the formation of a new America—more corrupt and baser. A quasi-fascist oligarchy really. One ruled by maniacal militarists, greedy profiteers, and diabolical spooks. Yet for all its gravity, you’ve probably never heard of this event. In subterranean realms, where it is still safe to whisper the insurrectionist truth, it’s known as the “peace speech,” a cataclysmic vision of a world without war delivered by President Kennedy on June 10, 1963. You have never heard of it for good reason: “mainstream” historians (read: state-approved prevaricators), mindless media hacks, and the ruling class never wanted you to hear the words and hope for a better day, a peaceful world, and the end of conflict. They won’t tell you, so I will. It was supposed to be a boilerplate commencement address to the faculty and students of American University, but what JFK delivered that day was the most courageous and farsighted speech given by a U.S. President in the 20th century. Those few who know of it, and the fewer still who have chronicled it, call it simply the “peace speech” because in it JFK called for an end to the Cold War, and all war for that matter. He decried the squandering of resources—national treasure, human lives, man’s ingenuity—in the pursuit of killing one another. He praised the Soviets, our dire enemies. He urged his fellow citizens to consider peace as a rational, life-affirming, viable solution to our endless animosity with the USSR. This rhetoric astounded and infuriated the Pentagon, defense contractors and the intelligence community…all threatened with distinction at the obsolescence of war. The Joint Chiefs saw their lives flash before their eyes. Defense contractors saw easy billions floating away. The CIA, the NSA, and the DIA were faced with looming irrelevance. Kennedy did not just shake things up; he turned the establishment on its ear. In fact, in some circles he was called a traitor. His enemies were entrenched—financially, emotionally, and politically—in the perpetual war state. And they came to the conclusion that it was either them or Kennedy who would survive. Both could not exist in the military-industrial-intelligence complex called the United States. It became an internal war. Kennedy on one side, and the Cold Warriors on the other. We know who won that war, and a wise man once wrote that history is written by the winners. That’s why the peace speech has been long forgotten. The winners don’t want you to know why he was killed. Just read the speech yourself, and see what I mean. Here are a few excerpts: “I have…chosen…to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth too rarely perceived. And that is the most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave nor the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living…not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.” When they heard these words, Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis “Bombs Away” Lemay shit his blue trousers and Allen Dulles swallowed his smoking pipe. Then they called the one man they knew they needed on their side if they were to do away with Kennedy: Lyndon Johnson. “I speak of peace because…total war makes no sense in an age where great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces.” LBJ immediately rang up his old Texas oil pals—H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, and D.H. Byrd—to raise some “Kill Kennedy” cash. “Today the expenditures of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need them is essential to the keeping of peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles…is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.” The CIA’s David Atlee Phillips began recruiting treasonous Secret Service agents—William Greer, Roy Kellerman, and Emory Roberts—into the plot. “Too many of us think [peace] is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief.” War contractors like Bell Helicopter, Halliburton and Ling-Temco-Vought were persuaded that JFK had to go. “Peace, in the last analysis, [is] a matter of human rights: the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation; the right to breathe air as nature provided it; the right of future generations to a healthy existence.” D.H. Byrd, close friend of General Lemay, gave the plotters the perfect fall guy—Lee Harvey Oswald, who had worked for Byrd in the Civil Air Patrol and the Texas School Book Depository. “We shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just.” CIA handlers George DeMohrenschildt and Ruth Paine were enlisted to frame Oswald. “And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” Phillips contracted professional assassins, and Texas politicians LBJ and John Connally lured Kennedy to Dallas. “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.” On November 22, 1963, the dreamer of peace had his head blown off, and the world has never dreamed of peace again. Think I’m embellishing the ramifications of Dallas? Think again. Name an era since when we have not been at war or confronted by the imminent threat of war. Make no mistake: when JFK died, the war machine won and thrived. Every president and Congress since has presided over a war state and a military-centric budget. Forget Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlement programs. The Pentagon and its private-sector partners get most of your tax dollars. War profiteering has continued unabated for a half-century. But you won’t hear this on the nightly news. The networks are owned by war profiteers like GE and Dresser Industries. Of the 20 richest media corporations, only two are not represented on the Council on Foreign Relations. They control the news, and they have written their own history of America…an alternate history bearing no resemblance to the truth. So I’m willing to bet you won’t hear a word about the 50th anniversary of JFK’s peace speech on the news tonight. But I wouldn’t be surprised if NBC’s Brian Williams runs one of those cute puppy videos instead.