Corsi, author of the new book “Who Really Killed JFK?” is best known as the author of “Unfit For Command,” the 2004 best-seller that dragged the war record of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry through the mud,
Stone is a Vietnam vet, a leftist, and director of the enduringly popular “JFK.’
But on JFK, Corsi finds common ground with the liberal cineaste.In his book, Corsi offers a conservative variation on the viewpoint advocated by Stone (as well as by Bobby Kennedy and Fidel Castro) that blames JFK’s murder on right-wing enemies within the U.S. government. And he is critical of the leading JFK author on the political right, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
Corsi has challenged O’Reilly, author of the best-seller “Killing Kennedy,” to a debate about the causes of JFK’s death.
“O’Reilly’s narrative portraying Oswald as the lone assassin ignores 50 years of critical research into the assassination,” Corsi told Worldnet Daily, the popular hard-right website. Corsi holds the FBI, CIA, and Lyndon Johnson responsible for JFK’s murder.
I reached Corsi by phone at his home in New Jersey recently. Here’s an edited transcript of our chat.
JFK Facts: So what do you think of Bill O’Reilly’s JFK book?
Corsi: “I think its terrible. It’s written at a very basic reader level, a high school level. It’s like ‘fascinating facts about Jack Kennedy.’ It tells the PC version of the assassination.”
JFK Facts: Your book argues that Kennedy was killed by enemies who felt betrayed by his handling of the Bay of Pigs invasion and disturbed by his reluctance to escalate in Vietnam. That’s what my friend Oliver Stone says.
Corsi: I don’t disagree with Oliver Stone. I’ve been reading and researching on this subject for 50 years and I reached my own conclusions. I find the left and right frequently meet on issues of freedom of speech and freedom of thought.
JFK Facts: I imagine your friends on the right will say, ”Is it really possible that all these people in the U.S. government got together and planned to kill the president?” What do you say to them?
Corsi: If they say that, they haven’t looked at the record. I say let me show you the minutes of the meetings where the CIA talks about killing [Guatemalan president Jacobo] Arbenz. I would say, here are records of the Church Committee. Here are their planning documents. You don’t think our military is capable of assassination? You don’t think our intelligence work with organized crime to kill people? Here are the records.
JFK Facts: Who do you hold responsible for JFK’s assassination?
Corsi: One of the major forces was Allen Dulles, who was head of the CIA under President Eisenhower. When Jack Kennedy fired Allen Dulles after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, I think that’s when he signed his death warrant.
JFK Facts: Was President Obama born in the United States?
Corsi: I don’t know.
Readers can make of this conversation what they want. I don’t think Corsi’s views discredit Stone’s. I don’t think Corsi is wrong about JFK because he agrees with a leftist. I think the assassination of JFK transcends ideological politics.