No. A comparison of Trump and JFK shows why.
No. A comparison of Trump and JFK shows why.
In a prequel of sorts to the emerging war between President-elect Trump and the CIA, the War on the Rocks blog, reviews the latest revelations from the declassified history of the CIA’s disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.
Why is something that happened 55 years ago relevant to power politics in today’s Washington?
Because the the power struggle that followed the CIA’s first public defeat would shape and hone the interventionist mission of the secret agency. Now the CIA faces the wrath of a commander in chief who mistrusts its prerogatives and sympathizes with its adversaries in Moscow and, according to the CIA, was aided by them.
Bill Kelly has the story on the former Warren Commission lawyer who is close to Donald Trump and well-positioned to influence the decisions the Trump administration will have to make about JFK secrecy and disclosure in the next ten months:
Of all the surviving former Warren Commission lawyers, none will be more influential in the new administration than Murray Laulicht, a New Jersey attorney whose wife, Linda Kushner, is the sister of Charles Kushner, the father of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law.
I can announce that the U.S. Government will declassify even more documents from that period including, for the first time, military and intelligence records, because I believe we have a responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency.”
So said President Obama last March. Today, the White House announced the U.S. government will release five hundred more US government documents from 14 U.S. agencies related to the American support for Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship between 1975 and 1984.
Let’s do the same for JFK. Two dozen JFK authors and investigators have asked Obama to endorse the same principle when it comes to the U.S. government documents–which including military and intelligence records–related to the assassination of President Kennedy. Read more
In light of recent developments, from Pizza-gate to President-elect Trump’s dismissal of the CIA’s daily briefings and its reported findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election, I want to expand the scope of the JFK Facts discussion to include these current events. Read more
“Obviously Jeff I was objecting not to your self promotion but yet another insinuation that anyone who didn’t vote the way you did is a racist.”
A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that President-elect Trump does not want to go down in history as the president who continued the JFK cover-up, which is now in its 53rd year.
Two readers responded.
Some caveats are necessary. We really don’t have much idea how the Trump presidency is going to work, at least not compared to any recent president. Trump himself doesn’t seem to have a clear plan, and on relevant policy issues, like governmental secrecy, he has no fixed policy positions.
The political reality is this: If Trump wants to be seen as the president who ended government’s ongoing, fifty three year old cover-up of relevant JFK files, he has a golden opportunity.
What will President Trump do come October 26, 2017 when all of the government’s remaining JFK files are due, by law, to be made public?
My friend Bill H writes of a recent post on Donald Trump,
Jeff, that is one of the more vehement attack dog articles I have read in a long time. I chuckled at her opening sentence. But what the author had to say does not bother me nearly as much as seeing Jeff Morley redirect his focus to the “Trump is like Hitler” bandwagon. Let me know when you get back to JFK Facts.
Trump is paranoid and vindictive, and there’s a very real threat that his policies will be sculpted by his ego.
I agree with the author of this article.
Whatever the contested legitimacy of the Trump presidency, the White House needs to make a decision on JFK secrecy within the year.
“The assassination of JFK matters because the political system in America has never restored the trust lost in it through its continued promotion of the official version of events (lone gunman etc), right up to the present day.”
The next president has at least one thing in common with his predecessor, John F. Kennedy: a taste for the conquest of women.
In JFK’s day this was regarded, by men and women alike, as inevitable, permissible, and no one’s business, at least among wealthy white males. Kennedy came to the White House in 1960 exercising the droit de seigneur of the French aristocratic court. The king could have any woman he pleased and she should be pleased to be gotten. We can be sure that JFK spoke often of grabbing them by the you know what. Read more
We no longer have a public, but rather multiple publics, each reinforcing its own preconceived notions.