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Realism & Restraint The Campaign to Lie America Into World War II

Posted by M. C. on December 7, 2019

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Before Pearl Harbor, there was an elaborate British influence operation of forged documents, fake news, and manipulation.

A World War II era poster showing portraits of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill with the title “Liberators of The World”. The poster also shows the flags of the Allies, and the sinking of the Japanese battleship Haruna. (Photo by David J. & Janice L. Frent/Corbis via Getty Images)

Seventy-eight years ago, on December 6, 1941, the United States was at peace with world. The next morning, local time, the Empire of Japan bombed the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Four days later, Nazi Germany issued a declaration of war against the United States. The American people were now unalterably involved in a global conflict that would take the lives of over 400,000 of their native sons.

But before Japan opened this door to war, the United States had been the target of an elaborate, covert influence campaign meant to push public opinion, by hook or by crook, into supporting intervention on the side of the British. Conducted by the United Kingdom’s MI6 intelligence service, it involved sometimes witting (and often unwitting) collaboration with the highest echelons of the U.S. government and media establishment.

In the early summer of 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill dispatched intelligence agent William Stephenson to North America to establish the innocuous-sounding British Security Coordination (BSC). The Canadian-born Stephenson was a World War I flying ace and wealthy industrialist who had been a close Churchill confidant for several years. Adopting the codename “Intrepid” during his operations, spymaster Stephenson served as the main inspiration for James Bond (whose creator, Ian Fleming, worked with the BSC).

The BSC’s base of operations was the 35th floor of Rockefeller Center in New York City, which it occupied rent-free. The influence campaign began in April 1941, employing hundreds of agents, including well-placed individuals in front groups, the government, and polling organizations.

Intrepid had his work cut out for him.

Entering 1941, upwards of 80 percent of Americans opposed U.S. intervention in the war in Europe, a sentiment expressed through the America First Committee. Founded in September 1940 by a group of Yale students (including Gerald Ford, Sargent Shriver, and future Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart), at its peak the organization had 800,000 dues paying members and 450 local chapters spread across the country.

“The America First Committee was taking the position that we should not be involved in foreign wars, as we were in World War I,” John V. Denson, a distinguished scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and former circuit judge in Alabama, told The American Conservative. “There was a great deal of criticism of [Woodrow] Wilson taking us into World War I, so there was strong sentiment that we were tricked into that war and therefore that we needed to stay out of European wars. That was the America First position. We didn’t want England or anyone else dragging us into another war.”

This meant that a primary goal of the BSC was to disparage and harass those Americans opposed to entering World War II. But it couldn’t do this in the open. The Fight for Freedom Committee was (like the BSC) established in April 1941 and also headquartered at Rockefeller Center. There it announced that the United States ought to accept “the fact that we are at war, whether declared or undeclared.”

In September 1941, when North Dakota Senator Gerald Nye, an anti-interventionist and scourge of the armaments industry, gave a speech in Boston, Fight for Freedom demonstrators booed and heckled him while handing out 25,000 pamphlets labeling him an “appeaser and Nazi-lover.” Similarly, when New York Congressman Hamilton Fish III, an irritable thorn in Franklin Roosevelt’s side, held a rally in Milwaukee, a Fight for Freedom member interrupted his speech to hand him a placard: “Der Fuhrer thanks you for your loyalty.” Reporters, alerted ahead of time, made sure photos of the scene were reprinted nationwide.

When Charles Lindbergh, the aviator and the America First Committee’s most popular speaker, addressed a rally at Madison Square Garden in October 1941, Fight for Freedom attempted to sow confusion by printing duplicate tickets. Lindbergh still successfully spoke to over 20,000 supporters, not including an agent provocateur who tried to cause a stir by yelling, “Hang Roosevelt!” (In actuality, it would be Lindbergh’s infamous September 11 remarks in Des Moines that would do more to damage the non-interventionist cause than any of the BSC-orchestrated hijinks.)

A 1945 study by BSC historians described their efforts: “Personalities were discredited, their unsavory pasts were dug up, their utterances were printed and reprinted…. Little by little, a sense of guilt crept through the cities and across the states. The campaign took hold.”

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The Spiritual Lesson of Midway

Posted by M. C. on November 23, 2019

The spiritual lesson of Pearl Harbor is clear, or should be: a defeat is a set-back, but if the war goes on, no defeat is final. A corollary: you rarely know in advance what will be the knock-out weapon in the next phase of the war.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

They left us the spiritual lesson of Midway: the appearance of inevitable defeat can be as much a mirage as the appearance of personal futility. False appearances can paralyze us more than real circumstances.

And what of Joe Rochefort, who had made the victory possible? Outraged by his success, the bureaucrats with Washington’s rival team had him transferred back. He asked for a sea duty, but he was assigned to command a floating dry dock at San Francisco. Only in April of 1944 did he return to Washington to work on Pacific fleet intelligence. But this has nothing to do with the spiritual lesson of Midway. It is the lesson of every bureaucracy since the Pharaohs.
Gary North

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God (Psalm 20:7).

In every era, men face problems that seem to be insurmountable. Nevertheless, one by one, these problems can be surmounted. The technical problems in life are relatively easy to solve, or have been for the past two centuries. It is the moral ones that offer the serious challenges.

There are times when a nation seems to be unstoppable. At other times, defeat appears inevitable. But appearances can be misleading, especially the appearance of inevitability. Those who are misled by it can suffer disastrous consequences.

I know of no better illustration of this principle than the Battle of Midway. For those who find themselves in the midst of what appears to be a monumental crisis, the story of Midway is worth remembering.


The Battle of Midway was the turning point of the war in the Pacific. It was fought mainly on June 4, 1942, although follow-up skirmishes, including a submarine’s torpedoing of the crippled U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown, continued until June 6. It remains one of the most astounding battles in naval history, a David and Goliath tale even more remarkable than the defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English in 1588.

What was Midway? A pair of tiny islands in the middle of the Pacific, close to the international dateline. The Japanese hoped to capture this atoll from the Americans and make it the outer defensive boundary of the fleet. They also hoped to lure the American fleet into a suicidal attack after Midway fell.

The Japanese Navy brought a fleet of 88 surface ships to Midway, including four large aircraft carriers. The United States Navy brought a surface fleet of 28 ships, including three carriers. When the battle ended, the Japanese left Midway without its aircraft carriers. The U.S. Navy left with two. From that point on, the Japanese Navy fought a defensive battle for survival. The initiative in the Pacific shifted to the Americans, and never departed.

As in every critical battle in history, Midway’s story is the story of personal commitment, risks taken, surprises encountered, and detailed military plans: plans made, plans scrapped, and plans hastily revised. It is the story of remarkable courage on both sides, as most major battles are.

But Midway was marked by two very different kinds of courage: the courage of the warrior who believes that he and his colleagues cannot be beaten, and the courage of the warrior who suspects that he very well may be beaten, but who nevertheless draws deeply on a reservoir of inner strength – or higher strength – to give an account of himself and his cause. The Japanese possessed the first kind; the Americans possessed the second.

After their defeat, the Japanese spoke of “victory disease.” They had been too confident going into the battle. They had assumed that the Americans would do exactly what their war games strategies had supposed they would.

No better example exists of what several historians have called the miracle at Midway than the case of Floyd D. Adkins, who was the machine gunner aboard Ensign William Pitman’s SBD “Dauntless” dive bomber. The 175-pound gun had broken loose from its mount during the plane’s attack dive and had fallen into his lap. Then the plane came under attack by a Japanese fighter plane. Adkins propped the gun against the fuselage and fired. Down went the attacking plane. Yet when he was back on board the carrier Enterprise, Adkins could not budge the gun from the ship’s deck…

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Historian Gordon Prange was right: it was a miracle at Midway. So was Walter Lord: it was an incredible victory. But it is not enough to be amazed at the Battle of Midway. We should also be encouraged. Those doomed torpedo plane crews made possible a great victory, yet they did not live to see it. They left us the spiritual lesson of Midway: the appearance of inevitable defeat can be as much a mirage as the appearance of personal futility. False appearances can paralyze us more than real circumstances.


And what of Joe Rochefort, who had made the victory possible? Outraged by his success, the bureaucrats with Washington’s rival team had him transferred back. He asked for a sea duty, but he was assigned to command a floating dry dock at San Francisco. Only in April of 1944 did he return to Washington to work on Pacific fleet intelligence. But this has nothing to do with the spiritual lesson of Midway. It is the lesson of every bureaucracy since the Pharaohs.

Published on January 17, 1992.

I do not recall what grabbed me about this battle. I read numerous books. I went to Annapolis to use the library at the Naval Academy. I must have been in the region for some business-related reason. I do not recall.

The new movie on Midway is remarkably faithful to the facts of the battle.

The movie does not include this: two smaller carriers were sent to the Aleutian Islands: the battle of Dutch Harbor. The Aleutian attack was also a disaster. The details are remarkable. There were key violations of the military code and military orders. Wikipedia reports.

Tadayoshi Koga, a 19-year-old flight petty officer first class, was launched from the Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo as part of the June 4 raid. Koga was part of a three-plane section; his wingmen were Chief Petty Officer Makoto Endo and Petty Officer Tsuguo Shikada. Koga and his comrades attacked Dutch Harbor, shooting down an American PBY-5A Catalina flying boat piloted by Bud Mitchell and strafing its survivors in the water, killing Mitchell and all six of his crewmen. In the process, Koga’s plane (serial number 4593) was damaged by small arms fire. . . .The fatal shot severed the return oil line, and Koga’s plane immediately began trailing oil. Koga reduced speed to keep the engine from seizing for as long as possible.

The plane’s landing gear mired in the water and mud, causing the plane to flip upside down and skid to a stop. Although the aircraft survived the landing nearly intact, Petty Officer Koga died instantly on impact, probably from a broken neck or a blunt-force blow to his head. Koga’s wingmen, circling above, had orders to destroy any Zeros that crash-landed in enemy territory, but as they did not know if Koga was still alive, they could not bring themselves to strafe his plane. They decided to leave without firing on it.

How important was this? Very.

The Akutan Zero has been described as “a prize almost beyond value to the United States”, and “probably one of the greatest prizes of the Pacific War”. Japanese historian Masatake Okumiya stated that the acquisition of the Akutan Zero “was no less serious” than the Japanese defeat at the Battle of Midway, and that it “did much to hasten Japan’s final defeat”.

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Pearl Harbor Unmasked, by J. Alfred Powell – The Unz Review

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2019

You (should) already know about FDR’s hi-jinks.

One should bear this in mind when reading about who attacked whom in the Gulf of Oman.

A Second World War Navy radioman turned journalist, Robert Stinnett was in the National Archives in Belmont, California, researching a campaign-year picture book on George Bush’s South Pacific wartime navy career in aerial reconnaissance — George Bush: His World War II Years (Washington, D.C., Brassey’s, 1992) — and encountered unindexed duplicate copies of Pearl Harbor radio intercept records of Japanese Navy code transmissions — documentary evidence of what actually happened at Pearl Harbor and how it came about. After eight years of further research and a prolonged case at law under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain partial release of these materials, Stinson published Day of Deceit (2000). A Japanese translation appeared within a year, understandably.

Stinnett demonstrates, on the basis of extensive incontrovertible factual evidence and self-evidently accurate analysis that President Roosevelt oversaw the contrivance and deployment of a closely-guarded secret plan to goad the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor and monitor them while they did it. Stinnett hypothesizes that Roosevelt did this in order to precipitate an unwilling American public into supporting intervention in the Second World War, but whatever the motives or purposes, the facts are now abundantly clear. Stinnett establishes and proves his case with voluminous documentary evidence, including forty-seven pages of Appendices [p. 261-308] presenting photographic reproductions of key official records, as well as numerous others reproduced in the body of the text, and 65 pages [309-374] of closely detailed reference notes. This evidence proves Stinnett’s factual assertions, arguments and conclusions. His research files and notes are deposited at the Hoover Institute library at Stanford. Day of Deceit is exemplary documentary historiography. It presents the material testimony on which its analysis and conclusions are based. Its validity will be clear to any fair-minded reader. Stinnett’s book settles and resolves rational, candid, honest, fact-based discussion and debate about the background of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

As Stinnett shows, the plan that eventuated in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was set in motion in early October 1940 based on an “eight-action memo, dated October 7, 1940 … by Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the Office of Navy Intelligence.” Of course, it is unlikely that McCollum drafted it on his own initiative, but this is where Stinnett’s paper trail starts…

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Discomforting Facts about World War II – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Posted by M. C. on June 10, 2019

Britain entered the war because of a treaty obligation to defend Poland. FDR and Churchill ended up giving Poland to Stalin.

Russia won the war in more ways than one.


Prior to U.S. entry into World War II, the American people were overwhelmingly opposed to entering the conflict. That’s because of two things: (1) the non-interventionist foreign policy that was the founding policy of the United States and that had remained the foreign policy of the United States for more than 100 years; and (2) the horrible waste of men and money that had been expended on America’s intervention into World War I, not to mention the massive destruction of liberty that came with that war.

It was only because President Franklin Roosevelt intentionally provoked and maneuvered the Japanese into attacking at Pearl Harbor, where U.S. destroyers were conveniently based (FDR had wisely removed the carriers), that the U.S. ended up entering the conflict…

Hitler never had the ability to conquer the United States, much less the world. After all, his forces proved unable to cross the English Channel to conquer England…

Mainstream historians and newspapers have long pointed out that defeating Germany saved Europe from Nazi control. But it was always clear from the beginning that Hitler was moving east, not west — toward the Soviet Union, whose communist regime he considered the real enemy of Germany (just as the U.S. would consider the Soviet Union to be the real enemy of the United States after the war was over)…

The reason that England declared war on Germany was to honor the guarantee that England had given to Poland. But it was an empty guarantee because England knew that it lacked the military capability to free the Poles from German control… Read the rest of this entry »

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Jill Wine-Banks: Trump’s Performance ‘Will Live in Infamy as Much as the Pearl Harbor Attack or Kristallnacht’

Posted by M. C. on July 17, 2018

Peace is breaking out!

Neocons, their warparty $hill$ and useful idiot$ are running scared.

by Ian Hanchett

On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s All In, MSNBC Contributor and former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks stated President Trump’s performance in Helsinki “will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”

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