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Roger Hilsman on JFK vs LBJ on Vietnam
James Lateer Wrote:It's no surprise that China could have reared it's head as an issue for JFK behind the scenes. It is well known that Dean Rusk was heavily involved in the center of the Korean War situation. He had a long history working on the side of UK interests and policy.

I think that Rusk had been part of the decision to declare Korea as "outside the zone of US vital interests" as well as the decision not to bomb the bridges on the Yalu River to prevent Chinese intervention in Korea.

Rusk had served in the Burma Theater in World War II and thus, his career was extremely intertwined with the UK. This could have lead Rusk to anger the China Lobby and the pro-Taiwan dinosaurs of the right-wing.

Senator James O Eastland spent years investigating the secretive Amerasia issue. Also the totally secretive Institute of Pacific Relations (about which there is still little information publically available).

Any, of course, the German spy agency BND under former Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen was much more involved in the Far East than anyone would imagine. And you could add in the mysterious FOI of Richard Case Nagell/Lee Harvey Oswald and the Charles Willoughby involvement in Japan and the Far East.

It's easy to see why any potential opening to China would totally upset the applecart. That also might have been the poison pill for Nixon and the Watergate problem.

But I would still estimate the confrontation with the Soviets in central Europe as outweighing the Asian problems for JFK.

James Lateer

I agree with your last point, and it points to a vast gap in our knowledge of Kennedy's intentions and actions with respect to the neutralisation of Central-Eastern Europe. It is perhaps the greatest failure of serious JFK studies.

As for the IPP, I can only suggest reading the passages on Richard Sorge within Donald Gibson's outstanding work, The Kennedy Assassination Cover-Up. Like so much else in this great work, it's a refreshingly intelligent and cold-eyed reappraisal of what passes for consensus "truth".
"There are three sorts of conspiracy: by the people who complain, by the people who write, by the people who take action. There is nothing to fear from the first group, the two others are more dangerous; but the police have to be part of all three,"

Joseph Fouche

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Roger Hilsman on JFK vs LBJ on Vietnam - by Paul Rigby - 26-08-2018, 11:34 AM

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