Lessons in Disaster

Lessons in Disaster

McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam

Book - 2008
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Drawing on prodigious research as well as the interviews and analysis he has conducted with former National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy, Goldstein offers this revelatory look at the decisions that led to the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
Publisher: New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805079715
Characteristics: xiii, 300 p. ; 25 cm


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Dec 07, 2015

Clearly this is a work of considerable scholarship - - examining the influence and effect of McGeorge Bundy on Vietnam, decisions made, et cetera, plus whether President Kennedy would really have deployed large numbers of ground troops to Vietnam - - from his pattern and NSAM 263 and State Dept. memo, clearly not, in fact, it appeared he was moving for a complete withdrawal of the military advisors - - originally dispatched there by Eisenhower - - but increased under Kennedy under advisement FROM Eisenhower - - by 1965.
Although this book had nothing to do with the assassination of JFK, clearly there were strange events mentioned in this book which appear related. Ambassador Lodge, with no authority in this matter [since this fell under the purview of the CIA director, McCone], removed the acting CIA station chief in Saigon and promoted Lucien Conein to that position, a move that clearly annoyed the hell out of CIA Director McCone! [To my knowledge this was the first and last time such an event occurred!?!?] Kennedy was about to fire both Averell Harriman and Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, a fact we know both from Harriman's authorized biography and Lodge's brother, as neither Harriman nor Lodge were following JFK's directives about peace initiatives.
Clearly, we can see that Eisenhower was LBJ's major advisor - - logical given the ensuing events, and Eisenhower was ardent about the deployment of massive numbers of ground troops to Vietnam, while Bundy was of seconary importance as an advisor to President Johnson. We also see that Bundy was clearly a dedicated hawk about Vietnam from beginning to end.
The major fault with this book is that it is solely political scholarship - - Mr. Goldstein believes that the politician rules supreme, not that they almost always frequently report to the money masters above them. Not really remarked upon was that Bundy was quite tight with Allen Dulles [CIA director fired by President Kennedy], although the author does mention that Bundy was close to Richard Bissell [CIA deputy director fired by President Kennedy], and he does mention that Bundy had previously worked for Eisenhower [when Ike was president of Columbia University - - Bundy had worked previously at least several different positions for Dulles as well], but naturally never mentions that Bundy [and also Gen. Lansdale, of course] was closely associated with Nelson Rockefeller, having attended his numerous seminars on international politics. Also, not mentioned, was that Bundy was one of the other two who helped establish David Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission [along with Zbig Brzezinski who, together with Kissinger, were appointed to their positions at Harvard thanks to McGeorge Bundy].
Johnson was clearly taking orders from someone, and the so-called Tonkin Gulf Incident wasn't as presented by the Fake News types - - the so-called countermeasures and proposals had long been in the works, and not simply a natural reaction.
Mr. Goldstein does mention that United Fruit Company had lobbied for the military coup in Guatemala, and that Richard Bissell was one of the architects of that coup, but doesn't mention [most likely is unaware] that the majority shareholder in UFC was Floyd Odlum, also the main financial backer - - and friend - - to Dwight Eisenhower. Money talks, as usual in politics - - the only two presidents who weren't slaves to the money masters, IMHO, were FDR and JFK, and they both perished in office!
What Gerard Colby's sterling research uncovered in his epic book - - Thy Will Be Done - - was that President Kennedy, in following Lovett's advice - - unwittingly appointed at least forty [40] people who had either been previously associated with or still were connected to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
pp. 241 to the top of 246 were truly brilliant! ! !



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