For 49 years, the Cold War was the most important part of American life. There was an international communist conspiracy to take over the United States and the rest of the world, with the conspiracy being based in Moscow, Russia, Americans were repeatedly told.
The situation was considered so grave in 1945, when the Cold War was launched, that the federal government was converted into a governmental structure known as a “national-security state,” a type of structure that characterizes totalitarian regimes, including that of the Soviet Union. America’s national-security state consists of the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA, and, to a certain extent, the FBI.
For more than four decades, life in America revolved around the Cold War and the prospect of nuclear war with the Soviets. If anyone questioned the official narrative of the communist threat to America, he was immediately suspected of being a communist agent. The lives of many Americans were destroyed by U.S. officials because of a suspicion that they were or had been communists.
The Cold War generated ever-growing tax monies allocated to the national-security establishment and ever-increasing power being wielded by the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA. And most everyone was convinced that the Cold War would go on forever.
In foreign policy, if a foreign ruler expressed a desire for friendly — or even just neutral — relations with the Soviet Union and the communist world, U.S. officials deemed him a grave threat to U.S. “national security” and targeted him for removal from office, including through assassination, a power that, prior to the Cold War, the U.S. government had been prohibited from wielding by the Constitution.
Foreign officials who were violently removed from office during the Cold War by the U.S. national-security establishment included Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran, Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, Patrice Lumumba in Congo, and Salvador Allende in Chile.
In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy took a fateful step in announcing that he was declaring an end to the Cold War, announcing that the United States was now going to establish friendly relations with the Soviet Union and the communist world. It was the culmination of a vicious, under-the-radar war that had been taking place between the Kennedy and the national-security establishment during almost the entire Kennedy term in office. The war would be brought to a violent end on November 22, 1963, much like U.S. regime-change operations against foreign rulers who were set on doing the same thing that Kennedy was doing.
This coming March 3 (Wednesday), FFF is holding an online conference entitled “JFK’s Foreign Policy and the Assassination.” Every Wednesday night through
April 21, it will feature presentations by various speakers. It is certain to be one of the most interesting and informative conferences in FFF’s 30-year history.
For many years, I’ve heard libertarians saying that they simply don’t have the time to delve into the JFK assassination. I’ve also heard others scoff at the notion that the U.S. national-security establishment assassinated President Kennedy. They accept the fact that the national-security establishment has engaged in regime-change operations in foreign lands, but they just consider it inconceivable that it would do the same here in the United States. Moreover, some of them seem terrified over the possibility that someone might call them a “conspiracy theorist,” a term that the CIA popularized through assets in the mainstream press as a way to keep people from delving too deeply into the assassination.
The purpose of this conference is to provide an easy to understand synopsis of the Kennedy assassination, specifically (1) why Kennedy was assassinated and (2) how the fraudulent autopsy that the U.S. military conducted on JFK’s body inexorably points to a national-security regime-change operation. By the time you finish watching this series, you should have an excellent grasp of what happened and why.
In the process, you will learn a a lot about U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War, especially Kennedy’s policy toward Third World nations as well as a condensed history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, which Kennedy was set on ending at the time he was assassinated.
It is time for Americans, including libertarians, to understand and accept that the Kennedy assassination is simply part and parcel of America’s national-security state legacy.
I will be moderating the presentations and there will be live Q&A after each presentation.
We will soon be opening up registrations for each weekly presentation.
Admission will be free. I look forward to seeing you there online.