Vietnam- Policy and Intelligence Failure

America’s blind obedience to the dogmas of… monolithic communism and the Domino Theory led to tragedy of the Vietnam war.  In 1945, American intelligence officers established clear and firm links with the Viet Minh and its leader, Ho Chi Minh.  The Vietnamese nationalists of the Viet Minh were resisting Japanese rule and providing our OSSContinue reading “Vietnam- Policy and Intelligence Failure”

Kennedy and Cuba- A Lingering Trouble

JFK addressed the National Security Council following the Cuban Missile Crisis Kennedy appears less than optimistic about the future of the Caribbean Notes on Remarks by President Kennedy before the National Security Council Tuesday, January 22, 1963 I will start by reviewing areas of policy which will be before us in the coming months andContinue reading “Kennedy and Cuba- A Lingering Trouble”

Lincoln’s Logic- First Inaugural

Lincoln effectively broke down the secession crisis in both legal and moral terms during his First Inaugural address. “I hold that in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual. Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all national governments. It is safe toContinue reading “Lincoln’s Logic- First Inaugural”

Constitutional Union Party- 1860

Wishing to return the Union to its 1840 form, moderate Southerners formed the Constitutional Union party and nominated John C. Bell of Tennessee for President. This party did not endorse the fiery rhetoric of Breckinridge, but would not back a Republican candidate. Bell supported this platform: May 09, 1860 Whereas, Experience has demonstrated that PlatformsContinue reading “Constitutional Union Party- 1860”

Southern Faction- Election of 1860

John C. Breckinridge served as Buchanan’s Vice President and was a leading voice in the “Fire Eater” movement which dominated the US Senate. The Southern faction of the Democratic party nominated him for President rather than support Stephen Douglas in 1860. Douglas was seen as a weak on the issue of slave owning rights. TheContinue reading “Southern Faction- Election of 1860”

Fighting Words- Brooks and Sumner

Shortly after the violent sacking of Free State Headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas, Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner stood before the Senate and lambasted the primary authors of the Kansas/Nebraska bill, Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Andrew Butler of South Carolina. Sumner was especially malevolent to Butler, who he saw as the leader of the pro-slavery block,Continue reading “Fighting Words- Brooks and Sumner”

Kennedy and Vietnam

Kennedy wanted to end the Vietnam war.   Conspiracy theorists on both sides point to National Security Memo #263 as the smoking gun in Kennedy’s secret plan to get our troops out of Vietnam; and, also Memo #273 as proof the warmonger Johnson wanted to escalate the war.  Both accounts are demonstrably false.  Memo #263 simplyContinue reading “Kennedy and Vietnam”

The Iron Curtain

Sir Winston Churchill told the truth… to the audience at Westminster College on March 5, 1946.  The Truman administration was trying to balance occupation with nation building- the Berlin airlift was still a year away.  The Soviet Union was still seen as “our Russian allies” despite their heavy-handed occupation of Eastern Europe.  Churchill warned TrumanContinue reading “The Iron Curtain”

Tariffs Did Not Cause the Civil War

Historians, politicians, and neo-secessionists who argue that the Civil War… was caused by the Federal government’s manipulation of tariffs are at best terribly deluded, at worst, they are scurrilous ideologues with a shameful political agenda. A brief history lesson for Tom DiLorenzo, Governor Greg Abbott, President Donald Trump, the Freedom Caucus, Ron and Rand Paul, Continue reading “Tariffs Did Not Cause the Civil War”

Polk and Texas

James K. Polk made no secret during the campaign of 1844…  of his desire to annex Texas.  It was what the Texans wanted and expansionists demanded.  John Tyler bowed to political pressure from Whigs after they defeated the first treaty and failed to act on annexation.   Only the swell of support from Polk’s fiery rhetoric forced the lameContinue reading “Polk and Texas”