Friday, May 19, 2006
A Pattern Established
“I have here in my hand a list of 205 . . . a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department,” Senator Joseph McCarthy, February 9, 1950. With this speech he institutionalized the sleazy tactic of the Republican radical right of branding their opponents as Communists and/or traitors to America. The Democrats could not be trusted with the national security. It was an issue that only could be handled by Republican right-wingers. It was a lie that the GOP has propagated for the last 56 years. How ironic that this deliberate deception has actually done more to destabilize and endanger American security than other word or deed since then.
In his lust for power with what has now become GOP SOP, McCarthy demonized any and everyone who disagreed with him. America had ‘lost’ China. It was because the State Department was overrun with Communists. At best McCarthy was an idiot with no knowledge or understanding of history. China was never ‘ours’ to lose. China had been struggling to regain her sovereignty for over 100 years. It had endured the drug addiction, exploitation, forced acculturation, and proselytization attempted by the West. With the defeat of Japan the ongoing twenty year civil war picked up intensity. It took Mao four more years to finally defeat Chiang Kai-shek. It was a triumph for Chinese nationalism, but the radical right portrayed it as another brick in the wall of the worldwide monolithic Communist conspiracy. McCarthy went on the attack.
God and country were in a life or death struggle with evil. Leading the attack from within was our own State Department. There were Communists and evil-doers everywhere. The State Department went through a forced radical lobotomy as result of McCarthy’s charges and diatribes. The China and Far East desks lost most of their knowledgeable people; people who knew and understood the Orient. They were replaced by people who either couldn’t find their own rear ends with the help of the entire Seventh Fleet or by people who made the cowardly lion look like Sgt. Fury.
This along with the ascension of a fanatical and virulent anti-communist John Foster Dulles to Secretary of State permanently damaged and scarred American foreign policy. Dulles was so obsessed that in the 1930’s he helped rearm and industrialize Nazi Germany and Hitler. This combination of idiots, cowards, and fanatics then proceeded to do irreparable harm to national security.
Their lack of knowledge and their adherence to right wing dogma led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953, the overthrow of the Guatemalan government in 1954, and the subverting of the Geneva Peace Accords of 1954. This latter action led directly to U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The radical right thus insured America would never be in a state of peace. They need a world full of enemies to maintain their power and control. When one enemy falls they must create another, how else can they be the defenders and protectors of hearth and home? Those who came later just followed the path already paved with one glaring and blatant exception, the unwillingness to give a personal commitment or self-sacrifice.
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