#1018 – Jim DiEugenio


  • Jim is working on a review of Fred Litwin’s new book On The Trail of Delusion
  • Jim’s review to be titled On the Trail of Fred Litwin
  • Gerald Posner’s review of Litwin’s new book on Garrison
  • At Kennedys and King
  • Article: Trump, Biden and the JFK Act: Something Can and Should be Done by Mark Adamczyk
  • Article: The Jakarta Method by Vincent Bevins by Jim DiEugenio
  • Article: Nasser, Kennedy, the Middle East, and Israel by Jim DiEugenio
  • The 1953 overthrow of the Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, by the Dulles brothers
  • Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala overthrown in 1954
  • Mossadegh was a democratically elected leader who wanted to get his country away from European imperialism
  • Mossadegh nationalized the British Pertroleum company which controlled Iranian oil
  • The Brits recruited the ulema/mullahs in Iran
  • Operation Vulture in Vietnam
  • “We have a clean base there now, without a taint of colonialism.
    Dien Bien Phu was a blessing in disguise”
     – John Foster Dulles
  • Richard Nixon was the first to advocate insert American troops in Vietnam in 1954
  • Foster Dulles’s series of treaties: SEATO, the Baghdad Pact (CENTO), OAS
  • These were all supposed to be anti-communist
  • FREE Borrowable EbookThe Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick
  • Kennedy was very impressed by this book and bought 100 copies of it
  • And sent it to everyone in the Senate
  • Kennedy helped in the making of the movie based on the book
  • Nasser refused to join the Baghdad pact
  • Dulles then pulled the funding for the Aswan Dam project
  • Nasser responded by nationalizing the Suez Canal and approached the Soviets for building the Aswan dam
  • The secret plan by Britain, France and Israel and the Suez Canal crisis
  • Britain and France had cofounded the canal
  • Israel feared Nasser
  • Eisenhower was very angry as Anthony Eden, Prime Miniser of UK, did not consult with him
  • Eisenhower and Dulles decided to teach the British a lesson
  • England was not leading the Western world anymore; the United States was
  • After the Suez canal crisis, Eisenhower and Dulles began to court Saudi Arabia
  • Nasser was a socialist and wasn’t part of a royal monarchy unlike Saudi Arabia
  • Nasser ran a secular republic in Egypt which was NOT based on Islamic fundamentalism
  • “We can help fulfill a great and promising opportunity to show the world that a new nation,
    with an Arab heritage, can establish itself in the Western tradition and successfully withstand
    both the pull toward Arab feudalism and fanaticism and the pull toward Communist authoritarianism”

    – John F. Kennedy in the Senate (Algeria speech)
  • Full text of JFK’s Algeria speech in the Senate, 1957
  • Saudi Arabia advocates Wahhabism, an extremist Islamic philosophy
  • Video: Nasser on The Muslim Brotherhood and Hijabs
  • Article: A Democrat Looks at Foreign Policy by John F. Kennedy, October 1957, Foreign Affairs Magazine
  • Nasser arrested several leaders of Muslim Brotherhood and raided their mosques
  • FREE Borrowable EbookDevil’s Game: How the US Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam by Robert Dreyfuss
  • The British Empire backed the Muslim Brotherhood
  • The cover-up of Kennedy’s foreign policy is more extensive than the cover-up following his assassination
  • Kennedy appointed John S. Badeau as his ambassador to Egypt
  • Badeau was the leading scholar on Egypt in the United States
  • AIPAC = American Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in USA
  • Nasser’s United Arab Republic (UAR)
  • Libya was one of the richest countries per capita
  • Hillary Clinton decided to overthrow Gaddafi
  • The United States is opposed to having secularists in the Middle East
  • Timber Sycamore (CIA covert op)
  • Hillary Clinton is a neocon
  • Kissinger was responsible for the genocides in Bangladesh, East Timor and Cambodia
  • Video: Bernie Sanders calls out Hillary Clinton on taking advice from Henry Kissinger
  • Kennedy did not like dealing with Saudi Arabia
  • The Yemen civl war of 1962 where Nasser wanted Yemen to be a republic
  • And Saudi Arabia wanted a return to monarchy
  • Kennedy backed Nasser over the war in Yemen
  • David Ben Gurion and Golda Meir did not want to negotiate with the Palestinians
  • Israel’s nuclear reactors
  • Ben Gurion wanted Israel to have nuclear weapons as a deterrent against Arab attacks/invasions
  • Book: Stealing the Atom Bomb by Roger Mattson: PaperbackKindle
  • Did JFK cause Ben Gurion’s resignation?
  • How the US’s foreign policy changed after JFK’s assassination
  • Book: Divert! by Grant F. Smith: PaperbackKindle
  • The neocon movement began under Gerald Ford
  • Ford moved Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney into the White House
  • Rumself and Cheney thought that Kissinger was too liberal
  • They wanted to go back to the era of Dulles, Paul Nitze and George Kennan


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