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The Bundy Paradigm: Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave?
The Rutherford Institute ^ | April 21, 2014 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 04/21/2014 2:59:47 PM PDT by xzins

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”—John F. Kennedy

Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion. This goes far beyond concerns about grazing rights or the tension between the state and the federal government.

Few conflicts are ever black and white, and the Bundy situation, with its abundance of gray areas, is no exception. Yet the question is not whether Cliven Bundy and his supporters are domestic terrorists, as Harry Reid claims, or patriots, or something in between. Nor is it a question of whether the Nevada rancher is illegally grazing his cattle on federal land or whether that land should rightfully belong to the government. Nor is it even a question of who’s winning the showdown— the government with its arsenal of SWAT teams, firepower and assault vehicles, or Bundy’s militia supporters with their assortment of weapons—because if such altercations end in bloodshed, everyone loses.

What we’re really faced with, and what we’ll see more of before long, is a growing dissatisfaction with the government and its heavy-handed tactics by people who are tired of being used and abused and are ready to say “enough is enough.” And it won’t matter what the issue is—whether it’s a rancher standing his ground over grazing rights, a minister jailed for holding a Bible study in his own home, or a community outraged over police shootings of unarmed citizens—these are the building blocks of a political powder keg. Now all that remains is a spark, and it need not be a very big one, to set the whole powder keg aflame.

As I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there’s a subtext to this incident that must not be ignored, and it is simply this: America is a pressure cooker with no steam valve, and things are about to blow. This is what happens when a parasitical government muzzles the citizenry, fences them in, herds them, brands them, whips them into submission, forces them to ante up the sweat of their brows while giving them little in return, and then provides them with little to no outlet for voicing their discontent.

The government has been anticipating and preparing for such an uprising for years. For example, in 2008, a U.S. Army War College report warned that the military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,” which could be provoked by “unforeseen economic collapse,” “purposeful domestic resistance,” “pervasive public health emergencies” or “loss of functioning political and legal order”—all related to dissent and protests over America’s economic and political disarray. Consequently, predicted the report, the “widespread civil violence would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.”

One year later, in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama issued its infamous reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism.” According to these reports, an extremist is defined as anyone who subscribes to a particular political viewpoint. Rightwing extremists, for example, are broadly defined in the report as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

Despite “no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence,” the DHS listed a number of scenarios that could arise as a result of so-called rightwing extremists playing on the public’s fears and discontent over various issues, including the economic downturn, real estate foreclosures and unemployment.

Equally disconcerting, the reports use the words “terrorist” and “extremist” interchangeably. In other words, voicing what the government would consider to be extremist viewpoints is tantamount to being a terrorist. Under such a definition, I could very well be considered a terrorist. So too could John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., Roger Baldwin (founder of the ACLU), Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams—all of these men protested and passionately spoke out against government practices with which they disagreed and would be prime targets under this document.

The document also took pains to describe the political views of those who would qualify as being a rightwing extremist. For example, you are labeled a rightwing extremist if you voice concerns about a myriad of issues including: policy changes under President Obama; the economic downturn and home foreclosures; the loss of U.S. jobs in manufacturing and construction sectors; and social issues such as abortion, interracial crimes and immigration. DHS also issued a red-flag warning against anyone who promotes “conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps.”

Fast forward five years, with all that has transpired, from the Occupy Protests and the targeting of military veterans to domestic surveillance, especially of activist-oriented groups and now, most recently, the Bundy Ranch showdown, and it would seem clear that the government has not veered one iota from its original playbook. Indeed, the government’s full-blown campaign of surveillance of Americans’ internet activity, phone calls, etc., makes complete sense in hindsight.

All that we have been subjected to in recent years—living under the shadow of NSA spying; motorists strip searched and anally probed on the side of the road; innocent Americans spied upon while going about their daily business in schools and stores; homeowners having their doors kicked in by militarized SWAT teams serving routine warrants—illustrates how the government deals with people it views as potential “extremists”: with heavy-handed tactics designed to intimidate the populace into submission and discourage anyone from stepping out of line or challenging the status quo.

It’s not just the Cliven Bundys of the world who are being dealt with in this manner. Don Miller, a 91-year-old antiques collector, recently had his Indiana home raided by the FBI, ostensibly because it might be in the nation’s best interest if the rare and valuable antiques and artifacts Miller had collected over the course of 80 years were cared for by the government. Such tactics carried out by anyone other than the government would be considered grand larceny, and yet the government gets a free pass.

In the same way, the government insists it can carry out all manner of surveillance on us—listen in on our phone calls, read our emails and text messages, track our movements, photograph our license plates, even enter our biometric information into DNA databases—but those who dare to return the favor, even a little, by filming potential police misconduct, get roughed up by the police, arrested, charged with violating various and sundry crimes.

When law enforcement officials—not just the police, but every agent of the government entrusted with enforcing laws, from the president on down—are allowed to discard the law when convenient, and the only ones having to obey the law are the citizenry and not the enforcers, then the law becomes only a tool to punish us, rather than binding and controlling the government, as it was intended.

This phenomenon is what philosopher Abraham Kaplan referred to as the law of the instrument, which essentially says that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In the scenario that has been playing out in recent years, we the citizenry have become the nails to be hammered by the government’s henchmen, a.k.a. its guns for hire, a.k.a. its standing army, a.k.a. the nation’s law enforcement agencies.

Indeed, there can no longer be any doubt that militarized police officers, the end product of the government—federal, local and state—and law enforcement agencies having merged, have become a “standing” or permanent army, composed of full-time professional soldiers who do not disband. Yet these permanent armies are exactly what those who drafted the U.S. Constitution feared as tools used by despotic governments to wage war against its citizens.

That is exactly what we are witnessing today: a war against the American citizenry. Is it any wonder then that Americans are starting to resist?

More and more, Americans are tired, frustrated, anxious, and worried about the state of their country. They are afraid of an increasingly violent and oppressive federal government, and they are worried about the economic insecurity which still grips the nation. And they’re growing increasingly sick of being treated like suspects and criminals. As former law professor John Baker, who has studied the growing problem of overcriminalization, noted, “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.”

To make matters worse, a recent scientific study by Princeton researchers confirms that the United States of America is not the democracy that is purports to be, but rather an oligarchy, in which “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy.” As PolicyMic explains, “An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military… In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.”

So if average Americans, having largely lost all of the conventional markers of influencing government, whether through elections, petition, or protest, have no way to impact their government, no way to be heard, no assurance that their concerns are truly being represented and their government is one “by the people, of the people, and for the people,” as opposed to being engineered expressly for the benefit of the wealthy elite, then where does that leave them?

To some, the choice is clear. As psychologist Erich Fromm recognized in his insightful book, On Disobedience: “If a man can only obey and not disobey, he is a slave; if he can only disobey and not obey, he is a rebel (not a revolutionary). He acts out of anger, disappointment, resentment, yet not in the name of a conviction or a principle.”

Unfortunately, the intrepid, revolutionary American spirit that stood up to the British, blazed paths to the western territories, and prevailed despite a civil war, multiple world wars, and various economic depressions has taken quite a beating in recent years. Nevertheless, the time is coming when each American will have to decide: will you be a slave, rebel or revolutionary?

WC: 1766


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blm; bundy; oligarchy; slavery; tyranny

1 posted on 04/21/2014 2:59:47 PM PDT by xzins
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Indeed, there can no longer be any doubt that militarized police officers, the end product of the government—federal, local and state—and law enforcement agencies having merged, have become a “standing” or permanent army, composed of full-time professional soldiers who do not disband. Yet these permanent armies are exactly what those who drafted the U.S. Constitution feared as tools used by despotic governments to wage war against its citizens.
2 posted on 04/21/2014 3:02:17 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
and the creation of citizen detention camps

Funny how they happen to have a pretty specific name for non-existent camps.

/johnny

3 posted on 04/21/2014 3:06:57 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: All
Nor is it a question of whether the Nevada rancher is illegally grazing his cattle on federal land or whether that land should rightfully belong to the government. Nor is it even a question of who’s winning the showdown— the government with its arsenal of SWAT teams, firepower and assault vehicles, or Bundy’s militia supporters with their assortment of weapons—because if such altercations end in bloodshed, everyone loses.

I would caution Mr Whitehead that this is the direction that the government media immediately took the Bundy standoff.

He was unjustly targeted, but he was a tax and/or fee dodger when EVERYONE else pays their fees/taxes.

These outlets used this approach to send the message: "this guy isn't worth standing up for." Why would they want that message to dominate? In order to undercut any national reconstructionist movement gaining headway.

4 posted on 04/21/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Scary, isn’t it?


5 posted on 04/21/2014 3:10:47 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I am not able to go stand, in the flesh, with the Bundy’s.

I can give support, my voice, my written and spoken words.

As to being a ‘rebel’, a ‘revlutionary’, or a ‘slave’,

I was born a Free American, that chose to go fight in a foreign land, so that others could be free. The politicians messed that one up, not me. I have been, ever since I first learned about it in school, always against Communism, in any form, at any level of government, be that municipal or federal.

‘Rebel’ or ‘Revolutionary’ ... hmmmmm.

That definition, I will allow the one stupid enough to attempt to label anybody, which includes Harry Reid, or higher, to define.

I am a Free American, and I will die so, before becoming a slave to a Communist dck-tater.


6 posted on 04/21/2014 3:16:41 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: xzins
Nah, they've lost the power to scare me. They can only kill me once. But they continue to disgust me.

/johnny

7 posted on 04/21/2014 3:17:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Terry L Smith

In its own mind, the Fed thinks it is the ruler.

Our job is now to convince it that we can’t be ruled.


8 posted on 04/21/2014 3:27:16 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
"Our job is now to convince it that we can’t be ruled."

They will never believe that.

Instead they must believe they are subject to the hangman's noose and a very real possibility exists they'll see it very close up.

9 posted on 04/21/2014 3:29:43 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: xzins

yes indeed that time is coming


10 posted on 04/21/2014 3:29:47 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: JRandomFreeper

My parents are legal immigrants to this country. They met here and made two boys and their success here.

I know what happens under socialism (NAZI Germany from my mother and Communist Hungary from my father).

I will stand against the same happening here with my life or their escape from tyranny is all for naught.


11 posted on 04/21/2014 3:32:22 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’d say we are pretty much past Claire Wolfes “awkward stage”.


12 posted on 04/21/2014 3:34:14 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Jim Robinson; P-Marlowe
in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama issued its infamous reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism.” According to these reports, an extremist is defined as anyone who subscribes to a particular political viewpoint. Rightwing extremists, for example, are broadly defined in the report as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

Despite “no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence,” the DHS listed a number of scenarios that could arise as a result of so-called rightwing extremists playing on the public’s fears and discontent over various issues, including the economic downturn, real estate foreclosures and unemployment.

Excellent commentary

13 posted on 04/21/2014 3:40:55 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

1984 or 1776?


14 posted on 04/21/2014 3:42:17 PM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of liberty only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: ronnyquest

I like 1776


15 posted on 04/21/2014 3:44:54 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I wish some would re-think JFK. It is probably what got him murdered.


16 posted on 04/21/2014 3:54:10 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Karl Spooner

I expect JFK was murdered because Oswald was a nut.

My second choice is that JFK didn’t follow orders.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 3:56:23 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Terry L Smith
I can give support, my voice, my written and spoken words.

Wasn't it nice of the BLM to set up an area for you? /s


18 posted on 04/21/2014 3:59:15 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: xzins
America is a pressure cooker with no steam valve

There was no release valve for our Founders.

The Framers gave us one in Article V. History will not look well on a people who gaffed off their duty to attempt to peacefully regain their freedoms.

19 posted on 04/21/2014 3:59:49 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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To: xzins
H.L. Mencken:

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

James Madison:

"Resistance to tyranny is service to God."

Charles A. Beard:

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."

Edward Abbey:

"The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state controlled police and the military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy .... If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government - and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws."

20 posted on 04/21/2014 4:04:38 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
My son-in-law's parents were survivors of Pol Pot. They don't think much of commie bastards.

/johnny

21 posted on 04/21/2014 4:04:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: xzins
In its own mind, the Fed thinks it is the ruler.

Our job is now to convince it that we can’t be ruled.


22 posted on 04/21/2014 4:04:52 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: xzins

#2. You agree then, possibly?


23 posted on 04/21/2014 4:06:34 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Karl Spooner
I won't be a slave that is for sure. The other 2 ? That is according to which side of the ball you are on.

George Washington was, in the eyes of some, both. I don't know of better company to be in.

24 posted on 04/21/2014 4:11:52 PM PDT by sport
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To: sport

For record. Did Jfk deserved to get murdered?


25 posted on 04/21/2014 4:14:33 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Karl Spooner

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security


26 posted on 04/21/2014 4:16:10 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I didn’t think you knew what you were talking about.


27 posted on 04/21/2014 4:18:31 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Karl Spooner

I think there is a design to have us under absolute despotism.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 4:20:39 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Karl Spooner

In my opinion, no.


29 posted on 04/21/2014 4:23:45 PM PDT by sport
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To: sport

God bless you.


30 posted on 04/21/2014 4:25:44 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Erik Latranyi

I am not fighting. I am going to be a doufus collaberator.

That is I will join the side of evil, do enough butt kissing to get really high up, but mostly be a completely incompetent doufus at carrying out whatever job they have for me. I will do my part in having the wheel grind to a halt but still have food on my table.


31 posted on 04/21/2014 4:33:27 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: Karl Spooner

Thank you.


32 posted on 04/21/2014 4:38:10 PM PDT by sport
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To: xzins
A burgeoning but not yet fully formed police state becomes more dangerous, more volatile, more violent the more it is threatened. Make no mistake about it, this one knows it's being threatened.

This phenomenon is what philosopher Abraham Kaplan referred to as the law of the instrument, which essentially says that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

The people are purchasing firearms at a dizzying clip. It might be prudent not to dress up like a target.

33 posted on 04/21/2014 4:45:14 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Karl Spooner

I would ask that question of the relatives of those abandoned to die on a beach in Cuba.


34 posted on 04/21/2014 4:51:49 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: staytrue
Have some cobbler.

/johnny

35 posted on 04/21/2014 5:03:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: xzins
Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave?

Definitely neither Rebel nor Revolutionary as evidenced by the lack of interest in the various "first shots".......

Like I've said time and time again, until the mortgage gets paid off, the car and boat payments are paid off and the kids are thru with their weekend soccer, football, hockey or little league, and the employer gives them some extra time off, those "Rebels" and "Revolutionaries" will be too busy to participate. Oh, I forgot the college tuition that's eventually going to have to be paid...........

There have been numerous "first shots" fired and nobody paid attention........

FIRST ARREST? Connecticut Man Faces Charges For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” Standard Capacity Magazines

The actual FreeRepublic thread

36 posted on 04/21/2014 5:07:55 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: xzins
In my small town on southern Oregon, all of my fellow workers and friends are now talking very seriously on taking our county timber lands back from the fed. We gave them over to BLM to save the spotted owl and 20 years later, the spotted owl is at the same population, in fact its population is worsening because it now has a new predator, the Bard Owl. BLM has resorted to shooting the Bard owl with shot guns.

Candidates are running on that platform and people are pissed there are no jobs, no money, no growth because we have lost the ability to support ourselves with our own natural resources, timber, because the fed says no logging.

37 posted on 04/21/2014 5:12:53 PM PDT by thirst4truth (Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.)
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To: QT3.14

QT3.14 wrote:
“re:I can give support, my voice, my written and spoken words.

Wasn’t it nice of the BLM to set up an area for you?”


If you managed to remember THAT part of what I wrote, ya’s jus’ might remember, that I ALSO wrote,

‘I cannot go there’!!!!

So, your “joke” earns the “AOL one-hand typing award”.


38 posted on 04/21/2014 7:44:08 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: ExpatGator

I can’t think of too many presidents where some people didn’t die needlessly. Not meant to make light of what happened.


39 posted on 04/21/2014 10:41:28 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Karl Spooner

As a military man it is an inexcusable sin to abandon your troops. We armed, trained, transported and led them. Kennedy abandoned them. He brought shame upon our country and military. Damn him to hell.


40 posted on 04/22/2014 6:25:59 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: ExpatGator
"It is also clear, though seldom mentioned in the literature, that the order to cancel the air strikes, after Kennedy had formally approved them, came not from Kennedy himself but from McGeorge Bundy. Taylor relates the sequence of events:"

http://history.eserver.org/bay-of-pigs.txt

41 posted on 04/22/2014 11:20:02 AM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Karl Spooner

So, you posit that the National Security Advisor has final say on such a matter? That he “ordered” it does not absolve the CIC of the responsibility. The order was not decided upon independently by Bundy. Those sorts of maneuvers are performed to provide cover for the real decision maker.

I will let Arleigh Burke inform my opinion on the matter, thank you very much. His opinion of Kennedy in re the Cuban Misadventure is good enough for this old sailor.


42 posted on 04/22/2014 2:51:00 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: ExpatGator

I was just posting testimony for the principals involved. You can believe anybody’s opinions. That is your choice.


43 posted on 04/22/2014 4:29:57 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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