Skip to comments.Coulter: FDR Ignored Warnings That Hiss Was a Traitor
Posted on 06/26/2003 1:45:41 PM PDT by Jean S
Leftists, says Ann Coulter in her best-selling new book, "Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism," "have a preternatural gift for striking a position on the side of treason." She goes on to prove that charge.
She begins with the earliest days of Soviet efforts to honeycomb the U.S. government with covert agents, all them traitors to their country yet heroes to the great majority of the "liberals" of those days. She starts with the Roosevelt administration and what later became the infamous case of Alger Hiss.
Worried about the extent of communist penetration of the U.S. government, former Soviet agent and Time magazine editor Whitaker Chambers flew to Washington to alert the Roosevelt administration of the hidden peril.
He met with Assistant Secretary of State Adolf Berle, a Roosevelt confidant, and explained in great detail the Soviet espionage network working within the federal government, giving him the names of at least two dozen spies who had wormed their way into the deepest recesses of the administration.
Among the names he gave Berle were those of Alger Hiss, a top State Department official, and his brother Donald.
In her book Coulter reveals what happened next.
"Berle urgently reported to President Roosevelt what Chambers had said, including the warning about Alger Hiss. The president laughed and told Berle to "go f--- himself."
Coulter notes that instead of taking action against Hiss and the other named spies, "Roosevelt promoted Hiss to the position of trusted aide who would go with him to advise him at Yalta." It was at that summit conference with Stalin and Churchill that Roosevelt, with Hiss at his side whispering his "advice" in his ear, sold Eastern Europe into Soviet captivity.
When the former ambassador to Russia, William C. Bullitt, a close associate of Roosevelt, learned about Hiss and the others, he went to Roosevelt and also got the laugh-off treatment.
The tragedy continued. Berle went to Dean Acheson, then Roosevelt's undersecretary of the Treasury. He refused to believe Berle and later, when he became assistant secretary of state, he immediately asked that Donald Hiss become his assistant, Coulter reveals. When Berle reminded him that Hiss had been identified as a Soviet spy, Acheson "investigated" the charge - he asked Soviet spy Donald Hiss if he were a Soviet spy. Not surprisingly, Soviet spy Donald Hiss said he was not a Soviet spy.
Years later, after Alger Hiss was convicted of lying about his role as a Soviet agent, Acheson said he would not "turn [his] back on Alger Hiss," the man federal prosecutor Thomas Murphy called a "traitor to his country" and a Soviet agent.
And it was also years later that Hiss was finally brought to justice, thanks to Chambers' testimony - which made him a target of the vast number of Soviet sympathizers in the media - and to the dogged investigative work of then-Rep. Richard Nixon and House Committee on Un-American Activities chief investigator Bob Stripling.
In her book, Coulter carefully lays out the facts about the Hiss case, and shows how liberals fought to cover up the vast network of Soviet spies that had infiltrated the highest levels of the U.S. government. She reveals in graphic detail that it was those who sought to expose communist espionage who were attacked and slandered, while the spies and their supporters were rewarded and praised by the leftist establishment.
That is so simple even a real snook as opposed to an ex-snook should be able to figure it out. Your reference to Ike is quite revealing. You fain ignorance while revealing detailed knowledge of the situation.
Ed Murrow of CBS was the first media hero. He lead the charge against McCarthy. He was the first to oppose McCarthy and lead the pack journalism that did Joe in. It was what made EDWARD R. MURROW the hero of the left. The media had been pretty right wing before. But when Ed came out of the closet, he did so just in time to attack Joe and win. Ed Murrow with the support of CBS owner Paley did it all with his little mic and big camera. Murrow loved the left and Paley wanted to make the point that print media no longer controlled public opinion. Paley wanted the political world to know that TV had public opinion in its back pocket. Prior to this time Politicians wold make TV and Radio reporters wait while they sucked up to the print media. After McCArthy fell, the print reporters had to ride in the back of the bus... TV was the new king of influence.
Eisenhower stayed neutral in typical Eisenhower manner until he could no longer stay neutral. Ike had made a McCarthy cohort his vice President. But when public opinion went against McCarthy so did Ike.
An ex-snook as opposed to a current snook should know that this is a Nation of the people, by the people, and for the people. When public opinion turned on McCarthy, Ike first ignored the situation. When that could not be continued, Ike came out against McCarthy in a Boston speech.
In our nation elected officials are PUBLIC SERVANTS. They are not elected Rulers.
I second that.
I do not think that FDR was naive, I suppose Stalin had something on him and FDR had no other choice but play naive.
There is a reason Joe McCarthy called Acheson a "striped pants *sshole."
She also spoke at the Highlander Folk School--a communist training camp. She supported the Communists in Spain, attended a convention of the National Lawyers Guild (a communist front), accepted an award from Local #5 of American Federation of Teachers (another Communist front which was eventually kicked out of the union), supported a concert by Paul Robeson (an avowed communist) and was a long time, very vocal admirer of the American Youth Congress
Of possible spies in her husband's adminstration, she said:
"Smearing good people like Alger Hiss and Lauchlin Currie is, I think, unforgivable...Anyone knowing either Mr. Currie or Mr. Hiss, who are two people whom I happen to know fairly well, would not need any denial on their part to know they are not Communists. Their records prove it."
Appreciate the recap of the media players. But I don't think they are the 'masters' just the voices. I was surprised at Eisenhower joining the Washington left-wing 'masters' who were protecting Communists.
I guess getting Eisenhower shows the depth and power of their influence. But based on the media reaction to her book, the 'masters' are still at it.