Skip to comments.Dispatch International: "Joe McCarthy Was Right All Along"
Posted on 02/24/2013 9:28:42 AM PST by Altura Ct.
I cannot overestimate the fearless excellence of M. Stanton Evans' work as a historian, and, I am fortunate to say, mentor. His 2007 book Blacklisted by History is not only a shattering revision of half a century of lies about Joseph McCarthy and "McCarthyism" -- and, by extension, obfuscation about the successful penetration and subversion of the US government -- it is also an exercise in courage, in confronting a false and crippling consensus with an unshakeable dedication to fact and logic. On a personal note, the book served me as a rosetta stone by which I was able to begin deciphering the mendacious history we "know" as our shining cultural legacy. The results of this unnerving research-odyssey will be published in my forthcoming book, American Betrayal.
That said, I am delighted to post an article written for this week's edition of Dispatch International. My task was to introduce a European audience, in brief, to Evans' work. The piece below is the main article, which is available for free at the DI website. I also wrote accompanying piece assembling a series of thumbnail sketches of some of the sensational revelations Evans and co-writer and Cold War expert Herbert Romerstein discovered in their brand new book, Stalin's Secret Agents. It is behind the online-subscription wall -- so subscribe!
"Joe McCarthy Was Right All Along"
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Most Europeans are unlikely to be familiar with the facts behind the American term McCarthyism. They probably know it describes something very bad in American politics the Communist witch hunts of more than half a century ago. They may also know that simply uttering the term, like casting a spell, stops all debate cold by associating someone with the eponymous Joseph McCarthy. As the story goes, he was himself very bad. After all, he conducted those long ago Communist witch hunts, ruining his name in perpetuity. This probably exhausts general knowledge.
But heres a secret: Most Americans know little more than this same familiar but completely false narrative. In recent years, stunning revelations from archives in Washington and Moscow have confirmed that McCarthys investigations and those conducted by other officials before and after netted not innocent and imaginary witches, but secret cadres of hardened Communist agents determined to bring down the American republic. Surely, this makes Joe McCarthy a great patriot and deserving the plaudits of a grateful nation.
So wrote M. Stanton Evans, the consensus-smashing, revisionist biographer of McCarthy in Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against Americas Enemies (2007). Evans was attempting to convey the significance of just one particular Soviet intelligence operation, circa 1945, that McCarthy was instrumental in bringing to light, circa 1950.
Even a few details about this operation, named initially as the Amerasia affair after a pro-Communist journal of the day, will add a little needed context to modern-day perspective on the so-called McCarthy era.
Amerasias editor, Phillip Jaffe, came under FBI surveillance in 1944 after the contents of a confidential OSS memo appeared in his magazine. (The OSS was the precursor to the CIA.) The FBI soon learned Jaffe was in possession of hundreds of stolen, secret US government documents, plus a photographic set-up. The magazine ran no photographs, so the FBI plausibly believed it had come across an active espionage operation. Further surveillance, including wire-taps, determined that Jaffe was in frequent contact with US Communist Party leader Earl Browder, Soviet diplomats in New York, a top Chinese Communist envoy of Mao and US diplomat John Stewart Service (home from Chiang Kai-Sheks China, where, it later emerged, Service roomed with two leading Communist agents, Solomon Adler and Chi Chao-ting).
On June 6, 1945, FBI agents arrested six people, including Jaffe and Service, and seized hundreds of top secret documents, many concerning military matters. An open-and-shut espionage case, it would seem.
An open and quickly shut-down case is more like it. What followed was cover-up, perjury and grand-jury rigging by, among others, high-ranking Washington officials. Some were eager to prevent a national security scandal from engulfing the Truman White House. Others were acting to shield a far wider Communist-led conspiracy mounted by confederates inside the State Department, Treasury, White House and elsewhere in the US government, working not merely to filch secret documents but to ensure, through influence and subversion, the Communist takeover of China. These powerful forces of suppression proved overwhelming. The Amerasia case was scuttled, the scandal was buried, and, within a few years, China was Red.
Five years later, McCarthys laser-beam focus on the still-festering case would be instrumental in follow-up investigations launched by both the Senate and the FBI. These massive probes yielded, as Evans notes, some 5,000 pages of Senate hearings, plus 1,000 pages of exhibits and, from the FBI, 24,000 pages of now-declassified records.
They reveal the workings of a vast, complex influence operation, Evans writes, that assiduously worked to guide official and public thinking, and hence the course of U.S. policy, in this case regarding the Far East. Other such intricate influence operations, of course, targeted the West. And who was doing this dirty work of Communist-directed subversion from within? Many officials and public figures highlighted by Joseph McCarthy (among others), who, we have since learned from US and Soviet archives, were secret agents and fellow-traveling supporters of Stalin.
McCarthy, as Evans has pointed out, threatened to blow the lid off the official cover-ups and other acts of treason. Thus, he had to be isolated, demonized and destroyed, and so he was. History would be written by the isolators, the demonizers and the destroyers, and repeated by rote for the next half century.
Then along came the declassification of FBI records and releases of intelligence documents, and scholars such as M. Stanton Evans to sift through them. But the far-reaching implications of such research that anti-Communist witch-hunters were right all along have done shockingly little to change the way Americans regard their history. Such hidebound attitudes extend also to American conservatives, who, it would seem, are the modern-day heirs of the anti-Communist legacy. What Evans calls court history is that deeply entrenched as national lore.
Will this ever change? Theres no concise answer to that, Evans replied in a recent interview with Dispatch International. There is a mindset, a narrative, a template that has been out there for a long time. The reflex reaction, to date, is to preserve that template rather than assess the new evidence.
Thus, it is minimized or denied. Evans mimics the usual reaction to the specter of historical Communist penetration: `Well, this thing was overblown, there wasnt a big problem, these people were persecuted. The new evidence, he continues, challenges this so they dismiss it. Were dealing with an establishment mindset that is impervious to refutation to fact. Its like throwing popcorn at a battleship.
This hasnt stopped Evans, 78 once the youngest metropolitan newspaper editor in the USA (Indianapolis News), and formerly a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and commentator for CBS News and Voice of America from reloading and firing again. In fact, following his McCarthy book, which corroborates many McCarthy cases and documents the Washington Establishments craven efforts to destroy the maverick senator rather than address subversion and cover-up, Evans embarked on a new project. With so much evidence now available attesting to the presence of Soviet agents watching over wartime Washington, Evans set out to write a concise history of what it was these agents of the Kremlin actually accomplished.
The new book, published in November 2012, is Stalins Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelts Government, co-written with Herbert Romerstein, a leading Cold War expert and longtime congressional investigator. Assessing the achievements of agents of influence, is very different, Evans emphasizes, from standard histories of spying as defined by stealing secrets.
The series of history-changing events Evans and Romerstein identify as having been subverted by Soviet agents is itself history-changing, demanding a rewrite of much of the history of World War II. Despite the familiarity with which we regard the era, in many ways, Evans and Romerstein are pioneering a new field of study. The best way to approach it with what Evans himself calls his Law of Inadequate Paranoia: No matter how bad you think something is, he says, when you look into it, it's always worse."
- Charles Baudelaire
Man, if I could only get that badge of honor. Being called a McCarthyite would be SWEEEEEET. Go Joe. And I don’t mean “this is a big f’n deal” biden either. Proponent of double barrel clubs.
I agree wholeheartedly that Blacklisted By History is an excellent book. I’ve purchased his new book and will have it read by the end of this month. Stan Evans has my greatest respect and gratitude.
The commies have won.
Looks like McCarthy’s foes are winning the present as well as the past.
Henry Wallace would have voted for Obama.
Told ya so.
Blacklisted by History is excellent. I think I’ve just been introduced to my next book purchase.
You probably will be interested in this. Ping
Right after WWII my mother worked at the Ohio State University Aeronautical Research department.
Her boss was up in arms about that Communist infiltration was rampant throughout that school and nation wide.
If those dirty rat bastards are good at anything it is persistence and covering their tracks.
That is the reality. The ‘Collective’ asks for sacrifice. Today’s evidence in the budget deficit tells us that some have not sacrificed enough. The dumb masses are led to believe that the evil rich will pony up more to maintain their standard of living but those who understand the math are wide awake to the fact that force will be necessary when the SHTF.
Who gets to be the scapegoat?
In spite of all her recent foibles, Ann Coulter wrote about McCarthy as well called “Treason, 2003” that I found very informative.
The left continues to throw out the term “McCarthyism” as if it was never resolved.
The Communists never left our government. Ted Kennedy conspired with the Soviets to undermine our nation. Why wasn’t he tried for treason after the collapse of the USSR?
I think we should celebrate November 14 as Joe McCarthy day. If only to piss off the libs/commies.
Joe McCarthy Was Right
June 23, 2003
Coulter: Sen. Joe McCarthy Was Right In her best-selling book “Treason,” author Ann Coulter rips the lid off of established liberal “history” while claiming that Sen. Joseph McCarthy has been vindicated. (snip)
Much of Coulter’s research is backed up by recently released Soviet papers and the five-volume release to the public, for the first time, of the closed-door hearings by the McCarthy Senate committee 50 years ago. They were made public last month after “Treason” had gone to the printer. Put the book and the hearings together, and you have the damning evidence. (snip)
Nixon was a commie hunter too and look what happened to him.
Blacklisted by History has been out a long time, and Ann Coulter has written extensively about this as well. Yet continued ignorance of the true facts about Joe McCarthy by people who should know better has been illustrated recently by how often Ted Cruz has been compared to Joe McCarthy in a disparaging way, and almost always these comments are unchallenged.
Dealing with commies in a free society is a catch-22. You cannot round them up without authoritarian action and if you don’t round them up they fester and grow until they are powerful enough to become the authoritarian government.
Pinochet, who took the first path wound up being vilified (and imprisoned) after doing what was necessary and then returning the government back to democratic rule. Leftist monsters like Mao and Stalin tend to die peacefully in their beds becuase they never relenquish control.
I believe Coulter has written about this in one of her books even more recently, because I remember her citing the 2007 book Blacklisted by History extensively, and if I remember right that is what inspired me to read the M. Stanton Evans book.
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