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Click on this text to listen to, and watch, a conversation between LBJ and his White House handler Walt Rostow (JEW) regarding the outbreak of the "Arab-Israeli War (June 5, 1967). At 4:46 in the video you will see LBJ's handler David Dubinski (JEW) sitting in the Oval Office on the phone... The USS LIBERTY massacre perpetrated by Israel occurred 3 days after this particular phone conversation...

 
LBJ IN A NUT SHELL:
 

The Most Incredible Story Never Told:

LBJ’s Order to Destroy the USS Liberty

Destroyed USS Liberty

 

LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON is a president who has escaped the scrutiny and judgment

of history despite considerable documentation that should make him an outstanding candidate

for historical review, critique, and analysis. His primary biographer, Robert Caro, consistently

gets rave book reviews from mainstream media for his disingenuous puff piece books on LBJ.

It’s entirely possible that LBJ is the most evil or one of the most evil presidents in US history.

(ILLUSTRATION: The USS Liberty post-Israeli attack)

 

Some researchers believe that LBJ was the mastermind behind JFK’s assassination and

researcher Phillip F. Nelson wrote a book documenting his investigation on this issue:

LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination.



However, one of the greatest unknown chapters in LBJ’s presidency is that he personally

gave the order to Israel to bomb and utterly destroy the USS Liberty and its entire crew of

294 Americans. Astoundingly, when the mission went awry and Sixth Fleet Commanders

were ordering the rescue of the besieged and bloodied USS Liberty crew, LBJ ordered

that rescue operations be called back, at least twice. Against all odds, the USS Liberty

survived but after the attack, 34 Americans lay dead. Except for four worthless .50 caliber

machine guns, the USS Liberty was unarmed and defenseless against the far superior firing

power of the Israeli navel and air force armada that descended upon it with relentless

and unspeakable terror.

 

Not a whole lot has been written about the USS Liberty. It’s just another critically important

issue that has been buried in history, but two extraordinary books document the truth.

James M. Ennes Jr., is a retired US Naval Officer and a survivor of the Liberty attack

who wrote a book that documents his investigative disclosure of the truth, here.

 

 

Peter Hounam, an investigative journalist, wrote

Operation Cyanide, Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III.

Hounam’s extraordinary book, published in 2003, relies heavily on the work of Ennis

and also documents numerous interviews that Hounam conducted with the

USS Liberty survivors as well as other folks in the US, British, and Israeli governments.

 

The “official” story of the USS Liberty, according to the government and mainstream media

version of the event, is that on June 8, 1967 the Israelis accidentally bombed the Liberty

off the coast of Egypt and killed 34 American sailors.

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson
 

The real story is that President Johnson, who was being battered in the polls over the

Vietnam War and facing a general election loss and even losing the Democrat primary,

[encouraged] the Israelis to bomb the Liberty to create a casus belli and to secure a

Gulf-of-Tonkin-style resolution to explode the world into war — because in America everybody

loves an outraged and indignant president who will use the full force of the

military at the slightest provocation, even a government-planned false flag attack.

 

The USS Liberty, however, encompasses far more than a murderous psychopathic

American president resorting to hideously evil deeds to get re-elected. In addition to

ordering the total destruction of the USS Liberty and potentially sending 294 Americans

to a watery grave in the Mediterranean Sea, LBJ also ordered the nuclear bombing of

Cairo, an event specifically designed to create a nuclear war by blaming the entire

USS Liberty affair on Russia or Egypt. More horrifying, it’s documented that US planes

were on emergency standby orders as pilots waited on the runways in their planes armed

with nuclear weapons. The nuclear bombing of Cairo was called off only three minutes

before the nuclear bomb drops.

 

As fate would have it, LBJ’s plan blew up in his face and

the world got a reprieve from a US-induced nuclear holocaust.

How did all this happen? First, it must be understood that the USS Liberty was

supposed to be destroyed and sunk within minutes and without any survivors.

 

The actual attack on the USS Liberty commenced at 2:00 p.m. Israel time on June 8, 1967.

The USS Liberty was 13 miles off the coast of Gaza and moving slowly at five knots.

The crew had observed several flyovers by Israeli reconnaissance planes earlier in the day.

 

When the USS Liberty was struck, it was struck with an awesome force. According to

USSLiberty.org, a website created by the survivors to document and

expose the truth, the ship was first struck by Israeli fighter aircraft:

 

“Israeli fighter aircraft launched a rocket attack on USS Liberty. The aircraft made repeated

firing passes, attacking USS Liberty with rockets and their internal cannons. After the

first flight of fighter aircraft had exhausted their ordnance, subsequent flights of Israeli

fighter aircraft continued to prosecute the attack with rockets, cannon fire, and napalm.

During the air attack, USS Liberty’s crew had difficulty contacting Sixth Fleet to request

assistance due to intense communications jamming. The initial targets on the ship were

the command bridge, communications antennas, and the four .50 caliber machine

guns, placed on the ship to repel boarders.

 

After the Israeli fighter aircraft completed their attacks, three Israeli torpedo boats

arrived and began a surface attack about 35 minutes after the start of the air attack.

The torpedo boats launched a total of five torpedoes, one of which struck the side of

USS Liberty, opposite the ship’s research spaces. [20] Twenty-six Americans in addition

to the eight who had been killed in the earlier air attacks, were killed as a result of this explosion.

 

Following their torpedo attack, the torpedo boats moved up and down the length of

the ship (both the port and starboard sides), continuing their attack, raking the ship

with cannon and machine gun fire.[21] In Malta, crewmen were later assigned the task

of counting all of the holes in the ship that were the size of a man’s hand or larger.

They found a total of 861 such holes, in addition to “thousands” of .50 caliber machine gun holes.”, link here.

 

USS Liberty Timeline, here.

0600: Israeli Nord 2501 Noratlas (flying boxcar) reconnoiters Liberty….

 

0603: Reconnaissance aircraft reports to Israeli naval headquarters that

“GTR-5” is written on the ship, identifying it as an NSA intelligence vessel.

0720: Fresh American flag is raised….

 

1000: Two unmarked, rocket-armed, delta-winged jets circle Liberty three times.

Liberty officers can count rockets and see the pilots, but see no identifying marks on

the plane. The jets radio Israeli headquarters that the ship is flying an American flag….

 

1055: Pinchas Pinchasy, naval liaison officer at Israeli air force headquarters, reports

to Naval Headquarters that the ship cruising slowly off El Arish is “an electromagnetic

audio-surveillance ship of the U.S. Navy, named Liberty, whose marking was GTR-5.”…

 

1100 & 1130: Israeli reconnaissance aircraft again circle Liberty.

 

The above information is critically important because it proves beyond any reasonable

doubt that the Israelis were well aware that the USS Liberty was a well-marked US spy

ship. US spy ships are extremely easy to spot because, as telecommunication vessels,

they are loaded with wires, antennas and other communication gear that are easily

recognized and identifiable (unlike Russian spy ships that were realistically camouflaged

as trawlers and fishing boats). The reason it’s important to understand this is because the

cover-up of of the USS Liberty incident was so flimsy and fictitious that both the US and

Israeli governments officially stated that the USS Liberty was mistook

for an Egyptian vessel that hauls horses. This is simply impossible.

 

As the timeline unfolds, it’s clear that the attack on the USS Liberty had two goals:

1. first destroy and disable all communication capabilities and

2. sink the ship, her crew and guarantee that there were no survivors. The timeline continues:

 

1358: Two unmarked delta-winged Mirage jets attack Liberty. After taking out

gun mounts, they target ship’s antennae and bridge with heat-seeking missiles.

 

1424: Three French-built 62-ton Israeli motor

torpedo boats approach Liberty in attack formation.

 

1435: Torpedo boats launch five German-made 19-inch torpedoes at Liberty.

One torpedo strikes starboard directly into NSA area, accounting for 25 of the 34

men who would be killed. Torpedo boats then circle, machine-gunning

the ship with armor-piercing projectiles for another 40 minutes.

 

At this point, the USS Liberty was being pummeled by air and sea with everything that attack

planes and motorized torpedo boats (MTB’s) could possibly throw at them. The decks were

ablaze from napalm fires, the ship was being torpedoed by the Israeli Navy and bombs and

rockets from the air rained down on them.

 

This is where the story turns extraordinarily heroic from human ingenuity that pretty much

killed LBJ’s grand plan. One of the USS Liberty’s communication transformers had been

down and not functioning, something the Israeli’s must have known in advance because

it wasn’t destroyed or even hit. A courageous crew member managed to fix it by stringing

long wires across a burning deck and rendered it operable, and, of course, capable of

sending out a mayday message to numerous US aircraft that permeated the area. However,

the Israeli planes had high tech jamming equipment that successfully jammed the signal.

It’s probably also true that at that point the Israeli’s were not much concerned with the

USS Liberty sending out a message because they believed that all communication

equipment was knocked out permanently.

 

Peter Hounam writes in Operation Cyanide,Liberty radioman Richard Sturman concluded

that the attackers had carefully prepared for the attack with the specific intention of preventing

the ship communicating with the outside world. To do so effectively they must have had

prior knowledge from shore-based receivers of the five frequencies being used by the

ship, so that jamming gear could be tuned to them. Sturman recalled his anger when he

discovered that the international distress frequency, used for Mayday messages, was also jammed”.

 

The astute crew however made a startling discovery. The Israeli jamming capabilities

did not work when they were actually engaged bombing and the USS Liberty crew had

windows of a few seconds of opportunity in between strikes to send out a message.

 

Hounam writes, “At first, the signalmen felt their task was hopeless. Plane after plane was

swooping in on the ship, firing cannon, shooting missiles and dropping napalm….Then someone

spotted that there was a respite from the jamming, lasting just a few seconds, when the

attacking planes fired their missiles. Halman grabbed the opportunity and shouted into the

mike, ‘Any station, this is Rockstar. We are under attack by unidentified jet aircraft and

require immediate assistance!'”. On the USS Saratoga (call-sign ‘Schematic’) the radioman

picked up the message but it was garbled, possibly by further jamming. “Rockstar, this is

‘Schematic,’ he said. ‘Say again, you are garbled.'”

 

Eventually, the USS Liberty message was acknowledged and authenticated 10 minutes

after the attack began. The USS Saratoga confirmed Liberty’s message with “Roger,

Rockstar. Authentication is correct…”. The messaged bounced everywhere and was even

acknowledged by two US embassies in the region. Furthermore, it was impossible for the

Pentagon not to know of Liberty’s attack as all messages are also automatically routed to

the Pentagon and other government agencies. The Israelis must have also intercepted the radio message.

 

The Liberty crew was relieved and believed that help was on the way. Wrong! Although

fleet commanders quickly ordered rescue operations, twice the rescue missions were

ordered called back by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, a close friend and trusted

associate of LBJ. In fact, it’s documented that during one of the conversations between

the the Sixth Fleet Commander and McNamara, LBJ got on the phone and roared,

“We will not embarrass an ally,” to reinforce McNamara’s direct command from

LBJ to not rescue the ailing USS Liberty and her crew.

 

According to James Ennes, the entire attack lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes, although some

crew members believe it was longer. Unquestionably, the attack was sheer hell for those on

board the USS Liberty and the agony was prolonged by the fact that help from the

Sixth Fleet never arrived as expected.

 

Then something extraordinary happened. The Israelis stopped attacking despite having more

than enough firepower to finish the job of sinking the USS Liberty and her crew. Its been

documented that the Israelis had commando helicopter crews hovering above the USS

Liberty with a crew to finish the job. Clearly, the USS Liberty crew expected to die.

 

But with the message out and everybody knowing about it, including the Russians who

knew what was going because they were close by in their own disguised spy ships as

they intercepted the message or possibly even observed the USS Liberty being attacked,

the Israelis panicked, called off the attack and never finished the job. Eventually, the

surviving crew was rescued and many were badly injured.

 

Hounam documents an interview with one of the injured USS Liberty crew members, Joe Lentini:

 

I woke up, it was pitch-black and I was in water. I tried to stand up and put my weight

on my left leg and it wouldn’t support me, obviously I fell back down; I didn’t know

at the time I had six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a fractured skull, both tympanic

membranes in my ears were blown out, shrapnel all over me in my body…it never occurred

to me that I didn’t have a leg and it never occurred to me that I was about to die.

 

Shockingly, the USS Liberty tragedy did not begin at 2:00 p.m. Israeli time according to the

sanitized official version. It began earlier. According to Hounam, he interviewed a retired

Air Force pilot, Jim Nanjo, who spent 20 years on the H-bomb attack force. The job of such

pilots who lived on US air bases was to be ready to jump into a plane and carry out

orders immediately.

 

Nanjo told Hounam about how he was awakened on the morning of 6/8/67 between 2:00 a.m.

and no later than 4:00 a.m. by an alert that told him an emergency situation existed and

he needed to man his plane immediately. Other bomber pilots were also manning their planes

and revving up their engines waiting for the “go” order and their orders. They knew nothing

about their mission and Hounam writes:

 

Nanjo was in no doubt that the world was near to Armageddon that day…

 

There was however one other significance of his story that he had not spotted. The klaxons

had woken him at between 1 am. and 4 am; he was certain it was no later, but the

Liberty was not attacked until 5 am California time. How were the American military

and their commander in chief, Lyndon Johnson, able to anticipate the attack, and yet

apparently not know the Israelis were behind it.

 

Hounam also documents that Nanjo was aware that other US Air Force bases were under

the same highest alert in Guam, Britain, Moron, Spain as well as in the US. What

was Nanjo carrying? Hounam writes:

 

Even after 35 years, he was reluctant to provide details of the bombs carried by his

squadron that morning.: ‘Other than to say it was a weapon of mass destruction. I

am not able to give you the nomenclature.’ Then he confirmed that they were carrying

thermonuclear weapons — H-bombs…

 

It’s well documented that LBJ and his trusted Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara,

were deeply and personally involved in the USS Liberty tragedy, the cover-up

of the truth and even a scheme to explode the world into nuclear warfare.

 

To comprehend the severity of the situation, it’s imperative to understand the Cold War,

the backdrop against which it was played, the prevalent paranoia at the time of the Communist

threat and the incredible rise of America’s military industrial complex to the world’s sole

superpower. Many who knew LBJ well feared that he was unstable, mentally ill, a psychopath,

or even worse. He was notoriously crude and vulgar. Denis Healey, the Secretary of

Defense in Britain so despised and distrusted LBJ that he wrote in his memoirs:

Lyndon Johnson was a monster….

 

[He was] one of the few politicians with whom I found it uncomfortable to be in the same

room. Johnson exuded a brutal lust for power which I found most disagreeable. When he

said, “I never trust a man unless I have his pecker in my pocket,” he really meant it.

He boasted about acting on the principle, “Give me a man’s balls,

and his heart and mind will follow.”… Source: Operation Cyanide

 

That LBJ was mad is validated by his numerous actions that fueled his personal ambitions

over the decades and in the summer of 1967. LBJ was obsessed with one thing and one

thing only: reelection. He was in grave danger of losing the presidency and his power.

That he would do anything to maintain that power is 100% consistent with the depth of his evil.

 

But LBJ was also an extraordinarily clever master politician who profoundly understood how

a raucous game of geopolitics could be played and manipulated to his own advantage,

especially when it came to courting the approval of the American people. Vietnam was already

a whopper of a failure and LBJ’s war was growing more unpopular by the second.

 

The Middle East has always been a disaster (some things never change), at least since oil

came into play and the modern nation state of Israel was created by the United Nations in

1948. The rise of Arab nationalism was also heating up as Egyptian President Gamal Nasser

and the Marxist styled Baathist movements were flourishing. Syria and Iraq had shed

western imposed monarchs and were raising their own brand of dictators. Israel was

becoming America’s unofficial 51st state as the Evangelical movement was rising in anticipation

of fulfilling Biblical prophecy now that Israel existed for the first time since Biblical times.

 

The bellicose rhetoric blossomed as Arab leaders publicly vowed to destroy Israel.

This was nothing new and even the Israelis perceived that such utterances were an appeasement

to the neurotic Arab street rather than an actual threat. Still, that didn’t stop Israel from

launching the preemptive Six Day War.

 

The significance of the Six Day War as it relates to the USS Liberty is that the USS Liberty

was bombed on the fourth day of the Six Day War — that Israel had actually won during

the first hour of the first day of the Six Day War when it wiped out the entire Egyptian Air Force.

The geopolitical drama of the Middle East is acutely linked to the Cold War because the

Soviet Union was arming and funding Middle East regimes, notably Egypt and Syria.

The Middle East was a pawn on the chessboard of America vs. the Soviets during the

Cold War because influential dominance of the region was a key goal of both nations.

Of course, the obviously oily nature of Middle East natural resources was considered a prize.

 

Israeli Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin paid a visit to former Israeli Prime Minster David Ben Gurion

who is Israeli’s most esteemed national hero, loved and respected by all. Ben Gurion

was appalled at the prospects of war with Egypt or anybody, and is reported to have told Rabin,

“You made a mistake…. You led the state into a grave situation. We must not go to war.”

 

Rabin was reportedly horrified that he didn’t have the blessing of Ben Gurion for a preemptive war.

Ben Gurion isn’t shy about war; in fact, he was the leader of Israel’s War of Independence when

Israel was the the target of Arab military violence right after the UN declared Israel a nation.

Though a fighter and even a terrorist according to some, Ben Gurion preferred peace and

negotiation with his cantankerous Arab neighbors because war was always hideously destructive.

 

Who was behind the Six Day War and why? It’s highly unlikely that Israel unilaterally

initiated the Six Day War without specific instructions and support from the US. Some

observers believe that the US and LBJ engineered the Six Day War as part of America’s

Cold War strategy to humiliate the Soviet Union and and advance US hegemony in the Middle East.

 

Furthermore, it’s ludicrous to accept that Israel accidentally bombed the USS Liberty and it’s

clearly obvious that the official US/Israel version is so flimsy a cover-up that any citizen

journalist using his Google fingers could credibly research enough facts to blow that lie to shreds.

 

However, the USS Liberty incident was far more sinister. Nasser, other Arab leaders, and

Arab journalists tended to believe that the U.S. and Britain were behind the Six Day War

and actually participated. The consensus in the Arab world was that the entire Israeli Air

Force wasn’t sufficient in numerical strength to accomplish the now infamous Israeli aerial

armada that struck the Egyptian Air Force with such a devastating force that the entire

Egyptian Air Force was demolished. Moreover, it appears that the Arab world was clueless

about US plans to start a war with Egypt through its proxy Israel and/or that the nuclear bombing of

Cairo was on the table. Hounam writes:

 

Before Day Four of the war, Nasser had been accusing the US and Britain of directly

assisting Israel. After the hot-line exchange about the Liberty, he was convinced of it.

Of course, he was not aware that the ‘reconnaissance planes’ had in fact been on

their way to bomb Cairo or…. that an atomic device could have been detonated.

 

Hounam interviewed a guy named Joe Sorrels who back in the 1960s was doing freelance

special operations and intelligence work for the US and Britain. Sorrels was no ordinary

technician with skills; his function was sufficiently important that he personally

met Meir Amit, head of the Mossad, the Israeli secret service. Hounam writes:

 

From his viewpoint, it seemed the Israelis were responding to pressure from

the United States to eradicate Nasser; Israel was not the prime mover….

 

According to Sorrels the war plans went well, the driving force being the US…

 

Sorrels described as ‘horse shit’ the commonly-held notion that Israel fought this war on

its own: ‘Anybody working around intelligence knows it isn’t true’. He repeated

that Operation Cyanide was a secret plan to start a war against Egypt….

 

He said Israel’s only motive was to grab territory, nothing more, and it was

elements in the United States who were pushing them to invade Egypt…”

 

The USS Liberty survivors had organized over the years and met periodically to share

research and contribute their version of what happened on June 8, 1967. At a 5/4/2002

gathering, Hounam met with Moe Schafer and shared his recollection of two important USS Liberty events:

 

Before the attack he was cleaning the moon-bounce dish and watched as an Israeli

plane flew low over the ship taking photographs….it was confirmation of the

testimony of other eyewitnesses that Israel was well aware of the ship’s presence.

 

The second memory from after the attack was much more significant. Moe said he

was hurt by shrapnel during the assault…. Unlike most of the injured who had already

been taken away to the USS America, he was loaded into a helicopter and flown to the

USS Davis, the flagship of Sixth Fleet commander Admiral Martin. The next morning

he was sitting on his bunk with two or three other injured men when Martin came in to see them.

 

Shafer said he seemed to want to tell someone about what had happened before

he would be obliged through pressure from above to clam up: ‘Not only did Admiral

Martin tell me that four jets were on their way to the Liberty with conventional

weapons [and were recalled]; he stated that four were on their way to Cairo loaded

with nuclear weapons. He stated they were three minutes from bombing them [the Egyptians].

He also said that the jets could not land back on the carrier with nuclear arms and they

had had to land in Athens. He stated this from my beside while on the Little Rock

[the codename of the flagship] after the attack.

 

The story told by Moe Schafer about Admiral Martin confirming that the US planned to

nuke Cairo is also a story that is validated by Air Force pilot Jim Nanjo in California and a

member of the H-bomb attack force. Nanjo didn’t know that Cairo was the target, only that

he and other crews were on standby to take off and drop nuclear bombs. Nanjo could never

understand why he was called out of bed in the middle of the night on June 8, 1967 (California time)

before the USS Liberty was attacked by Israel. Nanjo also confirmed that he knew that other

nuclear bomb units were under the same alert in Guam, Britain, Moron, Spain as well as in the US.

 

That a U.S. president would give an order to nuke Cairo, explode the world into nuclear

war and destroy an unarmed and defenseless U.S. military vessel with a crew of nearly

300 is beyond incomprehensibly evil. This is something that the USS Liberty survivors

have struggled with over the decades but the more they analyzed their own research and

eyewitness accounts, the more they were convinced that no other conclusions could be drawn.

The hardest thing for the survivors to accept relative to what happened that day was the fact

that their own government, the very same government they swore an oath to

serve as a matter of patriotism and duty to their county, would do such a thing.

 

In the context of the “red meat” geopolitical ramifications that occurred

on June 8, 1967, there are several extraordinary takeaways.

 

1. The USS Liberty crew member who string wired a telecommunication device on the

burning and napalmed deck of the ship and facilitated Liberty’s ability to get a message

out played a key role in averting a disaster of Biblical proportions. Once the message

got out, everybody got it including the Israelis, the Pentagon, NSA, the White House,

the president, other U.S. intelligence and defense agencies, the State Department, U.S.

Embassies, and the Soviets whose outstanding spy capabilities didn’t miss a thing.

The cat was out of the proverbial bag.

 

2. The Israelis acknowledged their role in the USS Liberty attack and vigorously collaborated

with the U.S. in the “it was an accident” cover-up. Unquestionably, the Israelis do have

blood on their hands. But in a perverse sort of way, the Israelis may have deliberately

sabotaged the attack because they did indeed have the firepower to quickly sink the

USS Liberty and her crew — but they didn’t. There are accounts about Israeli pilots who

were carrying out their orders by dropping their bombs into the Mediterranean Sea on purpose.

Whether they did it as a matter of conscience or on direct orders, we’ll never know.

 

The Israelis were in fact terrified of an Arab-Soviet alliance and they dreaded unleashing

a global and regional nuclear war because they believed they would indeed be a target for

annihilation. The Israelis were, however, motivated to engage in some level of warfare to

expand their own obsession with real estate. The Israelis wanted land and after the

Six Day War they indeed ended up with the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza, and Syria’s Golan Heights.

 

It’s entirely possible that the Israelis thwarted LBJ and his draconian plans but it’s also

true that Israel played along with the US but only to the extent that it could maneuver

something out of it for Israel….

 

3. The Soviets were well aware of what was going on relative to the USS Liberty and probably

even LBJ’s plan to spark a US-Soviet confrontation through its proxies in the Middle East,

especially Egypt. There was considerable ‘buzz’ between DC and Moscow on June 8, 1967

and it’s entirely possible that Moscow screamed to DC something that went like this but in

diplomatic language: “Hey you idiots, we’re on to you, we know what you did and if you take

it any further we’ll tell the whole damn world about it and expose your president

for the murderous psychopath that he is.” The Soviets did not want war.

 

4. Only the president of the United States could give the order to launch warplanes loaded

with nuclear bombs and only the president could give the order to recall the order.

 

That LBJ was such a demented power-mad psychopath who directly and personally issued

orders that brought the planet within three minutes of a nuclear holocaust that would vaporize

all or part of Cairo, the largest city in the Arab world, with a 1960s population of over 8 million

(now 20 million), should be shocking for clueless Americans — but it’s not shocking for the very

few journalists and folks who researched and dug for the truth. However, what is

even more shocking is that LBJ’s role in the Six Day War and the USS Liberty, as well

as his grand schemes to reorder the world and even create a nuclear war to

feed his ambitions, continues to be covered up in the United States.

 

LBJ didn’t do this alone and his close associates in the Pentagon, CIA, State Department,

and intelligence agencies were all complicit and willing partners. Furthermore, LBJ was indeed

angry that he was somewhat restricted by the Constitution and Congress. An Israeli diplomat,

Eppie Evron, recalled a meeting he had with LBJ on 5/26/67 as documented by Hounam:

 

“Then he went on to say, “I, Lyndon Johnson, have to get congressional approval if I want

to act as President of the United States. Otherwise, I’m just a six-foot-four Texan friend

of Israel.” (That description stuck in my memory.) “But you and I, the two most

powerful people in Washington, are going to get Congress to pass another Tonkin resolution.”….

 

I thought, “He’s telling me that Congress is never going to give him permission to use military force.”….

 

To be sure, LBJ was lamenting his own lack of power and resented any accountability

to anyone. For a power-mad autocrat like LBJ, consulting with Congress

or requesting Congressional action was humiliating and beneath him.

 

(For more on the false-flag Gulf Tonkin Resolution, see

De-classified Vietnam-era Transcripts Show Senators Knew Gulf Of Tonkin Was A Staged False Flag Event.)

… Sifting through the lies, propaganda and disinformation definitely requires an open mind,

diligence and the ability to astutely decipher geopolitical consequences and intentions

that are deliberately obfuscated, twisted, and distorted by government and the media.

 

We do in fact live under the cloud of a dangerous, unaccountable,

secretive, and shadow government that plots unspeakable evil.

 

The USS Liberty cost American taxpayers $40 million but was sold for scrap in 1970 for just

$101,000. Things only got worse for LBJ and he announced on 3/31/68 that he would not

seek re-election, probably because he couldn’t bear losing in a primary or general election.

LBJ dropped dead of a heart attack on 1/22/73 and is still revered as one of America’s greatest

liberal progressive Democratic presidents despite his attempts to explode the world into

nuclear war, despite his direct orders to sink the USS Liberty, despite murdering millions

of Asians, and despite being responsible for over 58,000 names on the Vietnam Memorial

of Americans who died in Vietnam.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For additional information on the incredible criminality of Lyndon Baines Johnson

and his relationship with Jewish gangster-murderer Jack Ruby and others, see the video interview with

Johnson’s mistress Madeleine Brown.

 

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Source: read the full article at the Judy Morris Report

 

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LBJ

LBJ was on board with the assassination of JFK as someone
who would stand to gain the world, as he perceived it, by
JFK’s demise. LBJ’s main contribution to the operation
was to sign Executive Order 11130 and appoint Allen
Dulles as the actual lead committee member on the
Warren Commission.
 
The Warren Commission, named
for Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren (Chairman), was
the investigative body that purposely incorrectly
determined how JFK was murdered.

Warren, a doddering old fool at this point, didn’t do
much at all during the investigation, nor did committee
members Senator Richard Russell of Georgia, Senator
John Cooper of Kentucky, House Majority Leader Hale
Boggs, nor former World Bank President John McCloy.
 
But Jewish Zionist Arlen Spector, an attorney from
Philadelphia, was recommended by Gerald Ford to be the
Junior Counsel for the Warren Commission and a lead
investigator. The aggressive and ambitious Spector was a
major player in the whitewashing of JFK’s murder.

BTW: Spector eventually became a senator from
Pennsylvania, was a political chameleon that flip-flopped
from Democrat to Republican then back to Democrat
whenever convenient and strongly advocated gay rights,
supported affirmative action and supported illegal immigration amnesty.
 
House Minority Leader from Michigan, Gerald Ford, was
a big help to Dulles and even sponsored the “magic
bullet” baloney that Arlen Spector and Norman Redlich
invented which was accepted as plausible by his fellow
“investigators.”
 
Ford was so helpful with the white washing
of the investigation that he was eventually
maneuvered into the vice-presidency and
ultimately the presidency as a reward.

Thankfully, Ford did not win his bid for a second
presidential term because of his pardon of Nixon being
his first act as president. Americans were self-righteously
angry at Nixon for lying about something as trivial as the
Watergate break-in and Ford suffered for it.

At least six of the fifteen lawyers working on the Warren
Commission were Jews: Arlen Spector, Samuel A Stern,
Wesley Liebeler, Melvin Aaron Eisenberg, Norman
Redlich and David W. Belin. Of the twelve individuals
on the Warren Commission support staff, six were Jewish.
 
Norman Redlich later became Chairman of the National
Governing Council of the American Jewish Congress and
was later in life known to become incensed at the very
mention of JFK conspiracy theories.

BTW: The American Jewish Congress suspended
activities on July 13th, 2010 after being relieved of
operating funds by Wall Street uber-scammer Bernie Madoff.
 
So basically, LBJ made the main assassination
orchestrator, Alan Dulles, the main orchestrator of the
cover-up surrounded by willing stooges. Now, why
would LBJ do that knowing what had transpired between
JFK and Dulles if he wasn’t totally on board?

Four days after JFK’s murder, Johnson signed the
National Security Action Memorandum 273 which
essentially confirmed JFK’s Vietnam withdrawal policy.
 
It would take the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which
occurred nine months later, to drag the nation into the
Vietnam quagmire. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was a
fraud, or false flag, a manufactured incident perpetrated
on August 2nd, 1964 designed to rally the American masses
to war in South-East Asia; a war that America shamefully
lost after ten years of dirty fighting with 58,000
Americans killed and 240,000 wounded.

If you were to ask why we were fighting in Vietnam at
the time, the usual answer was, “we are there to stop
communist aggression, if Vietnam falls all of South East
Asia will fall under the jackboot of godless communism,”
which was as big a crock of bullshit then as fighting Al Qaeda is today.
 
There is no statute of limitations on murder, especially
mass murder and barbarity on the scale of which was
perpetrated upon the innocent citizenry of Vietnam by
“We the People” of the United States of America. The
perpetraitors of the Viet Nam debacle got away with their
evil war... But there is always hell to pay.

Let’s examine some of the players who were pressuring
Johnson into and escalating a full scale protracted war in
Vietnam... besides the usual Joint Chiefs of Staff... and
Robert S. McNamara who was surely qualified (wink,
wink) to become the 8th Secretary of Defense because he
had been a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Air Corps
during WWII; and he was the first non-Ford-family
president of the Ford Motor Company prior to being
selected as Secretary of Defense by JFK.

The Rostow brothers, the sons of Jewish Russian
socialists, were a big influence on LBJ. Eugene V.
Rostow was Dean of the Yale Law School when he was
asked to become LBJ’s Under Secretary of State for
Political Affairs. Walt Whitman Rostow had been JFK’s
Deputy National Security Advisor and became LBJ’s
National Security Advisor on April Fool’s Day (how
poetic), 1966 until January 20, 1969. Walt had served
with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), under the
“Father of American Intelligence,” William “Wild Bill”
Donovan, during WW II as part of a committee that
selected German targets for U.S. bombardment.
The incendiary bombing of Dresden horrors can be laid at Rostow's feet.

Immediately after Germany’s unconditional surrender,
Walt became Assistant Chief of the German-Austrian
Economic Division in the U.S. Department of State in
Washington. He then became the Executive Secretary of
the Economic Commission for Europe in 1947. We can
easily deduce that Walter Rostow was one of the key
players in the murderously punitive Morgenthau Plan
that was perpetrated upon the demolished and helpless German nation.
 
Walt Rostow was considered a staunch anti-communist,
which doesn’t ring true considering the man’s parents
were Russian born socialists. He was very prominent for
his role in shaping U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia
during the 1960s. Jewish German-born Henry Kissinger
replaced Walt Rostow as U.S. National Security Advisor
beginning with the Nixon administration.

Zionist Jew Leslie Gelb was the director of Policy and
Planning and Arms Control for International Security
Affairs at the Department of Defense from 1967 to 1968,
and was the director of the Pentagon Papers Project
(McNamara’s secret history of the Vietnam conflict).
 
Gelb became president of the Council on Foreign
Relations in 1993 and was made the President Emeritus
in 2012. He co-authored a laughably ridiculous book
titled, "The Irony of Vietnam: The System Worked."
 
Henry Kissinger was chosen by Nixon; or rather Nixon
was directed to choose Kissinger because of his
experience as a Harvard mover and shaker in the
Department of Government and at the Center for
International Affairs. He was a consultant to the National
Security Council’s Operations Coordinating Board in
1955 and 1956, and the Study Director in Nuclear
Weapons and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign
Relations at the same time.
 
Kissinger worked for the
Rockefeller Brothers on their Special Studies Project
where he directed the Panel on International Security
Objectives and Strategy.

Henry’s Jewish Harvard buddy, Milton Katz, directed the
Panel on International Economic and Social Objectives
and Strategy for the Special Studies Project. Katz had
been the general counsel to the European headquarters of
the Economic Cooperation Administration, which was
part of the punitive Morgenthau Plan, and eventually
became the chief of the reconstruction oriented Marshall Plan.
 
A Jewish elitist journalist, Walter Lippmann, was LBJ’s
most trusted informal advisor who was even presented
the Presidential Medal of Freedom by LBJ on September
14th, 1964. Lippmann’s catch-phrase, "Manufacture of
Consent" could be best illustrated by the Gulf of Tonkin
Incident that occurred six weeks prior to his receiving
the medal. Lippmann and political scientist, Gabriel
Almond, published what was to become known as the
Almond-Lippmann Consensus that was based on three assumptions:

1. Public opinion is volatile, shifting erratically in
response to the most recent developments. Mass
beliefs early in the 20th century were “too pacifist in
peace and too bellicose in war, too neutralist or
appeasing in negotiations or too intransigent.”
 
2. Public opinion is incoherent, lacking an organized or
a consistent structure to such an extent that the
views of U.S. citizens could be best described as non-attitudes.”
 
3. Public opinion is irrelevant to the policy making
process. Political leaders ignore public opinion
because most Americans can neither “understand
nor influence the very events upon which their
lives and happiness are known to depend.”

I think the third assumption says it all regarding
politicians’ attitudes towards their constituents...in other
words, “Let them eat cake while we do what we want.”
And his point #2 is spot-on correct...!
 
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How LBJ's Vietnam War Paralyzed His Mideast Policymakers

By Grace Halsell

In the summer of 1967, Iwas a staff writer for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. I was aware of that year's Middle East crisis but, like most Americans, understood little about it other than the fact that it involved Jews and Arabs. In that year I did not know a single Arab, and possibly LBJ did not either. Like most Americans, I was pro-Israel, Israel having been sold to most all of us as the underdog.

 

Everyone around me, without exception, was pro-Israel. Johnson had a dozen or more close associates and aides who were both Jewish and pro-Israel. There were Walt Rostow at the White House, his brother Eugene at State, and Arthur Goldberg, ambassador to the United Nations. Other pro-Israel advisers included Abe Fortas, associate justice of the Supreme Court; Democratic Party fundraiser Abraham Feinberg; White House counsels Leo White and Jake Jacobsen; White House writers Richard Goodwin and Ben Wattenberg; domestic affairs aide Larry Levinson; and John P. Roche, known as Johnson's intellectual-in-residence and an avid supporter of Israel.

 

Everyone around me, without exception, was pro-Israel.

 

I did not "know," but could sense, that events of great portent were transpiring. I heard rumors of CIA Director Richard Helms sending a warning to LBJ that the Israelis were about to attack, and the president getting word from Moscow that if the Israelis attacked any Arab country, the Soviets would go to that nation's defense.

 

I could see the comings and goings of Abe Fortas and Arthur Goldberg, and I knew that Walt Rostow, in particular, had close Israeli connections, and met frequently with Israeli Embassy Minister Ephraim (Eppy) Evron.

 

On occasion I saw a strikingly attractive blonde woman who, I learned, was an ardent supporter of Israel and a woman of whom the president was fond. Her background sounded like material from a spy novel. She was born Mathilde Galland in 1927in Italy, where she was reared as a Roman Catholic. Then, when her family returned to her father's birthplace in Switzerland, she became a Lutheran.

 

While a student in Geneva, she fell in love with a young Bulgarian Jew, David Danon, who had been brought up in Palestine and exiled by the British for his association with the Irgun Zvai Leumi, a Jewish terrorist group led by Menachem Begin. Danon was studying to become a medical doctor, but spent most of his time recruiting and carrying out secret Irgun operations throughout Western Europe.

 

In later interviews with former Time reporter Donald Neff, Mathilde said that as a teenager she saw Danon as a dashing and heroic figure, an activist dedicating his life to the founding of a Jewish state in Palestine. He was a personal friend of the Stern Gang terrorists, led by Yitzhak Shamir, who killed British resident minister Lord Walter Moyne in Cairo during World War II, and the Irgun terrorists who blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946,with heavy loss of life. As bloody as these actions were, Mathilde said, she saw them as heroic. They represented the depth of the convictions of Danon and the Irgunists—and drew her to them.

 

Mathilde became so enamored of the Jewish struggle and of Danon's daring undercover operations in Europe that she converted to Judaism and married Danon. Then she, too, became an Irgun agent.

 

Reporter Neff, in his book entitled Warriors for Jerusalem: The Six Days That Changed the Middle East, documents Mathilde's role as a young "gun-runner" for the Jewish terrorist group. "As a seemingly innocent petite and pretty blonde out for a bicycle ride along Switzerland's borders," wrote Neff, "she in reality was taking messages and explosives into neighboring France and Italy—to be passed on to the Irgunists.

 

Five years after the creation of Israel obviated the need for pretty blonde gunrunners, Mathilde received a Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Geneva in 1953.She and Danon then moved to Israel, where she became a cancer researcher at the Weizmann Institute. After the birth of a daughter, she and Danon separated. While still at Weizmann, however, she met and later married the rich—and 20 years her senior—Arthur Krim, a motion picture executive who became finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee.

 

American Jews such as Krim and Abraham Feinberg—a New York banker and the first Jew to become a prominent moneyraiser in presidential campaigns—were by then bringing in well over half of the Democratic Party's funds. Thus it was natural that such fund-raisers would become very important to many Democratic candidates—and particularly to the leader of the Democratic Party, Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

LBJ often invited the Krims to his Texas ranch. There also were many instances in which Arthur and Mathilde were guests at the White House, and other times when, for many days running, Mathilde—without her husband—was a guest there. The Krims built a house near the LBJ ranch known as Mathilde's house, and Johnson often traveled there by helicopter.

 

Advice and Counsel  LBJ Part 2


The Krims, as well as other Jewish Americans who were closely associated with Johnson, advised and counseled him on the events leading up to the Six-Day War of June 1967. On the Memorial Day weekend in May 1967, Mathilde and her husband were guests at the LBJ ranch. On arrival at the ranch, Johnson learned that the Soviets had warned the U.S. that if Israel attacked an Arab state, the Soviets would go to the aid of that state. The State Department was preparing a message for LBJ to send to Israel.

 

While awaiting the draft message, Johnson got behind the wheel of his Lincoln Continental and took Mathilde and Arthur Krim for a drive over the hill country. They were at a neighbor's house when an aide brought Johnson a message drafted by the State Department for Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. It relayed to Israel Moscow's warning that "if Israel starts military action, the Soviet Union will extend help to the attacked party."

 

After reassuring Eshkol of America's interest in Israel's safety, the draft message cautioned: "It is essential that Israel not take any preemptive military action and thereby make itself responsible for the initiation of hostilities." The president strengthened the warning by adding two words so that the sentence read, "It is essential that Israel JUST MUST NOT take any preemptive military action. . ."

 

On June 3, Johnson traveled to New York to deliver a speech at a Democratic Party fund-raising dinner. He moved on to a $1,000-a-plate dinner dance, sponsored by the President's Club of New York, whose chairman was Arthur Krim. While at the table, fund-raiser Abe Feinberg leaned over the shoulder of Mathilde Krim, seated next to Johnson, and whispered: "Mr. President, it [Israel's attack] can't be held any longer. It's going to be within the next 24 hours."

 

On June 4, Johnson went to the home of his close adviser and friend, Justice Abe Fortas. The following day, June 5, Rostow woke Johnson with a phone call at 4:30 a.m. "War has broken out," Rostow said. The Israelis had attacked Egypt and Syria.

 

Mathilde Krim was a guest at the White House and, before going to the Oval Office, and apparently before waking Lady Bird or notifying anyone else, Johnson dropped by the bedroom where Mathilde was sleeping and gave her the news: "The war has started."

 

At 7:45 a.m., Johnson talked—for the first time—on the hot line with Moscow. Soviet Premier Aleksi Kosygin expressed the hope that the United States would restrain Israel. Both leaders vowed to work for a cease-fire.

 

On that day—June 5, 1967—I walked the White House corridors as the telephone lines and news tickers recorded developments of the first morning of the war that would change the Middle East. I learned that in the war's first hours, Israeli planes had destroyed the air forces of both Egypt and Syria on the ground.

 

Unconcealable Glee  LBJ Part 3

 


Several U.S. officials in a State Department Operations Room briefing could not conceal their glee over Israel's successes. With a wide smile, Eugene Rostow said, "Gentlemen, gentlemen, do not forget that we are neutral in word, thought and deed."

 

At the State Department's noon briefing on June 5, press spokesman Robert J. McCloskey repeated those words for reporters. (Since the U.S. was not neutral but totally supportive of Israel, however, this statement would need—over the next several weeks—endless clarification.)

 

Also on June 5, Arthur Krim wrote a memo to the president saying: "Many arms shipments are packed and ready to go to Israel, but are being held up. It would be helpful if these could be released." Johnson got the shipments on their way.

 

Walt Rostow, in a memo to the president, referred to the results of Israel's surprise attack on Egypt and Syria as "the first day's turkey shoot." On June 6, in another memo to the president, Walt Rostow recommended that the Israelis not be forced to withdraw from the territories they had seized—short of peace treaties with the Arab states.

 

"If the Israelis go fast enough and the Soviets get worried enough," he wrote, "a simple cease-fire might be the best answer. This would mean that we could use the de facto situation on the ground to try to negotiate not a return to armistice lines but a definitive peace in the Middle East."

 

Mathilde Krim, still a guest in the White House, left for meetings in New York. Before departing, however, she wrote out a statement supportive of Israel which she asked the president to deliver "verbatim to the American people." Johnson was sufficiently impressed with her comments to, later in the day, read some of them to Secretary of State Dean Rusk. But the president did not, as she had asked, read them to the American people.

 

Jordan, treaty-bound to come to the aid of Egypt and Syria if either were attacked, had done so and, on June 7, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem. Also on June 7, Wattenberg and Levinson wrote in a memo to Johnson that the U.N. might attempt "to sell Israel down the river."

 

They urged LBJ to support Israel's claim to the territories seized militarily. They referred to McCloskey's statement that the U.S. was neutral, suggesting LBJ issue a statement affirming total support for Israel which, they said, might stop American Jews from meeting in Lafayette Square to protest the "neutrality" statement.

 

While Johnson never minded getting pro-Israel advice from such close friends as Mathilde Krim or Abe Fortas, he apparently resented advice from relatively minor White House staffers such as Wattenberg and Levinson. Seeing Levinson he stormed:

 

"You Zionist dupe! You and Wattenberg are Zionist dupes in the White House! Why can't you see I'm doing all I can for Israel! That's what you should be telling people when they ask for a message from the president for their rally." As LBJ abruptly stormed off, Levinson reports, he stood there, "shaken to the marrow of my bones."

 

Meanwhile, on the night of June 7, the USS Liberty , a Navy "ferret" ship equipped to monitor electronic communications, had approached within sight of the Gaza Strip so the National Security Agency personnel aboard could intercept the military communications jamming the airwaves. The president retired at 11:30 p.m., but White House logs reported that at one minute to midnight he got a call from Mathilde Krim, still in New York.

 

By June 8, despite U.S. and Soviet demands for a cease-fire, the Israelis were planning one more attack to take Syria's Golan Heights. Perhaps to prevent U.S. intelligence from learning of their plan, despite Syria's acceptance of the cease-fire, the Israelis dispatched planes to the USS Liberty. One roared over the Liberty so closely that the portholes of the aircraft's reconnaissance cameras were clearly visible. Lieutenant James M. Ennes, deck officer, saw on its wings Israel's insignia, the Star of David.

 

The Liberty Assault   LBJ Part 4


Ennes glanced at the U.S. flag atop his ship's tall mast. If he could see the Israeli pilots in their cockpits, he reasoned, the pilots could certainly see the large U.S. flag. It was not long after the last of several such Israeli reconnaissance flights, however, that an Israeli aircraft swooped down and fired rockets directly at The Liberty. Rocket fragments and 30mm bullets punched through the heavy deck plating—and through the flesh of the stunned crewmen. Then more planes—with cannon and napalm—turned the Liberty into a floating hell of flames and screaming men.

 

The Israeli attacks killed 34 Americans and wounded 171. The ship was partly flooded when an Israeli torpedo boat hit the U.S. ship with a torpedo below the water line. Another machine-gunned the ship's life rafts when the crew tried to launch them.

 

Only by a miracle did The Liberty remain afloat. But its threat to Israel's plans was finished. The next day, June 9, Israeli forces attacked and captured the Golan Heights. On Saturday, June 10, the war's sixth day, Israel agreed to a cease-fire.

 

It was Rostow who first notified Johnson of the assault on the Liberty. Asked who did it, Rostow said he did not know. Later the Israelis said they had done it, by mistake.

 

Johnson sent an immediate report to Kosygin that the Israelis had torpedoed a U.S. ship. Thus the Kremlin now knew about the Israeli attack, but the American people did not. From the beginning, the Johnson administration covered it up. Surviving crew members were separated from each other and the Navy was ordered to make certain that no survivor talked with any reporter—or to anyone else—about the assault on the USS Liberty .

 

It went virtually unnoticed. Not only the crew of the USS Liberty , but all Americans were victims. Johnson and most of those who entered and left the Oval Office were oriented toward Israel. For that matter, I too, was ready and eager to believe in 1967 that the Arabs, not the Israelis, had started the war and that the bombing raid on the USS Liberty was not intentional, but a mistake.

 

While there can be no moral justification for the White House cover-up orders to the Navy after the assault on the Liberty, from hindsight Johnson's political motivation is obvious. It was the same motivation that led him subsequently to listen to the Jewish friends and advisers who urged him not to put any pressure on the Israelis to relinquish territories they had seized in the Six-Day War.

 

In 1967, President Johnson felt he needed all the support he could get to I 'win" in Vietnam. Many American Jews were liberals outspokenly opposed to the war there. Johnson was told if he gave all out support to Israel—which would include ignoring the Israeli attack on the Libertyinfluential Jewish Americans would stop opposing his Vietnam policies.

 

In a memo to the president, Wattenberg, whose parents had moved to the U. S. from Palestine and who was known as a strong supporter of the Jewish state, said flatly that if the president came out with strong support for Israel, he would win American Jewish support for the war in Vietnam. Many American Jewish leaders are "doves" on Vietnam, Wattenberg wrote, but "hawks" on a war with Arab states.

 

A "Bonus" for Johnson  LBJ Part 5


"You stand to be cheered now by those (American Jewish leaders) who were jeering last week," Wattenberg wrote the president. He added that the Mideast crisis could be "a bonus" for Johnson. All-out support of Israel, he predicted, would "help turn around 'the other war'—the domestic dissatisfaction about Vietnam."

 

The support given by the American Jewish leaders "was welcome to the president," as reporter Donald Neff observed, when at every turn he was being attacked by critics, particularly in the media, of his Vietnam policy.

 

I was, at the time, a typical American. I was convinced back then that the Arabs had started the war and deserved what they got. I didn't try to reason how, if the Arabs had started the war, they were surprised with their air forces on the ground and how it was that Israel so easily seized all of Palestine, including the rest of Jerusalem. Instead, like millions of Americans, I was thrilled by the might of "little Israel."

 

Yet, despite the euphoria around me, what I saw in the White House planted questions in my mind. As Americans we had just passed through a dangerous Middle East conflict that threatened to explode into World War III. There were two parties to the conflict, Arabs and Jews. But for weeks on end I had seen only one set of advisers who could call or see Johnson whenever they pleased. The Arabs had no voice, no representation, no access, whatsoever.

 

It was only later that I came to reflect on how America, which devoted so much of the efforts of its "best and brightest" to the problem of Vietnam, had in 1967 quite unwittingly stumbled into a Middle East quagmire that, long after the fall of Saigon, would continue to enmesh U.S. soldiers and diplomats, and project an image of double standards and insincerity onto U.S. diplomacy all over the world.

 

Far more than his failed policies in Vietnam, the Middle East policies that LBJ allowed to fall into place in the June 1967 war would remain to haunt the U.S. for decades to come.

 

Grace Halsell, a Washington-based writer, is the author of Journey to Jerusalem and Prophecy and Politics, as well as several other works of nonfiction.


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LBJ, Fortas, Krim & Israel

Dec 19 2008


 

History News Network, 12/19/08 – Given the context in which he operated—the necessities of the Cold War tilting the United States toward conservative Arab states; a U.S. public opinion far less favorable to Israel than what exists today, when both nations face the common threat of radical Islamist terrorism—LBJ was the most pro-Israel President in U.S. history.

 

Johnson concluded his presidency by authoring the selling of Phantom planes to Israel. Continuing with some clips from the newly released LBJ tapes, LBJ discusses the matter in this conversation with Abe Fortas (who the President had just nominated as chief justice for the Supreme Court). Johnson lashes out at Missouri senator Stuart Symington—making the transition from a stalwart Cold Warrior to among the most effective Senate critics of Cold War foreign policy.

 

The discussion also offers insight into the pro-Israel lobbyists with whom LBJ associated—Abe Feinberg, a major Democratic fundraiser from New York who had close ties to the Israeli government; and Arthur Krim, an entertainment lawyer who would serve as a chief fundraiser for the LBJ Library.

 

Clip is below; draft transcript below the fold.

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: I’ve got to make a decision on those [Phantoms], and I want to make it as soon as—far enough ahead of time, before I go out [of office], not to be the last thing.

 

But I want the Russians to turn me down on disarmament. I’ve got a letter in his [Alexsey Kosygin’s] lap now.

 

And this idiot of a [Stuart] Symington has sent us word that if I don’t give Israel the Phantoms, that he’s going to kill our [foreign military] sale bill, where we can sell planes. If I don’t go ahead and give ‘em to ‘em [the Israelis].

 

And I can’t do it until Kosygin answers me. He’s not going to pee a drop with me: I know that. But I’ve got to have that behind me so I’ve got that as an excuse. [I can] say, “By God, I’ve tried everything. I tried a conference, I tried a proposal, I tried letters, I tried meetings, I pled with him. And finally he turned it down, and I just—there’s no other alternative. I have no course in the world except this.”

 

ABE FORTAS: Yeah. That’s right.

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: And that’s what I’m trying to do.

 

Now, I never have told anybody I’m going to give ‘em to ‘em [the Israelis]. But I made up my mind a long time ago I was going to give ‘em to ‘em. But I’m not going to give ‘em to ‘em unless I can protect myself. I’m not going to be a goddamned arms merchant! I’m going to make them [the Soviets] to be the outlaws if I can.

 

FORTAS: Sure. I think that’s very good.

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: Now, that’s what I’m trying to do.

 

And this little Eppie is the only one I think that’s got sense enough in their organization to see it. He sees it all the time. He’s just as bright as that goddamned [unclear] dog of mine. He catches everything that comes along without telling him. So he helps.

 

But Symington is just the biggest muddlehead I ever saw. I thought you and Clark Clifford could advise somebody. [teasingly] Are all of your clients muddleheads like me and Symington? [Fortas laughs heartily.] I don’t understand it.

 

FORTAS: Well, Stuart is absolutely one. I don’t know—he’s just got . . . Hell, I just don’t understand. Is this [issue] this fellow Solomon now?

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: No, no! Solomon’s a smart cookie. He’s bound to have plenty of sense.

 

No, no. I think he [Symington] just wants to be head of the Israel—get credit for ‘em. And they think, you know—the ones that don’t know think you ought to.

 

I haven’t had one goddamned bit of trouble with a fellow like Eppie [Evron, Israel’s ambassador to the United States] or [Abe] Feinberg. They’re smart. [Arthur] Krim.

 

FORTAS: isn’t this fellow Feinberg wonderful?

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: He is just the finest I ever saw. Except Krim. Krim’s the best man.

 

FORTAS: Oh, yes. Well, he’s just—

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: Krim’s the smartest. Krim’s the only one that I know of that’s like you. Feinberg is damn near like you, but Feinberg’s got a little eye on business. He goes over there and sells his Coca-cola. [Fortas laughs.] And he looks after his bank a little bit—

 

FORTAS: Yes.

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: —and I don’t even think . . . This Krim is as pure as any person I ever saw.

 

FORTAS: He really is.

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: He’s got a soft voice. He has none of the aggressiveness that you would associate with a Wall Street lawyer.

 

FORTAS: He really is a fine man.

 

PRESIDENT JOHNSON: [with Fortas concurring] He’s no oversell, no overkill. He sits here . . . I see him damn near every week, and he comes down here—he was here last night (I came down here)—because I just like to listen to him. He’s so soft, and sweet, and kind, and soothing. I let him see every damn document that comes in. He reads anything. I never have heard of one little thing he ever said.

 

FORTAS: Yeah. Well, he’s a saint..

 

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Abraham Feinberg (1908-1998) is best known lobbying for the state of Israel and organizing

Harry S Truman's "whistle-stop" fundraising tour that saved his 1948 presidential campaign

from certain ruin.  Feinberg's obituary hints at a role trafficking arms to Jewish fighters in

Palestine.  As founder of Americans for Haganah and Foundry Associates, Inc., Feinberg

was deeply involved in the Haganah arms smuggling network in the United States. 

 

More recently, authors such as Anver Cohen and Michael Karpin document in the book

"Israel and the Bomb" and "The Bomb in the Basement" Feinberg's role in undermining US

nuclear nonproliferation policy.  On October 31, 1958 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion

noted in his diary a conversation "he had with Abraham Feinberg, a wealthy Jewish businessman

and major Democratic fund-raiser" to raise funds for Israel's nuclear weapons program among

"benedictors" in the United States.  A few years later, President John F. Kennedy fought for

biannual international inspections of Dimona and verifiable Israeli assurances that it was not a

nuclear weapons production facility.  In 1960 Feinberg funded the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

(AIPAC) as it mounted US disinformation campaigns about Israel's nuclear weapons program. 

JFK's assassination in 1963 marked the gradual end of

inspections and the US nonproliferation drive toward Israel.

 

Feinberg's file reveals the FBI's ongoing law enforcement interest in Feinberg's activities as

an espionage (offense code 54) threat from the time he was investigated for dodging the

WWII draft, arms trafficking through the front company Foundry Associates, and on into

the early 1960's over frequent meetings with Israeli intelligence officers.  In 1952 Feinberg,

acting as president of the lobbying newsletter Israel Speaks, (a successor publication to

Haganah Speaks) was ordered to begin registering as an Israeli foreign agent.  Feinberg and

his close associate David Wahl considered selling it to the Jerusalem Post, but later closed

it down rather than register.  Wahl, among other Feinberg associates, was a longtime

undercover Soviet agent (beginning in the 1930's, code named "Pink") in the United States.   



FBI surveillance coverage of Feinberg stops during a period reporter Seymour Hersh

characterizes as Feinberg's moment of greatest influence over US policy:

the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. 

In the late 1970s Robert J. Lipschutz obtained the FBI's

Feinberg file under the authority of  the Carter administration.

 

 

 

 
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 Front Page of Pacific Stars and Stripes, October 4, 1963
 

The Stars and Stripes newspaper reported six weeks before his assassination, as

he planned ahead for the 1964 election, that JFK had sent Defense Secretary Robert

McNamara and head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor to Vietnam on

an “inspection” mission to provide a basis to accomplish his own pre-established objective:

To bring 1,000 of the military advisors home by that Christmas, and to bring

all the remaining men back after his reelection, by the end of 1965.

 

Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, who served under the Joint Chiefs of Staff as “Chief of Special

Operations” during the Kennedy Administration, wrote a lengthy memorandum to researcher

Harold Weisberg in May, 1991 (the full document appears on page 2 of this essay) with the

front page of the above article attached to it. He expressed “surprise” that this very important

information, embodied in National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) #263 was ignored

by practically all historians. In summary of this document, he explained that JFK had begun

planning in May or June of 1963 to absolutely withdraw 1,000 men by the end of the year

and all the rest by the end of 1965, regardless of the state of the war. He explained how

the trip by Secretary McNamara and General Maxwell was merely “just for headlines”

when they returned with a “report” that had been written by Bobby Kennedy and

Marine General Victor Krulak.

 

The New York Times on October 3rd downplayed the same story (among other newspapers,

and people, like Noam Chomsky, still repeat) , under the headline “Vietnam Victory by the

End of ’65 Envisaged by U.S. — Officials Say War May Be Won if Political Crisis Does

Not Hamstring Effort.” That single headline, like the story itself, twice stated that only

a “victory” by South Vietnam would result in bringing troops home. Professor Chomsky —

self-identified as the “smartest man alive” and brilliant beyond description — has still not

read and comprehended this essential point, since he has repeatedly stated that he never

studied the JFK assassination because “it made no difference in the direction of U.S.

foreign policy.” According to the document that he has ignored for decades, the difference

was that, instead of bringing 15,000 men home in 1965, in the decade that began that

year, 10,000,000 men were sent into that absurdly meaningless morass. No difference?

 

As this document attests, it was never JFK’s intention to condition withdrawal on “winning”

the war: he intended to pull all of the advisors out regardless of how the Vietnam Civil War

(as it was then) played out; that point has been well established many years ago by a

number of researchers.[1] That not-so-subtle difference in how these two versions of the

same story was rendered was not nearly the last time this deceit was asserted. But the

Times version — a false meme at the time — morphed into the accurate version when

President Kennedy was assassinated and Lyndon B. Johnson took the reins of power,

after which the question of pulling troops out would always be connected to “winning” it.

 

Within days of becoming president Lyndon Johnson started down the road of Americanizing

the Vietnam War by reversing Kennedy’s plans to withdraw from it by 1965. Instead, Johnson

began the escalation during that same period and continued, all during his reign in the

White House, to steadily increase US military presence and commitments,

even as he publicly lamented how he had “inherited” the mess.

 

LBJ Choreographs the Americanization of the Vietnam Civil War

 

Shortly after he became President, Lyndon Johnson tasked his National Security Advisor

McGeorge Bundy with drawing up a joint operation with South Vietnam to “bully” North

Vietnam into attacking U.S. Navy warships as the means to provoke a clash

that would ensure his long-desired plan to Americanize the Vietnam War.

 

That plan was set to begin, not coincidentally, exactly three months before the 1964

presidential election, as a way to guarantee a patriotic “rush” and thus ensure his victory.

Yet the North Vietnamese leadership sensed a set-up and balked; there was no attack

on either the USS Maddox or USS C. Turner Joy — both Navy destroyers sent at Johnson’s

direction into the Gulf of Tonkin for the very purpose of provoking a confrontation.

 

The original incident on August 2, 1964, if it occurred at all, was little more than “a shot

across the bow” set off by a local commander, not by anyone of rank in North Vietnam.

Two days later, the reality was that the only military action involved imaginary boats

engaging in a phantom three-hour “battle” that had more in common with modern-day

video games than reality. The only shots taken—hundreds of high-explosive

shells fired by American guns—were wasted as they fell into the sea.

 

Commander James Stockdale, after spending the night flying over the Maddox and

Turner Joy, reported on his return: “No boats, no boat wakes, no ricochets off

boats—nothing but black sea and American firepower.” He also stated that he and

other pilots were shocked when they realized the next day that the tenor of the messages

emanating from Washington did not appear to acknowledge that there had been no

attack. During all of the confusion (it isn’t clear whether it was the cause or the effect),

the communications network virtually collapsed due to the number of FLASH messages

being transmitted; this caused the overloaded system to slow to a crawl. Among the

messages which should have stopped the panic, sent by the senior officer aboard

to officials in the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House stated:[2]

 

REVIEW OF ACTION MAKES MANY RECORDED CONTACTS
AND TORPEDOES FIRED APPEAR DOUBTFUL. FREAK
WEATHER EFFECTS AND OVEREAGER SONARMEN MAY
HAVE ACCOUNTED FOR MANY REPORTS.

 

The only thing that attacked the Maddox or Turner Joy was bad weather conditions;

the confusion was caused by a frantic crew primed to expect an imminent attack; they

did not realize that their commander in chief had a hair-trigger finger and was anxious

to portray himself as a great, wise and patient leader who wanted the public to think

that he was fighting mightily to avoid the very war that he was simultaneously, and

secretly, trying desperately to provoke.

 

Oklahoma Congressman and House Majority Leader Carl Albert had overheard a telephone

conversation (evidently, not coincidentally), as Johnson was trying to enlist supporters for

the cause; Johnson had held Albert over after a breakfast presentation with other House

leaders. The telephone call, between LBJ and DEFSEC McNamara, was about a report

regarding the two destroyers supposedly under attack by North Vietnamese torpedo boats.

Albert heard Johnson say, “’I’ll tell you what I want. I not only want those patrol boats that

attacked the Maddox destroyed, I want everything at that harbor destroyed;

I want the whole works destroyed. I want to give them a real dose.”[3]

 

Like many cowards, Johnson loved to “talk tough.” He often used the phrase “going for

the jugular” to describe how vicious he could be when he thought his honor, or political

position, was under attack. “‘They thought they could frighten the President of the United

States,’ he said after Vietcong terrorist attacks had brought retaliatory US

air strikes to the North, adding: ‘They just didn’t know this President.’”[4]

 

On 7 August 1964, Johnson’s skills with meticulously-timed choreography was on full display

as he went to Congress armed with the draft resolution that he had McGeorge Bundy prepare

in advance of these “attacks,” which authorized him to “take all necessary measures to

repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further

aggression.” It was intended to give him a “blank check” to conduct the war in complete

autonomy, using the armed forces however he wished in Vietnam, free of congressional supervision.

 

Johnson’s success in his cunningly designed false flag operation resulted in the nearly-unanimous

passage of a joint resolution by Congress.  The only votes against it came from Senators

 Wayne Morse (D-OR) and Ernest Gruening (D-AK). Gruening stated that his opposition

was based upon “sending our American boys into combat in a war in which we have no

business, which is not our war, into which we have been misguidedly drawn, which is steadily

being escalated”. In retrospect, those simple and straightforward words were the most

profoundly rare and brilliant ones spoken by anyone that day on Capitol Hill.

Johnson cunningly used the Vietnam issue as part of his presidential campaign, positioning

himself as doing everything he could to contain America’s Communist enemies while

steadfastly avoiding war, in contrast to the saber-rattling Senator Goldwater. While he

wanted to portray himself as prudent and cautious compared to Goldwater, he also did

not want to appear to be a “pushover” for some “tin-horn dictator of a fourth rate” country.


Simultaneously with the escalation, through the next three years – with the help of the

“Deep State” establishment and their mainstream media (MSM) reporters – he would

falsely complain about how his hands were tied, that the “quagmire” had been started

by his predecessors. Adding more contradictory lies to the mix during the same time

frame, Johnson repeatedly assured the American people that things were going well there,

even while acknowledging that they would have to carry “perhaps for

a long time the burden of a confusing and costly war in Vietnam.”

 

But in private, to the few with whom he chose to confide the truth – as he did to his CIA

briefer Colonel John Downie, in his last session with Johnson in 1966, after Downie had

repeatedly “urged him to get out of Vietnam – a frustrated LBJ pounded the table and

exclaimed, ‘I cannot get out of Vietnam, John, my friends are making too much money.’”[5]

 

The Long-Delayed Truth of LBJ’s False Flag Op Finally Revealed

 

Almost immediately after the passage of the resolution, the iconoclastic independent

journalist I. F. Stone, writing in “I.F. Stone’s Weekly” – using evidence drawn from a close

reading and analysis of published accounts – became the first American journalist to

challenge President Lyndon B. Johnson’s account of the Gulf of Tonkin incident.[6] 

Unfortunately, Stone’s newsletter had a very limited circulation, so not very many people

knew about it since the major newspapers and broadcast networks carefully avoided such critiques.

 

Shortly after that, essays questioning the rationality of the military build-up began, notably

in such “underground” publications as Ramparts. In 1965, William F. Pepper wrote

Children of Vietnam,” for example, showing the tragic effects of the earliest American

involvement in crossing the line – from JFK’s military “advisors” to LBJ’s combat troops.[7]

In numerous other contemporaneous magazines – both underground and avant-garde,

but rarely “MSM”types – the premises and rationale of the war, the absence of any discernible

national interest in the expenditures of blood and treasury were closely examined and found wanting.

 

 

As early as the last half of the 1960s decade, authors such as Joseph Goulden

(Truth is the First Casualty: The Gulf of Tonkin Affair and Reality) established that the

Tonkin Gulf incident was a pretext developed in the White House to force Congress to

adopt a resolution for Johnson to use to escalate the war without the need to get further

congressional support after he won reelection. The young Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter

Peter Arnett adroitly described the situation: “The South Vietnamese Army is sick. Like

the society which created it, it is riddled with factionism, nepotism, corruption, inefficiency,

incompetence, and cowardice. . . It often lacks the will for combat

and is increasingly prone to let Americans do the fighting.”[8]

 

In 1968, author and former Lieutenant Colonel William R. Corson added specific context

to these points when he wrote that the 25th Division of the Vietnamese army (Army of

the Republic of Vietnam — ARVN) participated in approximately 100,000 operations

during 1966, yet engaged in enemy contact less than 100 times. Of all the conventiona

l military terms such as combat patrol, raid, search-and-destroy and reconnaissance

patrol, the one which best described their “combat” operations was “search and avoid.”[9]

 

Yet, despite the emergence of the truth during the decades of the 70s, 80s and 90s,

it took another 40 years for the government to finally acknowledge that the second

Tonkin incident, on August 4, 1964, was a lie about an attack that never happened.[10]

 

In the meantime, many “historians in name only (HINOs),” — too many to list, but two

of whom typify that group, Robert Dallek and David Halberstam — who were too incurious

to seek out the true facts of actual historic events, continued repeating the lie.

Despite the many challenges to the official government pronouncements, continuing to

automatically treat them as “fact” even when much of it was dubious at best and absurd

at worst, did nothing to promote government credibility. The opposite result was

inevitable as the MSM continued to raise no questions about the failing premise.  

 

To summarize, it can be said that:

 

  • JFK’s intent was to pull 1,000 military advisors out of Vietnam by
  • Christmas, 1963 and all remaining military personnel by the end of 1965;

  • Furthermore, there was no contingency related to the status (i.e. whether
  • they were “winning” or “losing” it) of what was then a “North vs. South” civil war;

  • LBJ’s intent from “Day 1” of his presidency (before JFK was buried) was to reverse
  •  JFK’s plans and to begin a steady escalation of the war shortly after his election,
  •  eleven months into the future;

  • Within the first weeks of his presidency, he instructed his staff and the
  •  Pentagon to begin making plans to begin escalating the war in 1965;

  • One of the first action items to be completed was the false flag operation that became
  •  known as the “Gulf of Tonkin” attack, which produced a nearly-unanimous congressional
  •  resolution that gave him “absolute power” to conduct that war as he desired;

  • The result was quickly an “Americanized” war that became micromanaged by the
  •  “Commander in Chief” who knew no more about war games than he knew about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

  • The question of whether a pull-out could made of military troops became inseparable
  • from the larger question of “winning” it. Or “losing” it, as it inevitably, and eventually, happened.
 

End Notes:

[1] Galbraith, James K. “Exit Strategy: In 1963, JFK ordered a complete withdrawal from Vietnam,” 

The Boston Review September 1, 2003 (Galbraith references Robert McNamara’s assertion,

in his 1995 book In Retrospect, that President Kennedy decided on October 2, 1963 to

begin the withdrawal of U.S. forces; he then traced eighteen months of detailed steps

which JFK had taken to lead up to a planned withdrawal. Galbraith also cited John Newman’s

seminal 1992 book JFK and Vietnam, which put Kennedy’s long-term strategy in historic

context, and explained why the key parts of it were not contained in the Pentagon Papers released in 1971).

 

A summary of this material is contained in my blog titled “The Keepers of State Secrets:

Noam Chomsky and Bill Moyers (Among Others),

on a Mission to Hide the Worst Treasons of the 1960s?” which can be viewed HERE.

 

[2] Dunn, Si. Dark Signals:

A Navy Radio Operator in the Tonkin Gulf and South China
Sea, 1965-1965
, p. 71

 

[3] Dallek, Robert, Flawed Giant, p. 150

 

[4] Geyelin, Philip, Lyndon B. Johnson and the World, p. 113

 

[5] Pepper, William F. The Plot to Kill King, p. xxxiv

 

[6] Wikipedia, I. F. Stone page

 

[7] Nelson, Phillip F., LBJ: From Mastermind to The Colossus , p. 364

 

[8] Op. Cit. (Pepper, Appendix B pp. 347-373)

 

[9] Corson, William R. The Betrayal, p. 98

 

[10] Patterson, Pat (Lt.Cmdr. U.S. Navy) “The Truth about Tonkin”

Naval History Magazine, Feb. 2008 (See here)


 
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Our First Jewish President Lyndon Johnson? – an update!!

   A few months ago, the Associated Press reported that newly released tapes from US president Lyndon Johnson’s White House office showed LBJ’s “personal and often emotional connection to Israel.” The news agency pointed out that during the Johnson presidency (1963-1969), “the United States became Israel’s chief diplomatic ally and primary arms supplier.”


But the news report does little to reveal the full historical extent of Johnson’s actions on behalf of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.  Most students of the Arab-Israeli conflict can identify Johnson as the president during the 1967 war. But few know about LBJ’s actions to rescue hundreds of endangered Jews during the Holocaust – actions that could have thrown him out of Congress and into jail. Indeed, the title of “Righteous Gentile” is certainly appropriate in the case of the Texan, whose centennial year is being commemorated this year.  Appropriately enough, the annual Jerusalem Conference announced this week that it will honor Johnson.


Historians have revealed that Johnson, while serving as a young congressman in 1938 and 1939, arranged for visas to be supplied to Jews in Warsaw, and oversaw the apparently illegal immigration of hundreds of Jews through the port of Galveston, Texas….


A key resource for uncovering LBJ’s pro-Jewish activity is the unpublished 1989 doctoral thesis by University of Texas student Louis Gomolak, “Prologue: LBJ’s Foreign Affairs Background, 1908-1948.” Johnson’s activities were confirmed by other historians in interviews with his wife, family members and political associates.


Research into Johnson’s personal history indicates that he inherited his concern for the Jewish people from his family. His aunt Jessie Johnson Hatcher, a major influence on LBJ, was a member of the Zionist Organization of America. According to Gomolak, Aunt Jessie had nurtured LBJ’s commitment to befriending Jews for 50 years. As young boy, Lyndon watched his politically active grandfather “Big Sam” and father “Little Sam” seek clemency for Leo Frank, the Jewish victim of a blood libel in Atlanta.  Frank was lynched by a mob in 1915, and the Ku Klux Klan in Texas threatened to kill the Johnsons. The Johnsons later told friends that Lyndon’s family hid in their cellar while his father and uncles stood guard with shotguns on their porch in case of KKK attacks. Johnson’s speech writer later stated, “Johnson often cited Leo Frank’s lynching as the source of his opposition to both anti-Semitism and isolationism.”
Already in 1934 – four years before Chamberlain’s Munich sellout to Hitler – Johnson was keenly alert to the dangers of Nazism and presented a book of essays, ‘Nazism: An Assault on Civilization’, to the 21-year-old woman he was courting, Claudia Taylor – later known as “Lady Bird” Johnson. It was an incredible engagement present.


FIVE DAYS after taking office in 1937, LBJ broke with the “Dixiecrats” and supported an immigration bill that would naturalize illegal aliens, mostly Jews from Lithuania and Poland. In 1938, Johnson was told of a young Austrian Jewish musician who was about to be deported from the United States. With an element of subterfuge, LBJ sent him to the US Consulate in Havana to obtain a residency permit. Erich Leinsdorf, the world famous musician and conductor, credited LBJ for saving his live.


That same year, LBJ warned Jewish friend, Jim Novy, that European Jews faced annihilation. “Get as many Jewish people as possible out of Germany and Poland,” were Johnson’s instructions. Somehow, Johnson provided him with a pile of signed immigration papers that were used to get 42 Jews out of Warsaw.  But that wasn’t enough. According to historian James M. Smallwood, Congressman Johnson used legal and sometimes illegal methods to smuggle “hundreds of Jews into Texas, using Galveston as the entry port.  Enough money could buy false passports and fake visas in Cuba, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Johnson smuggled boatloads and planeloads of Jews into Texas. He hid them in the Texas National Youth Administration. Johnson saved at least four or five hundred Jews, possibly more.”


During World War II Johnson joined Novy at a small Austin gathering to sell $65,000 in war bonds. According to Gomolak, Novy and Johnson then raised a very “substantial sum for arms for Jewish underground fighters in Palestine.” One source cited by the historian reports that “Novy and Johnson had been secretly shipping heavy crates labeled ‘Texas Grapefruit’ – but containing arms – to Jewish underground ‘freedom fighters’ in Palestine.”
ON JUNE 4, 1945, Johnson visited Dachau. According to Smallwood, Lady Bird later recalled that when her husband returned home, “he was still shaken, stunned, terrorized, and bursting with an overpowering revulsion and incredulous horror at what he had seen.”


A decade later while serving in the Senate, Johnson blocked the Eisenhower administration’s attempts to apply sanctions against Israel following the 1956 Sinai Campaign. “The indefatigable Johnson had never ceased pressure on the administration,” wrote I.L. “Si” Kenen, the head of AIPAC at the time.  As Senate majority leader, Johnson consistently blocked the anti-Israel initiatives of his fellow Democrat, William Fulbright, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Among Johnson’s closest advisers during this period were several strong pro-Israel advocates, including Benjamin Cohen (who 30 years earlier was the liaison between Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis and Chaim Weizmann) and Abe Fortas, the legendary Washington “insider.”
Johnson’s concern for the Jewish people continued through his presidency. Soon after taking office in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Johnson told an Israeli diplomat, “You have lost a very great friend, but you have found a better one.”  Just one month after succeeding Kennedy, LBJ attended the December 1963 dedication of the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Austin. Novy opened the ceremony by saying to Johnson, “We can’t thank him enough for all those Jews he got out of Germany during the days of Hitler.”  Lady Bird would later describe the day, according to Gomolak: “Person after person plucked at my sleeve and said, ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him. He helped me get out.'” Lady Bird elaborated, “Jews had been woven into the warp and woof of all [Lyndon’s] years.”


The PRELUDE to the 1967 war was a terrifying period for Israel, with the US State Department led by the historically unfriendly Dean Rusk urging an evenhanded policy despite Arab threats and acts of aggression. Johnson held no such illusions. After the war he placed
the blame firmly on Egypt: “If a single act of folly was more responsible for this explosion than any other, it was the arbitrary and dangerous announced decision [by Egypt that the Strait of Tiran would be closed [to Israeli ships and Israeli-bound cargo].”


Kennedy was the first president to approve the sale of defensive US weapons to Israel, specifically Hawk anti-aircraft missiles. But Johnson approved tanks and fighter jets, all vital after the 1967 war when France imposed a freeze on sales to Israel. Yehuda Avner recently
described on these pages prime minister Levi Eshkol’s successful appeal for these weapons on a visit to the LBJ ranch.  Israel won the 1967 war, and Johnson worked to make sure it also won the peace. “I sure as hell want to be careful and not run out on little Israel,” Johnson said in a March 1968 conversation with his ambassador to the United Nations, Arthur Goldberg, according to White House tapes recently released.


Soon after the 1967 war, Soviet premier Aleksei Kosygin asked Johnson at the Glassboro Summit why the US supported Israel when there were 80 million Arabs and only three million Israelis. “Because it is a right thing to do,” responded the straight-shooting Texan.


The crafting of UN Resolution 242 in November 1967 was done under Johnson’s scrutiny. The call for “secure and recognized boundaries” was critical. The American and British drafters of the resolution opposed Israel returning all the territories captured in the war. In September 1968, Johnson explained, “We are not the ones to say where other nations should draw lines between them that will assure each the greatest security. It is clear, however, that a return to the  situation of 4 June 1967 will not bring peace. There must be secure and there must be recognized borders. Some such lines must be agreed to by the neighbors involved.”  Goldberg later noted, “Resolution 242 in no way refers to Jerusalem, and this omission was deliberate.” This historic diplomacy was conducted under Johnson’s stewardship, as Goldberg related in oral history to the Johnson Library. “I must say for Johnson,” Goldberg stated. “He gave me great personal support.”


Robert David Johnson, a professor of history at Brooklyn College, recently wrote in The New York Sun, Johnson’s policies stemmed more from personal concerns – his friendship with leading Zionists, his belief that America had a moral obligation to bolster Israeli security and his conception of Israel as a frontier land much like his home state of Texas. His personal concerns led him to intervene when he felt that the State or Defense departments had insufficiently appreciated Israel’s diplomatic or military needs.”


President Johnson firmly pointed American policy in a pro-Israel direction. In a historical context, the American emergency airlift to Israel in 1973, the constant diplomatic support, the economic and military assistance and the strategic bonds between the two countries can all be credited to the seeds planted by LBJ.


ADDITONAL NOTE:


Lyndon Johnson’s maternal ancestors, the Huffmans, apparently migrated to Frederick, Maryland from Germany sometime in the mid-eighteenth century.  Later they moved to Bourbon, Kentucky and eventually settled in Texas in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.

 

According to Jewish law, if a person’s mother is Jewish, then that person is automatically Jewish, regardless of the father’s ethnicity or religion.  The facts indicate that both of Lyndon Johnson’s great-grandparents, on the maternal side, were Jewish.


These were the grandparents of Lyndon’s mother, Rebecca Baines. Their names were John S. Huffman and Mary Elizabeth Perrin.  John Huffman’s mother was Suzanne Ament, a common Jewish name. Perrin is also a common Jewish name.


Huffman and Perrin had a daughter, Ruth Ament Huffman, who married Joseph Baines and together they had a daughter, Rebekah Baines, Lyndon Johnson’s mother. The line of Jewish mothers can be traced back three generations in Lyndon Johnson’s family tree. There is little doubt that he was Jewish.


 

 
 
 
 
  • DUBINSKY TELLS JUANITA ROBERTS THAT HE NEEDS TO SPEAK BRIEFLY TO LBJ; ROBERTS TELLS DUBINSKY SHE WILL RELAY HIS MESSAGE TO LBJ
  • Telephone conversation # 9869, sound recording, JUANITA ROBERTS and DAVID DUBINSKY, 3/10/1966, 11:10AM?
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • LBJ ASKS DUBINSKY ABOUT DREW PEARSON STORY REPORTING ALEX ROSE WAS OFFENDED THAT LBJ DID NOT CALL HIM ABOUT JOHN LINDSAY AND NYC MAYORAL RACE; DUBINSKY REASSURES LBJ HE ACTED CORRECTLY; LBJ THANKS DUBINSKY FOR HIS ACTIONS AT RECENT CONVENTION
  • Telephone conversation # 8306, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 7/7/1965, 1:25PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • POOR SOUND QUALITY; DUBINSKY IS ALMOST INAUDIBLE
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • DUBINSKY EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR LBJ; LBJ THANKS DUBINSKY, ASKS TO MEET WITH HIM IN THE NEAR FUTURE
  • Telephone conversation # 26, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 11/23/1963, 7:32PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • "TRANSCRIBED"; IBM BELT; DAT RECORDING MADE FROM REEL-TO-REEL TAPE RECORDED FROM ORIGINAL BELT IN ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE IMPROVED SOUND QUALITY; PREVIOUSLY RELEASED ON K6311.01, PNO 23 AND K6311.01A, PNO 23; DUBINSKY IS HARD TO HEAR
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • DUBINSKY ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT AS PRESIDENT OF ILGWU, SUGGESTS LBJ MAKE STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE BILL; LBJ DISCUSSES ADMINISTRATION POSITION, STRATEGY ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE; GEORGE MEANY'S ROLE IN BILL; ADAM CLAYTON POWELL'S SUPPORT FOR BILL
  • Telephone conversation # 9871, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 3/10/1966, 12:48PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • "RE: HIS RESIGNATION AS PRES. OF I.L.W.U."; OFFICE SECRETARY ASKS IF SHE CAN BRING IN LETTER, ANNOUNCES CALL FROM DUBINSKY; CONTINUES ON NEXT RECORDING
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • NEW YORK LIBERAL PARTY POLITICS; LBJ TEASES DUBINSKY ABOUT JOHN LINDSAY'S ELECTION; MINIMUM WAGE BILL SIGNING CEREMONY IN NYC OR IN THE SOUTH; NEW YORK GUBERNATORIAL RACE AND EFFECT ON 1968 ELECTION; LIBERAL PARTY SUPPORT FOR FDR, JR., NOT FRANK
  • Telephone conversation # 10710, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 9/1/1966, 11:24PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • CONTINUES ON NEXT RECORDING; CARL ALBERT IS MEETING WITH LBJ AT TIME OF CALL; DUBINSKY IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR; TV OR RADIO AUDIBLE IN BACKGROUND AT TIMES
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, JR. FOUNDATION AWARDS, WEIZMANN SCIENCE INSTITUTE DINNERS; DUBINSKY IS INVOLVED IN A STRIKE SITUATION; ALEX ROSE; ? SCHMIDT?; CONSUMER INTERESTS MESSAGE
  • Telephone conversation # 1900, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 2/5/1964, 5:56PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • DUBINSKY PRAISES LBJ'S TV APPEARANCE YESTERDAY; LBJ ASKS ADVICE ON REAPPOINTING MORRIS NOVIK TO USIA BOARD; LBJ'S ALLEGED ENDORSEMENT IN NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL RACE BETWEEN CHARLES BUCKLEY, JONATHAN BINGHAM; LBJ'S POLICY OF MAKING NO PRIMARY
  • Telephone conversation # 2522, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 3/17/1964, 11:20AM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • CONTINUED DISCUSSION OF STRATEGY FOR PASSAGE OF MINIMUM WAGE BILL; LBJ EMPHASIZES NEED FOR LABOR TO WORK FOR BILL; DUBINSKY SAYS HE CALLED LBJ FOR CLARIFICATION ON WHAT TO TELL ILGWU BOARD ABOUT BILL
  • Telephone conversation # 9872, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 3/10/1966, 12:48PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • Telephone conversation # 10711, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 9/1/1966, 11:24PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • CONTINUES FROM PREVIOUS RECORDING; CARL ALBERT AND LADY BIRD JOHNSON ARE MEETING WITH LBJ AT TIME OF CALL BUT ALBERT DOES NOT SPEAK ON THIS RECORDING; DUBINSKY IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR; RECORDING IS BRIEFLY INTERRUPTED IN MIDDLE OF CALL
  • DAVID DUBINSKY
  • LBJ'S UPCOMING SCHEDULE; LBJ TELLS DUBINSKY HHH WILL ADDRESS NEW YORK RALLY INSTEAD OF LBJ BECAUSE HE WILL BE SPEAKING TO MORMON GROUP IN SALT LAKE CITY; DISCUSSION OF TIMING OF ADS ANNOUNCING HHH AS SPEAKER, OTHER CAMPAIGN ADS
  • Telephone conversation # 5952, sound recording, LBJ and DAVID DUBINSKY, 10/23/1964, 7:05PM
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
  • DAILY DIARY INDICATES LBJ IS MEETING WITH HHH AT TIME OF CALL; HHH PUTS DUBINSKY ON HOLD 2:30 DURING CALL TO DISCUSS ARRANGEMENTS FOR SPEECH WITH LBJ
  • DAVID DUBINSKY

Telephone conversation # 9658, sound recording, LBJ and WILLARD WIRTZ, 2/22/1966, 10:34AM (Item)

  • WIRTZ' MEETING WITH AFL-CIO LEADERS; WIRTZ SUGGESTS LBJ MEET WITH DAVID DUBINSKY, JACOB POTOFSKY; LBJ'S CONCERN ABOUT LABOR'S CRITICISM OF ECONOMIC, VIETNAM POLICIES, PREFERENCE FOR MEETING WITH LARGER GROUP; RFK; GEORGE MEANY; REPEAL OF TAFT
  • "RE UNION MATTERS (DUBINSKY)"; CONTINUES ON NEXT RECORDING
  • LBJ'S MEETING WITH DAVID DUBINSKY ON AIRLINE STRIKE BILL; DUBINSKY'S SUGGESTION THAT GEORGE MEANY CALL MEETING OF LABOR LEADERS TO SETTLE STRIKE; EFFECT OF STRIKE ON OTHER LABOR BILLS; WIRTZ SAYS HE WANTS TO MEET PRIVATELY WITH LBJ, CALIFANO ABOUT
  • GOLDBERG PRAISES LBJ'S STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE; GEORGE MEANY'S REACTION TO LBJ'S CRITICISM OF PROPOSED 35-HOUR WORK WEEK; DAVID DUBINSKY'S REACTION TO THE SPEECH; LBJ ON OVERTIME LABOR CAUSING UNEMPLOYMENT; GOLDBERG COMPARES LBJ TO FDR
  • PRESS STORIES ON LBJ; NYT; LBJ ASKS ADVICE ON PROPOSED TRIP TO POVERTY-STRICKEN AREAS OF NYC TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR POVERTY BILL; COMPARISON WITH FDR TRIPS; LBJ COMMENTS ON ACCUSATIONS OF COMMERCIALIZING PRESIDENCY; WILLIAM WEXLER?; DAVID DUBINSKY
  • LBJ THANKS MEANY AND OTHER LABOR LEADERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN CAMPAIGN; MEANY TELLS LBJ HE IS EN ROUTE TO JAPAN WITH DAVID DUBINSKY, JIM SUFFRIDGE, AND GEORGE HARRISON FOR GOODWILL VISIT UPON ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW LABOR FEDERATION THERE
  • LBJ TELLS GOODWIN TO HAVE JAMES ROWE ASK JOCK WHITNEY TO GIVE LBJ A FAIR SHAKE; DAVID DUBINSKY'S REQUEST FOR TAPE; NEED FOR NEW CAMPAIGN STATEMENTS; LBJ REMINISCES ABOUT GENERATING PUBLICITY AS CONGRESSIONAL SECRETARY, JOKES ABOUT WALTER JENKINS
  • OFFICE CONVERSATION PRECEDES CALL, DURING CALL; LBJ IS MEETING WITH DAVID DUBINSKY, JACK VALENTI AT TIME OF CALL; VALENTI PLACES CALL TO O'DONNELL, THEN HANDS TELEPHONE TO LBJ
  • OFFICE CONVERSATION WHILE LBJ ON HOLD; LBJ IS MEETING WITH DAVID DUBINSKY AT TIME OF CALL
  • , Bureau of the Budget arriving at ll:41a -- and to the office MW (pl) Bill Moyers and DougCornell Charles Schultze departed BM (pl) MW (pl) David Dubinsky OFF RECORD (appt requested by Evelyn Dubrow on behalf of Mr. Dubinsky to let Mr. Dubinsky pay