The Right Wing is Assassinating JFK again
Neocon Media Strategy: Trash Kennedy and Hype Bush
By Wayne Madsen
Not content with gloating over the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy, the right wing and their neo-con storm troopers are now out to once
again assassinate the character of our 35th President.
In his book about Kennedy titled "An Unfinished Life," author Robert Dallek
claims a 19-year-old White House intern traveled with President Kennedy for
the sole purpose of providing him sexual gratification. Dallek hyped his book
on NBC's Dateline, on a network owned by the pro-Bush defense giant General
Electric. NBC's Dateline, it will be recalled, has a history of inventing
stories in the same manner as The New York Times' former "ace reporter"
Jayson Blair. It was Dateline that faked a General Motors truck explosion in
1993 to prove that there was a critical design flaw with the vehicle that
resulted in spontaneous gas tank explosions. Only now, after ten years, is
the co-anchor of Dateline, Jane Pauley, finally getting the boot. Perhaps
there should be a new journalism award for fakery: we could call it the
Blair-Pauley Award. Based on his "evidence" about Kennedy, Dallek should be
the first honoree.
Dallek is the author who previously "exposed" President Kennedy's persistent
drug use. In his book, "John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life, 1917-1963,"
Dallek claimed that Kennedy took as many as 12 different drugs, including
codeine, Ritalin, methadone, and librium, at the same time, making him a
virtual zombie. Dallek even suggested on ABC's Good Morning America that
Kennedy's back problem may have cost him life. He said the fact that JFK wore
a back brace, making him sit up straight in the limousine in Dallas, made him
an easier sniper target. Dallek suggested that without the brace, Kennedy may
have been saved. Nice fairy tale, but more on that later.
Dallek's first book on Kennedy was excerpted in The Atlantic Monthly in 2002.
The magazine is yet another neocon outlet whose editor during the time it
published the JFK revelations was none other than the late Michael Kelly, who
was virtually beatified by the media after his accidental death while hyping
the war in Iraq in his role as a Pentagon "embedded" journalist.
Dallek's only source for his current scurrilous attack on President Kennedy
is a 77-year-old yenta named Barbara Gamarekian . A former White House aide
for Kennedy, Gamarekian told the neocon-owned New York Daily News that she
did not remember the intern's last name -- only her first name -- which she
would not reveal. In addition to Mort Zuckerman's New York tabloid, other
neocon muck mills, including Fox News and RushLimbaugh.com, ran with Dallek's
Dallek's only documentation on the supposed intern affair was a
recently-unsealed oral history provided by Garmarekian. No affidavits, no
corroborating witness statements, nothing. Other noted historians have told
this reporter that Dallek's "proof" is nothing more than hearsay and not
worthy of an academic-level research project. Dallek is ensconced at Boston
University, whose Chancellor, John Silber, is a noted Democratic right-winger
and neocon adherent.
Dallek's publisher of his latest tome of Kennedy is Simon & Schuster, a part
of Viacom-CBS, the same mega-corp operation that fired Ed Gernon -- the
director of the forthcoming CBS "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" miniseries -- for
comparing Hitler's rise to power to America's lemming-like support for George
W. Bush. Gernon's insightful comments were made in an interview with Rupert
Murdoch's TV Guide, which wasted no time in turning them over to its sister
publication, The New York Post. The Post quickly pilloried Gernon just as
other neocon outlets are now assassinating President Kennedy all over again.
It is obvious that the neo-cons are now intent on rewriting our history --
President Kennedy was a whoring, drug-induced rogue and George W. Bush is a
saint who, under no circumstances can be compared to Hitler. While President
Kennedy certainly had his share of extramarital affairs, he managed to keep
the planet from self-immolating itself in a nuclear conflagration. On the
other hand, Bush's antics are very similar to those of Hitler's: the
xenophobia, flag waving, threats to other countries, and invocation of a
greater calling are all reminiscent of the German Fuhrer.This reporter is not
buying the revisionist garbage of the neocons.
Of course Simon & Schuster would never want to commission a history of George
W's father, who was working for the CIA before and during the Bay of Pigs
invasion. Poppy Bush then worked for one Felix Rodriguez, the head of an
anti-Castro Cuban sabotage team. Bush, at the time, owned Zapata Oil, an oil
and gas company based in Houston. Not coincidentally, the Bay of Pigs
invasion was code named "Operation Zapata" by the CIA. In addition, Bush's
company took possession of two Navy ship's from the CIA and renamed them the
HOUSTON and BARBARA, the latter named after Bush's wife, our former first
Rodriguzez, Bush's Cuban interlocutor, would turn up again as one of the
principals in the Vice President Bush-led Iran-contra affair.
In 1963, Poppy Bush was also tied up with George DeMohrenshildt, a
Byelorussian emigre and CIA agent who took care of Lee Harvey Oswald upon his
return to the United States from his political "exile" as a Marxist true
believer. Interestingly, Oswald lived in Byelorussia, where he married the
daughter of a KGB colonel. It was DeMohrenshildt who arranged Oswald's move
to Dallas from New Orleans.
A Nov. 1963 FBI memo to the State Dept. said there was concern that there
might be another invasion of Cuba by anti-Castroites. The memo went on to
state that this information was passed along to "George Bush of the Central
Intelligence Agency" the day after the assassination of JFK. In 1977, just
before he was to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations,
deMohrenshildt was found dead of a gun shot wound. In his personal address
book was found the following entry:
"Bush, George H. W. (Poppy) 1412 W. Ohio also Zapata Petroleum Midland."
DeMohrenshildt's son-in-law told the Warren Commission that his father-in-law
was likely involved with JFK's assassination. That makes George H. W. Bush a
possible accomplice in aiding and abetting the murder of our 35th President.
So it isn't President Kennedy's record that should be in question right now
but that of Poppy Bush. It is the Bush record of involvement with murderers
in Dallas and on the streets of Washington (the bombing murder of Chile's
former Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier) that should be the topic of Simon &
Schuster books, NBC Dateline interviews, and the rest of the mega-corporation
It is not the history of John F. Kennedy that should be the subject of
scandalous attacks by the neocon media and their repugnant water bearers.
Rather, historians and the media should concentrate on the sordid history of
the Bush family. Through three generations, the Bushes have been the dots who
have connected American business to the Nazis (Prescott or "Grandpoppy" Bush
was a notorious financial underwriter of Nazi German industries during World
War II), the assassination of President Kennedy, the Iran-contra scandal, the
stealing of an American presidential election, and now, sadly and according
to Florida Senator Bob Graham, may have had foreknowledge of the September 11
terrorist attacks, the results of which, in effect, abrogated the U.S.
While this country tries to sort out the terrible calamities visited upon it
by the Bush-Cheney regime, a note to the Bushes and their neocon bottom
feeders: you've done enough damage to the Kennedy family -- let President Ken
nedy rest in peace.