History lessons

Assistant Secretsary of State Philander Claxton Jr. (L) w. Chief of ICA John Hollister (C) and Special Assistant to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (R) at Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearings.

Assistant Secretsary of State Philander Claxton Jr. (L) w. Chief of ICA John Hollister (C) and Special Assistant to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (R) at Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearings.

I’m writing the second chapter of my thesis and just rediscovered this quote:

“It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever cost.  There are no rules in such a game.  Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply.  If the United States is to survive, long-standing American concepts of ‘fair play’ must be reconsidered.  We must develop effective espionage and counterespionage services and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated and more effective methods than those used against us.  It may become necessary that the American people be made acquainted with, understand and support this fundamentally repugnant philosophy”

Believe it or not, that’s not David Addington or Dick Cheney.  It’s from a paper called the Doolittle Report, the findings of an “independent” commission assigned to investigate the role of the CIA and report directly to the President.  Doesn’t that sound like something Cheney would have thought of?

Totally sinister photo of John Foster Dulles  from Life Magazine image databse hosted by Google (check it out if you haven’t yet.  There are tons of awesome pictures there.

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