Skip to comments.Dispatch International: "Joe McCarthy Was Right All Along"
Posted on 02/24/2013 9:28:42 AM PST by Altura Ct.
I cannot overestimate the fearless excellence of M. Stanton Evans' work as a historian, and, I am fortunate to say, mentor. His 2007 book Blacklisted by History is not only a shattering revision of half a century of lies about Joseph McCarthy and "McCarthyism" -- and, by extension, obfuscation about the successful penetration and subversion of the US government -- it is also an exercise in courage, in confronting a false and crippling consensus with an unshakeable dedication to fact and logic. On a personal note, the book served me as a rosetta stone by which I was able to begin deciphering the mendacious history we "know" as our shining cultural legacy. The results of this unnerving research-odyssey will be published in my forthcoming book, American Betrayal.
That said, I am delighted to post an article written for this week's edition of Dispatch International. My task was to introduce a European audience, in brief, to Evans' work. The piece below is the main article, which is available for free at the DI website. I also wrote accompanying piece assembling a series of thumbnail sketches of some of the sensational revelations Evans and co-writer and Cold War expert Herbert Romerstein discovered in their brand new book, Stalin's Secret Agents. It is behind the online-subscription wall -- so subscribe!
"Joe McCarthy Was Right All Along"
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Most Europeans are unlikely to be familiar with the facts behind the American term McCarthyism. They probably know it describes something very bad in American politics the Communist witch hunts of more than half a century ago. They may also know that simply uttering the term, like casting a spell, stops all debate cold by associating someone with the eponymous Joseph McCarthy. As the story goes, he was himself very bad. After all, he conducted those long ago Communist witch hunts, ruining his name in perpetuity. This probably exhausts general knowledge.
But heres a secret: Most Americans know little more than this same familiar but completely false narrative. In recent years, stunning revelations from archives in Washington and Moscow have confirmed that McCarthys investigations and those conducted by other officials before and after netted not innocent and imaginary witches, but secret cadres of hardened Communist agents determined to bring down the American republic. Surely, this makes Joe McCarthy a great patriot and deserving the plaudits of a grateful nation.
So wrote M. Stanton Evans, the consensus-smashing, revisionist biographer of McCarthy in Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against Americas Enemies (2007). Evans was attempting to convey the significance of just one particular Soviet intelligence operation, circa 1945, that McCarthy was instrumental in bringing to light, circa 1950.
Even a few details about this operation, named initially as the Amerasia affair after a pro-Communist journal of the day, will add a little needed context to modern-day perspective on the so-called McCarthy era.
Amerasias editor, Phillip Jaffe, came under FBI surveillance in 1944 after the contents of a confidential OSS memo appeared in his magazine. (The OSS was the precursor to the CIA.) The FBI soon learned Jaffe was in possession of hundreds of stolen, secret US government documents, plus a photographic set-up. The magazine ran no photographs, so the FBI plausibly believed it had come across an active espionage operation. Further surveillance, including wire-taps, determined that Jaffe was in frequent contact with US Communist Party leader Earl Browder, Soviet diplomats in New York, a top Chinese Communist envoy of Mao and US diplomat John Stewart Service (home from Chiang Kai-Sheks China, where, it later emerged, Service roomed with two leading Communist agents, Solomon Adler and Chi Chao-ting).
On June 6, 1945, FBI agents arrested six people, including Jaffe and Service, and seized hundreds of top secret documents, many concerning military matters. An open-and-shut espionage case, it would seem.
An open and quickly shut-down case is more like it. What followed was cover-up, perjury and grand-jury rigging by, among others, high-ranking Washington officials. Some were eager to prevent a national security scandal from engulfing the Truman White House. Others were acting to shield a far wider Communist-led conspiracy mounted by confederates inside the State Department, Treasury, White House and elsewhere in the US government, working not merely to filch secret documents but to ensure, through influence and subversion, the Communist takeover of China. These powerful forces of suppression proved overwhelming. The Amerasia case was scuttled, the scandal was buried, and, within a few years, China was Red.
Five years later, McCarthys laser-beam focus on the still-festering case would be instrumental in follow-up investigations launched by both the Senate and the FBI. These massive probes yielded, as Evans notes, some 5,000 pages of Senate hearings, plus 1,000 pages of exhibits and, from the FBI, 24,000 pages of now-declassified records.
They reveal the workings of a vast, complex influence operation, Evans writes, that assiduously worked to guide official and public thinking, and hence the course of U.S. policy, in this case regarding the Far East. Other such intricate influence operations, of course, targeted the West. And who was doing this dirty work of Communist-directed subversion from within? Many officials and public figures highlighted by Joseph McCarthy (among others), who, we have since learned from US and Soviet archives, were secret agents and fellow-traveling supporters of Stalin.
McCarthy, as Evans has pointed out, threatened to blow the lid off the official cover-ups and other acts of treason. Thus, he had to be isolated, demonized and destroyed, and so he was. History would be written by the isolators, the demonizers and the destroyers, and repeated by rote for the next half century.
Then along came the declassification of FBI records and releases of intelligence documents, and scholars such as M. Stanton Evans to sift through them. But the far-reaching implications of such research that anti-Communist witch-hunters were right all along have done shockingly little to change the way Americans regard their history. Such hidebound attitudes extend also to American conservatives, who, it would seem, are the modern-day heirs of the anti-Communist legacy. What Evans calls court history is that deeply entrenched as national lore.
Will this ever change? Theres no concise answer to that, Evans replied in a recent interview with Dispatch International. There is a mindset, a narrative, a template that has been out there for a long time. The reflex reaction, to date, is to preserve that template rather than assess the new evidence.
Thus, it is minimized or denied. Evans mimics the usual reaction to the specter of historical Communist penetration: `Well, this thing was overblown, there wasnt a big problem, these people were persecuted. The new evidence, he continues, challenges this so they dismiss it. Were dealing with an establishment mindset that is impervious to refutation to fact. Its like throwing popcorn at a battleship.
This hasnt stopped Evans, 78 once the youngest metropolitan newspaper editor in the USA (Indianapolis News), and formerly a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and commentator for CBS News and Voice of America from reloading and firing again. In fact, following his McCarthy book, which corroborates many McCarthy cases and documents the Washington Establishments craven efforts to destroy the maverick senator rather than address subversion and cover-up, Evans embarked on a new project. With so much evidence now available attesting to the presence of Soviet agents watching over wartime Washington, Evans set out to write a concise history of what it was these agents of the Kremlin actually accomplished.
The new book, published in November 2012, is Stalins Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelts Government, co-written with Herbert Romerstein, a leading Cold War expert and longtime congressional investigator. Assessing the achievements of agents of influence, is very different, Evans emphasizes, from standard histories of spying as defined by stealing secrets.
The series of history-changing events Evans and Romerstein identify as having been subverted by Soviet agents is itself history-changing, demanding a rewrite of much of the history of World War II. Despite the familiarity with which we regard the era, in many ways, Evans and Romerstein are pioneering a new field of study. The best way to approach it with what Evans himself calls his Law of Inadequate Paranoia: No matter how bad you think something is, he says, when you look into it, it's always worse."
That's WHY it happened to him.
Don't I know. It's sometimes like one of those old low budget horror films, where one person can see the monster and everyone around him is blissfully unaware.
Yep. And I’m having deja vu all over again when I try to warn people about the sneaky “smart growth” proponents of Agenda 21. It’s being implemented right in front of their noses but they’ve been conditioned not to see the elephant in their parlors.
Every American should watch this video as it lays out the communist agenda and pedigree to Obama. I think most Freepers are aware of the information in this video but it confirms that McCarthy was spot on and how the left have been so effective with propaganda in destroying our culture. Grinding down America
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Thank you for the ping! Yes, indeed, Senator McCarthy was right as rain!
Do ya miss me yet ??
You touch on something that's extremely important I think. Utopian (eventually totalitarian) political movements invariably find some segment of society to marginalize, and as you say, 'scapegoat.' Hitler had his Jews, Stalin had his Kulaks, and now the utopian monsters in our own government are attempting to do the same thing to free-market capitalists and wealthy people. Though they are as rapacious as all other utopians, and are unequaled at dividing people by race, sex etc., the philosophical bedrock of the American left will always be envy.
Thanks, NL. Added to my Amazon Wish List.
Radical Ideas and Real Politics.
To the people who destroyed Joe McCarthy: HAVE YOU NO SHAME???
The Tydings Hearings concerning Senator McCarthy.
For there is one Senator Millard Tydings posing with a phonograph. Senator McCarthy had gone to Wheeling West Virgina in 1950. It was freely floated by the leftist press and their lackeys, that he had claimed 205 traitors within the Administration. Old newspapers shown, including the Denver Post quoted the Senator as saying "57 Reds" were within the administration. Tydings admitted under oath he had no such recording of McCarthy, as he indicated that he had. Tydings waffled and said he saw it in print.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. By all means anyone should get a copy. The detailed lists by the authorities released under freedom of information act are of immeasurable importance. I will never understand how people living under the First Amendment to the Constitution and likely living well, could espouse such a perverted cause as communism.
I have read “Double Lives” and given it to several people. It is a great book - showing that an agent of influence like Munzenberg is a thousand time more dangerous than a spy.
I don’t have respect for Munzenberg’s “brilliance” as much as I have disdain, loathing and lack of respect for the idiot “intellectuals” who allowed themselves to be influenced by him.
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