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23rd May 2019

ILLTYD HARRINGTON: Bad time for truth

    After the Iraq War, Tony Blair became an adviser to JP Morgan

    After the Iraq War, Tony Blair became an adviser to JP Morgan

    Published: 10 February, 2015

    OUR local cinema was packed. It was 1947 and because it was Wales Sunday shows were not allowed; so there was no film to show. I stood up and interrupted one of Labour’s anointed cabinet ministers, an old miner. I asked him why it was that the new Labour government, elected in 1945, was so condescending to President Harry Truman’s foreign policy, which was aggressive and anti-social – a stark difference to that of his predecessor FDR. 

    I was howled down by the loyal and mainly male audience. It took 30 years and five new men in the White House to draw back the veil on who really ruled America. 

    Only now is the US visibly moving from its imperialistic stage, which was so obvious in the 20th century. 

    After 1947 the USA continued to stick its nose into the four corners of the world – a dramatic change from the policy of isolation which they subscribed to in the 19th century. 

    They followed the call. They were ready to dominate the world. 

    In The Concise Untold History of the United States, Academy award winner Oliver Stone and Professor Peter Kuznick have dug up chapter and verse from the rotting graveyard of military intelligence. Their evidence is rich and telling, and has not been challenged. 

    They have done what few peaceniks do; they have followed the money to find the killers. 

    In World War I, the powerful stockbrokers JP Morgan of Number 1 Wall Street, NYC, organised a $2.5billion loan to the UK, but only $25m to the Kaiser’s war chest. 

    It is comforting to recall that in our time, after the Iraq War, Tony Blair was appointed a director of JP Morgan, with many suitable perks. 

    The giants of finance capital have learned never to let political decision-makers out of their sights or their grasp. 

    Even Hitler had been a customer while preparing for war. 

    In a flood of evidence one has to look for road signs and, of course, after the development of the atomic bomb millions of people moved into armament production. 

    Fortunes only rose and never collapsed as the government became the major investor. 

    What I found riveting in this tightly-packed book was the pen portraits of two Americans who showed amazing courage. 

    First, there was the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, and then Henry Wallace, his vice-president, man who kept his instincts and integrity well within the establishment, where no pity existed. President Roosevelt suddenly died in the last weeks of the war, and the right wing did all it could to stop Henry Wallace’s wagon rolling forward. He stood as an independent candidate for the Progressive Party. Mrs FDR and Wallace could see the developing cancer of right-wing tyranny within the system. They still remain as noble keepers of the Constitution. Wallace was subject to the most biting and libellous attacks. They could hardly claim he was economically illiterate – he sold his business for $9billion. They even claimed that Mrs Roosevelt – no great beauty to be kind to her – was the mistress of a Black air force sergeant and several other fanatical communists. 

    Stone and Kuznick do not subscribe to the homespun tales of Roosevelt’s successor Truman. After him, there was General Eisenhower, the creepy Richard Nixon, the ineffective Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, the two Bushes and Clinton, the sex machine. 

    Always in the background were such as Cheney and Kissinger. In an interesting aside, I read George W Bush in his time had ordered 50 drone strikes, whereas Obama is way past the 400 mark. 

    To be fair, there are obvious signs of mental instability in all of them. Even to this day, they behave like a group of failed bandits gambling in the last chance saloon. 

    Cheney blurted out that there was no secret about the Middle East wars, it was oil. He is quite a remarkable politician. Not since Dr Goebbels has a man been so loud of mouth and simultaneously worried about the consequences of what he has said. 

    It’s been a bad time for truth.

    The Concise Untold History of the United States, by Oliver Stone and Professor Peter Kuznick (Ebury Street, £7.99).