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Truman as Cold Warrior: Forgetting the History to Score Political Points.

Thomas F. Roeser 16 July 2009 No Comment

Liberal political shorthand, invariably aiding the Democrats, has corrupted our schools, youth, media and has led to total misapprehension of U. S. history. They are one-sentence shorties that, were you to test them on Lexis-Nexis you will see these descriptives appended to their names…all to the great disadvantage of authentic history. Of course Ivy League historians have cooperated, notably the late Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. who was a courtier to the Kennedys, treating with cosmetic pancake makeup and rouge on the portraits of very mediocre individuals and punishing enemies of liberalism with charcoal mustaches to their visages.

Sample: Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.). Shorthand: “Reckless demagogue and destroyer of innocent reputations.” Truth: Fifty years of vilification will never be repaired but the Verona Project under which cryptographers have analyzed Soviet cables proved McCarthy was indubitably right when he said the U. S. government was serious infiltrated by Russian spies and agents, stealing technical info from atomic, military, radar, aerospace and rocket programs. (McCarthy’s real sin was linking traitors to the liberal Democratic party for which he had to pay the price).

Another sample: President Harry S. Truman. Shorthand: “Gutsy, tough, scrupulously honest Cold War hero.” Truth: Gutsy and tough, yes. More corruption occurred under his administration than in all administrations from Warren Harding onward. One hundred sixty were fired from the Internal Revenue Service for corruption alone and an assistant treasury secretary was fired for involvement in seeing that wealthy Democrats skipped IRS enforcement. To clean it up Truman has his attorney general hire a special prosecutor. When the special prosecutor turned up material embarrassing to the AG, the AG fired him. Then Truman fired the AG. Bitterly stubborn under attacks that he coddled Communists, Truman refused to fire Harry Dexter White from his undersecretary post at Treasury but allowed him to go to the World Bank. The Venona Report certifies that White was a Soviet agent and that Truman knew it.

Cold war hero? He sponsored the Marshall Plan, yes. But on his watch and largely because of his State Department’s ineffectiveness, aid to Chiang kai Shek was inexplicably cut off allowing the Communists to win and conquer China which has remained in Communist hands ever since.

More soon.
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Tom Roeser is the Chairman of the Editorial Board at the Chicago Daily Observer

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