A Look at the Common Threads Between 11/22/63 and the Iraq War
In 1963, the list of people that desperately wanted John F. Kennedy out of office — dead, if need be — was longer than the distance between a small window on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository and a car riding with its top down on Elm Street. Some Americans disagreed with his civil rights policies; others thought that he was weak on Communism and Fidel Castro. Yet some believed that his views and actions were so “anti-American” that he was guilty of treason.
Signs of JFK being “Wanted for Treason” were posted all over the streets of downtown Dallas on the day the 35th President was murdered. So who could have hated him so much that they would rather see him dead? Here are the top candidates:
- Cuban exiles living in Miami felt betrayed because of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and Kennedy’s refusal to provide air support as promised.
- Mafia bosses like Sam Giancana, Carlos Marcello and Santo Trafficante were angered that Attorney General Robert Kennedy was coming after them even though they felt they basically gave JFK the 1960 election.
- FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover detested the elitist Kennedy brothers, especially knowing they would love to process his long overdue retirement from government service.
- The CIA had no intention of being shattered into a thousand pieces, and was appalled at the firing of longtime director Allan Dulles following the Bay of Pigs.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Southern Democrat, hated the New Englander with a passion, and being “number two” never suited him.
In matters of power and politics, to figure out “whodunit,” it is always best to follow the money. Over the years, Johnson had become the voice of Texas money and regularly accepted bribes in exchange for continued protection of Texas businessmen. Texas oil tycoons were outraged that JFK threatened to end the Oil Depletion Allowance, which would have cost them millions of dollars annually. But corporate leaders like George Brown of Brown and Root were even more concerned when they learned that the president was planning on withdrawing U.S. forces from Vietnam.
In October of 1963, JFK issued National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) 263 via McGeorge Bundy to start withdrawing U.S. military personnel from South Vietnam. Kennedy planned to have all forces out of the region following the 1964 election. Mere days after the death of JFK, NSAM 273 was issued that reversed this decision.
Following this memorandum and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 1964, thousands of U.S. troops would be committed to the conflict in Vietnam. Over 58,000 Americans died in combat. Companies like Brown and Root however received lucrative contracts and profited immensely off the Vietnam War. They had a true friend in LBJ.
Brown and Root later became known as Kellogg Brown and Root, or KBR. KBR is a subsidiary of a company known as Halliburton. In essence, Brown and Root evolved into Halliburton.
On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks destroyed the tallest buildings of the World Trade Center and caused major damage to the Pentagon. Nearly 3000 lives were lost that day. In response to these attacks, the U.S. quickly launched an offensive in Afghanistan targeting the Taliban and al-Qaeda militants. Oddly though, shortly thereafter Iraq was invaded on the now disproven premise of having Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and Saddam Hussein being a part of an “Axis of Evil” with Iran. (Anyone who studies the Middle East for at least five minutes knows there is no love between Iraq and Iran.)
Why then did the U.S. invade Iraq? Once again, follow the money. The military-industrial complex made huge profits from these conflicts by manufacturing weapons and vehicles. Additionally, private “guns for hire” like Blackwater were used to conduct numerous combat operations. Finally, it is estimated that KBR (Halliburton) made $39.5 BILLION dollars in Iraq-related contracts. Meanwhile, over 4,000 Americans and an untold number of Iraqis died as a result of this conflict.
Conclusion: the same small group of people that profited greatly after (or as a result of) the JFK assassination also did so following 9/11. Coincidence? You decide.
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