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A Century of Infamy?
Leon Panetta Marks Pearl Harbor Day ... Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday at a wreath-laying at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. In an earlier message to survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack, Panetta praised them as "the greatest generation." ... "We treasure you. You have brought everlasting credit to your fallen comrades. The men and women in today's military stand on the shoulders of your individual and combined sacrifice and service to our nation," said Panetta, according to the Department of Defense. – Politico
Dominant Social Theme: Let this day live in infamy – for the reasons WE give.
Free-Market Analysis: Today is Pearl Harbor Day, the day that will "live in infamy." From our humble point of view, the mainstream narrative of Pearl Harbor Day is nothing more than an elite dominant social theme – the dastardly "Nips" attacked a peace-loving giant, and 'lo the titan awoke, enraged ...
Probably not so. There are literally hundreds of timelines on the Internet showing that FDR either knew – or suspected – a Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor and was content to let it occur in order to engender the entry of the US into World War II.
Of course, if one looks at the mainstream media today, as any other day, not even lip service is paid to the idea that FDR could have known what was about to happen. Even the merest breath of foreknowledge is dismissed outright.
It is like the "magic bullet" that hit JFK and others in his tragic motorcade about a dozen times before coming to rest. Never mind that the theory is ludicrous. The Warren Commission decided on its relevance and fidelity.
In fact, once one has made up his or her mind to the reality of directed history, a lot of confusing events snap into place. The Internet, of course, has been very helpful in this regard.
The mainstream may continue to mumble about "conspiracies" but for anyone who chooses to look, the evidence is increasingly clear. The Anglosphere power elite seeks global government and will seemingly inflict any amount of economic and military chaos on the long-suffering world in order to get it. Out of chaos ... order.
Only we're not supposed to know. And without what we call the Internet Reformation, we probably WOULDN'T know. But there it is. The Internet exists. The knowledge is available. The ones who seem not to have gotten the message are the elites themselves and their bought-and-paid-for mainstream media. Here's some more from the article:
"We treasure you. You have brought everlasting credit to your fallen comrades,' Panetta said."You are the veterans of that greatest generation. You have lived full lives and witnessed years of great prosperity because of the freedom you helped to secure for America and her allies."
The Defense Secretary drew a parallel between the survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor and survivors of 9/11. "I know you take great pride, as I do, that your legacy lives on in today's men and women in uniform, who have borne the burden of a decade of war, and who are truly this nation's next greatest generation," said Panetta.
"The 9/11 generation, like you, has stepped forward in your image of service and sacrifice, volunteering for military duty after another sudden and terrible attack on our shores." Panetta added that the sacrifice of veterans allowed for them to pass on a better world to their children and their grandchildren."
In fact, the veterans did NOT leave a better world for their children and grandchildren. What the militarized vets of World War II did was to compromise. The vast scale of the conspiracy was known even then. Rather than fight it – or refight battles already conceded – they looked the other way.
Yes, many knew of FDR's general perfidy. And many knew that the Federal Reserve itself had been responsible for the Roaring Twenties and then the Great Depression by printing too much money. Many despised FDR's "New Deal" and believed he was subverting all that was good about America at the time.
Many did not want the US to go to war with Germany and Japan. Many did not believe or trust the warmongers and were proud to be called "isolationists." In fact, Pearl Harbor was the proximate cause of America's entrance into "World War II" because Roosevelt likely needed a bloody, justifying event.
Yes, history records that FDR, himself, had said it would take an attack on American soil to move Americans to war. Given everything else that Roosevelt did to the nation, why is it so difficult to imagine that he would be willing to sacrifice several thousand seamen and a few relatively old boats?
And here's another point, before we forget: It is not actually true that NO mainstream press has covered FDR's apparent perfidy. The BBC apparently has done so. In fact, one can find (via Google) an in-depth program on what FDR knew and when he knew it. It's a damning documentary, though US media sources seem unaware of it.
In the process of its reporting, BBC writers dug up an immense amount of evidence that proves quite substantively that not just Roosevelt but those around him knew the attack was coming. In fact, Roosevelt was apparently following the whole campaign so closely that American intel sources were able to alert British overseas bases, but not (for some reason) American ones.
And then there are statements supposedly made by the FBI's head honcho, Hoover. He is quoted as saying definitively that many in FDR's administration were aware of an imminent attack but FDR chose not to pass on the information to certain military generals, who were then used as scapegoats and forced into retirement.
One assumes the BBC, like other mainstream reporting organizations, is being forced into this sort of limited hangout because there is so much information on the Internet about the power elite's directed history and the Way the World Really Works. Better to shape the escaping narrative before it gets away from you entirely.
The Greatest Generation, sad to say, settled for a mess of pottage after World War II. The republic was in ruins. American exceptionalism was merely a vanishing dream. In its place was a militarized empire straddling the globe. Over the next 75 years, all the elements of one-world government would be put into place: the UN itself, the World Bank, the IMF, the International Criminal Court, etc.
Of course, the elites had to tread lightly. The veterans returning home from World War II in Britain and the US were not exceptionally malleable. They were, in fact, scarred by a childhood lived during the Depression and toughened by their hellish experiences in the war. An uneasy, unspoken deal was struck, perhaps. The vets didn't complain about their putative loss of civic freedom. The Anglosophere empire provided increased prosperity.
But now that social construct seems no more. Or perhaps there is merely less to fear from the West's Baby Boomers. Now the elites seem to be rushing pell-mell toward world government. Of course, it may also be because of the elites' tendency toward the directed history that the Internet has exposed.
FDR's apparent manipulations to involve in the US in World War II were it seems not an exceptional event. When the REAL history of the 1900s is written, it will likely be seen that almost every major event was in a sense plotted and planned to produce an ever-strengthened global governance. That's what the elites want and they do not seem about to settle. What is left to us is the swelling of knowledge of just what occurred over the past 100 or so years ... not just a day of infamy.
Conclusion: But a century.
Posted by Pete 8 on 12/08/11 10:57 PM
They keep Antony in the basement pedalling the generators, so we can all read and learn. Once in a while they scrub him up and wheel him onto the set where he slices through the cheese unlike most can.
Perhaps Bobby7, if you don't like you could setup the Click to view link and do some pedalling for the herd too.
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 12/08/11 01:41 PM
I annoy (if not worse) the DB on a regular basis and they have never censored me. Though I think they have corrected my spelling.
Posted by Bobby7 on 12/08/11 10:41 AM
"Apparently there's some censoring going on".
You can say that again!
The Daily Bell is changing its name to The Daily Censor!
If you don't agree with Tony, you're out!
Tony HATES to be criticized or people "taking the Micky"!
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DB does not censor. Governments for the most part "censor." But if you print racist tirades or quote whole articles, the post will be edited or removed. Any organization would do this to protect itself. And "Tony" has nothing to do with it. He is not involved with staff decisions about feedbacks.
Posted by Hoss on 12/08/11 05:18 AM
Translation: Destroying wealth and killing people is good for the economy.
I disagree. This is the broken window fallacy elevated to a grand scale. Weapons and munitions are not tools for generating wealth. They are an expense. The money for them has to come from somewhere, and that money is removed from the productive economy, no longer able to be used to generate wealth.
And dead people don't contribute to an economy, either.
The people working at munitions factories are visible, the damage done to the economy by taking the money to pay them from the legitimate economy is less visible. So you lose the shell game because you can't see the shell where the pea is really hidden.
Privation, rationing, renting out rooms to get by, having the man of the house gone perhaps forever, these things are not prosperity.
This premise leads to where your leaders want it to end up. They will impoverish you, then tell you that more killing will give you a better life. War is prosperity. They are pounding the drums for that now. They are counting on a desperate citizenry to buy the idea. A little more desperate, then perhaps we can turn Iran into a glass sheet, eh?
Posted by RF on 12/07/11 10:38 PM
the eite promotions were not alone Adolph gained momentum in post ww1 Germany by getting the munitions and arms factories up and running in spite of the Versialle treaty, it brought his country out of the depression, the British saw reason to co incide as well as the Americans theyall pulled out the war to end the global depression of the 30's and turned it to war in the 40's not one but all of them..the Japanese , the Russians in alignment with Hitler at first and theyall saw war as an economic boon the contractors at home made wealth as we know it making war goods for the armies- you can't just single out the American as the only elite promptions they were all promoting the same tune
Posted by RF on 12/07/11 10:30 PM
there is no one instance in history of industrial countries since the mid 16th century- manipualting thier economies thru war- lest we travel to the Aztec, Maya,Inca, North American native populations the wars were still beased on territory- food long before the white man showed up with his demons- it seems to be part of human nature- not just the Anglo American power elite there have always been power elites, from the first bands onward- the ancient civilizations were no less greedy and deadly in thier behavior than we ... .always the sword makers flourished in times of war,when there were none they lobbied for more!
Posted by jkluttz on 12/07/11 08:19 PM
The carriers weren't there, only obsolete battleships. Coincidence?
Posted by Molly56 on 12/07/11 06:38 PM
I have come to doubt the whole WWII axis/allies paradigm--your description of Japanese cleverness doesn't seem relevant anymore to me, though it would have 20 years ago. The Japanese were busy attacking other nations but I no longer know (in a truly exhaustive manner) as to why and on whose behalf--we assume here that history is directed by elites, after all.
If WWII was a factional dispute between warring elites (my particular belief) then I don't know anymore whose "side" FDR was on, or even Hitler's or Churchill's. Maybe the DB will publish an article on this, if they haven't already, and we can discuss it and offer up links.
Posted by Joelg on 12/07/11 06:02 PM
Give the Japanese some credit for the timing and surprise elements. By analogy: You have the best baseball stolen base leader on first base and know he is going to steal second; and still he pulls it off because he is so good that he gets by your best defenses. The Japanese government and military were pretty clever in planning Pearl Harbor, and even with a successful U.S. defense we would have been in the war because it was a REAL attack by a country busy invading other Pacific nations.
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 12/07/11 05:25 PM
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 12/07/11 05:05 PM
"Here is a short article dicussing it: Click to view link
The recovery "occurred as a result of a partial dismantling of the regulatory infrastructure that had grown up during the Depression and the war"
Something's in the water. I just had the link ready for him when I saw your post. Funny.
Posted by Mark Y on 12/07/11 04:57 PM
On today's Joyce Riley "Power Hour" radio show, Joyce interviewed Douglas Dietrich, who claims to have worked at a document storage area for the US military. He claims to have been in charge of destroying documents, but to have taken notes on them before destroying them. He claims to have read secret documents exposing the inside workings of the "shadow government" which is actually directing world events.
His two hour interview was one the more incredible I've ever heard. His mastery of details and facts was extremely impressive and he spoke with a relaxed clarity suggesting a strong confidence is what he was saying. If he is a fake, he is a really good one!!
One of the main things he discussed on this interview was the fact that FDR knew of the impending attack by the Japanese and that the Japanese were forced into attacking the USA by the United States government. He ties many of the streams of "directed history" together in a very impressive and cogent manner.
Here is his website: Click to view link
The interview can be heard by going to this page of this weeks The Power Hour show Click to view link and scrolling down to the Wednesday schedule and clicking on the "Hour 2" and "Hour 3" audio archive tabs..
Posted by lewfalo on 12/07/11 04:53 PM
"and there's no doubt that it pulled the globe out of the Great Depression it was in,"
Sure there is... not just doubt but strong evidence against such a claim.
Posted by Mark Davis on 12/07/11 04:39 PM
"and there's no doubt that it pulled the globe out of the Great Depression it was in" is part of the elite promotions from the era that still haunt us. Just stop and think: how can destroying so much property and killing so many people possibly improve aconomic conditions and/or generate wealth? Of course, some people got wealthier, but not most. And that is one way to lower unemployment, for a short while. But the world and US economy didn't recover until several years after the war. Robert Higgs has done an excellent job explaining the history of the Great Depression from start to finish; here is a link to his book on the subject: Click to view link
Here is a short article dicussing it: Click to view link
The recovery "occurred as a result of a partial dismantling of the regulatory infrastructure that had grown up during the Depression and the war; in effect, it was a rediscovery of the market and a new birth of freedom for entrepreneurs and workers."
Comparing the US loss of freedoms to those of Nazi Germany and/or Communist Eastern Europe is sure setting the bar pretty low isn't it?
Posted by RF on 12/07/11 03:57 PM
not quite true- the generation that actually fought the war, has had reasonably decent retirement paramaters, they( those left) are in thier 80's to 90's , ( my father at 92 is still here and thank god healthy) they were given pensions from the companies they worked for, Medicare from Ronald Regan( one of them) and Va loans for thier housing VA care to this day, they are dying off at about 1000 a day according to the VA- they used to come to the military collector shows with money to burn and were having the time of thier lives 20 years ago when they retired.. there are fewer and fewer, at every show, the ones still standing are fairly healthy , or dying, but as you might guess that comes with the ages they've reached... . Thier children however have not fared so well- they haven't a pot to piss in thier health is way out of balance like thier weight ( most of the old vets I know can almost still fit in thier uniforms)there are no more company pensions, medicare has more than a few ulcers,well into thier 90's most don't really care about the economy but watching thier children lose all the fortunes they made must bug them a Click to view linkke I said you have never spent very much time with the generation that fought the war, only the children critisizing it... .
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We've spent plenty of time with the "greatest generation."
Posted by William3 on 12/07/11 03:13 PM
I tried again. It worked this time.
Posted by William3 on 12/07/11 02:43 PM
The BBC documentary is here ...
Click to view link
Apparently there's some censoring going on. This took me to a page that said I was forbidden to access the information.
Posted by RF on 12/07/11 02:34 PM
there is no doubt among intelligent people that most wars are the result of devious machnations by several parties.. no society since the beginning of time can lay claim otherwise, thay have all been equally guilty of conquer or be conquered- it seems human nature lends itself to this bloody behavior whether by sword and shield or currently with smart technology and media coverage, the heroics of all cultures stem from these wars. the leaders rise and fall along with them--
you seem to be bent on blaming FDR for World War 2- and there's no doubt that it pulled the globe out of the Great Depression it was in, and ALL the political leaders OF THE TIME were involved in the devious machinations that eventually erupted on Dec 7 1941-The man I bought my house from was on the West Virgina that morning if you were there at the moment, all the politics didn't matter to those whom survived..
I grew up with the Greatest Generation none of whom believe they"settled for a mess of pottage" they fought and died on Europe's and China's soil,right alongside your parents- compared to the loss of freedoms in European societies during the war- they never noticed what you claim about thier loss- they thought they gained your's back--it seems obvious you have never spent much time with the Veterans of WW2 then again the Swiss never did get involved did they, just the banking for the Nazis , storing thier stolen gold and art,... The native peoples say you need to walk a mile in another's moccisins before you critisize them thry it...
Reply from The Daily Bell
We stand by our description. Where is the greatest generation now? Being marched off to retirement homes, worried they have lost everything, diabetic and impoverished and facing yet another Great Depression! Bookends you could say ...
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 12/07/11 02:14 PM
You would think an organization as into directed history, as this one is, might have mentioned John T. Flynn in an article like this.
It would be useful to include him in your bios.
Perhaps you could get Justin Raymondo, or even Ralph Rayco to write one.
Posted by RF on 12/07/11 01:57 PM
in all fairness the world was engulphed in a world dominate scheme at the time- you focus on FDR as a bad guy let forget to mention anywhere in your article Adolph Hitler's vision of 1000 year empire- or the Japanese high command including thwe Emperor machinations in China in the decade that procedes our entry in 12/41-- the American manufacturing had been gearing up since 1937 and went into full gear in 1939, when Lightening war began- How can you simply lay all the consequence on the Anglo power elite- perhaps if they chose to leave Hitler to his designs you would have a swastika on your byline today still-- for all the finger pointing you do there over 1 million dead and wounded for the Americans alone-you can't really believe that FDR wanted that to further one world ambitions ??you repeat the same crap over and over brainwashing your readers, yet always you forget the rest of the history that occured with it..