9 August 1968. Thought for the Week: "After World War II the United States retreated from victory; in Korea the United States refrained from victory; in Vietnam the United States cannot even define victory"
THE VIETNAM DEBACLE: IS IT TREASON?
"Hanoi today faced a warning from President Johnson that the U.S. might 'have to act promptly on additional military measures' to blunt a new communist offensive expected any day in South Vietnam" - The Age, Melbourne, July 2.
"In Vietnam the United States cannot even define
victory", quotes Professor Medford Evans in our Thought for the Week.
This is agreed, and it follows as clearly as night follows day that
he who cannot define victory will be defeated. President Johnson, the
commanding officer of his country's 500,000 troops in Vietnam clearly
showed he knew that the enemy was mounting a mighty offensive against
his sitting duck troops, but gave no intimation that he was prepared
to do anything about it.
Meanwhile the Communists at the Paris "peace" talks keep up an incessant propaganda barrage that unless bombing of the North ceases completely these "peace" talks will fail. The whole mass stinks to high heaven of treason, and it is time Australia's leaders reassessed our policy of commitment towards policies which are plainly treasonous.
When the Supreme Commander, in charge of all
armed forces and political decisions knows the enemy is massing to devastate
his forces and does not move to protect them and counter attack, that
is treason in anyone's language.
The reason for President Johnson's weakness and
appeasement is not hard to understand when the record of his main policy
makers are examined as they are, brilliantly, by Gary Allen in the June
edition of American Opinion: Allen examines the records of the
American cabinet to "the right" of men like Senator McCarthy and Hubert
Humphrey, and finds the support of men like Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara
(who must be held responsible for much of the Vietnam debacle) Henry
Fowler, the Secretary of the Treasury, Willard Wirtz, Secretary of Labor,
and other top policy makers whose association with, and long records
of support for Communist causes is beyond dispute.
McNamara's policy could be summed up in the one word, "disarmament", both in weapons, aircraft, missiles, overseas bases, and small arms; as well as morale. He instituted the policy of shutting the mouths of Armed Service Generals so that the public could not be warned about the policies of defeat and retreat. He destroyed the effective control of each service responsible for the efficiency and welfare of its particular service and placed control in the hands of a mushrooming civilian bureaucracy. When he took over the control of the department of defence those employees responsible to him numbered 1,500. At his resignation there were "70, 000 employees directly under McNamara and 1,272,500 civilians employed by the Department of Defence.
Gary Allen reveals the Public Relations stunt, which was organised to get McNamara, nominated into his position - as Secretary of Defence, and the part played by Adam Yarmolinsky who while at Harvard University was head of the "Harvard Marxist Club". Yarmalinsky was also editor of Yardling, the campus voice of the Young Communist League. When he became Secretary of Defence McNamara appointed Yarmolinsky his top assistant. They proceeded to disarm America and appease the Soviet at every turn.
No less involved in the same appeasement was
Dean Rusk. He had been a member of the Institute of Pacific Relations
(I.P.R.), which was responsible for the sell-out of Chiang Kai-shek
to the Chinese Communists. The Senate Internal Security Subcommittee
noted: "The IPR has been considered by the American Communist Party
and by Soviet officials as an instrument of Communist policy, propaganda
and military intelligence". Dean Rusk succeeded the top Communist State
Department official Alger Hiss, as Director of Special Political Affairs
in the State Department and continued the Hiss policy of recommending
Communists for employment in the United Nations until stopped by the
Senate Internal Security Subcommittee.
Trade and aid to the Communists is another story in which the names of Fowler, Rusk, Wirtz, McNamara and others figure prominently. The story has one theme, help and aid to the Communist enemy and the ruthless obliteration of any criticism of such policies. These are the men who have manipulated the politician, Lyndon Johnson, and as Medford Evans has pointed out, destroyed him; probably to hand his mantle on to Robert Kennedy, a ploy that came unstuck at Los Angeles on June 6, but the field of candidates to undertake the necessary role is well supplied.
The overwhelming evidence advanced by such people
as Gary Allen, John Stormer, Medford Evans and others of the close connection
of American policy makers with Communist objectives, should be thoroughly
examined by Australia's leaders to determine our relationship with such
policies. The big question is, how far has the same rot gone in our
own policy-making departments, and is there enough strength left in
our Liberal-Country Party coalition government to bring about such an
PRIME MINISTER GORTON ATTACKED
"The Australian Prime Minister (Mr. Gorton) had not solved the tangle on defence planning . . . He was finding it difficult to keep Australians interested in the Vietnam War . . . In Parliament he has made only three speeches since becoming Prime Minister and all were clumsy and unconvincing ... Behind him Mr. McMahon and Mr. McEwen continued their bitter feuding . . . He has done nothing to impose his will on his own Cabinet and knows that only three of his 22 Ministers voted for him to be their leader" - The Economist, London.
It is by no means necessary to agree with the
above criticism of a journal noted for its intellectual leftist slant,
and therefore only too willing to be critical of so-called conservative,
non-socialist governments. Nor is it necessary for the exponents of
good government to be delivering glamorous image making speeches announcing
new departures in policy. In the issues of this day and age it is relatively
simple to judge the way any politician or government will go. On Mr.
Gorton's performance to date it is evident he will do nothing to really
upset the equilibrium of the doctrinaire socialist in either domestic
or foreign policy.
On the important question of establishing a sound economy, challenging the old policies of inflation, Mr. Gorton has indicated in his attitude towards the States that he will accentuate, rather than moderate policies, which result in continuous inflation. Those on fixed incomes will become increasingly desperate, while the businessman and the primary producer will grapple increasingly with an increasing cost structure. A wonderfully fruitful field for political agitation.
In International Affairs it is "as you were" with socialists Harold Wilson and the Democratic administration in the U.S.A., as well as increased aid, without strings or any responsibility in how our money is spent, in helping the Indonesians, already showing their teeth on West Irian and with every promise of resurgent Communist activity and acceptance of greater aid from the Soviet. The anti-Communist countries of South Korea, Taiwan and even Singapore and Malaysia have been offered kind words, but no concrete suggestions or alliances, while the Southern African States vital to our lines of communication are ignored with that cold hostility necessary for any country to retain favour with the Moscow-Washington-World Opinion coalition.
When the cards are stacked against you there comes a time when it is necessary to renege and choose new partners. That time is overdue for Mr. Gorton and Australia if both are to survive in freedom.
TOPICAL ITEMS FROM HOME AND ABROAD
Jul 18. President Thieu before going to Honolulu "not only are we defeating the Communists, but we are daily becoming stronger, both militarily and politically, for an early victory and early restoration of peace". (This could be a good reason for staying in Vietnam, but if so should be clearly stated by our Leaders).
July 20. President Johnson at Honolulu. "The U.S. will not support the imposition of a 'coalition government, or any other form of government, on the people of South Vietnam.
July 23. Mrs. Lloyd Bucher wife of the Pueblo captain goes to Washington to plead with President Johnson for not only the welfare of her husband, "but also and primarily as a representative of all the members of the families of the officers and crew of the Pueblo. Naturally I am anxious for their speedy return under honorable conditions". Her legal representative reports. Mrs. Bucher "has attempted to call President Johnson several times in the past. Her calls have been refused. They have not been accepted."
Communists look at Foreign Aid Programmes:
Nikita Khruschchev. "Some of the more canny bourgeois leaders say now
that the capitalist countries should increase economic aid to the underdeveloped
countries. This is not a bad idea. Let the capitalist countries render
them such assistance."
August 2. "This is taxpayers money we are handing out. The wheat growers just have to accept that we are not going to keep digging deeper into the public purse for their benefit" Liberal Minister to Allan Barnes in The Age, July 31.
Three "conspiratorial" groups were trying to attach themselves to the Liberal Party, R.J. Southey Victorian President said today. "I need to voice special warning to the growth of apparently planned and concerted attempts to attach to the Liberal Party what might be called an extreme Right-Wing label" - The Herald, Melbourne. Mr. Southey named the Liberal Reform Movement, the Basic Industries Group, and Businessmen for Democratic Government as the groups concerned.
NOT EVERYONE CAN ATTEND THESE STIMULATING ANNUAL EVENTS!
Yes, we know that it is a physical impossibility
for all supporters, including many overseas to attend three of the year's
most stimulating events for League of Rights supporters and sympathisers.
Guest of Honour at the Annual Dinner is Canadian,
Pat Walsh. The Donation $4.50. Place: The Victoria, Lt. Collins Street,
Melbourne, Time: 6,15 p.m.
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