December 12, 2009

Chapter 50: “What it is ain't exactly clear.”

President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam is assassinated in a coup. Clare Boothe Luce states, “What seems to be happening to the government in Vietnam is remarkably like what happened to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang in China when the Department of State pulled the rug out from under them; and Mao Tse-tung took China.” President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, and Clare Boothe Luce immediately informs the FBI that the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is pro-Castro. Later she tries to explain to CIA Director Colby how she was able to immediately know Oswald’s political leanings by saying friends in the anti-Castro DRE told her. She also states, “Whether you know this or not, it was me who fed the missile stuff to Keating. I knew a number of these [DRE] leaders well; they were going in and out of Cuba, and I paid for one of the motor boats. Bill Pawley did too. We thought we were doing another Flying Tiger.” Other individuals around Pawley and the CCFC make similar statements about Oswald. Luce’s Life magazine purchases the Zapruder film. Pawley’s friend, Senator Eastland, who by law was in line to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy, tells President Johnson he’s ready to “show that this man [Oswald] was the assassin.” Eastland’s investigation is superseded by the creation of the Warren Commission whose member’s include Pawley’s friends, CIA Director Allen Dulles, and business associate John J. McCloy, whose law partner, Morris Hadley, was a member with Pawley on the Doolittle Committee. FBI Director Hoover, who had thanked Pawley for his friendship two years earlier, provides the evidence to prove that Oswald acted alone.