I am re-printing below portions of an article posted recently on Op-Ed News (an online opinion mag to which I’ve contributed several times). It was written by Alen Salerian, MD, a Washington-based physician, author, and historian, who has been practicing psychiatry and psychopharmacology for 35 years. He is the former chief psychiatrist of the FBI’s mobile psychiatric unit. He has authored numerous articles on behavior, government integrity, neurobiology, psychiatry, and psychopharmacology in various publications.
The topic of the article posted below is the JFK assassination, and Dr. Salerian’s assertions and hypotheses are stunning. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the assassination, but Dr. Salerian has new evidence based on his reading of Robert McNamara’s book, In Retrospect, published a few years ago. In Retrospect was McNamara’s mea culpa for his sins committed as Defense Secretary under JFK and LBJ. Dr. Salerian contends McNamara is asking forgiveness not only for the colossal blunder of Vietnam, but also (in veiled, coded language) for the assassination of JFK. I have read McNamara’s book and found it to be much too little, much too late, to be an acceptable path to his redemption. But I was unable to make the same inferences that Salerian has. Salerian uses other source documents with which I am very familiar to build his case for a high-level coup d’etat, hatched by CIA operatives and traitors–McGeorge Bundy, Lyndon Johnson, and Robert McNamara among them–within the Kennedy administration…culminating in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The lesson for me was this: beware of those in the JFK cabinet who stayed on to serve LBJ after the bullets flew in Dealey Plaza. Here’s the article:
“…he [McNamara] is the first modern statesman who openly acknowledges his errors and takes responsibility for them. This is a first in history and it is a very good thing for humanity.
“I want to bypass all the drama, all the phony diplomatic rhetoric, the thinly veiled transparency of obsessive minds and to leap over all the artificialities to embrace and celebrate McNamara’s unique gift to humanity.
“It is my hypothesis that Bundy, McNamara, Allen Dulles (the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency), General Curtis LeMay (Air Force chief of staff), Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, and possibly a few others engineered a coup d’état to wage war in Vietnam. It is also my hypothesis that President Kennedy’s death was just the collateral damage of war and so was the disappearance of over a thousand people after the assassination.
“Why do common sense, reason, and statistics suggest that all the following pieces perfectly fit together for a complex design to make a coup d’état a success? They are all very rare or extraordinary firsts in history. For instance, the president, the vice president, and virtually the entire Cabinet were away from Washington on the day of the coup. The president was in Texas along with the vice president, and the Cabinet were on their way to Tokyo. By now, we know that the Secret Service was grossly negligent before, during, and after the ambush. We also know that all of the images of the president’s death captured by photos and videos are not authentic. The president’s autopsy at the Bethesda Naval Hospital is a sham, as are the X-rays and the autopsy photos. This is astonishing for Bethesda, the flagship of all the best the military can provide for medical care.
“On the day of the ambush, the phones in Washington, D.C., the press phones, and the Cabinet airplane communication all ceased to function. The only two people in Washington from the president’s team were Bundy and McNamara, and they happened to be the architects of the new war opposed by President Kennedy but endorsed by the new President, LBJ. Bundy and McNamara were at the Pentagon precisely at the time the presidential limousine approached Dealey Plaza.
“Both Bundy and McNamara lied about small details of the assassination repeatedly and unnecessarily, in some ways inviting special attention to their own behavior. McNamara said for 90 minutes he was not aware of the president’s assassination, although he was at the Pentagon, the epicenter of reaction to national emergencies. Strangely, he was chairing a routine budget meeting, which he did not interrupt. Even a month later when information emerged that several communication systems were sabotaged, McNamara never evinced curiosity about the origin of all these mishaps.
“None of these, of course, individually make McNamara or Bundy a suspect, yet collectively they click and suggest they were not random events. There are other more fundamental developments that can actually solve the puzzle. Most important, Kennedy had opposed the war in Vietnam and had issued specific orders through National Security Action Memorandum 263, dated November 21, 1963, to end the war. This was to begin with the withdrawal of ‘1,000 U.S. military personnel by the end of 1963.’ His orders were precise and unequivocal. But upon his death, not only were his orders reversed, but then the war expanded at an eventual cost of 58,000 American lives.
“President Kennedy was the author of NSAM 263 ending the war. The new President, Lyndon Johnson, authorized NSAM 273 overriding the intent of 263.
“If, despite the evidence, one might possibly be dubious of McNamara’s role, there can be little doubt of Bundy’s involvement. Bundy, according to Army General Maxwell Taylor, a trusted confidante of both John and Robert Kennedy, was the number one responsible party for the fiasco of the Bay of Pigs. On April 16, 1961, on D-day at 9:30 p.m., Bundy would cancel President Kennedy’s orders for air strikes against Cuban targets. Bundy’s reversal would be determined to be the most crucial error contributing to the debacle. At the end of the Cuban study group, General Taylor’s conclusion declared that Bundy’s blunder was the main cause of failure. Bundy himself would offer his resignation, which Kennedy declined.
“Bundy’s blunders—if that is how we wish to characterize them—would continue. He single-handedly managed to create an epochal cable on August 24, 1963, authorizing a coup against the leader of South Vietnam, President Ngo Dinh Diem. At first, the dispatch of the cable appeared to be a mere accident. Bundy pointed the finger at his young assistants Michael Forrestal and Roger Hilsman. Kennedy was furious, of course. ‘This shit must stop!’ he shouted at Forrestal. The young Bundy assistant took the brunt of Kennedy’s fury and offered his resignation. Once again, Kennedy declined. But the question is: how could Bundy, the nation’s top gun on national security, be unaware of such a pivotal message? How could a young national security aide, without the knowledge or approval of his boss, send a historical paradigm-shifting cable to authorize a covert coup d’état in Vietnam? Bundy’s response? It’s a bad idea, he said, to make major policy decisions on weekends.”
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