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Explore All Options To Be Fully Acclountable

In this installment of our leadership and success series, we explore the fateful November 26, 1941 decision of Secretary of State Cordell Hull to abruptly scuttle what was intended as a 3-month truce arrangement with Japan, and the consequent failure to avert the war which necessarily followed.

The period from August 1941, to December 7, 1941, saw the United States and Japan continue the ongoing discussions to resolve their differences in the face of the growing Japanese threat in the Far East. These conversations had disclosed three crucial points of difference: nondiscrimination in international trade, withdrawal of Japanese troops from China, and Japan’s obligations under the Tripartite Pact, concluded in September 1940 with Germany and Italy.

The growing tension in the course of diplomatic negotiations between the United States and Japan during the months preceding December 7, 1941, led to the modus vivendi proposal, essentially a 3-month status quo arrangement between the United States and Japan to tide the parties over while they continued to talk. Under discussion in November, 1941, it was intended to prevent a breakdown in conversations and pave the way for an agreement covering the entire Pacific area. Securing urgently needed additional time for the United States to rearm was also a vital consideration. It was drafted as a reply to a Japanese proposal of November 20, 1941, but was abruptly abandoned by Secretary of State Cordell Hull and never submitted to the Japanese. Hull subsequently testified before a congressional committee investigating the Pearl Harbor attack that they would have rejected it. Instead Hull’s memo of November 26 was substituted calling, inter alia, for withdrawal of Japanese troops from China and Indochina. This memo was considered by the Japanese as an ultimatum and promptly rejected. The Pearl Harbor attack followed 11 days later, on December 7.

America’s allies (except China) remained interested in the proposal, as apparently was Japan based on inquiries made by Japanese officials at the time it was abandoned. This momentous decision was taken by Hull alone, without consultation with anyone, except Roosevelt, who, while apparently approving Hull’s decision, may have been distracted at that time by news of a Japanese naval convoy steaming southward in the South China Sea. No advance notification was provided by Hull to Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, or to Navy Chief of Naval Operations Harold Stark, both of whom had vigorously pushed for the modus vivendi as a means of securing vitally needed additional time to rearm.

However, an important potential bargaining chip in the negotiations, keeping the Burma Road open and free from Japanese assault, was overlooked when the proposal was abandoned. The Burma Road, China’s vital artery for supplies from the West, was of prime importance to China’s Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. His many entreaties to the United States and Great Britain for air support went unheeded. Keeping the Burma Road open was not only essential to China’s ability to hold off the Japanese but was a vitally important consideration to the United States and its allies as well. Its potential loss was not only a major concern for Chiang Kai-shek but, as admitted by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in an early November message to President Roosevelt, would “hugely augment” the danger to both countries’ interests.

Hull’s November 26, 1941 memorandum to the President recommended that, “In view of the opposition of the Chinese Government and either the half-hearted support or actual opposition of the British, the Netherlands and the Australian Governments, and in view of the wide publicity of the opposition and of the additional opposition that will naturally follow through utter lack of an understanding of the vast importance and value otherwise of the modus vivendi…I will withhold the modus vivendi proposal.”   Hull, as he put it, simply washed his hands of the whole affair and informed Secretary of War Henry Stimson that he was turning everything over to the Army and Navy.   Exhaustion and frustration may have played a significant factor in that decision, as well as his overlooking use of the Burma Road as a potential negotiating option.

Hull’s decision however must be balanced against the Netherlands support for the proposal which was expressed to Hull in a meeting with the Netherlands Minister on November 24.   The British also supported the proposal as Ambassador Lord Halifax had advised Hull.  In fact, Halifax was at a loss to understand why Hull was abandoning it.  Hull’s explanation that he only had the half-hearted support of the British was criticized by Halifax, who reminded Hull of the full British support.  He pointed out that Churchill’s comments, questioned by Hull as not supportive, did not signify lack of support but only concern for the Chinese objections.

Halifax reminded Welles that several days previously, Chiang had expressed concern about keeping the Burma Road open so as not to interrupt the continuous flow of critically needed supplies for China. Halifax specifically pointed out that he had reminded the Chinese Ambassador, Dr. Hu Shih, that only ten days ago Chiang was imploring the United States and British for aid to help keep the Burma Road open and that it seemed to him, Halifax, that the course proposed by Hull “gave positive assurances to the Chinese Government that the Burma Road would in fact be kept open if the modus vivendi agreement with Japan could be consummated.”

This significant conversation demonstrated that Halifax, a key member of a close United States ally, believed keeping the Burma Road open was implicit in the modus vivendi proposal.  He was partially right since it was explicitly provided for. Keeping the Burma Road safe from Japanese aggression had been in fact raised in the modus vivendi provision against Japanese aggression into Southeast Asia.  There is no evidence this was pointed out to Chiang, which might have eased his concerns about making concessions to Japan.  Counterbalancing what Hull termed the “chicken feed” concessions to Japan against providing for the potential defense of the Burma Road might have swayed Chiang to agree to the proposal.

Hull’s aborted November, 1941 diplomatic efforts in abandoning and not presenting the modus vivendi proposal to Japan is a lesson in the failure of accountability for all those who aspire to leadership. By not fully exploring all available options, Hull failed to possibly avert war with Japan, undoubtedly the primary responsibility of his office at the time.

This unfortunate chapter in the failure of American diplomacy is pursued in greater detail in my forthcoming book, “The Pearl Harbor Congressional Cover Up.”

Arnold G. Regardie

 

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ABUSE OF POWER

This is the premier installment of my new weekly series on leadership and success.  It features a cardinal rule for anyone aspiring to leadership – avoid abuse of power at all costs.

This installment focuses on the actions of past President Harry S. Truman, who, as Vice President, succeeded to the presidency following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945.  Truman issued executive orders in 1945 restricting potential information available to a congressional committee investigating the Pearl Harbor attack. These actions, rarely if ever seen before or since by a sitting president, reflected a total disregard for the separation of powers doctrine embedded in our Constitution.  This committee had been authorized by a joint congressional resolution to undertake an investigation of the December 7, 1941 attack by Japanese air and naval forces on the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Truman’s unconstitutional actions left Americans still searching for the complete truth as to responsibility for the Pearl Harbor attack.

The deep shock of the unexpected attack stunned the country and spawned an intense nationwide controversy.  Swept by anger and outrage, the country demanded an answer to the overriding question: why had a great country like the United States been so totally blindsided by the Japanese?   In response, on September 11, 1945, by concurrent resolution, Congress authorized a Joint Committee to investigate the attack and the events and circumstances relating thereto.  The ten-member Joint Committee, five Senators and five Representatives, released its report to the public on July 20, 1946.  In an apparent effort to preserve nonpartisanship, six Democrats, (the maximum authorized by the concurrent resolution), and four Republicans comprised the committee’s political makeup.

The totality of the Joint Committee Report, reached by an 8-2 vote, cannot be completely appreciated without considering the views of the two dissenters, Senator Homer Ferguson, (R-MI) and Senator Owen Brewster, (R-ME)   Their views, although contained in the original Report, were largely downplayed by the print media when the Report was released.  It essentially absolved President Franklin D. Roosevelt and other high ranking Washington officials and military and naval commanders in the field of responsibility for the attack.  But the two dissenting members, in a fully documented 87-page opinion, thoroughly denounced the Report, including its partisanship.

The dissenters reached 21 conclusions of fact and responsibility respecting the evidence before the Joint Committee.  The extensive factual support for their views, based entirely on evidence adduced by the Joint Committee, minimizes any argument that they were merely the product of a partisan attack.  Their final conclusion, that President Roosevelt and other high ranking Washington officials  and military commanders knew, or in the exercise of due diligence, should have known, that Pearl Harbor would be attacked and failed to perform those responsibilities indispensably essential to its defense, deserves serious consideration.

The two dissenting members targeted several aspects of the final report for strong criticism.   They reserved their undoubtedly most scathing attack on the Report for the restrictions imposed by President Truman’s executive orders on potential investigative information otherwise available to the Joint Committee.

Here is the chronology.  On August 28, 1945, President Truman issued an executive order severely limiting the Joint Committee’s power to gain access to the full facts by denying release to the public, except with specific approval of the President in each case, of information relating to status, technique, procedures, results, or degree of success of any “crytptanalytic (sic)” unit of the Government.    A second order followed on October 23, 1945.  Although the President’s new order modifying the first order was less stringent, the Minority objected that this modification left much to be desired because it was limited to the State, War, and Navy Departments and relaxed the secrecy of records only so far as the Joint Committee was concerned while continuing to impose restrictions for individual members, even when accompanied by Committee counsel.  This order also contained the unfortunate phrase, “any information in their possession material to the investigation” (emphasis in original), which provided a cloak for those reluctant to yield requested information.  No subsequent modifying order wholly removed those restrictions.

A November 7, 1945, Truman order relaxed restraints on executives of the Government in order that they may speak freely to individual members of the Committee, but it also closed with the admonition,  “This does not include any files or written material.”

The dissenters viewed these executive orders as tantamount to thrusting an “iron curtain” over the investigation. Truman’s successive efforts to soften the effect of the restrictions suggest that he had second thoughts about issuing them in the first place.  In any event his efforts were not totally effective as the dissenters pointed out.

The following quotation emphasizes significant aspects of the dissenters’ criticism of Truman’s restrictions:

“It was not until October 23, 1945, that President Truman made the [original] order less stringent by a new order.  The modification left much to be desired…By one way or another, control over papers, records, and other information remained in the hands of the majority [Democratic] party members…The relaxation of restraints was often publicized while the continuing qualifications were but little discussed.  The effect was to restrict individual members of the committee in practice while the appearance of their freedom of operations was held out to the public.”

Truman’s actions stand out as most troublesome, amounting in effect to a presidential cover-up of potentially revealing facts about the attack.  Truman of course had ample motivation to cover up information suggesting President Roosevelt may have had advance knowledge of the attack.  It was Roosevelt who agreed to place Truman on the national ticket as vice-presidential candidate in 1944.  Truman, thus, would not have become president but for Roosevelt.

The Minority had strong reasons to complain about President Truman’s restrictions, which effectively negated investigative completeness. They stand out as a clear abuse of executive power.  The specter of a sitting President restricting a congressional investigation into an issue as vitally important to the American people as the Pearl Harbor attack is unparalleled. The restrictions Truman imposed on the investigation provide an apt leadership lesson, i.e., avoid abuse of power.  His actions raise serious doubts as to whether the whole truth about Pearl Harbor will ever be known.  His presidential reputation remains forever tainted.

This opening installment is based on my forthcoming book, “The Pearl Harbor Congressional Cover Up.   A True Account of How A Democratic Congress Misled the American People on the Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7. 1941. Featuring Historic Lessons on the Failure of Leadership to Foresee the Attack, and to Avert War With Japan.”

Arnold G. Regardie

 

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Elect Hillary? Another Obama? No thanks!

Previous posts to this site have taken the position that Donald Trump is a serious presidential contender, deserving of your support.  Here is more evidence.

As many people now agree, electing Obama was a mistake, a major mistake.  The campaign of Hillary Clinton is clearly dedicated to a continuation of his policies.  Is that what you want, more of the same?  No thank you and let it be repeated for emphasis, no thank you.  Obama’s legacy, which seems to override everything he says and does these days,  can be summed up in one word: worthless.  Obama will go down in history as the most incompetent, the most ineffective president the country has unfortunately ever had.

Here’s the latest evidence, facts, not innuendo, not hyperbole, facts, that Obamacare is proving to be an utter disaster.  In today’s news, the latest blow to the Affordable Care Act is that Aetna Insurance, one of the top-five insurers,  is the latest insurer to withdraw its plans from coverage, citing losses aggregating $400 million since 2014.  This development comes after Humana and UnitedHealthcare have previously withdrawn.  It has also been reported that there have  been double digit premium increases for many of the carriers which will continue to sell through exchanges such as Covered California next year.   Dropping out of Obamacare by the carriers is attributed to too many sick people and not enough young healthy people seeking coverage.

All of which brings to mind  what Nancy Pelosi famously said in so many words back around 2009, i.e., “We have to pass this bill [Obamacare] to find out what’s in  it.”  This comment is undoubtedly the most irresponsible statement ever uttered by a member of Congress.  Well Nancy, now you know.  Read it and weep.

But Obama’s election was urged by the liberal media saying in effect, the country simply has to elect a man of color, a minority member, as the first minority president, to prove it’s a true democracy.  And Obama, an eloquent speaker, was elected, in large part by lying to the American people.  But that’s another story which we’ll save for another day.  Well, now they’re saying it again, i.e., the country has to elect a woman, Hillary, as the first woman president.

Remember that old saw, fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Well, lets not make the same mistake again.  Hillary as president would be calamitous for the country, not to mention the free world.  She is grossly incompetent, lacks judgment, temperament, leadership skills and experience, is also corrupt and a world-class liar.  She has no business running for any public office, much less the presidency.  But the liberal media is backing her largely because she’s a woman, as it backed Obama largely because he was a minority member.

Donald Trump has promised repeal of Obamacare as part of his presidency, one of the many reforms he has promised, all of which deserve serious consideration.   This is yet another of  long list of reasons why Trump deserves to be elected.

Arnold G. Regardie©2016.  All rights reserved.

 

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TRUMP CARES – By Helping Job Creation, Helping To Feed Starving Kids, Making A Difference

Trump knows business, having enjoyed  an ultra-successful career as a business person.  He knows jobs, having created thousands of jobs during his long career.  Trump has learned how to deal with people, all kinds of people during this time.  He understands finance and economics and how to negotiate deals.  He knows business, and who can deny that being president, running the country, is like running a big, very big, business. So his experience in business has prepared him for the presidency like no political job ever could.

Trump has also endorsed a network marketing business in past years, not currently since he entered the presidential race, which in turn  supported a charity that helped feed hungry children.  By endorsing this business he helped people to improve their lives by helping them to own their own business, create more time for themselves and become independent, and in the process helped to provide food for starving kids, all as part of his effort to help people get a new start in life.  It’s what Trump is all about.  This was nothing new for him.  He had been doing it for years.  It’s what he called, rightfully so, making a difference.   I have personal knowledge of all that, being a member of that network marketing business myself.  So TRUMP CARES.  He cares about people, he cares about the country, he cares about you.

No one can take any of that away from him, not for a moment, certainly not Crooked Hillary, who knows nothing about job creation, nothing about finance or economics, nothing about making deals, or about success in anything.  She is corrupt, incompetent,  and a world-class liar.  She should hang a sign around her neck that says, “I am a fraud – don’t vote for me.”  For once in  her life, she’d be telling the truth.  Hillary has also collected money, millions of dollars from foreign powers paid into the Clinton Foundation over the years, for her services, her favors, as Secretary of State.  You know what that makes her?  They have a name for it, not used in polite company.  I don’t have to say it.  But facts are facts, they are things, as John Adams argued in the famous Boston Massacre trial of 1770.  You have to deal with them.  This entire scheme is an arrangement that just reeks of corruption and is well deserving of an FBI investigation in and of itself.

Yet Crooked Hillary still  claims she is qualified to be President.  Amazing!  Of course, she’s getting help, lot of it, from the liberal, very liberal, mainstream media.  They are crooked too, as claimed by Trump, and rightly so.   They have a duty to report news accurately, but they don’t.  They distort everything so far as Trump is concerned even falsify things, and they shouldn’t.   It’s an abuse of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press.  But they are scared to death that Trump will win.  They should be scared, because he will win.

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Trump’s Business Savvy Will Translate Well Into The Presidency

Donald Trump, a first time politician,  is without doubt a champion of private enterprise.  This is what America was built on, not socialism.  Tell that to Bernie Sanders.  “[Private enterprise] has made this country great,” he remarked several years ago, long before he decided to run for president.   Now, he wants to return the country to the greatness it previously enjoyed, greatness reflected across the board, not just in the great wealth of its people but the highest living standard in the world.   You can create a good life for yourself as an entrepreneur as he well knows,  “an unbelievable life” if you do well.

Trump has been successful as a commercial real estate developer including hotels and golf courses around the world.  He is also a best selling author, e.g., “The Art of the deal,” (admitting inter alia to being skillful at overcoming obstacles), and a successful television producer, i.e.,”The Apprentice/Celebrity Apprentice.”    He has a track record of successful accomplishments.  Where are Hillary’s?  Trump believes in hard work, taking care of the people who work for him, continued self-improvement, and to never, never give up.  He is a devotee of making a difference in the lives of others.  These characteristics reflect his spirit and are qualities which will translate well into what is seen as an effective presidency.

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The Wimp In The White House

A comment was recently heard from someone who favors Barack Obama that he is to be lauded because he has “kept us out of war.”

This is nonsense, an entirely fallacious statement.  It reflects total and complete naivety as to what’s going on in the world today.  We are at war, but Obama fails to see it.

The absence of leadership from the White House is at the root cause of much of the terrorism that prevails in the world today.  The terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium yesterday (for which ISIS claims responsibility) are only the latest examples of the global radical jihad (a term shunned by Obama) which is rampant in today’s world,  an ongoing, unremitting, brutal form of warfare  being perpetrated against civilized nations, a war which the current White House occupant still fails to recognize as such.

Obama has no idea how to deal with ISIS.  He has never defined/adopted a policy for dealing with this terrorist group.  A pinprick here and there from air attacks fails far short of what is needed to defeat it.   What is lacking and is clearly needed is strong leadership from Washington to form and lead an international coalition to confront ISIS militarily, politically, economically, culturally,  and financially,  i.e., in every conceivable way,  and stamp it out.  To block all possible sources of financing may be the m0st effective approach.  No group can operate without financing and will dry up if sources of money are cut off.  This is  a basic fact that, like many others, is not recognized in the White House.

The real problem is that the U.S. has elected someone as president who has no qualifications for the job.  Obama never did have any track record of accomplishments.  Being a community organizer doesn’t do it.  But he had a broad smile, a friendly face, and a gift for gab that made him believable.  Though promising hope and change, he delivered disappointment and discouragement.  He lied to the American people.   His legacy can be summed up in one word: incompetency.

This country needs strong, effective leadership, indeed, so does the free world.     As the leading presidential candidate on the Republican side,  Donald Trump, brings to the table a track record of proven accomplishments.  He has been successful as a businessman, a television producer, and as an author.  He is also controversial, but so was General George Patton.    Patton was a leader; he knew how to get things done.   Patton knew how to win, which made him undoubtedly WW II’s most effective general.  He definitely had his faults, as does Trump.  But Patton’s faults were inconsequential in light of his overall accomplishments.

Trump is cut from the same cloth as Patton.  Trump may be blunt, brash, and outspoken but he is also audacious and knows how to get things done.  He will bring to the presidency all of the skills he has mastered as a successful businessman, as set forth in his best selling book, “The Art of the Deal.”  He knows how to cut deals profitably, a skill America badly needs, how to handle people, also a badly needed skill presently lacking in the White House,  how to handle finances, and, importantly, he knows how to create jobs.  He has had experience cutting through a broad array of obstacles.   There should be no doubt that this experience can be put to good use as president not only in creating jobs, a very important issue, strengthening the American economy, also a very important issue, but in dealing with Congress and in handling foreign affairs.  The job of being president needs someone with business savvy because running the country is akin to running a big business.  Trump has those qualifications.   As he put it in his book, he  is good at overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.

On the other side of the equation, Hillary doesn’t have the necessary skills to be president.   In fact, as this blog has repeated urged, she brings nothing to the table.  The country simply cannot afford to elect another incompetent president.

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Hillary Is Unqualified For Any Public Office

There is no way to get around it – Hillary’s campaign is undoubtedly the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public.

She brings nothing to the table, not even a lightweight, but a no-weight, a nonentity in every way.    On top of the fact that she is utterly unqualified for any public office, much less the presidency, in terms of experience, leadership accomplishments, leadership traits, temperament, judgement, character, and competence, she is dishonest and a cheat.  But she keeps lying, telling the people she is eminently qualified for the presidency.   Even trying to shrug off the ongoing FBI investigation, a criminal investigation no less, as a security check, or something like that.   She is a congenital liar, as succinctly put years ago by the late William Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

This is a low point in American politics, that she should even be considered as worthy of the Democrat Party nomination.

Lets look at her misuse of top secret, highly classified government data.  This is perhaps the most glaring example of her total and complete lack of judgement.  To say she didn’t send or receive any classified information because nothing was marked classified at the time is a monstrous lie.  As Secretary of State (a terrible, totally unjustified appointment in and of itself, but that’s another story), she should well know what is classified and what is not.  She received formal training on  the classification process  and the standards for handling classified information.  Having  information such as top secret/SAP emails on her private, unsecured server, put many people, even the entire country at risk.  Well placed security operatives may lose their lives if their true allegiance  is revealed.   Her conduct is not merely despicable.  It deserves to be considered treasonous and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, including any applicable prison term.

But like I always say, fair is fair.  Hillary should be given every chance to explain her reckless, totally unsupportable misuse of top secret classified government information – after she’s released from prison.

Hill is dangerous for the country.  If she had a shred of decency, she would just admit the coming charges by the FBI are true, save the people the expense of any further investigation, and simply withdraw from the race.

Further, as if her reckless, misuse 0f classified information is not enough, her propensity to lie about everything should be the clincher.  How can anything she says or does be considered  truthful?  Even when she doesn’t lie (if ever), who would believe her?  With no credibility, she would be unable to function as a president.

And her failure to tell the truth is a piece of historical fact that will follow her around wherever she goes.  It already has, but many in the media continue to disregard it.   She knew the Benghazi attack was terrorist based, based on an email to her daughter the night of the attack.  But she had the gall to stand there with Obama in front of the 4 coffins containing the bodies of the Americans killed in the attack and blame it on a video which (according to official reports) caused street riots to escalate.  However, Hillary says she answered all the questions at the hearings!  The question to be answered is how many more Americans would die if she was president?

This power-hungry but unqualified, incompetent  woman is not presidential material.  Not even close.  She will say anything, do anything to get what she wants.  We can only hope that the mainstream of America will come to realize that, if they haven’t already.

 

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