This document, titled “Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba” was provided by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on March 13, 1962, as the key component of Operation Northwoods. Written in response to a request from the Chief of the Cuba Project, Col. Edward Lansdale, the Top Secret memorandum describes U.S. plans to covertly engineer various pretexts that would justify a U.S. invasion of Cuba. These proposals - part of a secret anti-Castro program known as Operation Mongoose - included staging the assassinations of Cubans living in the United States, developing a fake “Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,” including “sink[ing] a boatload of Cuban refugees (real or simulated),” faking a Cuban airforce attack on a civilian jetliner, and concocting a “Remember the Maine” incident by blowing up a U.S. ship in Cuban waters and then blaming the incident on Cuban sabotage. Author James Bamford writes that Operation Northwoods “may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government.” http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/ http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf
These men at the Pentagon are now all OUT, all in quick succession and all for reasons other than poor performance of their duties, bad decisions that created more problems or any serious breach of military discipline or the Uniform Code.
All had commands in or adjacent to West Asia.
Next time you hear one of them on a phone-in radio talks show - call in and ask them what they think about Syria.
Or, alternatively, why they participated in a fascist coup to overthrown the democratic government of the United States...
Not the least one of which is "like CrimsonTide an' shit all up in this m'ufucka, gee...F'real!"
Several others relate to Truman/McArthur, militarism, civilian command of the Armed Service and the rise of fascism by degrees, but I will hold those back just for the time being.
Chiefly because I haven't yet fully addressed myself to the question of civilian command of the military in instances where it appears distinctly likely that the General in question may well be absolutely correct in the call he makes, legally as well as morally , and the Commander in a Chief in question completely and totally in the wrong (on one, if not both of those scores).
Haven't quite made up my mind yet how I feel about that one....
If I'm honest, I'm not really sure it ever occurred to me to even consider it, really...