JFK Wished He Could Splinter The CIA 'Into A Thousand Pieces And Scatter It Into The Winds'

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates new book is causing quite a stir
in the D.C. beltway since they regard the CIA and many military-esque
appointees as arbiters of truth, but history tells a much different

Robert Gates' new book is making the rounds on cable TV news and is getting much attention from the crooksandliars.com/2014/01/bob-woodwards-embarrasing-robert- Gates' harshest criticisms were saved for V.P. Joe Biden:

Biden is accused of “poisoning the well” against the
military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national
security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House
coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in
“aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting
questioning of our military leaders.”
You know the Beltway will run with this, because they fawn over
almost all military-type leaders. I'm not attacking Gates' personal
character, but we must always question the military industrial complex
because they have a very checkered record. Max Fisher at the Washington
Post grades Robert Gates on one of his own www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/07/robert
I am not appropriately positioned to evaluate Gates's
positions on "every major foreign policy and national security issue
over the past four decades." But I can tell you how he performed
on the single most important one he ever confronted: ending the Cold
War. He was, quite simply, dead wrong.


President Ronald Reagan eventually came around to the idea that, yes, he
could and should work with Gorbachev. He was persuaded by, among
others, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/door-gorbachev-214056
that Gorbachev was a man the West could do business with.But Reagan had
to overcome the fierce opposition of a top CIA Kremlinologist and
eventual CIA director named Robert M. Gates, who maintained for years
that Gorbachev was no reformer, that he was not to be trusted and that Reagan would be walking into a Soviet ploy. Quite simply, Gates was wrong, overruled by Reagan, and the world was better off for it.
What, the CIA was wrong about the Soviet Union? How shocking. Howie
Klein wrote a great piece about the history of the CIA, how the Dulles
brothers engaged in many secret foreign wars to overthrow rulers they
hated. (Which eventually got us into the Vietnam war.) As you might know
by now, JFK was no fan of the CIA, especially after the Bay of Pigs.

After Kennedy took office, he was unaware that the CIA,
in accord with an OK from President Eisenhower and working with the
Belgians, had overseen the gruesome torture and brutal murder of the
Congo's popular first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba.
With Lumumba already dead a month and his body dissolved in sulphuric
acid, Kennedy called for him to be reintegrated into the new nation's
government. The CIA-- Allen Dulles, who JFK foolishly kept on as
director-- hadn't told him that they had carried out Eisenhower 's
orders to have him murdered as a commie dupe.
According to Stephen Kinzer's book about Allen and John Foster Dulles, astore.amazon.com/dowwittyr-20?node=7&;amp;page=13, "Less than two years later, Allen casually admitted that he might have exaggerated the danger Lumumba posed to the West.

A television interviewer, Eric Severeid, asked him if he had come to
believe that any of his covert operations were unnecessary. He named
just one. 'I think that we overrated the danger in, let's say, the
Congo,' Allen said. 'It looked as though they were going to make a
serious attempt at takeover in the Belgian Congo. Well, it didn't work
out that way at all. Now maybe they intended to do it, but they didn't
find the situation ripe and they beat a pretty hasty retreat.'" There
was worse to come.
Eisenhower had also authorized the assassination of Fidel Castro.
When that didn't work out, he authorized a half-assed invasion of Cuban
that came to fruition right after Kennedy became president, the Bay of
Pigs. As the clownish plot fell apart in the first minutes of the
"invasion," the CIA and some elements of the military tried to get
Kennedy to U.S. commit Air Force, Naval and Army resources. He thought
they were all out of their minds and realized he had made a terrible
mistake by keeping Dulles-- who was completely senile by then-- in
office. Again, from The Brothers:
At White House meetings the next day, Kennedy fended off
more pleas that he send U.S. forces to support the Bay of Pigs invaders.
The strongest came from his chief of naval operations, Admiral Arleigh
Burke, who came into the Oval Office late in the evening with an equally
agited [CIA official Richard] Bissell.
"Let me take two jets and shoot down this enemy aircraft," Burke pleaded.

"No," Kennedy replied. "I don't want to get the United States involved with this."

"Can I not send in an airstrike?"


"Can we send in a few planes?"

"No, because they could be identified as United States."

"Can we paint out their numbers?"


Grasping for options, Burke asked if Kennedy would authorize
artillery attacks on Cuban forces from American destroyers. The answer
was the same: "No."
Later that day Kennedy told an aide, "I probably made a mistake keeping Allen Dulles."

…More than one hundred of the invaders had died. Most of the rest
were rounded up and imprisoned. For Castro it was a supreme, ecstatic
triumph. Kennedy was staggered.
"How can I have been so stupid?" he wondered aloud.

Others were equally stunned. Criticism of the CIA, in both the press
and Congress, rose to unprecedented intensity. Allen was not spared. The
cover story in Time, headlined "The Cuba Disaster," questioned his very concept of intelligence.
…If Allen had not yet confronted the implications of the Bay of Pigs
disaster, Kennedy had. In private he cursed "CIA bastards" for luring
him into it, and wished he could "splinter the CIA into a thousand
pieces and scatter it into the winds."

He should have. America would have been much better off. But all he
did was fire Dulles, too late to prevent the horrors the Dulles brothers
committed in our names in Guatemala, Iran, Indonesia, Vietnam, not to
mention the Congo and Cuba.