It is generally agreed we have strayed from the intensions of the 1787 U. S. Constitution. For the issue of foreign relations we have the council of George Washington’s Farwell Address, “Interweaving our destiny with others would entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice.”
Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the U.S should pursue, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”
John Quincy Adams reminded Congress that America “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”
An example of entanglements was when the U.S. Battleship Main sank in Cuba’s Havana Harbor. We concluded it was an act of war creating the Spanish-American War. The loss of ships due to coal-dust explosions was common in that era. Much later it was concluded by Admiral Rickover the Maine suffered a coal-dust explosion.
We literally forced our way into WWII to “save the world from Adolph Hitler”. In the process we became an ally of Communist Russia. In 1939 there were 173 million people under the yoke of Communism. Ten years later in 1949 there were 726 million people under Communism. Much of the communizing happened in Asia.
In the November 1943 Cairo, Egypt Conference, President Roosevelt asked Chiang Kai-shek of China to keep the million – plus Japanese troops in China engaged. In return at war’s end Manchuria and Formosa would be restored to China.
Nationalist China carried out the mission as planned in Cairo. Yet at the Yalta Conference in February 1945, FDR reneged on Chiang Kai-shek and promised Manchuria to Joe Stalin.
Another example of why so many people do not trust the United States is Operation Keelhaul. During WWII millions took advantage of the turmoil to escape from Russia. Those who escaped were sent on to Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the U.S. At Stalin’s insistence they were uprooted and repatriated. The process, contrary to international law (Geneva Convention) was sanctioned at the February 1945 Yalta Conference. The total number repatriated into Russia was at least two million and could be as high as seven million. Since Operation Keelhaul remains a secret, it is difficult to establish a realistic number. It was estimated one-third of those repatriated went to forced labor camps, one-third were executed and one-third were released to inform the population there is no use in escaping because the West will send you back.
The list of betrayals could go on at length. For the African Continent there was Algeria, Katanga, Rhodesia, Angola and South Africa. And let us not forget Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
What about our domestic entanglements? Contrary to President Trump’s goals, these potential entanglements are not dead. NAFTA, with its thousands of pages, the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, (TIP).
One such “agreement” almost caused a major change in the status of the U.S. as a sovereign nation. On March 23, 2005, President Bush, President Vicente Fox of Mexico and P.M. Paul Martin of Canada announced they had created the Security and Prosperity Partnership, (SPP). They were elusive about the SPP contents. In June 2005 Dr. Robert Paster, a professor at American University and editor of the SPP, testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He advised the Canadian and Mexican borders were to be erased and replaced by a secure perimeter around North America. And the plan would be in effect by 2010. Lou Dobbs had a camera crew there to record Dr. Pastor. Lou Dobbs broadcast the event and it went viral. Lou Dobbs, the John Birch Society, Eagle Forum, union members and others caused the SPP to be dead-on-arrival when 2010 arrived. Yes, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
Art Crino is a combat veteran of WWII, graduate of OSU in Electrical Engineering and his career was in engineering and factory managment. Art may be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reprinted with permission from the Roseburg Beacon News, Vol. 11- Issue 24 June 13, 2018