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The Unelected

The Unelected

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HE
UNELECTE
H
O\\T
DoYouM
ov
eLeftFrom
Here?
Gary
Allen
,
agraduateofStanfordUniversityandoneofthenation'stop authoritiesoncivilturmoila
nd
the
New
Left,isauthorof
C
ommun
istRevolutionintheSt
reets-
a
highlypraisedanddejinitiuenewvolumeonrevolutionary
tactics
andstrategies,publishedbyWest- ernIslands.Mr.Allenisactiveinanti- C
ommuni
standother
humanit
ariancausesandisPresidentoftheFounda- tionforEconomicandSocialProgress. Afilmwriterandjournalist,heisa Contribu
ti
ng
Editor
to
AMER
ICAN
OPINION
.
GaryAllenlectureswidely.
SINCE
L Y ~ D O ~
J
O
H
~
S
O
N
announced
hismerciful
intention
toforego
another
Presidentialterm,itisno
doubt
truet
hat
millionsof
"Co
nservative"
America
nsnowprayeachnightfor deliverancefromtheclutchesofthe
Fa
r
Lef
t'sheirapparent,thehirsute PrinceVicious,
and
his
entourage
offlipped-outhippies,schoolboy
Lenins,
and
paramilitaryBlackNationalists.Whilethe
Far
Left
isindeed
preparing
to
build
afire
under
the
potin
which
itexpectstostewAmerica,itismostunwiseforustofocusallofouratten tiononthe
Fa
rLeft's
gat
herersofrevo lutionarykindling
wh
enthe
Near
Left
isalreadyw
orkin
gonus
with
anacetylenetorch. Onehears,ofcourse,greatgnas
hing
ofteethamongone'smilitarist-imperial istfriendsastheyi
magi
neBobby'sap pointrnentofBettina
Ap
thekerasSecretaryofStateorStokelyCarmichaelas
Attorney
Gene
ral.
It
is,however,h
ardl
ynecessarytosearchforEthiopiansinthe woodpileofhyperbolichorsesmadeof
JUNE,1968
stickswhenrev
olut
ionariesarealreadyinsidethewallsof
govern
mentand
pre
paring
to
open
thegatesofcivilizationfortheirtorch-bearing
brethren.
The
Fa
r
Left
formsa
convenient
distractionforthepublic
while
the
Near
Left
implements
thebasictenetsofMarxism
fromwit
hinthehallsofCongressandtheofficesofour
Chid
Executive.Afterall,itisnecessaryforevery sleightofhandartisttogethisa
udien
celook
ing
thewrongwaywhilethepres tidigitationisaccomplished.
The
streetrevolution,maskingasamassmove
ment,
servestherevolutionaryschemeby
makingdemands
on
Washington
forever
more
socialism;
but,
ofcourse,thestreetrevolutioncould
not
existifit
did
nothave
sympat
hizers
and
suppo
rtersin
hig
hplaces.Inthe
Pr
esid
ent'
sCabinet,forin stance.
We
knowwhatBobby,Bettina,
and
Stokely
stand
for.But,forthe
moment,
Iaskyoutolookat
what
wehavehadse
rving
theRevolution
from
theCabinetpostsoftheJohnson
Administrat
ion.
Let
us
the
nreview
thekind
of
Cabinet
wewillco
ntin
uetohavein
coming
Ad
mini
str
ations-BobbyornoBobby unlessAmericanscanelectaChiefEx ecutive
wh
owilldaretostandupfor America.Letus,infact,examinethe Cabinetthatistoofartothe
Right
forSenatorsKennedyand
McCart
hy.
Department
of
Defense
Afte
rsevenyearsofsystematically sabotaging
the
mi
ghti
estdefenseestablishmentinthehistoryofthe
world
tothe
point
wh
ereithasbeenbogged
81
 
d
own
inlittleVietnamforlongerthan ittookustowinWorldWarII RobertStrangeMcNamarahastaken hisknifeandmovedontothe
Wo
rldBank.Hisrecentsuccessor,ClarkClif ford,wassoablyandthoroughlydis cussed
bv
Dr.MedfordEvansinthe AprilA;
IER
ICA
NOP
IN
ION
thatfordataonCliffordIwillreferyoutothat
ClarkClifford isthe
new
SecretaryofD
efense
.
analysisanddevotethisspaceexclusively tothesevenyearsof
"bad
luck"we sufferedundertheEarlofEdsel:"Bad luck"policies,ofcourse,whichClifford iscontinuing.
U.S.
News
&
Wo
rldReport
ofJuly
25,1966,
revealedthatoneofSargent
Shr
iver'sadvisorsashew
ork
edtohelpthelatePresidentK
enn
edyselecthisCabinetwasachapnamedAdam
Yar
molinsky,thenemployedbytheFar Left's
Fund
fortheRepublic.Y
arm
olinsky,sonoftworathernotorious Marxistrevolutionaries,isofcoursea Harvardman.
While
a
student
at
that
venerableinstitution,heheadedthe HarvardMarxistClubandservedas editorofthe
Yardling,
thecampusvoice oftheY
oun
gCommunistLeague.By sheerestcoincidence,M
cN
amarawasan instructoratHarvard
durin
g
that
sameperiodandtheirpathsweredestined tocross.
Lat
er,withM
cNam
araatF
ord
,theFordFoundation
bank
rolledestabli
shmen
tofthe
Fund
fortheRepublic witha
$15
milliongrant,and
Yarrno
linskybecameits
Na
tionalSecretary.
It
isnolonger
qu
estionedthatitwas Yarmolinsky,sittingatSarg
ent
Shriver'selbowashehelpedJ.F.K.selectthe CabinetoftheNew
Fronti
er,whomade thearrangementswhichassured
McNa
mar
a'sappointmentasSecretaryofDe fense.
82
Out
sideofhisgenerousproclivities forsupportingLeftistcauses,Robert McNamarahadlittletorecomm
end
himforsuchaposition.
He
had,infact, beenresponsibleforthecreationofthe computersystemwhichanalyzedmar ketpotentialandestablishedthedesign requirementsforthegreatestfinancial disasterinthehistoryofprivateenter prise-theludicrousEdsel.
Fo
rdblew
$350
millionontheinfamousRolling LemonSucker,prov
ing
t
hat
acomputerisnobetterthantheinf
orm
ationfed
int
oit.Themanresponsibleforsuch afiasco,undernormalcircumstances, wouldhardlyhavebeenalikelycandi dateforSecretaryofDefense. In
order
tomakehisappointment plausible
to
thepublic,
McNamara
waspluckedfromdeepinther
ank
sofmiddlemanagementandmade
Pr
esidentoftheFordMotorCompanythe dayfollow
ing
J.F.K.'selection.Every thingwasset.
Th
irty-f
our
dayslater, RobertStrangeMc
Nam
arawasap pointedSecretaryofDefense;and,as fatew
ould
haveit,AdamYarmolinskv becamehistopassistant.
Th
eappointmentofthe
"F
ord
Pr
esid
ent
"waseven greetedbyamusingpressag
entr
ythatJ.
F.K.
hadnamedahard-headed,cost conscious,
"R
epublican"
bu
sinessmanto
run
ournation'sdefenseestablishment. Sucheuphoria,however,wasshort lived.
Am
erica'simage-makers-including f
orm
er
Trot
skyiteCommunistJames
Burnh
amof
Na
tionalReview
-
haveatt
empted
tom
anuf
acturethe
myth
thatMcNamarawasaconsummatecost
cutt
er,aresponsible
"Co
nservative"clinging
to
thetaxpayers'moneyasif itwerehisown.Few
not
icedthat,even asheclosedvitalmilitarybases
and
cancellednecessaryarmament
program
s,hewasachampion
bur
eaucraticempirebuilderandprofligatespender.In
19
61
therewerefifteen
hun
dredemployeesrep
ort
ingdirectlyto
him.
Bythetime ofhisresi
gn
ation
to
moveontothe
AM
ERI
CAN
OPINION
 
W
orld
Bank,thereweremorethan
seventythousand
employeesdirectly
und
er
McN
amaraand1,272,500civilians
dir
ectlyemployedbytheDep
artm
ent
ofDefense.Mr.
McN
amarahad
turn
edthe
Def
enseDep
artment
intoa
bur
eaucraticmonsteremployingmorecivilians thantheen
ormou
s
u.s.
PostOffice.In
pre-McNam
aradaystherewere150 personsintheupperpaybracketsofthe Dep
artment
ofDefense.
Wh
enhedrove offtotheWorldB
ank
inhis
Ed
sel,thereweremorethan32,000.
On
eofMcNarnara'sfirstmovesupon takingo
ffice
wastoinstitutethein famousRe
uth
erMemora
ndum,
whichrec
omm
endedatotalsilencingofany criticismofhismachinationsbythe military,keeping
"Con
servative"officersoffactiveduty,andb
annin
gmilitaryp
art
icipationinanyeducationalfi
ght
againstCommunism.
Th
eMemoran
dum,
followedbyM
cN
amara,evencalledforinvestigationofoutspokenly anti-Communistgeneralsandadmirals, recommendi
ng:
"Thesegeneralsand admirals.
..
shouldbewarnedagainst politicalactivityinanyway,shapeor form.
Thi
smi
ght
havetheeffectof causingtheresignationofsomeofthese generals
and
admiralswhichwouldcer tainlybeinthenation'sinterest."
Th
eMemor
andum
wasdulyenforced, withtheshabbytre
atment
givento
Gene
ralEdwinA.
Wa
lkerservingasa warningtootherpatrioticmilitaryoffi cersastowhatwouldhappentotheir careersiftheytookavocalstandagainst theCommunistswithwhomweareat war.
With
themilitaryeffectivelymuz zled,Secretary
McN
amaranowbrou
ght
in
Whiz
Kidcollegeprofessors-in theirlatetwentiesandearlythirties
to
runtheDefenseDepartment.Top militarydecisionswerenolongermade bytheseasoned,professionalmilitary, butbycivilianWhizKidsplayingwith co
mpu
ters.Decisionmakingbycom putersoundsextremelyscientificand
J
UNE,
1968
progressive,ofc
our
se,
but
anyprogra
mme
rwilltellyouthatthebyword intheelectronicsindustryis
"G
.I.G.O."
-GarbageIn,GarbageOut.
Thepru dent
and
highlyrespectedformerChair manoftheJ
oint
ChiefsofStaff,General N
athan
F.Twining,warnedthatcon trolofourmilitaryoperationswasin thehandsof"transientnon-professionals
...
whowillbefarremovedfromthe scenewhenthefullimpactoftheir decisions,militaryorotherwise,becomes apparent."YouwillrecallthatoneofSecretary McNamara'sfirstjobswastoconvince thepublicthatthe"missilegap"of J.
F.K
.'sc
amp
aignrhetoricwas,alas,the productof"temporarymisinf
orm
ation
."
Th
isrelievedtheKennedy
Admini
strationandthe
Def
enseDep
artment
ofany
immed
iatepoliticalneedtoincreaseour arsenalofmissiles.
It
alsoallowedMe
Na
rnara
to
fashionaroleforhimselfas SecretaryofS
urr
ender,
and
tobeginscrappingAmerica'sthenawesomemili tary
mig
ht.RobertMcNamaraoftenrevealeda disarmingpersonality,asinaDefense Dep
artment
pressreleaseofMay6,1964, inwhichheendorseda
cur
iousschemeproposedbyf
orm
erDe
put
ySecretaryofDefenseRoswellGilpatrick.
Th
eplanfirstappearedpubliclyin
Foreign
Affa
irs,
officialvoiceofthenotorious CouncilonForeignRelations.
It
calledfortheunilateralscrappingofallU.S. bombers
and
all
u.
s.
defensesagainstSovietbombers-conditionedonthe merehopethatsuchactionwouldshow the
S o
v i ~ t s
our"goodintentions
."
Yousee,theLeftistPugwashConferences andotherinternationaldisarmam
ent
meetingshad"revealed"thattheSoviet Unionconsidered
Ame
ricanoffensiveweaponstobe"provocat
ive."
McNamara-asithappens,alsoamember oftheCouncilonForeignRelations explainedthatitwasallrighttoscrap thebombers
and
bomberdefensesbecause,afterall:
"T
heSoviet
Union
may
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