NEWLY DECLASSIFIED KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL BRIEFS

Washington Times on September 16, 2015, published a commentary by L. Todd Wood on the 2,500 Kennedy Presidential Briefs recently declassified by the White House. Excerpts below:

After perusing the majority the Kennedy Presidential Daily Briefs, almost 2,500 documents, the overwhelming impression I gathered from this exercise is that the Soviet Union really was trying to take over the world. This conclusion may come as an unwelcome surprise to the legion of leftist professors in America’s colleges and universities who have been teaching naive college students that it was America’s imperial ambitions that caused the Cold War. The Kennedy documents clearly debunk this narrative.

The following are excerpts from a short period of time in 1961 taken from President Kennedy’s Daily Intelligence Briefings.

• June 17, 1961: Jet fighters confirmed in Cuba.

• June 26, 1961: Soviets and Chinese compete for support of Japanese Communist Party.

• June 28, 1961: Moscow consolidates victory over [Beijing] in Indian Communist Party.

• July 5, 1961: An impending influx of Soviet aircraft and technicians has been reported. Their assignment would include setting up a central maintenance base for Soviet-built aircraft supplied to Ghana, Guinea and Mali.

• July 6, 1961: Burma has decided to accept Soviet military aircraft.

• Laos: There are no developments indicative of a change of Communist objectives or tactics with respect to Laos. The ability of the Royal Laotian government to maintain its cohesion and determination to resist continues to be eroded.

• July 12, 1961: Soviets pressure move on Berlin.

• July 21, 1961: Indonesian Air Force crews will begin transition training next week in TU-16 medium jet bombers recently acquired from the USSR.

• July 26, 1961: Congo — The presence of a Soviet delegation in Stanleyville and the rising political fortune of Gizenga in the parliamentary debates at Lovanium indicate that opportunities may develop for a resumption of bloc [communist] penetration into the Congo.

This is just a small smattering of thousands of briefings, which are chock-full of concern for the Soviet Union’s aggressive global militarization and ideological agenda.

I would hope that these newly declassified documents would be studied by future generations of Americans as to the importance of standing up to threats against the homeland and political ideologies that are in direct conflict with our own beliefs and way of life. You don’t have to look very far to find examples of these types of threats proliferating in our world today.


L. Todd Wood is a special operations helicopter pilot who flew support for SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. A foreign correspondent for Newsmax TV and a contributor to Fox Business, he is the author of “Currency” (IceBox Publishing, 2011).

Comment: Revisionist historians in the West have since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 attempted to convince that Moscow did not seek world domination. The cause of the war was instead “American imperialism.” The newly declassified documents now show that the Soviets did not give up the intention of world conquest in the 1920s. In he beginning of the 1960s the aggressive strategy for domination continued. When Comintern was abolished in 1943 it was just an attempt at Soviet disinformation. Moscow wanted the West to think that imperial ambitions were something of the past.

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