Recently LRC published an intriguing article, From Ike With Love: The Age of Deception (1952-2016), by Mark Sunwall. The author believes that in light of the hysterical 24/7 mainstream media/deep state driven obsession that the present president is a captive tool of the evil and nefarious Putin and the Russians, perhaps it is time for a reevaluation of Robert Welch’s controversial book, The Politician, on Dwight Eisenhower, which asserted that Ike was not all what he appeared to the general public.
Especially note the specific excerpt from Welch below dealing with CIA director Allen Welch Dulles. I have long believed that it is this explicit passage that warranted the severe and deliberate sustained attack upon Welch by “CIA conservatives” William F. Buckley Jr. and James Burnham and their publishing vehicle, the National Review. The orthodox Buckleyites have a different spin on this tale and why WFB was a gatekeeper.
By speaking truth to power, Robert Welch dared impugn the character and stature of Dulles and the Central Intelligence Agency for which Buckley and Burnham had served (and continued to faithfully covertly serve):
“Allen Dulles is the most protected and untouchable supporter of Communism, next to Eisenhower himself, in Washington.”
He was therefore declared anathema. Welch and his John Birch Society must be purged and excommunicated from the ranks of “respectable conservatives.” The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) and its fronts and fellow travelers later picked up on this meme demonizing Welch and the JBS.
(Especially note and compare the discussion in this previous LRC blog of mine regarding Irving Brown and the CIA secretly aiding the non-Stalinist left relevant to…