Vietnam War: The Power Elite Playbook, Bankers and Their Bombers
The Power Elite Playbook, Bankers and Their Bombers Part 5
Much has been written about America’s war in Viet Nam, another small, distant, non-threatening, resource-rich third world country. Despite devised government justifications, war is always about power and resources. Contrived circumstances provoke popular support; history is super sanitized in government-school text books. America’s Middle East quagmire is not about terminating terrorism and the Viet Nam war was not about checking communism. Tactics, successful elsewhere, are currently perpetrated against the hapless citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq. Tomorrow, it will be the citizens of Iran. For additional background on Viet Nam, please read the previous parts of this series. The following events transpired:
• After the Japanese left, the French returned to Viet Nam to resume resource exploitation, including the opium/heroin traffic through Marseilles.
• On November 20, 1946, a French cruiser opened fire on the Port of Haiphong killing almost 6,000 Vietnamese which started the Indochina War.
• After eight years of war, Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh defeated France in May 1954.
• The Vietnamese assumed they had achieved independence from predatory nations – until the Power Elite met at Geneva to divvy up their country.
• The June 1954 Geneva Conventions divided the country at about the 17th parallel as previously approved by Harry Truman at the Potsdam Conference on July 24, 1945 for military purposes. 
• Elections to reunite Viet Nam were to be held by July 1956.
• The U.S. installed American-educated, Catholic Ngo Dinh Diem, who considered himself a “benign dictator” south of the 17th parallel. 
• The CIA used covert psychological and physical terrorism to intimidate and frighten a million panic-stricken Catholics to move south into a predominantly Buddhist area.
• The government insiders in America, Britain and France knew the secretive specifics and motives behind this so-called “spontaneous” mass exodus.
• U.S. media deceptively claimed the “refugees” were fleeing from northern communists in order to kindle humanitarian support for some kind of U.S. intervention in Viet Nam.
• The CIA used planes and naval ships to transport reluctant “refugees” south. Later, those planes would transport drugs, a control device to demoralize thousands. Addicts rarely oppose their own enslavement. They focus on the object of their addiction: sports, sex, alcohol, video games, trash TV, etc.
• Southern residents, also weary and impoverished by war, justifiably resented this mass influx in the same way that Americans resent the “spontaneous” influx of illegal aliens into the U.S. Both situations are the orchestrated machinations of the Power Elite to incite anger and resentment.
• Diem and the CIA appointed thousands of these favored “refugees” to key government positions, some “to keep tabs on dissenters.” Likewise, illegals in the U.S. are favored by a cash-compromised Congress, the banks and big business – all against U.S. citizens and constitutional law.
• Diem and his Saigon-based CIA backers began to view the “refugees” as friends and the long-established southern natives as “problems.”
• The U.S. set up managers and “experts” to “advise” Ngo Dinh Diem towards the hidden agenda of destroying the viable, traditional village society.
• The CIA’s Saigon Military Mission, with its effective propaganda apparatus continued to foment economic, social and religious chaos and dissension.
• This psychological warfare and mass exodus established the ideal environment for a pre-planned, deliberately no-win, lengthy “Cold War” conflict in strategic Viet Nam, a country that was targeted in 1943 or 1944. 
Especially from the inception of the Council on Foreign Relations and its multitude of minions and spin-off organizations, personal freedoms have been under world-wide attack. Instigating tyrannical control in the Far East began in 1925 with the establishment, in twelve countries, of the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR), financed by the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations which were controlled by an alliance of Morgan and Rockefeller interests in Wall Street. Other financing came from Standard Oil, IT&T, International General Electric, National City Bank and Chase National Bank and private individuals with Wall Street connections. 
The IPR’s party line had considerable commonality with the Kremlin’s party line – and with good reason – they sprung from the same source. IPR headquarters and its American tentacle were in Rockefeller’s home state – New York. The offices of an associated magazine, the Amerasia, were searched on June 6, 1945 by FBI agents who found over 1800 top-secret, classified documents that had been stolen from government files.  Frederick Vanderbilt Field, a descendent of Cornelius Vanderbilt, was a cash-contributing member of IPR and the founder and Editorial Board Chairman of the magazine Amerasia which was established in 1937 as a vehicle for criticism of Japanese attacks in China. He was also a guest editor and weekly columnist at the Daily Worker, the official newspaper of America’s Communist Party. 
The State Department and other government agencies were deliberately staffed by influential IPR members, including Alger Hiss, Owen Lattimore, editor of the IPR’s quarterly Pacific Affairs and other fellow travelers. Lattimore left the IPR to assume a post as Chiang Kai-shek’s political advisor. He had been recommended by fellow traveler, Lauchlin Currie, economic advisor to President Roosevelt.  The U.S. government adopted the IPR plan to cut aid to Chiang Kai-shek, ultimately resulting in the suppression of 600,000,000 Chinese between 1945 and 1949. 
The Power Elite’s objective was/is to unleash Communism, just one of many freedom-stealing political philosophies. In conjunction with this goal IPR members were placed into strategic teaching positions. IPR instructional publications were standard reading in many American colleges, about 1,300 public schools and the U.S. military.  Edward Bernays, the grand master of propaganda stated: “We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized.” 
In the 1930s Prescott Bush, the Harrimans, the Rockefellers, and their associates financed the Nazis, actions that were later covered by cohorts in high place. During the same time, the Rockefellers pushed for a war against Japan because the Rockefellers, who have always deeply despised competition, were contending with Japan for the oil and rubber resources in Southeast Asia. This rivalry threatened the Rockefeller dream of capturing the enormous “China market” for their innumerable petroleum products. 
China’s Communist dictators have killed millions of their citizens. Yet, the assassination experts in our CIA have never targeted China’s leaders. The CIA (the enforcement arm of multinational businesses), and their media partners only focus on, vilify and label uncooperative leaders. The Communist label is multi-functional. China came under the formal control (made public) of the International bankers when Henry Kissinger (CFR, Bilderberger) opened China for big business in 1973.
Southeast Asia was targeted by the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) War and Peace Studies Project, funded by Rockefeller, which began in 1939. This project, with five study groups, produced 682 documents to be implemented by obedient minions within the State Department who “marked them classified and circulated them among the appropriate government departments.”  Allen W. Dulles, a principal minion, headed the armaments study group.
The CFR, with continued financial support from Rockefeller and others, direct the government’s foreign policies. The CFR, the CIA, the IPR and hundreds of other like-minded secretive organizations were all created for one purpose: instill world-wide tyranny. Call it Communism, Fascism, Nazism, Socialism or any other “ism,” all multipurpose labels and philosophies created to manipulate markets, money and mankind. Big business and the bankers are the men behind the bombs; they are the puppet masters. They use the specter of the “isms” to incense well-intentioned gun-toting, uniformed citizens to kill foreign strangers. The “isms” are always applied to undeveloped, uncooperative countries. Conversely, cooperative tyrants who have opened their doors to foreign investment are recipients of U.S. friendship.
Beginning in 1954, the CIA’s Saigon Military Mission (SMM), under the direction of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (CFR, Allen’s brother), carried on pervasive, bloody, undercover guerrilla warfare operations in Viet Nam. His words were that these “agent provocateurs” should “raise hell.”  The turmoil was blamed on the local citizens, deceptively labeled as the insurgency.
On March 8, 1955, Secretary Dulles stated in a nation-wide radio and television speech: “As always, when international communism moves in, those who love liberty move out, if they can.”  The U.S. and British governments referred to the inhumane exodus of 1955-56 as a “peaceful and humane transfer” for those people “who wish to go and live” in the south. They dishonestly portrayed themselves as kind and thoughtful humanitarians who were merely providing transportation for people. 
The CIA, the covert agency at the disposal of the president who is at the disposal of the bankers who installed him into office, had also recently deposed the governments of Guatemala, the Philippines, and Iran and would soon target Cuba. Since its inception in 1947, the CIA has interfered in the affairs of over fifty countries. In 1957, the CIA rigged elections in Lebanon which led to a bloody civil war. CIA objectives include installing governments friendly to multinational banks and businesses. The CIA made Guatemala safe, not for democracy, but for the Rockefeller-owned United Fruit Company. CIA director, Allen Dulles (President of the CFR), owned UFC stock.
Likewise, an American friendly leader, dictator or otherwise, was the goal for that area of Viet Nam south of the 17th parallel as opposition against the popular Ho Chi Minh who had always been impressed by America’s Declaration of Independence. An added bonus was Diem’s brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, who oppressed the Buddhist majority with stringent restrictions, even forbidding some public celebrations. The Buddhists, the first to protest, were brutally put down by the South Vietnamese Army. Another group that targeted the Buddhists, Diem’s Special Forces, was trained by the CIA. 
With CIA help, Diem rigged the first elections for the new National Assembly. His supporters won 112 of the 123 seats.  Voters were threatened and even beaten.  The formal unification elections, promised at Geneva and scheduled for 1956, were never held. Eighty percent of the Vietnamese citizens favored Ho Chi Minh, a national hero, who adamantly asserted that natural resources belonged to the Vietnamese, victims of long-term resource exploitation. Diem, the American asset, repeatedly refused North Vietnamese initiatives for national unity elections. Consequently, the north became the duly designated communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and the south became the anti-communist Republic of Vietnam.
Diem’s local political opponents attempted to implement the election terms decided on at Geneva. Dissidents began to congregate into groups and gather into guerilla forces in Viet Nam’s forests. They targeted and eliminated some of Diem’s government officials. Ho Chi Minh opposed these terrorist acts. However, Diem was incarcerating so many of his political opponents that Ho finally agreed to an armed resistance – otherwise, he concluded that there would never be a united Viet Nam. 
Ho Chi Minh supplied the guerrilla units with aid and encouraged the various groups to combine and “form a more powerful and effective resistance organization.” They created the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF) in December 1960. The NLF, referred to as the ‘Vietcong’ by Americans comprised “a dozen different political and religious groups.” The leader was Hua Tho, a non-Marxist, Saigon lawyer. Other members of the movement supported Communism whose deceptive dogma appeals to the downtrodden. Rather, Communism has always been a tool of the wealthy. The NLF had a 10 point plan. Their first objective was to replace the Diem government with one that “represented all social classes and religions.” 
The impoverished South Vietnamese landless peasants generally supported the NLF. Most peasants worked for the rich landlords, the 2.5 percent of the population who owned fifty percent of the agricultural land. The NLF sought to redistribute the land. To inhibit NLF influence over the peasants, the Diem government and the U.S. moved the peasants to fortified villages. The peasants were obligated, without pay, to dig the moats, build huts and erect the stockades which were patrolled by the South Vietnamese Army. This “program” was called Strategic Hamlet. This enforced internment placed the peasants further away from the rice fields and their ancestral burial grounds. These actions increased peasant hostility towards the American-controlled Diem government and only added strength to the growing NLF which in two years time “controlled over one-fifth of the villages in South Vietnam.” The peasants viewed the NLF as friends and the Diem government and the American military as enemies. 
The NLF had a strict code of behavior when they entered and “liberated” a village: “(1) Not to do what is likely to damage the land and crops or spoil the houses and belongings of the people; (2) Not to insist on buying or borrowing what the people are not willing to sell or lend; (3) Never to break our word; (4) Not to do or speak what is likely to make people believe that we hold them in contempt; (5) To help them in their daily work (harvesting, fetching firewood, carrying water, sewing, etc.)” 
Both new governments floundered. Ngo Dinh Diem of South Viet Nam took counsel from the CIA and Ho Chi Minh of North Viet Nam accepted guidance from the KGB, all “according to the planned international scenario.”  Opposition was essential to the planned conflict. As directed, Diem deported the French and the Chinese residents. The Chinese were the middle-men rice buyers for the south’s abundant rice production. They also imported fresh water. When they left, rice rotted on the docks. There was no water, except putrid rice paddy water. The French bureaucracy, though imperfect, had provided order and security. So, there was no food, no water, no security, and no order – all chaotic circumstances calculated to demoralize the citizenry. Self sufficiency had been methodically transformed into desperate dependency. Rice, a staple, had to be imported.  Pumped-up economic statistics and production figures were deceptively reported by the U.S. media while at the same time the south received $250 million in aid per year from the naive U.S. taxpayers.  Chaos reigned – just like it does in Iraq and Afghanistan today!
 Why Viet Nam, Prelude to America’s Albatross by Archimedes L. A. Patti, pgs. 453-454
 The Secret History of the CIA by Joseph J. Trento, page 330
 JFK, the CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy by L. Fletcher Prouty, pgs. 76-78
 Tragedy And Hope, A History of the World in our Time by Carroll Quigley, pg. 947
 The Naked Capitalist by W. Cleon Skousen, pgs. 44-47
 Frederick Vanderbilt Field, Conservapedia, Accessed November 9, 2007
 American Involvement in China by Ah Kiang, Accessed November 8, 2007
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 Goldwater Sees Elitist Sentiments Threatening Liberties By U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Accessed October 3, 2007
 Propaganda by Edward Bernays, Organizing Chaos, pg. 37
 A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson & Roosevelt by John V. Denson, pg. 166
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 The Secret History of the CIA by Joseph J. Trento, page 332-333
 Edward Lansdale, The Viet Nam War, Accessed October 27, 2007
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Edward Lansdale Bio
Edward Lansdale was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 6, 1908. During the Second World War, Lansdale was a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an organization that was given the responsible for espionage and for helping the resistance movement in Europe.
After the war, Lansdale was promoted to the rank of major and transferred to the Philippines. Appointed Chief of the Intelligence Division, his main task was to rebuild the country’s security services.
On his return to the United States in 1948, Lansdale became a lecturer at the Strategic Intelligence School in Colorado. However, in 1950, Elpidio Quirino, the president of the Philippines, requested Lansdale’s help in his fight against the communist insurrection taking place in his country.
In 1953, Lansdale was sent to Vietnam to advise the French in their struggle with the Vietminh. The following year, Lansdale and a team of twelve intelligence agents were sent to Saigon. The plan was to mount a propaganda campaign to persuade the Vietnamese people in the south not to vote for the communists in the forthcoming elections.
In the months that followed, they distributed targeted documents that claimed the Vietminh and Chinese communists had entered South Vietnam and were killing innocent civilians. The Ho Chi Minh government was also accused of slaying thousands of political opponents in North Vietnam.
Colonel Lansdale also recruited mercenaries from the Philippines to carry out acts of sabotage in North Vietnam. This was unsuccessful and most of the mercenaries were arrested and put on trial in Hanoi. Finally, Lansdale set about training the South Vietnamese army (ARVN) in modem fighting methods. For it was coming clear that it was only a matter of time before the communists would resort to open warfare.
In October, 1955, the South Vietnamese people were asked to choose between Bo Dai, the former Emperor of Vietnam, and Ngo Dinh Diem for the leadership of the country. Lansdale suggested that Diem should provide two ballot papers, red for Diem and green for Bao Dai. Lansdale hoped that the Vietnamese belief that red signified good luck while green indicated bad fortune would help influence the result.
When the voters arrived at the polling stations, they found Diem’s supporters in attendance. One voter complained afterwards: “They told us to put the red ballot into envelopes and to throw the green ones into the wastebasket. A few people, faithful to Bao Dai, disobeyed. As soon as they left, the agents went after them, and roughed them up… They beat one of my relatives to pulp.”
After the election, Ngo Dinh Diem informed his American advisers that he had achieved 98.2 per cent of the vote. Lansdale warned him that these figures would not be believed and suggested that he published a figure of around 70 per cent. Diem refused and as the Americans predicted, the election undermined his authority.
Another task of Lansdale and his team was to promote the success of the rule of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Figures were produced that indicated that South Vietnam was undergoing an economic miracle. With the employment of $250 millions of aid per year from the United States and the clever manipulating of statistics, it was reported that economic production had increased dramatically.
Lansdale left Vietnam in 1957 and went to work for the Secretary of Defense in Washington. Posts held included: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Operations (1957-59), Staff Member of the President’s Committee on Military Assistance (1959-61) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations (1961-63).
In March 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower of the United States approved a CIA plan to overthrow Fidel Castro. The plan involved a budget of $13 million to train “a paramilitary force outside Cuba for guerrilla action.” Over 400 CIA officers were employed full-time to carry out what became known as Operation Mongoose. Lansdale continued to work for the Central Intelligence Agency and after the failure of the Bay of Pigs operation he was appointed project leader of Operation Mongoose, whereas William Harvey became head of what became known as Task Force W.
Sidney Gottlieb of the CIA Technical Services Division was asked to come up with proposals that would undermine Castro’s popularity with the Cuban people. Plans included a scheme to spray a television studio in which he was about to appear with an hallucinogenic drug and contaminating his shoes with thallium which they believed would cause the hair in his beard to fall out.
These schemes were rejected and instead Bissell decided to arrange the assassination of Fidel Castro. In September 1960, Richard Bissell and Allen W. Dulles, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), initiated talks with two leading figures of the Mafia, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana. Later, other crime bosses such as Carlos Marcello, Santos Trafficante and Meyer Lansky became involved in this plot against Castro.
Robert Maheu, a veteran of CIA counter-espionage activities, was instructed to offer the Mafia $150,000 to kill Fidel Castro. The advantage of employing the Mafia for this work is that it provided CIA with a credible cover story. The Mafia was known to be angry with Castro for closing down their profitable brothels and casinos in Cuba. If the assassins were killed or captured the media would accept that the Mafia was working on their own.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation had to be brought into this plan as part of the deal involved protection against investigations against the Mafia in the United States. Castro was later to complain that there were twenty ClA-sponsered attempts on his life. Eventually, Johnny Roselli and his friends became convinced that the Cuban revolution could not be reversed by simply removing its leader. However, they continued to play along with this CIA plot in order to prevent them being prosecuted for criminal offences committed in the United States.
In 1963, Lansdale was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for counter-insurgency work and became consultant to the Food for Peace programme.
Lansdale returned to Vietnam in 1965 and became Senior Liaison Officer of the U.S. Mission to South Vietnam. Two years later, he became assistant to Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker. Lansdale retired in 1968 and his book, The Midst of Wars, was published in 1972.
Edward Lansdale died in McLean, Virginia, on February 23, 1987.