Monday, June 06, 2005

The Seditious MSM

The NYT is helping terrorists to kill our troops. Its writers should learn that their actions have consequences.

Frederick Turner at TCS reports:

A recent article by Scott Shane, Stephen Grey and Margot Williams in the New York Times revealed the use of aircraft charter companies by the CIA and other intelligence agencies, together with specific aircraft markings, bases, routes, and other information helpful to identification of such flights.

Mr. Turner has a buddy flying out to Iraq and takes it personally. Mindful of the recent downing of an RAF transport, so do I.

No Pasaran comments:

Were it in 2005, they would have given away the plans for D-day

Actually, the NYT is following a tradition of US MSM infamy.

Len Deighton in Blood Tears and Folly (a very good history of WW2) reports (page 597 of Pimlico edition - all ellipsis are mine):

On 4 December 1941 - in one of the potentially most damaging scoops of the century - the isolationist Chicago Tribune and Washington Times-Herald published details of a secret document...which had been stolen from the US Army's War Plans Division. It was a contingency plan, of the sort that all armies and navies prepare in peacetime, outlining the strategy should the United States go to war with both Germany and Japan.

The newspapers angrily offered it as proof that President Roosevelt was secretly planning to expand the army and navy and send them to fight overseas. The timing seemed calculated: Congress was debating an $8 billion supplementary defense bill. It was no doubt hoped, by those involved, that publication of America's war plans would deter Roosevelt and Congress from giving the armed forces more money. Three days later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Of course the Japanese attack was not triggered by the articles - Yamamoto was en route to Hawaii at the time, however it did trigger Hitler...

The Japanese attack (on 7 December) ensured that the sensationalized revelations had little effect in Washington. But, in one of those curious twists of history, Hitler was provided with translations of of the newspaper accounts, and it was these that persuaded him that that Germany too must go to war against the United States. Hitler referred to the Chicago Tribune in the speech he made at the Reichstag on Wednesday 11 December, the day on which Ribbentrop (German Foreign Minister) summoned the American chargé, Leland Morris, and shouted at him: "Your president wanted this war, now he has it".

Deighton continues:

In fact it was most unlikely that Congress would have agreed to go to war against Germany.

I suspect it would have declared war, at a time of Roosevelt's choosing. However Deighton points out the consequences of encouraging Hitler to attack before the US was ready:

...the short-term effect (of the German declaration of war) was a shock to America. U-boats sought targets along the American coast from the St Lawrence to the Gulf of Mexico. In the following 6 months, over two million tons of shipping were lost.

And many of the men sailing those ships were killed or injured.

A Chicago Tribune and Washington Times Herald still exist, although I don't know if they are the descendants of the 1941 papers.

It would be instructive to determine whether the people who published these seditious articles survived WW2. I do hope not.

And I do hope that Shane, Grey and Williams read this post.