|The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation
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¡°It ain¡¯t so much the things we don¡¯t know that get us into trouble,nineteenth-century humorist Josh Billings remarked. ¡°It¡¯s the things we know that just ain¡¯t so.¡±
In this bold and brilliantly argued book, acclaimed author and talk-radio host Michael Medved zeroes in on ten of the biggest fallacies that millions of Americans believe about our country¡ªin spite of incontrovertible facts to the contrary. In The 10 Big Lies About America, Medved pinpoints the most pernicious pieces of America-bashing disinformation that pollute current debates about the economy, race, religion in politics, the Iraq war, and other contentious issues.
The myths that Medved deftly debunks include:
Myth: The United States is uniquely guilty for the crime of slavery and based its wealth on stolen African labor.
Fact: The colonies that became the United States accounted for, at most, 3 percent of the abominable international slave trade; the persistence of slavery in America slowed economic progress; and the U.S. deserves unique credit for ending slavery.
Myth: The alarming rise of big business hurts the United States and oppresses its people.
Fact: Corporations played an indispensable role in building America, and corporate growth has brought progress that benefits all with cheaper goods and better jobs.
Myth: The Founders intended a secular, not Christian, nation.
Fact: Even after ratifying the Constitution, fully half the state governments endorsed specific Chris-tian denominations. And just a day after approving the First Amendment, forbidding the establishment of religion, Congress called for a national ¡°day of public thanksgiving and prayer¡± to acknowledge ¡°the many signal favors of Almighty God.¡±
Myth: A war on the middle class means less comfort and opportunity for the average American.
Fact: Familiar campaign rhetoric about the victimized middle class ignores the overwhelming statistical evidence that the standard of living keeps rising for every segment of the population, as well as the real-life experience of tens of millions of middle-class Americans.
Each of the ten lies¡ªwidely believed among elites and taught as truth in universities and public schools¡ªis a grotesque, propagandistic distortion of the historical record. For everyone who is tired of hearing America denigrated by people who don¡¯t know what they¡¯re talking about, The 10 Big Lies About America supplies the ammunition necessary to fire back the next time somebody tries to recycle these baseless beliefs. Medved¡¯s witty, well-documented rebuttal is a refreshing reminder that as Americans we should feel blessed, not burdened, by our heritage.
The argument I found most intriguing in this book was the one about the US not being an imperialist nation. As far as I can tell the US may be the only nation to be founded on such notions. Washington even used the phrase "nascent empire" to describe the US.
I guess the problem I have with this kind of book isn't so much whether the facts are accurate (as far as I could tell they mostly are). It's the reasoning that's applied. Some examples:
-Medved argues that the US is not a threat to world peace. For example, he thinks the US should have stayed in Indochina because of all the internal destruction that followed in the region after we left. He also goes on to make the assumption that such massacres and atrocities would have happened even if the US never went to war in the region. There is little reason to believe this. The US dropped 7 million tons of bombs on Indochina (this usually has internal affects). After turning Vietnam into a wasteland we moved on to our heaviest bombings of Laos in the late 60's. Tens of thousands of people have died in Laos since that time just from US cluster bombs that didn't initially explode. What about Cambodia? Thanks to the US it's probably the most heavily bombed country in world history. The Khmer Rouge had almost no mobilization or movement until we started bombing the country in the early 70's. By the time we were done bombing they were a massive movement. Why might that have happened? What about the support the US gave the Khmer Rouge well after the killing fields had been acknowledged? These points are noticeably absent from Medved's thesis.
-Medved actually makes the argument that the US shouldn't be considered imperialist because we haven't taken over Canada. What's even better is he follows this by offering 3 examples of when the US did invade and attempt to take over Canada. So, I guess we're not imperialist, since we didn't succeed? If someone would like to help me understand this line of reasoning, feel free to respond to this review.
One of the problems with this book is that it doesn't actually stand up to the most basic logic. Okay, so the argument is that the US isn't imperialist. Now we have to ask ourselves whether this is true. I'm wondering, how did we go from east coast to west coast (with the frontier closing in 1890)? What about the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 (which Medved leaves out). Medved paints a rosy picture of the Spanish-American war (and admits the US was imperialist here). What about the overthrow of the Nicaraguan government in 1909, or the repeated occupations of the DR and Haiti? One can easily go on with these examples.
Books like this are lame because they try to get you to root for the US like it's your favorite football team. I'd like to think we can be a little more thoughtful than this as citizens. Medved's arguments are so over the top that they become worthless. For example, Medved's claim that the US isn't a threat to world peace has some merit in the broadest sense. Take, say, Japan, or S. Korea, or Spain, and on and on. We have peaceful relationships with these countries (and many others). But what about the other side of this? What about our policy in Iraq over the last 3 decades? What about our policy with regard to Israel-Palestine, and US/Israeli rejectionism? What about Turkey's slaughtering of Kurds in the 90's (militarily backed by the US)? What about Afghanistan? What about all those arms we sent to Indonesia for decades so that Suharto could slaughter hundreds of thousands defenseless East Timorese? What about the illegal Contra war? What about all that aid we gave to Guatemala in the 80's when they were murding tens of thousands of landless peasants? What about our policies toward Columbia? What about organizing death squads in El Salvador? What about our history with Cuba? What about overthrowing democratically elected governments around the world? What about the arms trade? Again, one could go on and on. There's plenty of material to suggest that the US is one of the greatest obsticles to peace. But I don't think this, or Medved's argument are really worth anything when they're broadened to apply to the world as a whole. It depends on which part of the world you choose to look.
- for ignorant people one i rate thid book one start
However, slavery was as much a legal trade activity in the seventeenth through nineteenth century as trading oil today. We need to keep that in perspective.
This is the stupidest thing I have read today first because is legal doesn't make it right....more info
- Great book of knowledge for the patriot
I love this book, its indespensible for the Patriot that desires to defend this country against left wing liberals who hate this country and think its patrotic to bash it. I like the book so much I'm going to buy another one for a friend....more info
- Great Information
I've been waiting for a book like this. It's loaded with factual information to counter the revisionist history imposed upon the younger generation. I'm buying several copies as Christmas gifts for my grandchildren, friends and relatives who have interests that extend beyond American Idol. It also arms me with facts to use in the everyday conversations and discussions that I have....more info
- Hard to Believe This Got Published
I have to admit I picked tis book by accident, thinking it was a different book about the myths of American culture...so many lies, so little time. Anyway, I started reading and seriously began to wonder if the copy I had was a prank. Maybe somebody had slipped in a freshman college term paper based on snippets from Rush Limbaugh or Hugh Hewitt radio shows. I actually read quite a bit more than I intended because I was so morbidly fascinated with the topsy turvey world inside Michael Medved's head.
Some examples of his thinking are: The indians of America actaully didn't have such a rough time; slavery wasn't as bad as it's portrayed in history. Did you know that many Blacks were actually free Blacks and fought in the Civil War? Some of them were actually slave holders themselves. Wow, if we'd only known that earlier maybe so many Blacks wouldn't have been lynched. The corporate industrial complex is not as bad as Liberals would have you believe. The real reason most people dislike large corporations is beacause they hate wealth and wealthy people. I found this the most interesting flight from reality of all. Just today I read a newspaper story describing how the workforce in a major automobile accessory company took over their plant and refused to leave because the company just gave them three day's notice that the plant was closing and, oh, by the way, nobody is going to be paid their wages and will not receive any severance pay. Hmmm...I wonder if this might be a reason so many employees despise the large corporations of America.
The only myth exposed in this book is the myth of Michael Medved's sanity....more info
- Very insightful
Medved's book is filled with insightful analyses of USA's history, free from convoluted distortions from political-correctness and liberal bias....more info
- On What Planet Are These Well Known Myths?
When I think of American "myths" I think of the myth of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, or Paul Revere, etc. These "myths" that Mr. Medved references are political myths only in the minds of the hyper-partisan and those who believe Christianity is the only religion that matters. Maybe he and John Stossel need to team up for a book. ...more info
- History can be entertaining....
As a frequent listener to Michael's radio show, I looked forward to the release of his book. Whether you agree with his point of view or not , it is impossible to deny that the man is a brilliant, entertaining and engaging individual. And when he directs that substantial intelligence to the subject matter described in the title, the result is a very engrossing read. I enjoyed so many "Ah Ha!" moments as I read the book.
THIS IS NOT A FLUFF PIECE. The arguments are remarkably well researched, supported and footnoted. You can check his work. I for one, appreciate that trail of bread crumbs, if you will, to the supporting documentation and work of other historians. In the end, Michael is very persuasive. It will create debate (and often settle it as well) among your friends when you gather and any of these subjects come up. I came away educated and entertained. I highly recommend the book....more info
- TEN TRUTHS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT AMERICA
With much of the press and the entertainment media giving a negative impression of the USA, this book counteracts them. Like rich food, I had to read in small doses because it is so rich in information and ideas AND because the book made me proud to be an American....more info
- This was on a Christmas wish list
This book was on a Christmas wish list for my brother in-law. I doubt he will complain about the book....more info
- Great Book
A great book by a great guy. This book should be mandatory reading beginning in the first grade. THANKS MICHAEL! YOU'RE DEFINITELY THE MENSCH....more info
- Some Additional Thoughts
The book is informative. However, Mr. Medved needs to do additional research in two critical areas, namely with regard to Native Americans (Indians) and Lincoln.
Regarding Indians: Where did Indian guns come from? Too often we tend to blend together all European cultures in the new world. The colonist should be separated from those with strong ties to foreign countries. Colonists were permanent settlers and wanted to have peace with the Indian tribes.
On the other hand, those individuals with foreign ties (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, et al) brought their political problems with them and attempted to use the Indians to assist in resolving such problems. These Europeans were the ones supplying the weapons to the Indians (see History of the Foreign Policy of the United States by Randolph Adams). Guns came from the mother countries in an effort to influence trade and supplies from North America.
Also, Mr. Medved, in talking of the movement of Europeans into North America, failed to include Leaf Erickson (the actual "Discoverer of America"). If the horrible germs were brought from Europe, what was the impact when Erickson established a settlement?
On a separate note, Thomas Sowell's trilogy brings into perspective how uninhabited America was at this time. One profound example is that the corn found on the east coast of North America got to the west coast via Europe and Asia. When viewing the world landscape we need to remember that the American continents run basically north/south while Europe and Asia are on an east/west plane. This is especially important given that significant climate changes run in a north/south pattern; therefore, it was easier to move vegetation, and other forms of life, across the Atlantic, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific then across North America.
Regarding Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln was one of the worst Presidents. Anyone who is in doubt should read the writings of Professor Thomas J. DiLorenzo on this matter. Professor DiLorenzo puts Lincoln into a proper historical perspective. This is the president whose election brought about the worst war in American history. Also, Lincoln did not free any slaves and in fact his writing and speeches indicated a white supremacist attitude (see Lincoln Douglas Debates).
- An apologist for the business of empire.
As with his radio show, Medved's book is packed with deception.
He asserts that what the West did to the Native Americans wasn't genocide since so many of the Indians died of disease. Well, yes, if you uproot people, burn their crops, wipe out the buffalo, send them on forced marches, chase them with the calvary, rape their women, etc., many people will be weakened and die of diseases. Like many of the Jews in the concentration camps, many died of tuberculosis and pneumonia. I doubt that Medved would therefore suggest that what was done to the Jews was not genocidal.
For some serious scholars on the issue, I'd recommend American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World and Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide.
Ward Churchill goes through the many efforts of holocaust deniers in his book A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present.
Medved also doesn't like the suggestion that we're a multicultural nation. He, like so many on the Salem radio network, advocate a homogenized monoculture of an allegedly superior nation. Thankfully, an array of cultures is overtaking the narrow habits of perception that limp along on right-wing radio. It must really irritate Medved to know how Muslims have influenced U.S. society Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots.
Medved denies that the U.S. is an imperialist nation. Once again, the real world interferes with his propaganda The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project).
Medved also has spent a lot of time re-writing the history of the U.S. invasion of Indochina At War With Asia: Essays on Indochina.
In another chapter, he relays the line of corporate think tanks like the Heritage Foundation that big business really doesn't have that much power and that corporate power is actually a good thing. This documentary reveals the many problems with transnational private tyrannies The Corporation. Additionally, those businesses wouldn't have their money without massive government research and development, government contracts, and all sorts of subsidies.
For those interested in not being deceived by PR agents of the corporate warfare state, see:
Why We Fight
What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World
The Brighter Side Of Human Nature: Altruism And Empathy In Everyday Life...more info
- The 11th Lie
When Medved (whom I enjoy listening to) rewrites this book I hope he adds the 11th lie...the big lie that we need ANOTHER animal id and tracking program to protect our food supply. The programs we currently have to track animal disease work just fine but the USDA is pushing (under pressure from corporate ag) an expensive, unworkable program called NAIS. I am surprised that it is not being discussed on shows such as Medved's as it will will negate property and privacy rights, cause more govt surveillance on one segment of society, more than on illegals, drug dealers or sex offenders and do more damage to the safety of our food than any other program. Here is how it works. NAIS (national animal identification system) requires owners of even one horse/livestock to register their premises, microchip and file birth, death and movement reports so the government knows where those animals are at all times. Reasons: bird flu, mad cow, bioterrorist attack, keeping food supply healthy, you name it, the reason has changed often. Should disease be suspected, the USDA can come depopulate a 6 mile radius (140 sq miles of dead animals) But NAIS tracking ends at slaughter, which is when many food health issues occur. (think peanuts; contaminated at the factory) REAL reason: to improve the marketability of multi-billion-dollar corporate agriculture products on global scale using your tax dollars and the reports of private animal owners to give a false sense of food safety. .
While the owner of even one animal must tag, track all births, deaths and off property movement within a 24 hour deadline, big ag gets only one lot number per groups of animals, nor do they report all movements. Signing up for NAIS also clouds title to property. NAIS is currently voluntary but plans are to make it mandatory in all states. Recent polls show over 90% DO NOT WANT NAIS yet the USDA continues to implement it for the good of corporate ag while putting hardship on the buy local programs and small farmers, llama, horse and potbelly pig owners, exotic fowl like parakeets are included, animals that do not even enter the food supply! The best way to explain NAIS to non-animal people is this way...I have an illness but I force YOU to take and pay for the meds, then I travel the world, declaring I am disease free...Makes no sense, benefits neither one of us and puts a hardship on YOU...same reasoning, how does me telling the govt when and where I ride my horse ensure the Japanese are eating safe beef raised in the US? ...more info
- Michael Medved
There's no question that Michael Medved knows his world history and keeps up. I enjoy listening to his afternoon syndicated radio program.
However, that he has shamelessly pushed it in almost every sentence he has spoken since the book first came out, has chilled me on him and his book....more info
- An excellent antidote for Obama fever
In this book, Michael Medved displels many of the lies told by the media and tought to college students regarding the "greatest country on God's green earth". He makes his case very clearly-easy to remember and quote in my next political discussion....more info
Yet another book feeding the middle-aged affluent American white male what he wants to believe. Let's rewrite history....more info
- Effective, mostly accurate, a bit over-the-top.
Recently, I was sitting in a pub in Oxford with a friend from India. He seems to find me, an American who did not share in the general "euphoria" in the UK over Obama's election, a rather exotic creature. But he made an interesting suggestion: why not look at the election of Obama, even if you don't welcome it, as a chance to reinvent what it means to be an American Christian, in a way that will connect more deeply with the world at large?
His challenge was still in the back of my mind when I read this book.
The years of American hegemony are now ending, and China and India will soon take positions on the world stage in some proportion to their vast populations. Witnessing how broadly many of the "lies" Medved describes are believed outside the US, I'd love to give Chinese and Indian friends a book like this and say: "See what America has been, at its best, for the world. As your power grows, try to emulate what you can of our successes, or do us one better."
Most of Medved's arguments are solid. He cites leading experts as well as opponents to make his case, and I think generally gets his facts right. (Notice that critics so far generally depend on vague complaints, unable it seems to point to specific errors.) Among other things, he argues that: America has seldom been as nasty to the Indians as is often claimed. The Founding Fathers were less secularist than supposed. (I wish he'd given both sides here, though -- as Steven Waldmon does in Founding Faith.) Big Business does help the country. America has seldom been truly imperialist, and has done the world a lot of good. And morality rises and falls; "a dizzying roller coaster of steep ups and downs, zigzags, climbs and reverses, and even loop-the-loops."
Medved carefully limits his claims, then backs them up with copious relevant facts. Many of his facts and anecdotes are quite interesting -- McKinley's prayer for the Phillipines, the story of how "America the Beautiful" was written, the size of houses in the 1950s compared to our "supersized" homes of today.
In the end, though, Medved is a bit too triumphalist to wish his book into the hands of Indian or Chinese friends. Sometimes he simply protests too much. Granted there was no official American policy of genocide. Granted that most Indians deaths came from disease, that others married out rather than being murdered, even that Indian cultures were "savage" in some sense. Still, the fact is, we wound up with the land (just as China ended up with Tibet, and India with Nagaland), and they wound up with treaties for half of almost extinct salmon runs. Is self-justification really the right tone to take? Having heard the same tone, and some of the same arguments, from Chinese about Tibet, I feel a bit uncomfortable with them. I would also have liked to have seen a more positive statement from Medved on the role native peoples were to play in America, culturally as well as in terms of territory.
To some extent, Medved's "American exceptionalism" cuts us off from others -- from our European roots, from human tradition as a whole. (Sociologist Rodney Stark gives a much more nuanced reading of what went into American success -- most of which is not unique to America.)
I believe America has done a great deal of good in the world. But pride comes before a fall, for countries as well as individuals. One thing that typifies nations at their greatest periods of growth -- Japan in the late 19th Century, China during the Tang and today, America at the revolution -- is a combination of confidence, and openness to outside ideas.
The challenge for conservatives, and for Christians, is to find a way of affirming our ideals, to seek reform on the model of Burke, Jefferson, Reagan, or St Paul, yet to do so in a way that helps us develop a fuller appreciate of the God-given beauties and truths in other traditions as well. Medved does seem to appreciate good in other cultures to some extent, but is unable to articulate his patriotism, and how it relates to the riches humanity shares in common, in what I found to be a fully satisfying manner. This is a generally excellent book, full of useful information, and an important answer to unfair attacks on the American heritage; but infused with a less than fully satisfying philosophy of patriotism. Maybe Medved should read G. K. Chesterton.
author, The Truth Behind the New Atheism ...more info
- Extremely Informative!
Medved lays out important facts regarding some of the leftist "myths" flying around in our school system. The author highlights that America is frequently the solution, not the problem. His discussion of the Big Lie that America got wealthy off the backs of slavery is especially helpful to everyone who is bombarded with this horrific lie. The moral values (not moral relativism) informed the general public's view on slavery and led to the elimination of slavery in America. Americans spilled blood to end it. Enjoy the book!...more info
- Setting American history in proper perspective
Having long been suspicious of the constant stream of negative commentary about our country and its history, I was eager to see this book and what it had to say.
With a conversational style and constant references to source materials, Mr. Medved tears down many of the silly revisionist history for which we are all supposed to be ashamed to be Americans.
I appreciate how he is not dismissive of the wrong-doings in our history, but instead sets the facts in their proper perspective, sometimes even giving credit where it is due.
As an example, he addresses the history of slavery in America by first acknowledging the obvious wrongs there, then by explaining the broader historical context of slavery in the world. Finally setting our history in proper perspective, the true and horrible evil of slavery came late to our country, did not benefit us excessively, and we can take some pride as a nation in bringing a relatively swift end to this awful institution. While not lessening the wrongness of slavery, it is relevant to note that our country played a small role in the institution (meaning, received a small percentage of slaves brought to the Americas) but a substantial role in the ending of it (long before Brazil, Africa, or many Arab nations).
Far from being a bunch of rhetoric, this is a presentation of facts and the story that they so clearly tell.
Overall, pretty readable and well grounded in original sources....more info
- Medved Demolishes Leftist Lies
The lies that Michael Medved exposes in his 10 BIG LIES ABOUT AMERICA are the kind that the left has successfully managed to incorporate into our history books so that false myth has replaced true history. First: who are the ones propagating these lies? Second: What are these lies? Third: what can be done to expose them to the disinfectant of the sun?
First: The ones responsbile for the widespread acceptance of these lies belong to those who accept the philosophy of the far left of the Democratic party. One need look no further than noted history professor Howard Zinn, whose books on American history insist that from the very day that Columbus waded ashore in the New World in 1492, America was irrevocably set in the mold as racist, homophobic, genocidal, imperialstic, and paternalistic. Zinn has plenty of help ranging from George Soros, the Bush-hating billionaire to the Hollywood elite to much of this country's judiciary and finally to a media that has long since abandoned even the pretense of impartiality.
Second: What are these lies? Medved lists ten, but he could certainly have come up with many more. America has sought the genocide of Native Americans from colonial days. America built its power on the backs of slaves. And so on. These lies serve the admirable purpose of setting up a clearly defined set as victims, which is the first step in changing the structure of the United States to a socialist state. The recent election of Barack Obama as president is a testimony to the success that the left has had in presenting myth as history.
Third: What can be done to counteract all this? A solid beginning is to read a book like Medved's and follow up with critical exposes of Zinn, Chomsky, and Foner. Another step would be to watch non-major media news. And for those who see nothing wrong with NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, or MSNBC, one might legitimately ask where is the balance on those shows? Fox news seeks out liberal reporters to debate Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly et al.
What emerges from Medved is the much needed corrective that unexposed lies are as corrosive acid to the vitality of this country....more info
- As a pro-America Iranian, I'd like to recommend this book and thank America for her good deeds
I am an Iranian living in Canada and as a pro-America individual, I'd like to express my gratitude to the American people who have done so much good for the world. In this book, Mr. Medved (host of his own radio show) dismantles the liberal lies one by one and makes a great example for those who would like to know the truth about the United States. This book is very well written, easy to read and I look forward to recommend it to those misguided friends of mine who do not appreciate the existence of the US as much as I do. This book is greatly recommended for its content and the way it is written. I loved it!...more info
- American Truths Medved Doesn't Want You to Know
American False Flag Operations
The leaders of smaller and less industrialised nations are not madmen (whatever the media claims). They also are generally better informed than their citizens. In a war an attacker does not need equal forces compared to the enemy. The attacker needs a 5-fold local superiority, or better. No one begins wars without very definite objectives and a quick victory in sight. If a war with more even military balance erupts, someone has been mislead and walked into a trap (usually arranged by third party).
After the American war of Independence (1776-1779), and an English challenge to that independence (1812-1814) no single nation has planned an offensive war against the USA. It is probable that a strong coalition of Anglo-French-led European nations planned to split the USA into two states through diplomatic recognition of the Confederate states possibly followed up by naval blockade embargoing the Union. At that time the British Empire was the strongest naval power, and the French the second strongest. The events led, however, into the Civil War (1860-1865) and due to the Russian intervention 1863 (1863) on the Union's side, those European plans were quietly abandoned.
Mexican wars 1819, 1846-48: Long series of operations, commencing with the annexion of Florida (1819) and followed by a declaration of independence of Texas from Mexico (1836). Provocative troop movements near the U.S. southern border caused an incident which led to war. (It is said the US built a fortification 150 km inside the Mexican border.) The annexation of Texas by the USA and the conquest of California, New Mexico, and nearby territories followed. Mexico had a weak government at that time, because after Napoleon conquered Spain (1809) their former colonies soon revolted. Mexico had been a colony of the Spanish kingdom but now they revolted and formed a republic. There were a series of revolts, not just one.
Spanish-American war, 1898: The surprise explosion of the battleship Maine at Havana, Cuba. 255 of the crew died. The Hearst press accused the Spanish, claiming that the explosion was caused by a remote-controlled mine. The USA declared war on Spain, and conquered Philippines, Guam and Cuba. Subsequent investigations revealed that the explosion originated inside the Maine and that it was either an accident, such as a coal explosion, or some type of time bomb inside the battleship. Divers investigating the shipwreck found that the armour plates of the ship were blown bending outwards, not inwards.
World War I, 1914-1918: A U-boat torpedo hit ocean liner Lusitania near Britain and some 1200 people, including 128 Americans, on board lost their lives. Subsequent investigations revealed that the major explosions were inside the Lusitania, as it was secretly transporting 6 million pounds of artillery shells and rifle ammunition, as well as other explosives on behalf of Morgan banking corporation to help their clients, the Britain and the France. It was against US laws to transport war materials and passengers in the same ship.
World War 2, 1939-1945: A U-boat torpedo hit the ocean liner Athenia near Britain with some 1100 passengers, of which 311 were Americans. The sea was calm and only 118 people on board lost their lives. The ship was sunk because it behaved like a military transport, blackened out and zigzagging. This incident wasn't enough to precipitate war, and the Germans also refused to be provoked by several American acts of war. Americans confiscated German merchant ships, and Americans started to support the British with various lend-lease items, US volunteer pilots joined the RAF and some RAF pilots were trained in the US, US gave the British 50 old but usable WW1 destroyers and 20 modern torpedo boats, tanks, light bombers, fighter aircraft like P-40s and so on. American destroyers also escorted the convoys bound to Britain, and attacked German U-boats even far away from those convoys. The US did not maintain a neutral stance attitude towards the warring nations.
The US naval intelligence, chief of Japan desk planned and suggested "8 insults", which should bring Japan into war with the US. President Roosevelt executed this plan immediately and also added some other insults, enraging the Japan. The most serious one was a total blockade of Japanese oil imports, as agreed between the Americans, British and the Dutch. FDR also declared an all-out embargo against the Japan and forbade them the use of Panama canal, impeding Japan's access to Venezuelan oil.
The Flying Tigers volunteer air group successfully fighting the Japanese in China with some 90 fairly modern P-40Bs was another effective provocation that is not generally acknowledged by historical accounts of World War 2, most of which fail to mention any air combat action prior to 7th December 1941. But at that time the Japanese had already had lost about 100 military aircraft, mostly bombers, to the Tigers. After Pearl Harbor these squadrons were some of the the hardest-hitting ones in the US service.
The attack on Pearl Harbour followed some 6 months later. Having broken the Japanese encryption codes, the Americans knew what was going to happen, when and where, but the president did not dispatch this information to Pearl Harbor. Americans even gave their friends the British 3 Magic decrypting machines which automatically opened encrypted Japanese military traffic. But this same information was not available to the commanders of Hawaii. The movement of the fleet was also visible in the very effective radio direction finding network. Japan had an alliance with Germany, and the Germans upheld their promises by declaring the war against the USA right after the Japanese declaration.
Two scapegoats, the navy commander Admiral Husband Kimmel, and the army commander Lt. General Walter Short were found incompetent and demoted as they were allowed to retire. Short died 1949 and Kimmel 1958. In 1995, the US Congress re-examined this decision and endorsed it. Then in 2000 some archive information came to light and the US Senate passed a resolution stating that both hadserved in Hawaii "competently and professionally". In 1941 they were denied vital information, and even on presidential orders purposefully mislead into believing that the Japanese feet could be expected from the southwest. These commanders have yet to be rehabilited by the Pentagon.
Korean War, 1950-1953: South Korean incursions (the Tiger regiment etc.) into North Korea (1949) led to contrary claims and into war. The cause of this war propably was covert action involving leaders of Taiwan, South Korea and the US military-industrial complex (John Foster Dulles has been mentioned as an organizer of the hostilities.) After the unpublished hostilities in 1949, the communist powers were strongly backing North Korea.
Chiang Kai Sek was being abandoned, isolated and falling prey to the powerful communist Chinese operations. The right-wing South Korean ruler was expected to loose the soon-to-be-elections. The American military-industrial complex went into high gear again, and huge government orders for equipment were flowing in.
The American-led UN forces had difficult times early in the war, but after sufficient forces arrived they advanced victoriously and penetrated deep into the North Korea. The strong Chino-Russian intervention into the war once again turned the tides, the Chinese with vast armies on ground, and the Soviets less visibly with large numbers of aircraft, nearly costing the UN forces the war.
Finally the front stabilised along the original 38th parallel armistice line. The war resulted in the death of 3 million Korean Chinese and the destruction of virtually all of the Korean cities, and left Taiwan in strong American protection and South Korea firmly in the hands of the right-wing president Syngman Rhee. Some 55,000 Americans lost their lives.
Vietnam War: "The Tonkin incident", where American destroyer Maddox was supposedly attacked twice by three North Vietnamese torpedo boats in 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin never happened. What was happening at the time were aggressive South Vietnamese raids against the North in the same general area. Huge American presence wasn't decisive and President Nixon negotiated a "peace with honour" 1973. This war was lost, when the North Vietnam finally conquered South Vietnam 1975.
Grenada invasion: The Grenadian leader favouring the left and having invited Cubans to help building the infrastructure, extending the airport to accomodate long range Soviet aircraft, was replaced at a moment when he was negotiating in the UN, New York for a more open UN UFO policy based on Grenada initiatives. The proffered reason for the immediate invasion was that American medical students studying in the Grenada were in danger due the Cuban presence. The new leader supported by the US favoured more traditional values and the right.
War on Drugs: The war was launched by Richard M Nixon sometime around June 17,1971. The drug problem was found bad within the army in Viet Nam around 1968 prompting action was required towards the end of the war. Nowadays it is estimated that the military will never win the War on Drugs. The street prices of illicit drugs did not change significantly in the USA despite the military action in foreign drug-producing countries. The Colombian experience, with local military supported by the US, has shown that peace is more important than war against drugs. The Colombians have successfully negotiated some 1000s of guerrilla fighters back into the society and out of jungle.
This "war" actually seems to be a pretext for military invasions into less developed countries, where covert "bad" drug lords on behalf of western intelligence services are producing drugs into US and first world markets. This operation produces huge incomes, generating black budget money for those intelligence services managing the global drug operations.
Panama invasion: The incident between American and Panamanian troops led to invasion. The leader Noriega was changed and the earlier Carter administration plan to hand the control of the canal over to Panama was cancelled. The strategic importance of the canal has surpassed any more just thinking in the US global domination policy.
US-Israeli sponsored war between Iraq and Iran, 1980-1988: The US has built power bases in the Middle East in Iran starting with the CIA-organised coup 1953, where Iranian prime minister Mossadeq was replaced with the Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi and he by his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Iran was equipped with the best western military equipment, including the American F-14 fighters with Phoenix missiles and the British Chieftain MBTs. Unfortunately there was in 1979 a coup of ayatollah Khomeini replacing the Shah and founding an Islamite nation.
After this, the US warmed up relations with their good Iraqi friend Saddam Hussein, and started to build a nation capable of challenging the Iran. Iraq acquired large numbers of effective weapons including factories able to produce older versions of gas warfare agents. These would later be called WMDs, which of course they were not, being the WW1-vintage weapons.
The war broke out and was fought to exhaustion because third-party powers, especially Israel, were carefully monitoring the power balance supplying more weapons to the side which seemed to be loosing. "Too bad they both cannot loose" is how Kissinger evaluated this situation.
Desert Storm (First Gulf war), 1991): Hussein asked for permission from the US (via their ambassador April Gillespie) and got an answer that the US does not care Arab quarrels. That was a trap, and after Saddam occupied Kuwait, George Bush Sr. mobilised a coalition of some 40 nations to "liberate Kuwait" and to smash the recently-built Iraqi military power base. This also involved a media hoax, where the daughter of Kuwaiti US ambassador played nurse on TV and testified to "witnessing" Iraqi soldiers throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait.
War on Terror: The war was launched by Bush administration October 2001. The war was claimed to be the response on terrorism, especially the 9-11 incidents. Most of the people in the world today know that these reasons are false and that those events were based on MIH type (make it happen) inside job.
Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan invasion), 7.10.2001-: Without any evidence, the former CIA-asset, a Saudi-Arabian Osama bin Laden was claimed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 strikes at the WTC and the Pentagon. Such a complex operation, if actually executed which it was not, in this case would be much beyond the capabilities of anything in Afghanistan. Only some top ten intelligence services in the world could hope to be successful in such an operation involving forgery, infiltration, living "underground" in a foreign non-Muslim country, coordination of moves, illegal arms, hi-quality flight training, accurate aircraft navigation in no-visibility conditions and so on. Perhaps even less, because the friends of the US (at that time, still most of the world) would also have been interested in stopping the attack.
Enduring Justice (Second Gulf war), 20.3.2003-: later known with less irony as Operation Iraqi Freedom The claimed reason of the attack was that Iraq was a clear and present danger to the US with wmd's available within less than an hour after the decision to assemble them has been made. Since no wmd's were found, and after the Iraqi also scrapped some 800 long range Scud style missiles before the US coalition attack, the reason for the invasion was changed into "bringing the democracy into Iraq".
- More savoir faire from Michael
This book is great for anyone interested in the truth about America and it is necessary for those infatuated with the lies mentioned....more info
Well for one you cannot take this book as fact as many you are doing which is stupid. Its simply and oped piece. Another part america was not unique in ending the slave trade. The british in fact were the first out of the europeans to call for an end to the slave trade. If you include the internal african slave trade it had a different connatation and system than the american european styled slavery. For example, excluding northern africa slavery in africa was much similar to indentured servants in america. The owner of the slave owned not his person but his labor. The slaves were allowed to have their own property and could purchase their freedom eventually. Now this case does not apply to all of africa especially north africa, but the system still held true to many central african empires. Medved is simply another radical in a long list of former democrats who became republican. And of course do not get me started on his indian myth it simply defies history and factual evidence. My bias' so you know my perspective.... I am 18 years old registered voter, I hold not party allegiance, I am the son of a republican and a democrat and mostly have voted 60-40 liberal to conservative. ...more info
- an easy read
This book is very well written. I bought it as a resource for when I debate Democrats and other lefties who repeat these myths as facts. The bibliography is very useful, especially in this internet age. Let's hope that the paperback version comes out soon, and is easy to carry....more info
- Michael Medved 10 Big Lies
This is a book that should be required reading for every American and should be taught in all schools from K through college.
It is interesting to learn the real facts on many myths that seem to be taken for granted as the "truth" by so many people in the media and in "education" circles when nothing could be FURTHER from the TRUTH!
Richardson, TX...more info
To be honest I am not much for talk radio, aside from indepth interviews and discussions via NPR. Have read other books by the author that have also made me think. If nothing else this book provides some serious and much welcomed balance to what most people know or hear about the United States. No we are not a perfect country, but compared to most countries we are blessed. Guess the book simply reminded me of how many Americans feel some type of survovors guilt for living in a country where 99% of us lack for the basics. And its nice to be reminded that the Founding Fathers were not a bunch of God hating, denying men, but wise men who knew so well how blessed we were to be a government that would be for the people. Yes, in many ways we have gotten away from what they envisioned, and thats another reason to appreciate the book. It reminds us that we need to get back to what they envisioned....more info
- The 10 big lies about America
Thoroughly researched, diligently written, and remarkably inspiring; a must read by all those blessed to be apart of this great American experiment. Out of many; one. To each I call my brother who labor and toil for this country and whom call themselves Americans above all.The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation ...more info
- The Ten Big Lies About America
I haven't finished reading this book because the content requires a certain amount of re-reading. However, I do believe that, if it were required reading for school-age children, the future of our country would be secure. Michael Medved logically approaches, explains and dispels several issues that have been paramount in the road to destroying this great nation - a voice of reason in a sea of confusion!...more info
- the great distorter
Given Medved's decidedly harsh right-wing stance on pretty much everything, perhaps he should have titled his book less deceitfully: "10 Big Lies--the View From the Extreme Right Wing."
The best liars are those able to artfully mix in enough truth to fool most of the people most of the time. Judging by Medved's radio audience and history of best-sellers, it seems he's quite the artiste.
Just take one: "The alarming rise of big business hurts the United States and oppresses its people." It takes a lot of nerve to make that argument in today's economic catastrophe, but set that aside. Democrats and Republicans alike have steadily grown the power of the American corporation until, as Eisenhower warned, the country is now irrevocably controlled by a military-industrial (and media) complex so pervasive that it can't be killed without slicing the country's throat.
Medved defends the corporatist mindset that takes money from the pockets of the lower and middle classes to guarantee multi-million dollar severance packages to talentless, morally bankrupt corporate managers by criticizing "the elite" and "universities," long established right-wing euphemisms designed to denigrate liberals without any thought to the cynical mendacity at work.
Brave new thinker or bankrupt ideologue--you decide what America needs....more info
- Medved tackles the lies the liberal media wants you to believe
Conservative Commentator Michael Medved's new book TEN BIG LIES ABOUT AMERICA isn't a hard hitting attack piece on all that liberals are doing to destroy our nation. Instead, he takes a look at ten "lies" or distortions that have basically become accepted truth. First he examines the origins of these lies, then takes the reader back through the history of the USA to prove why these perceived facts are in reality not true.
The lies are, in order of chapter: American was founded on genocide against Native Americans, the USA is uniquely guilty for the crime of slavery and its wealth is based on stolen african labor, the founders intended a secular, not a Christian nation, America has always been a multiculteral society strengthened by diversity, the power of big business hurts the country and oppresses the people, government programs offer the only remedy for economic downturn and poverty, America is an imperialist nation and threat to world peace, the two party system is broken and in need of a viable third party, a war on the middle class means less comfort and opportunity for the average American, and America is in thet midst of an irreversible moral decline.
None of the statements covered by Medved directly affect my life right now, but they are part of the mindset of a majority of Americans (at least Medved thinks so.) What should we make of this book? Most likely, Medved fans and conservatives will enjoy it, and liberals will hate it. The truth is, Medved provides citations of all the facts he provides. The research makes this book a quality research tool. Medved says that "America was founded on genocide against Native Americans" is a lie, and then he proves it. The same with the other nine "facts." Medved proves they are wrong with his research, and a little bit of opinion thrown in.
I've always liked Michael Medved and of course I enjoyed this book. It won't enrage you or motivate you to take action, but it will educate about the perceptions that the liberal media and politicians want you to believe are the truth.