The British WWII Plot

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
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In regards to my post on Sen. Vandenberg the other day, TG reminds me that Vandenberg’s switch from isolationist foreign policy to interventionist was covered in Thomas Mahl’s great book, Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44, one that I highly recommend. Here’s an older article on Mahl’s book. He’s a fascinating historian, and to repeat my own review at

The book’s thesis is that British and U.S. “elites” maneuvered us into WWII to serve the interests of the State. The corrupt Churchill and FDR and their respective intelligence agencies blindfolded the American public into believing that U.S. entrance into the war was justifiable on moral and political grounds.

As usual, the docile masses were swept away in all the rhetoric. Every attempt was made to smear the isolationists as Hitleresque and un-American. More often than not, with such media rhetoricians as Walter Lippman, the attempts were successful. Even today, the uneducated public is convinced that the Old Right, anti-interventionist movement was Communist!

Mahl covers some old ground–for those who are familiar with the FDR-Churchill deception–but he writes a compelling story.

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