Re: “Deconstructing JFK: A Coup d’État over Foreign Policy?” by James DiEugenio – Published by CAM on January 14, 2021

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s doctor, Dr. Joseph Eusterman, wrote on January 16, 2021:

Thank you CAM and Mr. DiEugenio for this superb and important essay.

I am a 91 years young retired internist. I was stationed at USNH-NNMC-Bethesda (now Walter Reed) from ’61 to ’63 caring for hi-ranking Navy, Marine and civilian govt. personnel. When then VP Johnson emergently returned from Pope John 23’s installation in Italy due to a painful kidney stone attack, I was assigned to oversee his case management. He was a challenging patient mainly due to his unwelcome, intrusive illness. I was able to quickly gain his trust and he asked me to accompany him over the 3 days of tests and treatments.

In discussing the challenges of his care and his case with our chief cardiologist, Cdr. J.J. Dempsey, who had assisted Dr. Willis Hurst of Emory caring for Mr. Johnson’s severe heart attack some years earlier, I will always remember his saying, “It is frightening to realize there is only a heartbeat between that man and the presidency of the United States.” (Jack’s experiences with LBJ are another interesting story.)

During those 2 years, I enjoyed meeting and caring for then AG RFK, USIA head Ed Murrow, Sen. Dirksen, Dr. Janet Travell among many other interesting people.

It all made me acutely aware over the ensuing years of the huge cost to America and the world from the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, Hammarskjold, and more recently, so sadly, Sen. Paul Wellstone. How much different, and better, things would be today if they had not been “taken out” by the warmongers of the military-industrial-political complex!

There MUST now be prompt and ongoing accountability to prevent further fascistic sedition here (e.g., arrest of Trump on Jan. 7) and abroad (CIA et al). As my wonderful father used to say to me, “No excuses are necessary, Joe, because none are acceptable.”

Dr. Joseph Eusterman



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  1. Just because Chomsky says it does not make him to be representative of all-encompassing truth. I lived through that era, shall be 75 this summer, educated, veteran of that horrific Vietnam era. I was a senior in high school when JFK was killed. What you are saying when making your statement, is that because JFK was a war monger according to Chomsky, that his death was necessary; or that you believe his death was justified. That is dangerous thinking because this means you are perfect, and that any imperfection in your thought and action is punishable with death. I refute what you just stated with a few ideas, many of which I personally heard him say on radio and television, and read from authors that vetted and cited their sources: He wanted to cut military bases 50%; he favored replacing Shah of Iran with the deposed (by CIA) Mosaddegh; issued executive order to admiral of Pacific fleet to remove advisors from Vietnam; refused to endorse the Bay of Pigs debacle; did not endorse murder by CIA of Vietnamese president, Diem; approved of space exploration; endorsed NAWAPA; funded nuclear energy to further economic development; convinced De Gaulle to grant French colonies independence; granted the first foreign dignitary visit to the White House to Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, who wanted his country to prosper, JFK signed funding for dam on the Volta, completed in 1966; supported Patrice Lumumba of Congo against wishes of Belgium/England to divide the Congo, keeping the mineral rich part Katanga for themselves rather than part of the Congo, and JFK got the UN to send troops to preserve unity. And so for anyone that prefers to dwell other issues such as Marilyn Monroe, Chomsky, Cuba, certainly belongs in the camp of “divide and conquer” and destroying what is known as The American System defined by Alexander Hamilton (Federalist Papers #11), and Henry Clay.

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