By Servando Gonzalez
December 9, 2017.
Finally, the cat is out of the bag. My book Partners in Crime:
The Rockefeller, CFR, CIA and Castro Connection to the Kennedy
Assassination is already available at Amazon.com and other
Writing this book has been a real tour de force for me.
Though I have been interested in the Kennedy assassination for
many years and I had been writing notes, most of which I incorporated
into this book, the idea of writing a book about the JFK assassination
came to my mind around April of this year. Having it ready before
the end of the year was an apparently impossible goal, but worked
hard and I accomplished it.
Though I began working based on my old notes, I realized that
I had to become current with recent research, which, with a few
exceptions, brought nothing new. Reading some of the new books
about the Kennedy assassination was sort of frustrating, because
most of them just repeated the very same old lies and misinformation
told by the Warren Commission. Probably the most asinine of these
books is Gerald Posner’s Case Closed. According
to Posner, Oswald was a mentally disturbed individual who acted
alone and there was not conspiracy behind him: case closed!
A book that I found useful, though, in what I call the assassination
“post-cover-up,” is Oliver Stone’s JFK:
The Book on the Film. Stone’s 1991 film JFK
provoked a veritable tsunami of ad hominem abuse, insults, vituperation
and vilification in, mostly by CFR members in the mainstream media,
against both film director Oliver Stone and District Attorney
of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Jim Garrison. Stone’s film
JFK was mostly based on Garrison’s suspicions that
the CIA was behind the Kennedy assassination. Stone, an unrepentant
liberal, was the first surprised by the fierce opposition and
relentless attack on him and his film, which began even before
it was shown in theaters. Evidently, Stone had no idea of what
his opponents’ true motives were.
When I read books, sometimes I agree with the author, sometimes
I disagree, and sometimes I even strongly disagree. If I write
a review, however, I avoid personal criticism and try to be as
specific as possible about the points on which I disagree with
the author. There is, however, a book I read during my research
whose author’s opinions really incensed me. I am talking
about David Talbot, whose book The Devil’s Chessboard
I read because it was highly recommended by the critics.
Talbot, a San Francisco bleeding heart “progressive”
liberal, is the former editor in chief of Salon.com.
In a 2013 article, Talbot strongly criticizes author Philip Shenon
because in his book about the Kennedy assassination, A Cruel
and Shocking Act, “following the conspiracy trail Shenon
quickly takes a wrong turn down the ‘Castro-as-mastermind’
path.”. One must keep in mind that most American “progressives”
follow the line created by CFR reactionaries that Castro is untouchable.
So, in Talbot’s view, pointing to Castro as a possible culprit
in the Kennedy assassination turned Shenon into a conspiracy nut.
Nevertheless, in 2013 Talbot published The Devil’s Chessboard,
a book that is a notable addition to the post-cover-up disinformation
In his book, however, Talbot not only didn’t mention that
Castro was the only one of the suspects who publicly threatened
the Kennedy brothers with assassination, but puts all the blame
for the JFK assassination on Allen Dulles. But, as one of the
book’s reviewers in Amazon.com pointed out, “Talbot
has rightly castigated the Dulles brothers but is remiss in examining
their puppet masters, the real wire-pullers.”
This reader is right on the money. In his book, Talbot reaches
the conclusion that “Nobody occupied a more central position
in the Dulles brother’s circle than the Rockefeller brothers,
Nelson and David.” The only problem with this asinine
assumption is that it is absolutely wrong. It was the Rockefeller
brothers who controlled the Dulles brothers, and not the other
way around. And the Rockefellers also controlled Fidel Castro.
Nevertheless, I don’t think that Talbot’s omissions
and errors are the product of sloppy research or faulty analysis
of the facts. I think that Talbot is a dishonest writer who pushes
his own political agenda regardless of the facts. Proof of this
is that, far from mentioning Castro’s possible links to
the JFK assassination, he devotes thirteen pages of his book to
paint a rose-colored, disingenuous image of Fidel Castro as a
Latin American hero.
As the saying goes, however, every dark cloud has a silver lining.
Perhaps taken by his admiration for the two assassins, Castro
and Guevara, Talbot expresses his approval because Castro, “was
not only intellectually formidable and politically fearless; his
dream of national liberation was backed up by guns,” and
also because Castro and Guevara, “put the hard-core thugs
of the old regime against a wall,” and shot them.
So, if you believe the fancy tale that the “progressives”
drive to take your guns is because they want to make America safer
from violent crime, you are wrong. Actually, they don’t
want you to be armed when they knock at your door to take you
to the wall to be shot, and we should thank Mr. Talbot for reminding
us about that.
Speaking about the death of the Cuban tyrant, President elect
Donald Trump said: “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of
firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the
denial of fundamental human rights.” Evidently, this
is a legacy that David Talbot and his liberal progressive friends
in San Francisco and Berkeley love from the bottom of their hearts.
That’s why I always call them “regressives.”
1. David Talbot, “The JFK Assassination: CIA and New York
Times are Still Lying to Us,” Salon.com, November
6, 2013, http://www.salon.com/2013/11/06/the_jfk_assassination_we_still_dont_know_what_happened/
2. David Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard (New York:
Harper Perennial, 2015).
3. Ibid., p. 551.
4. In a letter to Castro, Che Guevara advised: “Hatred as
an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy,
impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man
is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective
and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people
without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy. We must carry the
war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it: to his home,
to his centers of entertainment; a total war.” Ernesto (Che)
Guevara, Message to the Tricontinental Conference, April 16, 1967,
https://www.marxists.org/archive/guevara/1967/04/16.htm. It is
good to remember that Guevara’s hatred turned into fear
when he was captured in Bolivia. According to witnesses, Guevara
dropped his own fully functional rifle, with a near full magazine,
and begged, “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot! I am
Che Guevara and I am worth more to you alive than dead!”
See Dan White, “Che Guevara Worth More To You Alive Than
Dead,” The Historical Truth Project, November 26,
The fool apparently ignored that to Castro and the CIA he was
worth more dead than alive, because dead men don’t tell
5. Most of the people Talbot call “thugs” actually
were farmers whose land was stolen and small business owners whose
properties had been “confiscated” by Castro and his
6. Eugene Scott, “Donald Trump: Fidel Castro is Dead!,”
CNN, November 26, 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/26/politics/trump-reacts-to-castro-death/index.html