by Paul R. Hollrah
February 11, 2017
In a recent column titled “The Elephant in the Living Room,” I surmised that liberals and Democrats are playing a very dangerous game by continuing to question the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency. What makes that bit of nonsense so dangerous for Democrats is the fact that, by continuing to question Trump’s legitimacy, they could easily invite renewed interest in Barack Obama’s presidential eligibility… an issue that lies festering just beneath the surface.
In Obama’s case, enough is known about his lack of presidential eligibility to invite future researchers to dig deeper into his personal history. As a result, the American people will one day be shocked to learn that, between January 20, 2009, and January 20, 2017, a period of time during which the forces of Islamic jihad made the greatest gains in the conquest of the Christian world since the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the United States was governed by a half-Muslim impostor with no legitimate claim to the presidency.
But man is a curious animal, and if he feels that he’s been lied to or that certain historical facts have purposely been kept from him, he will move mountains to discover the truth.
A great many major historic events and mysteries remain unresolved and unexplored for years… often for decades, centuries, and even millennia. For example, as World War I raged on in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson (D) reassured the American people of U.S. neutrality. He said, “The United States must be neutral in fact, as well as in name, during these days that are to try men’s souls. We must be impartial in thought, as well as action, must put a curb upon our sentiments, as well as upon every transaction that might be construed as a preference of one party to the struggle before another.”
However, what the American people did not know was that Wilson, himself, was violating U.S. neutrality by supplying war materiel to the British and, with no apparent regard for the safety of the traveling public, shipping it to England aboard passenger ships. The German spy network in the United States was fully aware of the deceit, causing the German government to publish an April 22, 2015, warning in 50 major newspapers, urging travelers not to sail aboard the RMS Lusitania. And when travelers expressed concern, the Wilson administration assured them that trans-Atlantic travel was safe and that there was no reason for concern.
The Lusitania sailed on May 1, 2015 with 1,198 passengers and crew aboard, and just one week later, on May 7, 2015, as she sailed off the coast of southern Ireland, the RMS Lusitania was attacked and sunk by a German U-boat.
There is no better example of man’s irrepressible search for truth, or the Democratic penchant for deceit, than the events surrounding America’s entrance into World War II. Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, many Americans were suspicious of the claim that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was, in fact, a “surprise” attack. Like the truth of events such as the Kennedy assassination and the Oklahoma City bombing, the truth of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was held under lock and key for more than a half century. It was not until 1994 that official documents detailing events leading up to the Japanese attack were declassified and made available to the public.
Among those declassified documents was an October 7, 1940, memorandum prepared by Navy Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum of the Office of Naval Intelligence. The memo was addressed to Navy Captains Walter Anderson and Dudley W. Knox, two of FDR’s most trusted advisors, and contained the complete blueprint for the Roosevelt administration’s effort to precipitate a Japanese attack against the United States. It was the “smoking gun” that historians had been seeking for half a century.
In sections 1 through 7 of the memorandum, Lieutenant Commander McCollum describes in great detail the status of the war in Europe and the tactical and strategic importance of the tri-lateral alliance between the Axis powers… Germany, Japan, and Italy… laying the groundwork for the recommendations contained in sections 8 and 9 of the memorandum. Those sections, as transcribed below, outlined in detail what naval intelligence felt was necessary to precipitate a Japanese attack on U.S. territory and/or U.S. military installations in the Pacific, as follows:
- A consideration of the foregoing leads to the conclusion that prompt aggressive naval action against Japan by the United States would render Japan incapable of affording any help to Germany and Italy in their attack on England and that Japan itself would be faced with a situation in which her navy could be forced to fight on most unfavorable terms or accept fairly early collapse of the country through the force of blockade. A prompt and early declaration of war after entering into suitable arrangements with England and Holland, would be most effective in bringing about the early collapse of Japan and thus eliminating our enemy in the pacific before Germany and Italy could strike at us effectively. Furthermore, elimination of Japan must surely strengthen Britain’s position against Germany and Italy and, in addition, such action would increase the confidence and support of all nations who tend to be friendly towards us.
- It is not believed that in the present state of political opinion the United States government is capable of declaring war against Japan without more ado; and it is barely possible that vigorous action on our part might lead the Japanese to modify their attitude.Therefore, the following course of action is suggested:
A. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore.
B. Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies.
C. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang-Kai-Shek.
D. Send a division of long range heavy cruisers to the Orient, Philippines, or Singapore.
E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient.
F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.
G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil.
H. Completely embargo all U.S. trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire.
The memorandum went on to say, “If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better. At all events we must be fully prepared to accept the threat of war.”
In his response to the memorandum, Captain Knox hinted in a chilling postscript, saying, “Re your #6: – no reason for battleships not visiting west coast in bunches (emphasis added).
Although they were not privy to Japanese timing, it is clear that FDR, his senior civilian aides, and his top military advisors knew in advance that the Japanese would attack the United States. In fact, it was they who created the circumstances under which Japan felt compelled to go to war against us. In their defense, and the kindest thing we can say about them, is that they greatly underestimated the magnitude and the ferocity of the Japanese attack. The attack lasted just ninety minutes, but in that period of time a total of 2,403 Americans lost their lives (military and civilian combined) and 1,178 were wounded. Eighteen ship were sunk or run aground.
As recommended by Captain Knox, the Navy had no fewer than eight battleships “bunched up” at Pearl Harbor. These included the USS Arizona, USS California, USS Maryland, USS Nevada, USS Oklahoma, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee, and the USS West Virginia. Of these, the USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma were sunk and were declared total losses. The USS California and the USS West Virginia were sunk, but were later raised and repaired; and the USS Maryland, USS Nevada, USS Pennsylvania, and the USS Tennessee were badly damaged but were quickly repaired and returned to service. The US also lost 350 aircraft in the attack.
Just as the truth of the U.S. entry into World War I and the truth of events leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack has finally been exposed, more than fifty years after the fact, so too will the whole truth of Democratic deceit in the Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the illegitimate presidency of Barack Obama. It’s only a matter of time.
I am aware that my friend and neighbor, author Craig Roberts, the only Tulsa police officer assigned to the Oklahoma City bombing investigation, is beginning work on a book telling the whole behind-the-scenes story of how the Clinton Administration, through Attorney General Janet Reno and the FBI, prevented on-site investigators from following evidence wherever it led. Their interference misdirected the investigation away from a number of collaborators and focused the investigation only on Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
In recent weeks, as President Trump has fought to fill a Supreme Court vacancy and to appoint the strongest cabinet in memory, Democrats have shown that they are willing to say whatever is necessary to stand in his way. And just as the truth of Democratic deceit in drawing the United States into World War I and World War II has now been made known, so too will the truth of the Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, and yes, the true identity of Barack Obama.
As a relatively young “ex-president” he will likely live long enough to experience his own political dismemberment. Let the games begin.
Paul R. Hollrah is a retired government relations executive and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College. He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.