Digging up Dean Acheson,
by John F. McManus


The name Dean Acheson isn't well-known to Americans under 50, but his role in steering our nation into the new world order was crucial. As an aspiring Insider who rose to the pinnacle of power at the State Department, Acheson acquired membership in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in 1947. His entire public career was spent seeking to execute what a CFR colleague later boldly called "an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece."

So it comes as no surprise that 30-year CFR veteran James Chace recently produced a book praising Acheson. Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World applauds Acheson's treachery while condemning Acheson's commendable foes. Predictably, it also credits (in this case, accurately) the emergence of the U.S. as both the UN's globocop and its economic and military enforcement agency as a fulfillment of Acheson's dreams.

The real Dean Acheson won his Insider-favored academic credentials at Yale University and Harvard Law School. While in private law practice, prior to FDR's 1933 official recognition of the USSR, he willingly became the Kremlin's U.S. representative. With no previous diplomatic experience but plenty of Insider connections, Acheson was named Assistant Secretary of State in 1941. By 1945, he moved up the ladder to Under Secretary and, after a brief return to private law practice, was named Secretary of State by Harry Truman in 1949.

He participated with communist Harry Dexter White and socialist John Maynard Keynes in the creation of the UN's International Monetary Fund and the World Bank at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944. In the post-World War II years, he helped launch an array of foreign aid programs and made certain that the food and money they dispensed went to communists in both Europe and Asia.

U.S. Ambassador to Poland Arthur Bliss Lane sought unsuccessfully to block one $90 million grant for Poland negotiated by Donald Hiss (who, like brother Alger, was up to his neck in Red activities). Lane knew the money would assist communists in their drive to dominate Poland. Acheson's response was to approve the loan and usher Lane into retirement.

Prior to the USSR's development of the atomic bomb, when the U.S. was the sole possessor of such a weapon, Acheson showed his world government proclivities by drafting a plan to place control of all nuclear power under international authority. In the years during and after World War 1I, Acheson staffed the State Department with numerous communists, including Alger Hiss, Lauchlin Currie, John Carter Vincent, Oliver Edmond Clubb, and Owen Lattimore. He was responsible for the appointment of Hiss as Acting Secretary-General of the UN's founding conference in 1945. That same year, the communist Daily Worker enthused that Acheson is "one of the most forward looking men in the State Department." Later that year, the Red newspaper's assessment was vindicated when Acheson appeared alongside Corliss Lamont and several other communists as a speaker at a pro-USSR rally in New York City.

In 1948, former Assistant Secretary of State Adolph Berle testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities that Acheson was the leader of"a pro-Russian group" in the State Department "with Alger Hiss as his principal assistant." Berle had warned Acheson about Hiss' questionable associations as far back as 1941. Even when a 1949 public trial proved Hiss to be a communist traitor, Acheson stated, "I will not turn my back on Alger Hiss." In his book, Chace admits that Hiss "was guilty as charged," but praises Acheson for "failing to turn his back on his friend."

More than anyone, Acheson should be known as the godfather of NATO, which he ushered into life in 1949. A UN subsidiary, NATO's use of American forces has given the UN its long-sought-after military arm. The alliance is currently being used as a political and economic transition to UN dominance.

In 1949, after helping to purge the State Department of anti-communist Far Eastern experts Patrick Hurley, Joseph Grew, James Forrestal, Albert Wedemeyer, and others, Acheson issued his infamous "White Paper" on China, which fraudulently portrayed Chiang Kaishek as a devil and Mao Tse-tung as the leader of a band of praiseworthy "agrarian reformers." Criticized editorially even by the liberal New York Times, the Acheson report contributed substantially to a U.S. policy that disarmed Chiang militarily and brought history's greatest murderers to power.

As Secretary of State in January 1950, Acheson stated in a speech that Korea "is outside our defense perimeter." Communist North Korea accepted the invitation and invaded the South. With Acheson at his side, President Truman committed U.S. forces to the fray and put them under UN control. The Truman Administration then made sure that our forces, brilliantly led by General Douglas MacArthur, "snatched defeat from the jaws of victory."

After leaving the State Department, Dean Acheson enthused that the American people's distaste for internationalist policies had been overcome. According to Benjamin Schwartz, a colleague of James Chace at the World Policy Institute, Acheson stated in 1954 that at a critical moment the Korean War "came along and saved us." It may have saved the aspirations of the architects of world order, but it did not save the 50,000 Americans (and even more South Koreans) who died in a war they were not allowed to win.




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