FREE PRESS * November 5, 2012
* Issue 45 *
AMERICANFREEPRESS.NET * COMMENTARY & OPINION
By Michael Collins
.Media tributes to George McGovern — the
1972 Democratic presidential candidate
who died on Oct. 19 at age 90 — do not
mention a significant, little-known fact
about the three-term U.S. senator from South
Dakota: After his 1980 re-election defeat, McGovern
emerged as an outspoken critic of Israel.
From 1986 McGovern was associated with the
Middle East Policy Council, which he chaired from
1991 to 1997, an association of academics, former
diplomats and intelligence officers, who seek to redirect
the “Israel-first” focus of U.S. foreign policy.
In 1991 McGovern admitted his congressional
support for Israel came from “a combination of
conviction and self-interest,” saying he and many
colleagues were “constantly aware of the power of
the lobby for that country. Sometimes, against our
best instincts, we bowed to pressure.”
Best remembered for riling New World Order advocates
of American global meddling by urging U.S.
withdrawal from the Vietnam War, McGovern
adopted “Come Home America” as his 1972 campaign
theme, echoing the America-first movement
that opposed U.S. involvement in World War II
where McGovern served as a decorated fighter pilot.
Although many smeared McGovern as a “communist”
for his views on Vietnam, history shows a
remarkable array of respected anti-communists —
many of whom opposed U.S. involvement in World
War II — also said it would be folly for the U.S. to
engage in combat in Southeast Asia.
The list includes Sen. Bob Taft (R-Ohio), Fr.
Charles Coughlin, generals Robert Wood, Hanford
MacNider and Bonner Fellers, publisher Col.
Robert McCormick, GOP voices in the House such
as Usher Burdick (N.D.), Clare Hoffman (Mich.)
and Bruce Barton (N.Y.), Frank Hanighen, founder
of the conservative weekly Human Events, nationalist
Lawrence Dennis and historian Dr. Harry
Elmer Barnes, among others. In 1961, Gen. Douglas
MacArthur — who knew a little about war in
Asia — told President Kennedy it would be a mistake
for the U.S. to get involved in land war in Asia.
Was McGovern a communist? Not hardly. However,
the record shows that while he was still in the
Senate, the Jewish lobby was suspicious of him.
As early as 1974, The Washington Post’s Stephen
Isaacs noted in his book Jews in American
Politics that a leading “New York intellectual” said
McGovern “reminded the Jews of America’s only
home-grown anti-Semites: the Populists.”
When McGovern condemned special interests,
wrote Isaacs: “It sounded to Jews as if he were
talking about them. Their concern about McGovern
was the simple notion that Jews [had] figured
in the life of big-city goyim — they [hadn’t] figured
in the life of small-town South Dakota. . . . [He] had
no personal stake in Jews. In short, they saw McGovern as a dumb goy — a midwestern preacher —
and he gave them bad vibes.”
Another Jewish writer said, “it did not take long
for word to race through the Jewish community
that McGovern would not be good for Israel.”
Hyman Bookbinder — a top influence peddler
for the American Jewish Committee — warned Mc
Govern’s support for racial quotas was dangerous
to Jews — a revelation to those who believe the
media claim that Jews were “allied” with blacks on
civil rights issues.
On Aug. 4, Martin Peretz, the stridently pro-Israel
longtime publisher of The New Republic (TNR), told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that he
bought TNR, “to take back the Democratic Party
from the McGovernites,” but charged there’s been
a resurgence of McGovernism, particularly toward
Israel, under Barack Obama.
Peretz supports what the WSJ referred to as “a
willingness to deploy military power to advance
national interests and values” and “an abiding commitment
to Israel as a mirror of American ideals” —
a roundabout way of describing New World
Order-style internationalism and imperialism.
And that’s precisely what McGovern opposed.
. . ..
Michael Collins Piper is the author of Final
, the controversial
“underground bestseller” documenting
the collaboration of Israeli intelligence in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is
also the author of The New Babylon
High Priests of War
New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America
Judas Goats: The Enemy Within
Secrets: Crime, Conspiracy & Cover-Up in
the 20th Century,
GOLEM: Israel's Hell Bomb
These works can
be found at America
He has lectured
on suppressed topics in places as diverse as
Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Russia and Abu Dhabi.
(Issue Number 45, November 5, 2012, AMERICAN