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22 November 2009

The #1 Suspect?

Imagine we're talking about any other country in world besides the U.S. Imagine the leader of the country is assassinated in the home province of the man who will directly succeed this leader on his untimely death, and that this man was himself a very powerful force in the government only a few years earlier until the late leader supplanted him as head of his party. Imagine further that the assassin is rapidly apprehended and in short order is himself dispatched. Now wouldn't everyone just assume that the new leader was responsible for the deed, or at least at the top of the list of likely suspects?

So how is it that so many believe the Kennedy assassination was a conspiracy, but almost no one assumes Johnson was behind it? I feel close to 100% confident that Oswald acted alone, but whatever little doubt I have points in LBJ's direction. It would have been trivially easy for him to have arranged such a crude but effective hit. Certainly, compared with the other much discussed conspiracies, this would require the involvement of the least number of people. But it's never mentioned, except in fringe circles (google "Kennedy Assassination Johnson" for a flavor). Why is that?

Addendum: Imagine further that the murdered leader's brother and right-hand man, out of power after the new man takes over, 4 years later seeks the top office himself and during his campaign is himself gunned down. How could any conspiracist not zero in on LBJ. The answer, as Glaivester noted in the comments, is that the conspiracists are ideologically driven - they want to believe in the inherent evil of the U.S., and so must cast the assassination of JFK as the treacherous act of reactionary (i.e., American) interests to subvert the glorious march of progressivism. Although I also have a friend who believes in a similar conspiracy, but believes it was a necessary and proper conspiracy, as Kennedy posed too great a danger to the nation.

17 Comments:

Blogger Glaivester said...

Because Johnson was a goooooood man! He passed civil rights! He passed massive welfare expansions! He is a god amongst men! We must bow down and never question the Great Johnson!

November 22, 2009 3:08 PM  
Blogger non de guerre said...

If we're going to toss around JFK assassination theories then I'll offer my own favorite one: the Jesuits had JFK killed in retaliation for having their man Diem whacked in S. Vietnam. I never pass on an opportunity to blame the Vatican for some diabolical plot.

November 22, 2009 5:36 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Glaivester - that was my suspicion as well.

Guerre - at least your naming a group thats got some real conspiracy stripes

November 22, 2009 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How has Chuck Norris escaped suspicion all these years? He was in the area at the time and has never denied being part of the conspiracy.

Problem is, they'd never get him to admit anything, even under torture. Heck, look what he endured in "Missing in Action"!

November 22, 2009 11:24 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

I think the Zapruder film pretty much rules out the possibility JFK's head injuries were kick-induced.

November 23, 2009 12:03 AM  
Blogger Dutch Boy said...

Johnson strikes me as more of a grafter than a murderer.

November 23, 2009 11:18 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Yeah but he really hated the Kennedys - particularly Bobby, and with Jack out of the picture, Bobby was thru. But then Bobby started looking like he might actually be able to win the '68 election - and we know what happened then.

I don't believe this - I believe Oswald acted alone - but it's so much more plausible than some plot by the CIA for whatever reason supposedly drove them to it.

November 23, 2009 7:07 PM  
Blogger Black Sea said...

The fact that Johnson refused to run in '68 would militate against this theory. People power hungry enough to arrange assasinations of heads of state rarely decide, just a few years later, to abdicate the throne.

The Kennedy's were victims of karma.

November 24, 2009 8:06 AM  
Blogger C. Van Carter said...

If I may be grotesque, the "best" conspiracy theory of all time (JFK or otherwise) is James Shelby Downard and Michael A. Hoffmann’s King-Kill/33, which posits the assassination was the public enactment of an occult ritual, called "The Killing of the Divine King". According to Downard, “the ultimate purpose of that assassination was no political or economic but sorcerous: for the control of the dreaming mind and the marshaling of its forces is the omnipotent force in this entire scenario of lies, cruelty and degradation.” Viewed this way, all the strange details make sense. The “Three Tramps”, for example, were placed near the asassination to symbolically represent the Three Unworthy Craftsmen, Jubela Jubelo, and Jubelum.

The Killing of the King is one of a “trinity” of rituals intended to usher in a New Age/Order. The others were "The Creation and Destruction of Primordial Matter” i.e. the detonation of the first atomic bomb (at the Trinity site, note Dealey Plaza sits on an area that once overlooked three forks of the Trinity River ) and "The Bringing of Prima Materia to Prima Terra" i.e. bringing rocks back from the Moon (Aldrin was a Freemason).

December 02, 2009 6:53 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Yes, that is most assuredly the "best" conspiracy theory of all, and how you come upon these things, Carter, is awe-inspiring.

December 02, 2009 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Anon said...

"C. Van Carter said...

If I may be grotesque, the "best" conspiracy theory of all time (JFK or otherwise) is James Shelby Downard and Michael A. Hoffmann’s King-Kill/33, which posits the assassination was the public enactment of an occult ritual, called "The Killing of the Divine King"."

Oliver Stone seemed to have imbibed this theory, even if only unconsciously. There's a lot of mystic God-King worship in his movie "JFK" ("Do not forget your fallen king!") But then, Stone is a deranged, cocaine-addled nut.

December 03, 2009 3:01 AM  
Blogger C. Van Carter said...

I have a weakness for lunacy of various types. Try as I might to avoid them, I find myself reading UFO articles and the New York Times op-ed page.

I know I read all of King-Kill online, but I can't find a link anymore.

Mr. Anon: Interesting. I've never seen JFK. One of the people Jim Garrison subpoenaed was Fred Crisman.

December 03, 2009 2:40 PM  
Blogger keypusher said...

Ever read this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBird

It's a lot of fun. To answer your question, Johnson is not a suspect because there isn't a shred of evidence he did it.

December 08, 2009 8:50 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Thanks for the MacBird link - I'm ashamed to say I was unaware of it.

Johnson is not a suspect because there isn't a shred of evidence he did it.

There's no evidence that anyone did it other than Oswald.

December 08, 2009 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Dave R. said...

Johnson does indeed benefit, but I don't see how he could have activated the failed communist agitator and soviet defector Lee Oswald.

Oswald himself is really the weak link in all the conspiracy theories. Once you dig in to his life, such as it was, the embittered lone assassin becomes the most likely explanation. Soviets, Cubans or domestic socialists are the only plausible puppet masters, and even they genuinely seem not to have wanted him.

The one conspiracy angle I haven't given up is that when authorities learned of Oswald's overseas communist connections, they decided not to risk WWIII by pressing the issue, and may have engaged in a cover-up whether there was anything to cover up or not.

December 12, 2009 1:55 AM  
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