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“TAIWAN and the PIRATES” or: Free China vs. One-and-a-Half Billion Godless,Brainwashed COMMIES! (Coming soon to an East Asian theater nearer than you think!)

In "Humilis humilibus/ Inflectens Arrogantibus" forum on November 27, 2021 at 10:33 am

The deal…

Clearly, not all WOOFketeers are old enough to know the history of Taiwan. In fact, quite a few don’t even understand the derivation of “WOOFketeer,” but that’s not important now. Come to think of it, many readers ares probably wondering who “the pirates” are, (referenced above) and for those people we helpfully provide the following educative triptych:

Okay, TERRY AND THE PIRATES was a Milton Caniff comic strip. Terry is on the left. The pirates (commanded by the Dragon Lady, in the center) are on the right. We changed Terry to TAIWAN–get it? If not, click immediately on the MSNBC news site– because you were never here!

See? It existed!

Somewhat confusingly, back in 1949, Taiwan wasn’t actually Taiwan; it was Formosa. China was engulfed in civil war, and had been for years because once the defeated Empire of Japan withdrew its beleaguered forces, the Chinese had no one to fight but other Chinese and there was no shortage of combatants.  The Nationalist leader of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek, was the greatest contributor to battling the Japanese occupiers, and America’s staunch ally. Chaing’s leading competitor was Mao Tse-tung, and Mao had powerful friends in the American State Department–friends who laboriously and quite consciously set about handing him China. Resultantly, as Real Clear History sums natters up:

Saying Truman failed to prevent losing China, is like saying Captain Edward Smith failed tto prevent hitting an ice berg.

Saying President Truman failed to prevent the loss of China to Communism is like saying Captain  Smith failed to prevent the loss of the Titanic to the ice berg…it’s true, but its far from explanatory.

In a very real sense, the United States and the world today are reaping the whirlwind from the failed China policies of the Roosevelt-Truman administration in the mid-to-late 1940s,” [thus] “Between 1945 and 1949, the United States failed to prevent Mao Zedong’s communist forces from gaining power in China.”

The pirates…

The only inaccuracy committed by Real Clear History is the use of the adjective “failed” attached to “Administration policies,”and used again in verb form to depict policies that actually succeeded brilliantly, which is to say, betrayed China into Communist hands.

This period triptych shows the jubilant Chinese people driving out the despised Japanese military. Experts tell us the massive, monstrosity in the middle represents the American State Department.

So did you notice yourselves reaping that above-mentioned “whirlwind,” gentle readers? If Korea and Tiananmen Square have receded in memory, mayhap COVID 19 rings a  bell? Yet, China under the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek was America’s ally. Even FDR envisioned Chiang’s China as a strategically significant postwar power certain to guarantee stability throughout Asia.

“Some days it’s just hard deciding who to give hell to, ya know?”

Truman too began his unexpected presidency committed to support for Chiang and the Nationalists. Even so, and despite Chiang’s far greater contributions during the struggle to oust Japan, things changed dramatically once Mao rekindled the Civil War between Chiang’s Nationalists and the Communists.  Suddenly, in the aftermath of Japan’s surrender, U.S. policy shifted mysteriously from support for the long-reining Nationalists to vigorous lobbying on behalf of Mao and his Communist “reformers.”  And that makes Mao and his clandestine State Department handmaidens–the pirates!

William C. Bullitt–diplomat, patriot, and pistol-packing prophet.

As early as 1935, U.S. Ambassador to Moscow William C. Bullitt sent a prescient wire to Secretary of State Cordell Hull warning that:

“… the heartiest hope of the Soviet Government [is] that the United States will become involved in war with Japan…. To think of the Soviet Union as a possible ally of the United States in case of war with Japan is to allow the wish to be father to the thought. The Soviet Union would certainly attempt to avoid becoming an ally until Japan had been thoroughly defeated and would then merely use the opportunity to acquire Manchuria and Sovietize China.”

But FDR’s White House was virtually a Joseph Stalin appreciation society, and Bullitt was ignored.

All the Old Hands and the Dialecticians…

For reasons known only to himself, Mr. Davies wore sunglasses even before becoming a McCarthy target.

Just in time to seize defeat from the jaws of victory, came the “Old China Hands,” a gaggle of pro-communist ideologues such as diplomat John Paton Davies Jr. who inaccurately portrayed Mao’s Communist forces as inevitable winners in the civil conflict.  As the Washington Examiner recently admitted, “Davies’s China reporting had certainly been pessimistic about Chiang Kai-shek…while consistently upbeat about the Communists,” to whom, Davies forecast, “China’s destiny belonged.”

One too many “Peanuts” and you’re out!

Also into the fray came the  mutinous Magi–wise sojourners from the Department of State who established their working headquarters in Chungking, where –with not a little irony–they enjoyed the protection of Chiang Kai-shek’s headquarters. The principal three Magi were John Stewart Service, a polished diplomat who busily passed State Department secrets to Mao Tse-tung until his eventual arrest by the FBI;  Solomon Adler, treasury official who would later flee to Red China after being outed as a communist by Whittaker Chambers; and the American-educated economist Chi Cha-ting, a communist propagandist and intelligence agent who joined the Party in 1926.

I cannot adequately express my humble appreciation for this honor, andOWW!! Dude! That’s my heart!

Besides having it in common that each was tasked with advising and supporting Chiang, the Magi also held in common their unabashed despisal of him–a curious quality for putative advisers, and one also evinced by General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, whom General Marshall unhelpfully assigned to advise Chiang’s military.

In addition to scribbling childish defamations of Chiang (often in verse) for inclusion in his private journal, General Stilwell delighted in calling Chiang “Peanut” behind his back–a habit he indulged at least once too often, or simply too loudly, finally prompting Chaing to demand his resignation.

“You know, honey, just once I’d like to call him ‘old pickle-puss!'”

Meanwhile, back in D.C., the backstabbing Old Hands received cover and support from numerous Soviet agents within the U.S. government — notably Harry Dexter White, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and the notorious Alger Hiss, a leading State Department figure and alacritous communist spy.

With friends like these…

Col. Barrett and friend.

Before his long-overdue canning, Stilwell surrounded himself with anti-Chiang military “experts,” including the pro-communist Colonel David Barrett. Among his contributions, Barrett led two missions to Yan’an to ingratiate himself to the Communist leadership. One particularly brainy idea involved a joint Communist-American military mission, requiring several thousand American troops. It came a cropper, however, for reasons largely unrelated to common sense.

The China Hands also found a willing protector in Barrett’s and Stilwell’s boss, General Marshall–a man whose dedication to America was so widely acknowledged following the war that Joe McCarthy nonplussed more than a few (and enraged Marshall’s friend and classmate Eisenhower) when he laughed off suggestions that Marshall simply suffered poor judgment, quipping, “If Marshall were merely stupid, the laws of probability would dictate that part of his decisions would serve this country’s interest!”

Old Hands, Long Knives…

As China’s final betrayal drew nigh, the State Department’s Far Eastern Division couldn’t have been better positioned to throw  the Nationalist regime an anvil. The department was dominated by Communists and fellow travelers including  Foreign Service Officer John P. Davies, who assured Washington: “The Communists are in China to stay. And China’s destiny is not Chiang’s but theirs.” Similarly categorical views were offered by Owen Lattimore, an appointed U.S. adviser to Chiang Kai-shek. Lattimore was later identified as a communist by both Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley.

“Oh, nicens Generalismoo, you know you wuv Mao–you don’t wanna wuh-wee ’bout gweat big ol’ China, no more, doesn’t woo!”
“Owen, that’s a sock puppet!”

The end approaches…

Mao, aka “O, our pilot”circa 1947. (He got fat later.)

In fairness, it was “Uncle Joe” Stalin who first recognized potential in China in the form of Mao T se-tung’s struggling Chinese Communist Party.  Stalin extended his geopolitical embrace in the form of a message: “Lead us on, O our pilot, from victory to victory!”

General George C. Marshall–nothing suspicious here!

The problem for Mao originally was that he didn’t have many victories to lead anybody from or towards. Mao’s slump, however, was remedied by a three-pronged solution: First, owing to General Marshall’s seemingly arbitrary weapons embargo, the Nationalist government faced calamitous setbacks at the hands of Mao’s Communists. In fact, Marshall did not hesitate to boast: “As Chief of Staff I armed 39 anti-Communist divisions, now with a stroke of the pen I disarm them!” [Merely stupid?]

“Good to have you on board, Comrade O, Our Pilot!”                                                 “And I am also most honored by your patronage, Comrade Great Leader, Brilliant Genius of Humanity, Great Architect of Communism, and Gardener of Human Happiness–did I leave anything out?”

At the same time, (coincidence, you say?) the Communists were the sudden beneficiaries of Stalin’s decision to swamp Mao’s troops with Soviet weaponry.  The influx effectively reconfigured the Chinese civil war as a conflict between two sides, only one of which was adequately armed.

Also, Mao’s forces were soon issued copies of his famous red book, first-rate body armor since it is nearly impossible to get all the way through.

The media are the Marxists!

Besides signing the Hitler/Stalin pact and pioneering fake news, Molotov also invented his eponymous cocktail, which soon caught fire everywhere!

The third and most insidious prong, even in those days, was the media. The Russians realized this long before Mao could afford the price of a subscription to The Atlantic. Vyacheslav Molotov, the U.S.S.R.’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, cannily outlined the Soviet strategy:

Who reads the Communist papers? Only a few people who are already Communists. We don’t need to propagandize them. We have to influence non-Communists if we want to make them Communists or if we want to fool them. So, we have to try to infiltrate in the big press.”

Mission accomplished!

Chu Teh: Lincoln, Lee, and Grant, all in one uniform!

Among the most influential U.S. writers rushing to join the Red crusade were Edgar Snow, author of the stunningly unhelpful but critically praised Red Star Over China, and the equally reprehensible Owen Lattimore, author of numerous pro-communist articles and books. Thunder Out of China, a Book-of-the-Month selection vilifying Chiang Kai-shek courtesy of Theodore White and Annalee Jacoby, also received fawning reviews.

Meanwhile, an article in the Saturday Review by Snow reassured concerned Americans, never mind how implausibly,  that “There has never been any communism in China.” The notion that Sino-Communism is simply a  paranoiac misconception of gentle, rural agrarians seeking amity and peace, is as old as Mao. Apologists for Red Chinese dictators trot it around the track routinely.  Readers concerned about Maoist atrocities were soothed by Snow’s revelation that the brutal Chu Teh– Mao’s military commander–radiated “the kindliness of Robert E. Lee, the tenacity of Grant and the humility of Lincoln.” What a bargain!

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