The JFK Conspiracy Theory Is the Conspiracy

lee-harvey-oswaldSometimes a conspiracy theory exposes a conspiracy. Sometimes the conspiracy theory is the conspiracy.

JFK assassination plots are the only conspiracy theories to be widely accepted by the general public. The moon landing filmed in a studio, the Lincoln conspiracy or the World Trade Center being blown up by lasers from outer space never gained much credence because they lacked mainstream backing. Conspiracy theories ordinarily remain on the margins. The JFK theories were too important to the liberals who were really running things to allow them to die out.

There are probably more Americans who could tell you the ins and outs of the “magic bullet” than can recite the Bill of Rights from memory. More books have been sold about the Kennedy assassination than about any of the real government abuses taking place today.

The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination brings with it the usual weighty tomes, speculative articles and nostalgic reminiscing about the utopia that might have been. The political messianism of JFK was as doomed as that of any other liberal savior. Unlike Obama, it conveniently ended in a martyrdom which excused a generation of liberal failures.

The JFK assassination became a liberal martyrdom in search of a conservative inquisitioner. Oliver Stone’s JFK was a laborious effort to connect the murder of a liberal icon to the despicable conservative villains that his political martyrdom demanded.

The endless search for the real killers was not done to find them, but to perpetuate the myth. The search could never be complete; the conspiracy theories could provide no closure; though the lynching of Nixon for daring to try and make JFK’s ideas work helped put to rest the ghosts of Camelot for many angry liberals.

JFK was not killed by some miasma of right-wing hatred, by a confederacy of Cuban exiles, CIA agents and Sicilian mafia bosses.

The directions in which the JFK conspiracy theories point reveal what they are trying to hide. John F. Kennedy was not murdered by a miasma of hatred on the right, but on the left. Before liberals became leftists, leftists had a propensity for killing liberals.

And Lee Harvey Oswald was as far to the left as you could go.

There was never really any disagreement about Lee Harvey Oswald’s politics. The media has avoided the issue by characterizing him as a screwball, but Lee Harvey Oswald was a militant Socialist screwball who defected to the USSR and plotted the murders of people he considered “right-wing.”

Lee Harvey Oswald was part of a continuum of left-wing terror in America. The murder of JFK was a bridge between the explosions of violence in the twenties by anarchists and by the Weathermen in the seventies. Oswald was the leading edge of American left-wing violence.

Like so many radicals, Oswald was bored and shiftless. The reality of the Soviet Union with no revolution, just factories to work at, did not appeal to him. Instead he drifted back to America, a weapon in search of a target. The actual murder may have shocked the nation, but it would not be very long before left-wing violence would once again become part of life in America.

JFK was not killed by a military-industrial complex or a vast right-wing conspiracy. No group of men in suits sat around a table plotting his death. The forces that killed him were the same political ideas of the left that led young American men and women to cheer for the Viet Cong, plant bombs and wage war against their own country.

To understand why JFK died, you must understand the Weathermen and Leon Czolgosz who murdered President McKinley. You must understand the Atom Bomb Spies and Sacco and Vanzetti and a century of left-wing sabotage and terrorism in America.

It’s much safer to talk about magic bullets, than magical thinking ideologies that promise that a workers’ paradise is only a bomb away.

The assassination was a warning of the consequences of the ideas that the left was unleashing on the country. Instead of searching for Cubans in the CIA, liberals should have looked to the left. Instead they covered up the complicity of the left and blamed the right.

JFK was the martyr of the dangerously unstable new America that the left was bringing into being.

Three years after the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, an engineering student and another former marine would climb a tower at the University of Austin and open fire. The killing spree would become a starting point in an accelerating trend of mass killings.

The murder of John Lennon, another liberal icon, in a new decade that closed the door on the chaos of the counterculture, would be a death undignified by any larger meaning. From Charles Manson to Jim Jones, these were the mad horrors spawned by a damaged culture where the monsters and madmen were suddenly the only ones who understood the rules.

Kennedy was killed in a more innocent time when it was still possible to deny that the wave of change was not ushering in a brave new world, but the destruction of a culture that had kept the worst human instincts in check.

The real Kennedy conspiracy was an effort to suppress the basic truths of what had happened and to replace them with a recursive loop of conspiracy theories that could never resolve anything while convincing everyone that the basic truths of what happened could be safely ignored.

The conspiracy did not cover up the work of the secret organization that killed JFK, but the secret organizations of the left whose ideas led to his murder. The real JFK conspiracy concealed the deeper secret that the left is destructive and that its ideas carry a dark wind of violence.

The left cannot make history come out the way that it wants to, but it can always lie about it. Its myths of the past are tawdry attempts at refusing to learn the lessons of history so that it will be given the freedom to repeat its terrible mistakes.

Lee Harvey Oswald was the stepchild of the left’s destructive ideas. The same madness that led to Guyana and the bombing of the Pentagon had its day fifty years ago in Dallas.

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  • http://www.ronlewenberg.com/ Ron Lewenberg

    I am not willing to discount a the idea that Oswald acted in concert
    with other communists. But whether JFK was killed by one communist or a
    dozen, the other two conspiracies remain. The two conspiracies to blame
    conservatives for the assassination and rewrite Kennedy as a liberal
    saint continue.

    • Smoking Hamster

      I personally believe he was acting alone but looking to impress Castro.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        That’s possible. But if he had escaped and showed up in Cuba, Castro might have been tempted to turn him over the the US, for a concession or two.

      • Navigator

        Not possible – watch the Zapruder film – frames 313-320 – the head goes BACK AND TO THE LEFT- meaning a front right shot – Oswald killed no one. He was in the 2nd floor break room as late as 12:20pm – seen be 2 witrnesses. Immediatley after the shots 2 TSBD employees went down the stairs, they never saw Oswald who HAD to go down the stairs pass them to be seen 90 seconds after the last shot in the 2nd floor break room by a Dallas police officer and an TSBD employee drinking a Coke, no sweating or breathing heavily. He could not have run across the 6th floor, down 4 flights of stairs, avoid the 2 women in the stairwell who walked down form the 5th floor, got out his money, inserted it into the machine, opened the machine door, pull out the coke, open it a drink about half in that 90 seconds. Oswald was set up, he was in the 2nd floor lunchroom the whole time. He as a pasty.

        • Rob Hobart

          Repeating the same ignorant nonsense over and over again does not make it any less nonsense.

        • tagalog

          He could have because he did.

        • Nachum1

          And how did you know the can was half empty? Did someone check?

    • NAHALKIDES

      Remember, Oswald was a loner, which makes it unlikely he acted in concert with anyone else. But I agree with you about the conspiracies to blame conservatives and to rewrite Kennedy as some kind of a savior when most of his policies (except tax cuts, not on the Left’s agenda today) failed.

    • tagalog

      One analyst of the Kennedy assassination says that no matter what facts exist about the shooting, there is no evidence in existence that says that there was any shooter other than Lee Harvey Oswald shooting at JFK that day. That’s the bottom line. You can speculate until the sun cools, but Oswald is what we have.

      • http://www.ronlewenberg.com/ Ron Lewenberg

        Of course Oswald was the shooter. I’m just not certain that he acted without the aid of other communists. Thanks to Jack Ruby, we will never know.

        • Harald Eigerson

          What I’ve never understood is how a guy like LHO got back into the country at the height of the cold war after his defection.

  • Rivkah F.

    If you read Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s op ed in WSJ, it is clear that the only “conspiracy” was the cover-up of Oswald’s connection with Castro and the Cuban intelligence services.

  • truebearing

    “The left cannot make history come out the way that it wants to, but it can always lie about it.”

    Well said.

    I’d take JFK any day over Obama, or Kerry, or either of the Clintons any day, but he was hugely overrated as a president. He didn’t deserve to be shot, however. JFK was obviously nowhere near liberal enough for a doctrinaire Leftist like Oswald — a true Leftist who wouldn’t stand out in the least at an Occupy Wall Street protest… or in the Obama Whitehouse — yet today’s Left cynically pretends to revere Kennedy for no other reason than that he had the good grace to die a Democratic martyr. Kennedy was far more valuable to the Left dead, where they could leverage emotion by writing romantic scripts for the gullible.

    The Left loves to leverage a crisis. Obama should be very, very nervous……

    • Bamaguje

      “JFK was obviously nowhere near liberal enough for a doctrinaire Leftist
      like Oswald… Kennedy was far more valuable to the Left dead…”

      Believing that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’ Kennedy wanted to slash taxes… how dare he?

  • ☢ Andrew ∆ James ☢

    I highly recommend going to You Tube and watching The Men Who Killed Kennedy – (episodes 7, 8, and 9). Much of these episodes focus on the role of Lyndon Johnson in the 1963 Coup d’Etat and they were BANNED from the History Channel because they are so accurate… And don’t forget, If you go far enough left, you end up back on the right.

    • TienBing

      The pie chart representation of the political spectrum is misleading at best. The spectrum is not a circle.

      • NAHALKIDES

        Exactly – those on the Left are statists/collectivists/socialists even if they call themselves something else. Those on the Right stand for freedom. There are others, holding inconsistent views, who nonetheless fall mostly into one camp or the other.

    • NAHALKIDES

      They were slick and technically well-done episodes, but ultimately unconvincing and deceiving. Oswald is definitely linked to the killing through the rifle, but no one can be definitely linked to Oswald, who was always a loner.

    • Rob Hobart

      Nonsense is still nonsense, even if it is dressed up in pretty pictures and music.

    • tagalog

      The play MacBird was right!

  • southwood

    One thing is certain and that is that at least one bullet struck JFK from the front. No way did Oswald fire that shot.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Nope. You shoot at a “meat target” from behind, and have someone film the event from the side, and the blood-spray will go towards you, rather than in the opposite direction. Shoot a deer and test it, yourself …

      Physics …

      • southwood

        Ah, so that explains why JFK’s brain was splattered onto the BACK of the car. I see. Obviously physics is way above my intellectual level.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          It may be. However, if you are a gun-owner, try it for yourself.

          He was shot in the head, by a high-powered rifle. Do you have any idea of the overpressures that result when a round with such energy enters a closed space like a skull? The energy has to go somewhere …

          I used to say the same thing as you, until I tested the theory. Science is about verifiability. It is also verified by disprovability (is there such a word?). A theory is either proved or disproved, by experimentation.

          If you are a gun onwer, fill up a gallon milk jug with water, set in on a fence post, and shoot it with a rifle. I guarantee you that … nine times out of ten … the jug will leap into the air, the water will splatter in your direction, and jug will fall onto your side of the fence.

          • southwood

            I am not convinced. If Oswald was involved he was not alone.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I realize how hard it is to get rid of those ideas. I was a freshman in a high school English class, when the announcement came over the loudspeaker about the assassination. It was very personal to us, even though I come from a long line of Republicans.

          • NAHALKIDES

            I understand with Wolfthatknowsall how hard it is to rid yourself of the idea of a conspiracy. I think the problem is that it’s so unsettling to realize that one alienated communist with a single old Italian army rifle could cause so much chaos in the world – but it’s true. It would almost be comforting in a strange way to think that it took some sinister machinations of powerful men to assassinate JFK, but that’s not what happened.

            Oswald was an unhappy loner, not the kind who would seek co-conspirators or who would have been recruited by any such people. He was a good shot with a rifle (the gun had his fingerprints on it) and would have had no trouble getting off the three shots in the time frame he did and hitting a target at 88 yards (the distance of the limousine when the fatal shot was fired).

            In short, it was quite possible for Oswald to have acted alone, and in the absence of any proof that someone else was involved, we should conclude that’s the way it happened.

          • southwood

            I am convinced that JFK was struck at least once from the front. Nothing will alter my belief in what my eyes saw in the footage of the incident.

          • Rob Hobart

            Nothing will alter your stupidity. Got it.

          • southwood

            How on anyone’s reckoning is it “stupidity” ? Go on, clown, don’t just make insulting empty statements. Try to back it up with a little evidence. Go, give it your best shot. I need a laugh.

          • southwood

            Evidence was twisted, went missing etc. Oh, and Oswald WAS seen in the building just minutes after the shooting down on the 2nd floor in the canteen.

          • Rob Hobart

            1. No, it wasn’t.
            2. It was very easy for him to get down there within that time.

          • southwood

            There is just no answer to such ridiculous statements.

          • Rob Hobart

            In other words, you’re a fantasist who refuses to let go of your fantasy. Contemptible.

          • southwood

            I have had four utterly inane replies from you. Not one grain of a counter argument in any of them. And, of course, the despicable ad hom. Wow. You are seriously twisted.

          • ziggy zoggy

            He was the only shooter.

          • southwood

            Garbage.

        • pwnful truth

          It very much is above your intellectual level, but there’s an experiment you can conduct which even you might be able to grasp. Ride in an open jeep or convertible, forward like JFK was moving, spit a mouthful of water straight up in the air, watch as it lands behind you.
          Dumb ass

      • Navigator

        Wolk – wrong – only a shot from the right front can make JFKs head move back and to the left.
        Simple physics.
        If Oswald took the shoot from the 6th floor why didn’t the 2 TSBD employees who were coming down the stairs from the 5th floor see him coming down the stairs on his way to the 2nd floor lunch room where he was seen by 2 witnesses 90 seconds after the shots?

        • NAHALKIDES

          No, the physics are not so simple. If you shoot a standing man, he may fall either backward or forward, for instance. As Wolf suggested, try shooting some milk jugs or pumpkins off a post and watch the effects later in slow-motion on video tape.

          If Oswald did not take the shot, why were his fingerprints on the rifle? Why was he the only employee unaccounted for when the police searched the building etc. etc.? Do you really believe these other “witnesses” of yours can remember where everyone was down to the precise second?

        • tagalog

          Well, actually, no; there’s the action of JFK’s neck muscles that figure in, too.

    • Rob Hobart

      Nope. That is not “certain” and in fact is definitively NOT true.

  • James S.

    Daniel Greenfield; Just because the mainstream does not back a conspiracy theory, does ot make it any less of a conspiracy. It simply means that the idiots in the media are too narrow minded to believe something is plausible.

    • Rob Hobart

      There was no conspiracy.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    I agree that in the larger sense, the Left if responsible for JFK’s death; and your point about the US still being innocent enough to deny that the murder wasn’t “ushering in a brave new world,” is also good. However, you don’t say anything about the Warren commission, and the botched autopsy. Bill Hemmer of Fox News had a good show on the assassination, last Saturday. He had a number of very credible witnesses, 1 or 2 of whom said that there were a number of witnesses that the FBI failed to interview; that the holes in Gov. Connally’s shirt were consistent with hollow-point bullets(not the kind fired by Oswald); and that the single bullet theory was first put forth by none other than RINO Republican Arlen Specter. Specter was one of the world’s great liars. There you go. We’ll probably never know exactly what happened; which underscores your point about the conspiracy theories being the conspiracy.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Any good marksman … and Oswald was a former Marine … can duplicate the work of LHO. I’ve done so, myself, using a surplus Italian Carcano in 6.5mm. The rifle has the fastest action of any bolt-action military rifle in the 20th Century. It’s reasonably accurate, of by building up a little muscle memory over several weeks, you can get off three well-aimed shots in 2 seconds.

      Oswald himself was … pardon the expression … in bed with the Castros, and absolutely hated Kennedy because of the Missile Crisis. Instead of shooting Kennedy, he should have praised him. Had it not been for Kennedy’s bungled handling of the issue, Cuba would have long ago been liberated by American troops.

      By the way, in my test, one of the bullets hit the target, veered off to the right, and hit the target representing the Texas governor. The Magic Bullet is simple physics …

      • RogerDane

        You are accurate, no pun intended. Folks who do not shoot have no idea of the comparative ease of those shots by someone trained as all Marines are. I must ask ‘The Ordinary Man” to google “hollow point” bullets because cloth does not determine the terminal ballistic patterns of a bullet, it is solely the flesh. Specter may have been a liar but even a broken watch is accurate twice daily. Credible re-enactments, numerous film reviews and nearly all the forensic evidence points solely to one shooter, one American hater that pulled the trigger. But when it is all said and done, we won’t ever see an end to the idea of the grassy knoll and some will continue to believe that JFK is playing golf with Elvis in Montana albeit with walkers.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          I was a scout/sniper in the 101st, and I’ve never stopped practicing my skills.

          You’re right in what you said about the hollow points. The entry wound is not where you find evidence that the bullet was as hollow point. It’s the massive damage it does after it enters flesh and bone that determines this fact.

          It was my test of “Oswald” … I was at the same height and angle that he was, and at the same distance from the target … that freed me from conspiracy theories. There is a lingering suspicion in me, however, that Obama is Reptilian working for the alien overlords, and MIchelle is a guy who played football in high school …

          • ratonis

            Now you’re onto something there!

        • TheOrdinaryMan

          First, its physically impossible to get off “3 well aimed shots in 2 seconds,” as Mr. Wolf says above; I don’t care what gun you use. Its humanly impossible.(And I have some experience with a 30-06 Springfield Army model 1903; standard issue to GI’s until after WWII) Second, John T. Orr, the Justice Dept. Special Prosecutor, said on Bill Hemmer’s show last Saturday, that the bullet patterns on Connally’s clothes didn’t match the kind of military bullet that Oswald fired. I don’t believe there was anyone on the grassy knoll, but Orr’s investigation made a lot of sense. He said that the angle of trajectory for the fatal shot showed that that shot was impossible to achieve from the Texas school book depository window; thus there had to be another shooter, firing from another building. And since Orr gave 18 years of his life to his investigation; and was one of the very few outside investigators to be allowed to see objects from the shooting, and since the FBI acknowledged to some degree, the truth of Orr’s investigation, I believe Mr. Orr.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            If it was impossible, I couldn’t have done it. Science, and experimentation, trumps conspiracy.

            With all apologies to Mr. Orr, I spent weeks developing the muscle memory to work the action, dry fire, work the action, dry fire, and work the action, dry fire. According the Oswald’s wife, he did the same thing, in the weeks before the assassination.

            Do you still have the Model 1903? Although the action is not as fast as the Carcano, you can still do it. A good source on muscle memory:

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

          • NAHALKIDES

            Also, Oswald had 7 seconds, not two, giving him plenty of time.

          • Rob Hobart

            Yep, exactly.

          • tagalog

            Three rounds in seven seconds falls within the realm of what shooters call “fast slow fire,” meaning you can not only aim, but you have time to aim carefully.

          • Tom

            In fact is was 8.2 seconds.

          • Drakken

            I beg to differ on your characteristic that the Carcano is the fastest bolt action. In my experience the Mosin/Nagant in 7.62 by 54r or the Lee-Enfield in .303 is a tad faster than the Carcano, heck, even my M-40 A-1 and 2 in 7.62 Nato is just as fast and far more accurate. Before you ask, yes I do stay current and use my craft to this day. Yes you are very correct that if you practice enough with the tool at hand enough, your muscle memory will take over in a stressful environment.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            My Enfield jungle carbine is quite fast, but with the shorter barrel, recoil becomes a problem (though it’s a sweet weapon). Mosin/Nagants tend to have faster actions in the wartime production runs. My 1929 Mosin … an “izzy” … is quite slow.

            In Vietnam, I used an M14, with scope and suppressor, with handloaded rounds … 77-gr .223 rounds, discarding sabot, with commercial .308 casings (they allowed for a heavier load of powder than the thick NATO brass). This round left the muzzle at slightly over 4000 fps. Of course, the weapon was fired semi-automatic, and working an action was not a problem.

            I tend to count rounds fired. Is this something you do? Just trying to find out if I’m crazy, or something!

          • tagalog

            I count. Learned it doing military shooting and on high school rifle team (with retired Army Lt. Col. as the faculty member-leader). I don’t get it right all the time, but I usually have it squared away.

          • Whitehorseman

            ‘Dark Legacy’ on netflix……watch that documentary….

          • TheOrdinaryMan

            Why don’t you ask Mr. Orr about it? I don’t claim to be an expert on the Kennedy assassination. I stand by every word I said, and It IS impossible to get off “3 well aimed shots in 2 seconds” with a bolt-action rifle. One…two, done. No way.
            And Wikipedia isn’t a good source about much of anything, either.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            That’s all right, my friend. You don’t have to believe me. I’m easy …

            Normally, I would agree with you about Wikipedia. The article in question, however, discusses muscle memory pretty much as I was taught in the military. You don’t have to believe that, either. But in combat, you don’t want to be thinking about too many things … just the enemy.

            This thread, however, has proved Mr. Greenfield’s basic premise, that the conspiracy is the conspiracy. I am a “lone gunman” theorist, because it is in keeping with my life’s experience. It makes sense. Every one else has their own reasons for believing the conspiracies that help them make sense out of such a stupid act.

            This, by the way, is why I absolutely opposed to someone doing this to the current occupant. God knows that I don’t want Obamao turned into a martyr …

          • Hammerstrike

            If you can do it, do you have any videos? There was a show called mythbusters.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I did it in 1982, and it was filmed on an 8mm camera. I have the reels, but haven’t the foggiest on how to turn them into a YouTube video.

          • Rob Hobart

            Nonsense from a fool.

          • TienBing

            Why the anger? Just disagree and explain why the other party is wrong, or your information is better.
            I don’t think it likely that we will ever know for sure how many shooters there were, if Oswald was the only shooter, if there was a conspiracy(s) involved or the definitive answers to any of the other questions that remain. I certainly don’t know. I have read so many books and articles by experts on the subject that I have lost count – I may have even read Posner (?) not to mention documentaries etc. All claim to be the last word on the subject.
            The only things that are known are that Kennedy was killed; Oswald was accused of the murder; Jack Ruby murdered Oswald on live tv; the Warren Commission presented absolute nonsense and misinformation as fact.
            Experts, all claiming to reveal the truth while contradicting each other, pump out a cornucopia of books and theories. Everyone picks the “expert” or conspiracy theory, or debunker position/rationale that they like and the circus goes on.

          • tagalog

            In NRA Bullseye pistol shooting rapid fire means shooting ten aimed shots in 20 seconds. That’s two shots in two seconds (first shot, then two seconds, then second shot – there’s time to aim with practice, and it doesn’t take a lot of practice to be able to do it; to be able to do it WELL is another issue). Getting a third shot off in that time frame is very possible. Oswald may have been “lucky” and his rounds went in the intended direction even if badly aimed. But there’s no doubt that a person can get off three shots in two seconds with a bolt-action rifle.

          • Whitehorseman

            back and to the left…..back and to the left……’Dark Legacy’ on Netflix…watch it..

        • David Simpson

          Wolf, I appreciate your obviously well thought out position on the sniper fire resulting in the murder of a president but I do take some exception to your certainty.

          The Mannlicher-Carcano ’38 that Oswald allegedly used presents some vexing problems. First, the 4X scope was a cheap and dirty (reports suggest the lens was almost opaque) Japanese (perhaps Chinese, I don’t remember) knockoff, attached by a Klein’s Sporting Goods gunsmith, providing a scope mount needing 4 set screws. LHO’s M-C ’38 possessed only 2 set screws, suggesting the possibly of slippage resulting in inaccuracy. He (LHO) misses the first shot, which should have been the easiest, retargets in less than three seconds while cycling the bolt action and hits the president in the upper back, that bullet being dubbed the magic bullet. LHO again cycles the bolt action, reacquires the target and hits the president in the head, that being the kill shot. And all of this was done through a arbor of live oaks, trees that maintain their foliage throughout most of the year. Why not hit the president when the car is making the 120 degree turn, rendering the vehicle practically inert while presenting the shooter with an ideal angle, unobstructed by any trees? But that is not my biggest concern.

          My problem with the Warren Commission’s investigation has to do with the basic ballistics and the physics of what happens to a bullet that sustains impact at approximately 1800/ft per second (mussel velocity from end of barrel probably around 2100ft/sec. for the M-C ’38, bleeding velocity as it closes the 265 ft to the target, entering target at around 1800 ft/sec.). But here is where it gets dicey and doesn’t square up with the Warren Commissions conclusions. The round (bullet) that LHO used was a 6.5 M-C 162 grain. The meplat (tip of the bullet) is rounded on that particular model, intended to penetrate dense surfaces with minimal distortion. For it’s purpose in 1898 it was actually a very well engineered missile. And make no mistake, ballistic projectiles are some of the most over engineered products on earth. It (the bullet) was unusually stout and long (length was engineered into the M-C 6.5 to increase accuracy due to the rounded meplat which would otherwise reduce accuracy). Due to these characteristics of the round, the “magic bullet” theory is not impossible when one also factors in deflection.

          It is the third bullet, the kill shot, that presents a problem. It is noted by the WC that it simply disintegrated on impact, leaving little trace of it’s existence. The engineering of the bullet simply does not allow for that to happen. It is physically impossible, unless of course some type of explosive was incorporated into the bullet. Forensics in 1963 would have been able to detect a foreign agent such as mercury yet none was found. And to add even greater mystery is the disappearance of the president’s brain which even in it’s dissected state would have led pathologists to irrefutable conclusions, conclusions that unfortunately could not be made without analyzing the brain. For me that is the greatest mystery and leaves the door open for all kinds of conspiracy theories.

          • Rob Hobart

            Posner answered all of these putative objections 20 years ago.

          • David Simpson

            And Posner has been revealed for what he is, a cheap plagiarist and mercenary, available to the highest bidder. He along with Bugliosi are unquestioning acolytes of the Warren Commission decision despite obvious and glaring flaws in the investigation including the installation of wet behind the ears interns and junior lawyers (and let’s not forget Alan Dulles, a known enemy of Kennedy) who knew practically nothing when it came to conducting investigations. And the very real fact that Earl Warren was intensely fearful that should it be shown to be a conspiracy how would the nation react. I am not necessarily advocating one theory over another and frankly it is very possible that LHO acted alone as a deranged and isolated psychopath, envisioning himself as some kind of hero, significant and important. And although I read Posner’s self absorbed and at times benighted opus, I am not familiar with his discussion regarding the ballistics. Perhaps you might refresh my memory and indicate how he resolved these questions. Thanks!

          • Whitehorseman

            back and to the left…back and to the left….’Dark Legacy’ on Netflix…go watch it……

          • rkpk

            Probably Mob and Anti castro Cubans,, Carlos Marcello was furious over being deported by RFK. The exiles for lack of air cover at Bay Of pigs..

          • Johnnnyboy

            Greenfield sets up his own conspiracy theory for the sake of attacking all other conspiracy theories. His theory is to suppose that all other theories are driven by political bias, liberals who want to avoid what is claimed to be the obvious, that Oswald was a lone communist inspired killer.

            I will skip the details, but for several reasons I regard the single shooter theory as unworkable. That mandates a second shooter and makes it a conspiracy, which in turn creates the need for a backer, a grand conspirator who set things up.

            That is where the trail runs cold. Given Oswald’s background, some form of communist conspiracy would seem most likely, but there were other powerful individuals and groups that would have liked to see Kennedy dead. Maybe Oswald was just a tool (figuratively and literally) of some other interest group. Oliver Stone solves the problem in his movie by more or less blaming everybody.

            The real liberal conspiracy here, the for sure one, is treating Kennedy as a current generation liberal and his time in office as Camelot. The reality is different. By current standards Kennedy was closer to current conservatives than current liberals. He did have great speaking skills and was the best I have ever seen in a press conference. And his heart was in the right place. But unfortunately his actual administrative skills were variable and he produced mixed results while is office.

        • Navigatgor

          ” Credible re-enactments, numerous film reviews and nearly all the forensic evidence points solely to one shooter,”
          Wrong – the head of JFK after the kill shot moves BACK AND TO THE LEFT – meaning a front right shot.

        • craigvan

          If I recall correctly, it was a small caliber steel core bullet designed to penetrate rather than fragment, basically the opposite of a hollow point.
          I forgot their names but some British forensic scientists analyzed the Zapruder film and did a computer reenactment of the position of everyone given the available photos. And the “magic bullet” made a straight path through Kennedy’s neck, Connally’s chest, and Connally’s wrist. Connally, was not directly in front of Kennedy. The bullet didn’t zigzag at all. This is consistent with the type of bullet that was fired.

      • Navigator

        “Any good marksman”
        Wolf – thats where you are wrong – any GOOD markmans would not have waited until the turn at elm – he would have taken the shot when JFK was coming toward the TBD. He also would not have leaned out the window or been anywhere near the window sill to conceal his position. And the head of JFK after the kill shot moves BACK AND TO THE LEFT – meaning a front right shot.

        • Rob Hobart

          Wrong, wrong, and wrong. Also ignorant and stupid.

          • TienBing

            There you go again.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          I would have picked another location for the kill, took my time, and fired one shot. It would have been all that was needed. In Vietnam, I wasn’t called “Headhunter” for no reason …

          I’ve already explained how a shot from behind can cause the head to move toward the back. That has been my experience, in actual combat.

          I could be wrong, however. Perhaps CGB Spender … the Cigarette-smoking man … WAS waiting in the storm drain for the car’s approach!

      • Drakken

        As a former Marine Scout/Sniper, your experiment does have credibility, but looking at the angles involved, it adds up to 2 shooters, yes Oswald shot 3 times, but like your experiment, missed once or twice, so where did the other 1 or 2 shots come from? I don’t have the answer myself, but shooting reverse azimuths, the other shots didn’t come from the book repository.

        • pwnful truth

          Well you were an extremely poor scout/sniper because NUMEROUS novice shooters have recreated all of Oswald’s shots, one of them less than a week after “picking up a firearm for the first time in my life.” And yet you say it’s “impossible?” tell the truth: you washed out of basic, live in a trailer, and tell bullshit stories about your time “in the scout/snipers.”

          • ziggy zoggy

            I could kill you without even flexing. Blitch.

          • pwnful truth

            Uh huh. That would make you pretty bad ass… but who cares? If that’s you in that picture I’d say you’re about 5 foot 6 -but then you probably do steroids too, so maybe you can. Again, who cares? You’re not here, and we’re not in a fight… except perhaps an intellectual one, and you are overmatched, little man

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I think you were addressing your comments to me, rather than Drakken. Also, it was the 101st Airborne (DELTA/2/501/101st), which is not a “Marine” unit.

      • Hammerstrike

        Tactical nuclear weapons.

        The whole crisis was started by a deliberate deception.

        http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/6/3/29263.jpg?v=1

        http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/186m3lnm8pwlhjpg/original.jpg

        And the missile gap wasn´t a myth after all.

        • ziggy zoggy

          That’s the coolest home I’ve ever seen..

          • Hammerstrike

            Thanks.

        • Hammerstrike

          Purpose is to point out that U2 plane spying wasn´t enough to show that the missile gap didn´t actually exist.

          Soviet state, not being that keen on freedom of the press and all that, wouldn´t have much trouble having its real nuclear missile launching bases disguised as mines, silos and factories, while maintaining a small number of fake “official” missile bases.

          The “intelligence” that revealed the missiles in Cuba and the supposed weakness of the Soviet missile force never revealed that the Red Army also had tactical missiles ready to greet any would-be liberators and had access to a suspiciously large amount of information.

      • TienBing

        My nephew is a former Marine with an expert rifleman medal. He can’t hit the broadside of a barn. Oswald was rated a marksman by the Corps. Branch of service is irrelevant.
        True, anyone with a little practice can fire off 3 rounds in 7 seconds with a Mannlicher Carcano (which is not the fastest of any bolt action military rifle. Compared to the Lee Enfield the Carcano is a turtle) The trick is firing downhill and hitting a small target moving away from you between obstacles. Whatever. Oswald may have just had a lucky day when his muscle memory was peaked.

    • NAHALKIDES

      The Warren Commission certainly wasn’t perfect, as we would expect given that it was chaired by judicial activist Earl Warren. It is unfortunate that this imperfection has added fuel to the conspiracy theory fire over the years. Maybe the FBI did fail to interview some witnesses, and maybe Arlen Specter was right for once. These things are far more likely than a conspiracy.

    • Rob Hobart

      The usual nonsense.
      Yes, we do know exactly what happened. Read “Case Closed.”

  • DaCoachK

    Kennedy’s failures have been forgotten because he was killed. His lack of personal character was little better than that crook father of his or that drunk murdering brother.

    • timpottorff

      Exactly. People under 40 have no idea.

    • tagalog

      JFK was just another John Foster Dulles-style brinksmanship politico. In his three years as President, he accomplished almost nothing worthwhile. And if Krushchev hadn’t been a wimp who was despised by his own peers, JFK would have gotten us into World War III.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    The Mafia whacked Kennedy and the CIA covered it up. Why? Because the Mafia wanted to whack Fidel Castro, so they could re-establish their casinos in Havanna. A license to print money. Kennedy appealed to the Mafia to help him into power. The Mafia even campaigned to elect Kennedy. Things turned bad when ‘Jack’ Kennedy and especially Robert Kennedy went after the Mafia in a full-on attempt to destroy them. The Mafia were enraged at this, after having helped Kennedy’s election campaign. So what did the Mafia do? They fell back on tradition: they whacked Kennedy. Why did the CIA cover it up? Because the CIA used to use Mafia hitmen as assassins. With the knowledge the Mafia, specifically Carlos Marcello and Santo Traficante, had on the CIA, the CIA found itself in a horribly compromised position. Their way out? Dream up the Warren Commission to smother the whole Kennedy assasination in disinformation. Oswald was carefully set up to take the fall. Jack Ruby, a small-time thug, was given the job to whack Oswald. Why? Part of the smoke screen. So the evidence couldn’t be put into court. The assasin who blew half of President Kennedy’s head off was a member of the Corsican Mafia known as Lucien Sartee. “the guilty one hidden in the misty woods”.

    • JimG33

      I’ve been listening to these piles of BS since that day, and all the conspiracies are crap. If La Cosa Nostra wanted Castro dead they would have killed him, causing chaos in Cuba. The only force able to end that chaos was the 82 nd. Airborne and the Marines. Russian forces were minimal since the end of the Missile Crisis. Kennedy would have been so grateful the Mafia could have rebuilt their empire while the FBI and the CIA went through Raul’s records.

      See how easy it is to build up a story. Hmm…I’d better start working on an outline.

      The Mannlincher-Carcano was built using Mauser technology, child’s play for a marine with above average skills. A guy much like LHO.

      One lone Commie, with a clean firing line, simple.

      Funny how no one mentions “Case Closed” by Gerald Posner. Would that make it too simple for the simple minded?

      • Rob Hobart

        Yep. Posner conclusively demonstrated it was Oswald and Oswald alone who did it. The fantasists have been trying desperately to ignore his book ever since.

        • chan chan

          Thank goodness there are at least two other sane people on here who don’t believe some fairies killed JFK. The evidence that lone marxist nut LHO did it is overwhelming.

    • Rob Hobart

      And yet more drivel.

  • Jason

    LIES! Greenfield, you must have been the grassy knoll shooter. I’m on to you…
    (Sarcasm. I hate that I have to do this, but some people are just that thick)

    • chan chan

      It was George W. Bush. Anyone who can’t see that is an idiot.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        (Sarcasm)

        Nixon did it. Pre-George W. Bush, Nixon was responsible for everything.

        (Not Sarcasm)
        I actually heard of a theory that Nixon had to “knock off” the Kennedy’s, before he could gain the White House. So, not only was he responsible for JFK’s assassination, but he was also responsible for RFK’s assassination.

        Sirhan Sirhan. As Mel Gibson’s character says in the movie Conspriacy Theory, perhaps his real name was “Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan” … you know, the assassin “3-name” theory.

  • chan chan

    It’s really boring that people still bang on about JFK assassination conspiracies.

    He was killed by a lone Marxist nut, for which the evidence is overwhelming.

    • Navigator

      Actaully not – see above – the kill shot moves JFks head BACK AND TO THE LEFT – meaning a front right shot. Not possible from the rear to move the head forward.

      • Rob Hobart

        False, moron. Learn a little about wound ballistics and the behavior of human heads when struck with bullets.

        • TienBing

          I’ve seen it first hand and close up. I never saw someones head or body jerk in the direction of the bullet strike from any calibre weapon at any distance – certainly not when the projectile had the impact force to blow off part of the head and blow the brains out. The frames from the Zapruder film just released show that the head jerk was not a rebound but an initial reaction to the impact of the projectile.
          I have no idea who or how many or from what angle they fired. I have seen no evidence that convinces me one way or another, but I do know that as amusing as the conspiracy theories are the snarling “debunkers” are even goofier.

        • Whitehorseman

          It’s not a rebound…if anyone is a moron..or a plant for disinfo it is YOU!!!!!

          • southwood

            Agreed on both points.

          • chan chan

            This is great – “a plant for disinfo”. So, the Military Industrial Complex – or whoever’s been conducting this grandest of conspiracies involving thousands of individuals for fifty years, is sending people on to Frontpage to plant disinformation about the Kennedy assassination in the comments sections.

            Brilliant. I love it…

            I suppose we never went to the moon either?

      • chan chan

        Total garbage. Another person who thinks Oliver Stone’s movie is a documentary.

      • craigvan

        Garrison and Stone made a big deal about the “back and to the left”. But if you shoot a melon with a high powered rifle, like one Oswald had, it will roll towards the direction the shot came from.

        • TienBing

          A head attached to a body is not a melon on a table. And as far as rolling toward the direction the shot comes from that depends on where on the melon the projectile hit. Kinda like english on a cue ball. Put the melon on a pole and see which way it falls when struck by high powered or low powered rifle.

        • Whitehorseman

          lol…you’re moronic…..how many hours of tv do watch a day?

    • Whitehorseman

      You mean like that clean and shiny one bullet??? that kind of evidence??? lol…what a fool…go watch some more tv.

  • visitor

    Lee Oswald was no different from Timothy McVeigh: one a nut job with leftist ideas and one a nut job with rightist ideas. I assume you don’t think that McVeigh having rightwing anti-government views discredits the conservative cause. Sauce for the goose should serve for the gander.

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      Yes, there’s an occasional kook on the right; but that doesn’t give you on the left any room on the high horse. From Big Bill Haywood and Harry Orchard, to Sacco and Vanzetti, to Rosa Luxemburg, to the anarchist who shot Henry Clay Frick, to the 1925 Wall Street bomber, to the Puerto Rican lefties who tried to kill Harry Truman, to Lee Harvey Oswald…to today’s Occupy movement…excuse me…the Left has a lot more practice than the right.

      • David Simpson

        Of course it is alleged that the Stern Gang also attempted to kill Truman in 1950 by route of a letter bomb.

    • NAHALKIDES

      The recasting of McVeigh as a “right-winger” by the mainstream media – you know, the one which functions as the propaganda arm of the Democratic Left – should not be accepted on faith. McVeigh seems to have been less intellectual than Oswald, who could argue Marxism with some degree of assurance. McVeigh probably did not hold any coherent political ideas, and seems to have thought that democracy was failing just as communism had. Certainly he did blame the government, and was especially fearful of gun-control attempts during the ’90′s. To see gun-control as the beginning of tyranny is by no means crazy; believing the way to fight back is to blow up a Federal Building is.

      Even granting that McVeigh was more Conservative than Anarchist – and it’s not clear we should grant that – the fact remains that violence and terrorism are consistent tools of the political Left, and have been since the French Revolution. Those of us who value freedom tend to err on the other side – we allow government to inflict upon us a long chain of abuses and outrages before we even think about fighting back. That’s a pretty big difference.

  • pennant8

    Political theorizing, tossing around terms like left, right, liberal, conservative, and communist do not provide any substantive evidence in this case. At its base, the assassination of JFK was a homicide, murder by gunshot. Homicides are not solved by dissertations on liberal vs. conservative philosophies. Homicides are solved mainly through forensics. The forensics in this homicide exculpate Lee Harvey Oswald. It was the willful disregard and burying of exculpatory evidence that has caused the conspiracy claims to persist for all these years.
    I have former Dallas Chief of Police, Jesse Curry, on my side. He once said to a reporter “We don’t have any proof that Oswald fired the rifle, and never did. Nobody’s yet been able to put him in that building with a gun in his hand.”

    • NAHALKIDES

      They were able to identify Oswald’s fingerprint on the rifle, which was found in the building and he was the only employee missing when the police searched the building. That’s pretty strong circumstantial evidence right there.

    • Rob Hobart

      Utterly false.
      The bullets have been matched to the ones Oswald had and to the gun he owner. The evidence is conclusive.

  • CurmudgyOne

    “Kennedy was killed in a more innocent time when it was still possible to deny that the wave of change was not ushering in a brave new world, but the destruction of a culture that had kept the worst human instincts in check.”

    This quote caught and held me. I’ve read other articles, and the first two chapters of Bork’s Slouching Towards Gomorrah, that took many words to make this point, but this puts it into a single, succinct paragraph. Well done! Mr. Greenfield, you’ve done it again better than the others.

    Now, fifty years down the line, we’ve seen many of those worst human instincts come to evil fruition in our staggering republic.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you

  • http://historyscoper.com/ T.L. Winslow

    Sorry, but if Oswald was not a CIA agent pretending to be a Commie on past missions, but was a real Commie, he would have been shooting at LBJ not JFK. And he wouldn’t have snuck off and later claimed he was a patsy, but would have stayed in the Depository, took hostages, demanded TV coverage so he could crow about his lone achievement, how Communism is strong and Capitalism is weak, and demanded a plane to Cuba. Instead, he seems to have no escape plan whatsoever, unless he were indeed a CIA agent, in which case DPD officer Tippitt was his escape plan, like the rest of the Mission: Impossible team that day. Too bad, somebody killed his ride, leaving him with no escape plan again, after which he had nowhere to go on foot except into the hands of his former associates the DPD.

    With just days to the 50th anniv. of Who Killed Kennedy, take time to scope the facts with my cool free JFKScope at tinyurl.com/jfkscope

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Why would he stay and take hostages when his plan was to escape and go on killing?

    • Rob Hobart

      More drivel.

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    It’s not that complicated. Any theory that Oliver Stone subscribes to, must be considered questionable.

  • Steve

    JFK: The Smoking Gun…Has the true story…

  • http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/ Nixys

    For me, learning that a communist killed JFK was really a defining moment in my journey from the establishment left to the true conservative right. I still remember reading those words…”a marxist”….and suddenly so many things clicked for me. Why had I never been taught this in school? Why was everyone so cheerfully predisposed to love those goofy conspiracy theories and admit “We will never know the truth”?

    Because a communist killed JFK, that’s why. A communist killed the President of the United States. That changed a lot for me- McCarthy was not a hysterical anti-American. The Cold War was real. A lot of things started to unravel in the lefty narrative at that point.

    • Whitehorseman

      go watch ‘Dark Legacy’ on Netflix…..it’ll change your perspective..

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Well-stated, sir …

  • mindRider

    The great doubt is the ability of Oswald in firing an old bolt action rifle accurately three times in 6 seconds which later testing experts did not manage to do.

    • Rob Hobart

      He didn’t. He had more time than 6 seconds. Read Posner’s “Case Closed.”

    • tagalog

      If a person can’t work a bolt and fire three aimed rounds in six seconds from a Mannlicher-Carcano or any other bolt-action rifle, that person isn’t trying.

      First of all, with a rifle cocked you only have to work the bolt twice to get off three shots. You can cycle a bolt in about a second, maybe less. Try it yourself and you’ll see how easy it is to fire three rounds in six seconds from a bolt-action rifle. Don’t take my word for it.

      • mindRider

        I did many times fire bolt action WWI rifles but to get them back on a stationary, let alone a moving target, after the serious recoil within two seconds is virtually impossible, look at youtube movies by much better shots than I am not managing either and the first, already chambered shot, was not the one that hit the brain!

        • tagalog

          Yeah, it’s hard. But if you’re a shooter, you know that sometimes rounds hit where you want them to even though your aim was rotten and the round should have gone into the ozone. I’ve done it and I bet you have too. Every shooter has. Lee Harvey Oswald had a large factor of chance working in his favor that day at that moment.

          And if he had six seconds, he could have gotten off three aimed shots.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    That Lee Harvey Oswald was an avowed Communist radical there is little doubt but there are elements of the Kennedy assassination that read like a grade B, Hollywood, fictional docudrama directed by Oliver Stone. The botched forensic examination, Jack Ruby’s murder of Oswald eliminating the possibility of Oswald ever coming to trial, an armed Jack Ruby’s mysterious access to Oswald while the assassin of a president of the United States was being escorted through a supposedly secured location by a phalanx of police and FBI, Jack Ruby’s relatively unheralded, subsequent death etc.

    The Left will portray any and all national tragedies, real or that they invent, as perpetrated by the “evil conspiracy” that is, in their malicious view, purposefully always the Right. It’s almost laughably obvious, their stock in trade. That aside, it does defy belief that so much incompetence and stupidity could surround perhaps one of, if not the most significant events of the 20th century.

    Watching two of the recent network attempts to “finally settle” this unending dilemma, one a local PBS documentary and one from FOX news, the former “final word” was Lone Assassin, the latter, maybe Russia, or the Mob. And so it goes.

    While, in the grand scheme of things, my opinion is not worth a pile of dung and opinion is all it is, if there was a conspiracy behind Kennedy’s assassination I suspect the Mob as the most likely culprit. They had powerful motives against the Kennedy brothers, get Johnson as President and thus Attorney General Bobby Kennedy and his crime commission off their back and the scenario, contamination of evidence and elimination of the perpetrator and the key witnesses (Oswald and Ruby) has the Mob imprint all over it.

    And, after a five year cooling off period, Bobby is assassinated at an event where he was campaigning to become the second Kennedy to take command of the oval office, an event both anathema and abhorrent to the Mob. Unusual to say the least, no? If it looks like a pig, smells like a pig and walks like a pig it’s unlikely a duck.

    • Rob Hobart

      The assassination was settled two decades ago by Posner’s “Case Closed.”

      • TienBing

        Settled? Like the “science” of global warming?
        Wow!

        • ziggy zoggy

          F@gbot.

          • TienBing

            Hi porky.

    • reader

      According to Michai Pacepa, most of the conspiracy theories regurgitating “mafia” and “CIA” connections were hastily cooked up by PGU KGB and disseminated via its satellite services such as Romanian DIE, which he had the first hand knowledge of because he himself was in charge of this activity. He writes about it in “Programmed to Kill.”

  • Jerry G

    Sorry to disagree but Lee Harvey Oswald was not a leftist or a communist. He was a patriotic American who enlisted in American intelligence at an early age. His so called defection to Russia was a ruse to plant American spies in Russia. Any clear reading of the JFK assassination will divulge the fact that as Oswald himself stated,he was a patsy or a fall guy.Many of the facts are out and are available in a book “Interview With History” written by Pamela J. Ray and James E. Files. Incidentally, Files was the “Grassy Knoll” shooter whose bullet killed Kennedy . Lee Harvey Oswald, despite the Warren Commisions’ lies was as much a victim of the assassination as was Kennedy.

    • Rob Hobart

      Drivel. Grow up.

      • Jerry G

        Hobart,
        I gave you facts. You’ve given opinion which without facts is worthless. You’re the one that sounds like a child

        • southwood

          Jerry, he’s an idiot. Ignore him.

          • Jerry G

            Southwood,
            Thank you. Unfortunately there are too many just like Hobart ,including intelligent people, who repeat absolute nonsense without researching the subject. I’ve spent 50 years of my life reading and thinking about the JFK assassination. I believe I know what I’m talking about.

          • southwood

            Jerry, I have examined a lot of the evidential reports on this case too. I have seen your side of the argument too, also that Oswald was a double agent, and so on. The bottom line is if there has been enough obfuscation and downright destruction of evidence, we’ll never know the truth. Or the whole truth anyway. But we are allowed to weigh up what we have read or heard or seen without being insulted. I personally think Oswald was probably involved but agree with you that he was, as he himself said, “the patsy”

          • Jerry G

            Southwood,
            I’ve already cited one book that will give you most of the answers to the JFK conspiracy. Here’s a second one:
            Me & Lee,written by Judyth Vary Baker who was Oswald’s mistress and also deeply involved in CIA plots. Most books about the assassination,including the Warren Commission Report, are complete garbage. These two books are the most factual of the dozens and dozens of books that I have read.

          • southwood

            Jerry, thanks. The Warren Commission apparently ignored, withheld or did not return evidence.IMHO the best conspiracy since it was officially authorized was that LHO acted alone. One question, since it is the thing that really makes me believe Oswald’s involvement, why did he shoot Officer Tippet ? Any theories ?

          • Jerry G

            Southwood,
            Oswald did not shoot Tippet. A mob hitman was sent to Oswald’s apartment to kill him but Oswald had already left his apartment. The hitman rushed out and encountered Tippet. Thinking that Tippet would arrest him the hit man shot and killed Tippet. This information is recounted by James E. Files, “The Grassy Knoll Shooter”.

          • southwood

            Yes, Jerry, I did see something like that in a video. Why was the hitman to kill LHO ? Just to eliminate him in case he got caught ? Hence the “patsy” title ? BTW I reckon at least one shooter was on the grassy knoll, or looking out from the roadside manhole cover.

  • fiddler

    This also reminds me of how JFK’s brother, Edward (Teddy) managed to stay afloat politically despite Mary-Jo Copecney’s (sp?) death. I’ll never forget dismissive articles after Teddy’s passing that somehow Mary-Jo “took one” for the “Lion of the Democratic Party”. The justification by an means necessary is a window into the dark heart of those on the left who believe law is relative. It doesn’t matter what is true or right, but who WINS.

    • tagalog

      Kopechne.

  • johnnywood

    I felt like the latest JFK assassination project running on AMC or Reelz, or what ever, would be a waste of time. Thanks for the confirmation.

  • Larry Allen

    Jim Jones went to Guyana because it was “socialist”; he wanted to take his people to the USSR.

  • Le Fox

    Thank you. These are conspiracies I can handle. Oswald was a Communist, through and through, and even the Russians kept tabs on him. Yet people don’t want to accept this.

    Lefties are sneaky, people! Sneaky, sneaky.

  • tagalog

    Robert Kennedy murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. Gerald Ford attacked by a leftist secretary, then by radical environmentalist and nutball freak Lynnette Fromme of the Manson family. Ronald Reagan shot by a fan of Jodie Foster.

    But there WERE right-wing nut cases James Earl Ray and Byron De La Beckwith, who murdered Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers – we are continually reminded of their politics.

    • Omar

      But John Hinckley, Jr. did not have any political affiliation at all. His plot against Reagan was purely for attention, not for anything political.

  • TienBing

    Some of the justifications given for accepting the Warren Commission’s whitewash remind me of the story of the drunk and the lost house keys. He lost the keys mid-block but went to the corner to look for them because there was more light at the corner.

  • Texas Patriot

    DG: “There was never really any disagreement about Lee Harvey Oswald’s politics. The media has avoided the issue by characterizing him as a screwball, but Lee Harvey Oswald was a militant Socialist screwball who defected to the USSR and plotted the murders of people he considered “right-wing.” Lee Harvey Oswald was part of a continuum of left-wing terror in America. The murder of JFK was a bridge between the explosions of violence in the twenties by anarchists and by the Weathermen in the seventies. Oswald was the leading edge of American left-wing violence.”

    In the entire highly volatile and contentious history of the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, I don’t think anyone has ever stated the truth about the assassination of John F. Kennedy so succinctly and so well. Simply put, Kennedy was killed by a Communist, because he wasn’t Leftist enough for the emerging liberal mindset in the United States. And his death broke the dam that unleashed the flood waters of misguided American policies that have left America with the worst system of public education of any industrialized nation, the most sedentary and obese population of any industrialized nation, the highest per capita health care costs of any industrialized nation, and the highest national debt of any industrialized nation. It is stunning how the death of one man paved the way for the destruction of so much that was so great about America. It’s been a grim 50 years. Let’s hope this anniversary of this death serves to wake us all up as to how far we have fallen and what a steep hill we have to climb to put ourselves back on top of the world in economic competitiveness and military strength. Great post, Daniel. Great post!

  • TienBing

    Mr. Greenfield offers another take on the Kennedy assassination imbroglio. His contention that the conspiracy theory is the conspiracy may cause those invested in other conspiracy theories or of conspiracy “debunker” inclinations to reconsider their positions.

    IF there was a conspiracy it would certainly be to the benefit of the conspirators to encourage a plethora of conspiracy theories in order to obfuscate the evidence of their activities. Acceptance of that possibility alone argues for a conspiracy. BUT the initial spawner of the original conspiracy theories was the Warren Commission Report. Mr. Greenfield’s supposition, (although I agree with the idea) does not explain the Warren Commission’s deceptions and lies. Is he saying that the commission relied on communist propaganda and disinformation rather than evidence? A scared judge in tandem with an ambitious, venal political hack convinced everyone else on the commission to ignore, omit, and distort evidence – then sign off on a deceitful document? Well…maybe that’s what happened. What were the arguments used to sway the other members? Were they all so terrified of the USSR that they would acquiesce to such a deception?

    There is much obvious truth in Mr. Greenfield’s argument. Unfortunately it only points to the certainty of a conspiracy; it does not invalidate or debunk other conspiracy theories or bolster the “the Russians did it” theories.

  • Whitehorseman

    “Dark Legacy” on Netflix is a documentary to watch on this subject.

  • Madmax

    Mr. Greenfield is joke, and so is Front Page Magazine for posting this joke of an article on their website. There are no sources of witnesses to back up Greenfield absurd claims. This article is pure fiction, just like the Warren Commission report. Front Page Magazine is just another arm of the MSM state run media posing as alternative media.

  • Louis Thorndon

    Well said – but Cuba probably knew Oswald was acting, even if they merely encouraged him. If there was a conspiracy, which is highly unlikely, it was LBJ – a reborn domestic policy leftist.

  • tagalog

    If a person can’t work a bolt and fire three aimed rounds in six seconds from a Mannlicher-Carcano or any other bolt-action rifle, that person isn’t trying.

  • Harald Eigerson

    What I’ve never understood is how a guy like LHO got back into the country at the height of the cold war after his defection.

  • mindRider

    I did many times fire bolt action WWI rifles but to get them back on a stationary, let alone a moving target, after the serious recoil within two seconds is virtually impossible, look at youtube movies by much better shots than I am not managing either and the first, already chambered shot, was not the one that hit the brain!

  • tagalog

    Yeah, it’s hard. But if you’re a shooter, you know that sometimes rounds hit where you want them to even though your aim was rotten and the round should have gone into the ozone. I’ve done it and I bet you have too. Every shooter has. Lee Harvey Oswald had a large factor of chance working in his favor that day at that moment.

    And if he had six seconds, he could have gotten off three aimed shots.

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  • http://www.ronlewenberg.com/ Ron Lewenberg

    We thought he would provide useful propaganda. The US foolishly allied with anti-Soviet communists.

  • Political TalkAbout

    Greenfield is absolutely right. No one has more of a vested interest in conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination than the American Left, who have for years tried to obscure the facts of Oswald’s beliefs and behavior -from his attempted assassination of General Edwin Anderson Walker just months prior, -to killing Kennedy, to the Hammer-Fisted-Salute he gives when he’s first put before reporters. (Let alone the smirk on his face. -Or his detailed interrogations-which anyone can find and read.)

    Oswald as a professional hitman part of a massive conspiracy is ludicrous, His actions from the botched attack on Walker to the killing of Officer Tippit suggest someone so sloppy as to be anything but a professional, part of a larger conspiracy-and rather a ideologue who was in the perfect place at the perfect time to pull off the kill of a lifetime. I believe Oswald wanted a place in History in
    the worst way–and he got it. The American Left Have Devolved Into A Most Pathetic Cult about as relevant today as the Shakers of the 19th century.

  • Brent Holland

    the worst piece I have read on the assassination; absolutely no research just a diatribe of none sense. Look, I interviewed Ted Sorensen and he confirmed conspiracy but not a coup how a quid pro quo