#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

Back to the Korean War. We start with a quick re-cap of previous episodes to remind us what happened. After the North attacked the South on June 25, 1950, the US pulled together a coalition (of sorts) of countries to defend the South, lead by 70-year-old General...
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#189 – Richard Lim

We’re joined by Richard Lim from the “This American President” podcast to talk about Truman and his Cold War decisions. It gets a little… tense. There something secret here that only members can see. Probably an audio player or something. HOW...
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#188 – The Dulles Brothers

John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles personified the “Soviets As Evil” mindset. They were the classic examples of the American Cold War paradigm. Upper class political blue bloods, fundamentalist Christians, who were big business lawyers, hated Communism, and who set...
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#187 – KNEEL SUCK CRACK

Beetle Smith’s last act as CIA director is to come up with the idea of a CIA “Murder Board”. After Eisenhower is elected POTUS, the new CIA director is Allen Dulles, brother of the new Sec of State, John Foster Dulles. There something secret here that only members can...
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#186 – Project Artichoke

In 1951, the CIA spent $100 million buying arms and ammunition to support 200,000 Chinese anti-communist guerrillas who were going to fight against Mao. The only problem was – the guerrillas didn’t exist. Then, to counter the rising problem of double agents in...
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#185 – Wagging The Dog

In 1951, the CIA’s budget was ballooning out of control to fund its massive covert operations which were all complete disasters. But they were secret disasters, so nobody, not even Congress or the President, let alone the general public, ever heard about most of them....
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#184 – Abortive Missions

The CIA’s first attempt to train foreign agents and parachute them into Soviet territory ended in disaster. So did their second attempt. And their third. And so on. But they did it anyway. Then the Korean War happened and Bedell Smith became the fourth CIA director in...
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#183 – CIA Hearts Nazis

If there’s one thing the CIA loved in its early days, it was hiring Nazis – like General Reinhard Gehlen who ran their West German spying operation and ended up running West Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND)....
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#182 – CIA Front Groups

The CIA wanted to secretly funnel American cash to European politicians, criminals and businesses that would do their bidding. They also wanted to influence public opinion about capitalism, communism, but without appearing to. To accomplish this, they set up an...
#190 – Don’t Call It An Invasion

#181 – Plausible Deniability

On September 1, 1948, Frank Wisner took charge of the CIA’s covert operations. Known as the OPC – The Office of Policy Co-ordination. Although the CIA was a publicly known entity, the OPC was top secret. One of the first things he did was establish a...