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Giuliani-Style 'Shadow' Diplomacy: Par for the Course for U.S. Presidents

November 9th, 2019

Reminds me of this bit of dialogue in Book 2 of my series Sub Rosa America, the history in fiction form that belongs next to Howard Zinn's 1980 book A People's History of the United States . . .

Thomas nodded. “Remember the last report Kennedy read before leaving for Dallas? The memo from his prep school friend about unofficial talks with the UN Cuban Ambassador Carlos Lechuga? Kennedy was set on détente.” “Then after his assassination, Lyndon Johnson committed us to fighting the Communist bogeyman in Southeast Asia, and the CIA-run NASA to a U.S.-only space effort, scuttling all talk of détente with Cuba...” “. . . and the Enterprise was back on track again,” Thomas finished as they arrived at the pharmacy. A cheer went up from the bandstand for a Cuban number honoring the marble bust of Ché Guevara orbiting in Soyuz 38. Thomas and Seven shared a smile, then Thomas instructed Sirius to wait outside. An ad in the pharmacy window read— WANTED by ASRC Aerospace Corporation Full-Time Human Intelligence Collector Req’d Education: High School Description: Excellent Employment opportunities for prior military personnel who held the MOS 97E, Human Intelligence Collector. Positions include instructors and managers at Fort Huachuca, AZ. Excellent Pay/Benefits/Chance for Advancement.

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