Monday, October 22, 2012

The Sad History of U.S. Peace Negotiations

By, Chris Rossini
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Negotiating for peace to prevent war is not the forte of U.S. governments:

Prior to The War for Southern Secession (what many mistakenly call The Civil War) confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed three commissioners to negotiate with the North. The commissioners reached Washington on Mar. 5, 1861, the day after Lincoln’s inauguration.

Jefferson Davis wanted to make clear to the North that the Confederates did not constitute a threat to the government in Washington:
“We seek no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind…all we ask is to be let alone.”
Lincoln's response?

He outright refused to see the commissioners, and also refused to recognize the Confederate government.

Whether the South wanted conquest or not made no difference. It was the economic policies of the South that enraged the North.

You see, the Confederate Constitution created, in essence, a free trade zone with opposition to protectionism. It stated:
“but no bounties shall be granted from the Treasury; nor shall any duties or taxes on importation from foreign nations be laid to promote or foster any branch of industry.”
Davis, in his Inaugural Address stated that he was “anxious to cultivate peace and commerce with all nations,” and that “our policy is peace, and the freest trade our necessities will permit.”

This was in stark contrast to the North's high-taxes and protectionism. The North was in no way going to allow the South to become an attractive market for the rest of the world.

On Apr. 2, 1861 The Newark Daily Advertiser, warned ominously that Southerners had apparently “taken to their bosoms the liberal and popular doctrine of free trade” and that they “might be willing to go…toward free trade with the European powers” which “must operate to the serious disadvantage of the North” as “commerce will be largely diverted to the Southern cities.”

Free Markets had to be crushed, even if it meant 600,000 deaths.

The Great Emancipator was just the man for the job:

Throughout the 1930's, Japan waged war with China; a war in which the U.S. had no stake. However, Japan was almost totally reliant on oil from the U.S.

Keep in mind, that Japan was not at war with the U.S. at all. 

FDR, in an attempt to find a "back door" into World War II, froze Japanese assets, and prohibited Americans from furnishing oil to the Japanese.

In an unprecedented diplomatic move for the Japanese, they offered to send Prince Fumimaro Konoye, the Prime Minister and a member of the royal family, to the U.S. to negotiate personally with FDR in a desperate effort to preserve peace. 

FDR's response?

He refused the meeting.

The "back door to war" worked:

The Iranian story is yet to be written, but the press is now reporting that the U.S. and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham wants none of it, stating that "The time for talking is over."

After all, just take a look at all the U.S. military bases surrounding Iran:

Sadly, the above graphic, combined with the U.S.'s history of not negotiating peace, it's not looking so good for those of us who don't want more foreign wars.

If only they'd listen to Ron Paul ...


  1. 1941; as Murray points out in Wall Street, Banks and American Foreign Policy, while the US mightn't have had interests in China, the Rockefeller group certainly did did and with the Morgans involved with the French and British, it was natural for them both to go to war against the Axis.

  2. Great stuff! I'm loving the Rossini posts lately and it's great to see the myths behind these two wars smashed in such a succinct fashion. Keep 'em coming!

  3. Senator Graham is certifiable. Of course, the guy has plenty of company up there on Capitol Hill. The lunatics are running the asylum.

  4. It amazes me how few Americans will believe- even though the info is easily available and "certified" by our government - that FDR allowed the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor and withheld evidence from the Pacific Admirals in order to facilitate the attack. Scarier still are the people that believe it, but defend it as necessary.

    Public schools have done their job- people are too stupid to reason, and the smart ones are brainwashed into believing the lies.

  5. There are very few people that I would outright brandish as incorrigible evil bastards, but Lindsay Graham is one of them.

  6. @ Dale I think you exaggerate the data surrounding FDR and Pearl Harbor. It is clear that people in the government knew an attack was coming. And it is clear that FDR went out of his way to provoke Japan. It is not clear that FDR personally knew an attack was coming and personally went out of his way to avoid alerting Pearl Harbor. Unless you are aware of something that I am not?

    1. @ Anon at 10:46 PM

      First, be honest with yourself and acknowledge that you would not believe what Dale or any other commenter has written regardless of how persuasive, compelling and credible the evidence if it ran contrary to the truths you hold to date.

      Our egos will protect our own realities like 9 year olds plugging their ears while saying, "I can't hear you, I can't hear you." That is what they are suppose to do.

      There are very good books by credible authors who use well documented source material on the events surrounding Pearl Harbor. But like everything in life, this is only meaningful if one pursues these matters for oneself.

      To be able to say of anything that it is either:
      A) True
      B) False
      C) Some varying degree or combination of truth and falsity

      Starting there and pursuing the intellectual ends of each with equal vigor is as much clarity as I have ever found.

    2. Thanks anon. The communiques between the White House and the intelligence services leave little doubt that FDR knew exactly what was going to happen.