For someone whose English is a second language, French author Laurent Guyénot’s narrative comes across with more clarity and coherence than many American authors who’ve written books on this subject. The thesis of his well written, scholarly book The Unspoken Kennedy Truth is one which has only been previously, and seriously, examined by Michael Collins Piper, whose work suffered from its more strident tone, giving its critics more leverage to denigrate the message. That should not become a legitimate issue with this book, written in a more detached, factually-objective style — though that probably won’t stop the trolls who attack anything suggesting that the nation of Israel, or its Mossad spy-intelligence-enforcer service, has ever been engaged in deadly covert operations, which of course is a preposterous assertion on its face.
Guyénot referenced numerous other resources in compiling his argument for implicating the highest levels of Israeli leadership (circa 1960-63) — up to and specifically including David Ben-Gurion — as being the key suspects behind the assassination of JFK. The reason Ben-Gurion resigned as Prime Minister the day following JFK’s June 15, 1963 letter to him demanding that he accept inspections of the Dimona nuclear power building site was because he needed to take himself out of direct power, according to Guyénot’s thesis; the implication left is that the real reason was so he could work behind the scenes on a change in U.S. policy regarding that very subject, through what some refer to as a “regime change.”
Guyénot has explored many lesser known works on this subject and found more puzzle pieces than were previously known to exist. For example, we have now been informed that, on Air Force One as it returned to Dallas after the murder, Jacqueline Kennedy told her aide Pamela Turnure (JFK’s sometimes lover) that “Lyndon Johnson did It.” That came from the now-obscure 1950s Hollywood star Eddie Fisher’s 1999 autobiography, who got it directly from Turnure sometime later, when they met and became lovers as well. There are many other examples of how he traces other links to “persons of interest”, like Louie Steven Witt (the “Umbrella Man”) to connect numerous tracks back to Israeli leader’s motives — in this case through JFK’s father Joseph’s ties to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement to Adolph Hitler, in the context of “an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The point of these few vignettes among the many is that Guyénot’s short book covers much territory, some of it never so thoroughly explored before. Among them are chapters dedicated to the assassinations of James Forrestal, Robert F. Kennedy and John Kennedy Jr., noting possible connections to the Mossad’s possible involvement in each case.
His POV regarding President Kennedy’s murder is (IMHO) that David Ben-Gurion became the “driving force” (my words) behind the assassination of JFK due to his 1963 feud with JFK over allowing US inspectors to verify that the nuclear plant at Dimona was for purely defensive or energy-production purposes. Of course that was never the case, it was clearly a secret, high priority item begun in 1960, and it was considered to be essential for their own “national security,” to get a head start on making their own nuclear bombs and missiles. As expected, as soon as LBJ got elected he removed any and all hurdles and other impediments to “give them anything they wanted.” (A point I had documented in two later books, as noted next).
He has made a very compelling and persuasive argument for his position and I recognize the truths he has revealed. In fact, though not mentioned in my first (“Mastermind”) book, I did so in my second (“Colossus”) and third (“Remember the Liberty!”) books. I delved into the association of LBJ with many Zionists throughout his life and how he had surrounded himself in the Oval Office with the most zealous of the Zionists. It was with these men he colluded to conduct other covert operations, including the attack on the USS Liberty in which he intended to sink the ship and take the entire crew to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
I agree that high-level Israelis had sufficient motive and means, but I’m not so sure about opportunity. At the very least, they contributed financially and, ultimately, probably had more to do with producing the murderer of the assassin, Jacob Rubinstein (a.k.a. Jack Ruby), as the author covers in great detail. Bottom line: Jack Ruby had much greater ties to Judaism than the Mob, according to Guyénot’s thesis.
The major problem with his thesis is that the issue about monitoring Dimona didn’t arise and become the hot topic between JFK and Ben-Gurion until 1963. LBJ’s plot to take the White House by the “back door” began in 1958, when he pushed the Texas legislature to allow him to run on both the state ballot and the national ballot at the same time, something it had then prohibited. That was the only the first box Johnson had to check-off, five years before the assassination. It must also be acknowledged that, throughout that five year period, a third power, the CIA’s James Jesus Angleton, who was arguably another of Israel’s “greatest friends in the U.S.” would have also been engaged at the head of this trilateral force as it gained momentum in the spring of 1963.
In my opinion, it’s more likely that, during those five years, Johnson and Ben-Gurion, with their submissive acolytes and other high-level plotters, discussing many of their goals and priorities, and that the “Big Event” became a mutually-agreed high priority, with plenty of time to set the global chess board with all the knights, bishops, kings, queens, and pawns, in their place. In that context, one could argue that Israeli interests — like the domestic players Johnson would lead, from the mob, military and intelligence agencies, the FBI, the Secret Service and Texas oilmen — had joined the rest, as a “confluence of interests,” all willing to participate in achieving their common goals.
The question of who was the primary driver, between LBJ and David Ben-Gurion, and the numerical order of all other primary sponsors, and the many other entities involved to facilitate the execution of the plan, will likely never be fully answered to everyone’s satisfaction. But it must be acknowledged that Laurent Guyénot has, in a short 140-page book, added much probative context into the picture being completed by independent researchers of the real JFK assassination story.
I remain convinced that Lyndon B. Johnson dominated those meetings with Ben-Gurion, along with other top-level managers like Dulles and Angleton, and thereby exercised the secretive power he had practiced since his college days. Now he had plenty of time on his hands in his new office with scarcely any other substantive tasks to do, while complaining about that very point: “The Vice-Presidency is filled with trips around the world, chauffeurs, men saluting, people clapping, chairmanships of councils, but in the end, it is nothing. I detested every minute of it.” I maintain he had found plenty to do, though always in secrecy.
Guyénot’s book’s import goes beyond the scope of the assassination itself — even the still-present, long-term effects on the direction of the U.S. / Israel alliance which George Washington warned about: a “passionate attachment” that would cause an “illusion of a common interest . . . where no common interest exists.” Moreover, it was also about how Israel remains, six decades later, outside of the international apparatus for controlling and monitoring nuclear power plants.
That part of the dilemma can be traced directly back to other acts by Lyndon Johnson, aiding and abetting Israel to secretly proceed to develop nuclear bombs and missiles, unmonitored and uncontrolled by any other controlling entity.