COUP D’ETAT: “Farewell America”, De Gaulle, JFK, and the $20 Million Dollar Honeymoon

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“What happened to Kennedy is nearly what happened to me. America is in danger of upheavals. But you’ll see. All of them together will observe the law of silence. They will close ranks. They’ll do everything to stifle the scandal. They will throw Noah’s cloak over these shameful deeds. In order to not lose face in front of the whole world. In order to not risk unleashing riots in the United States. In order to preserve the union and to avoid a new civil war. In order to not ask themselves questions. They don’t want to know. They don’t want to find out. They won’t allow themselves to find out.” – French president after returning to Paris from JFK’s funeral on November 24th, 1963 – Charles de Gaulle:

DeGaulle himself had been a victim of an assassination attempt in 1962 by French ultra-nationalists who were enraged over his Algeria policy.

In Joachim Joesten’s book “How Kennedy was Killed: the Full Appalling Story,” Joesten has an extensive passage on how DeGaulle immediately suspected a conspiracy in the JFK assassination and only solified his view over time.

Some think the book “Farewell America” was a book put out by French intelligence to help Robert Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign. The book is legitimate and quite important.

“After having returned to power with the stated intention of maintaining the French Départements of Algeria, de Gaulle, in September 1959, made a sudden reversal of policy and instead began opting for the eventual secession of Algeria.”

This is very similar to split between JFK and CIA/military/anti-Castro Cuban radicals over Cuba policy. JFK was simply not going to take out Castro; was secretly beginning to negotiate with Castro; and this enraged JFK’s enemies and played a big role in the JFK assassination (far more so than Vietnam policy).

Here is a nugget about what LBJ thought about DeGaulle as well as what the megalomaniac Johnson thought about *himself*:

Lyndon Johnson bellowing in Tarzan style “I am the king!”

“Four reporters in the press pool were sharing highballs with President Johnson in his airborne parlor on another occassion when LBJ began ruminating aloud about all the changes that had occurred in world leadership. He was in a buoyant mood, savoring his tremendous election victory over Goldwater in 1964.
“Looking around the world,” Johnson was saying. “Khrushchev’s gone. Macmillan’s gone. Adenour’s gone. Segni’s gone. Nehru’s gone. Who’s left – de Gaulle?”
There was a sneering tone in Johnson’s voice as he uttered the French president’s name, Cormier said. Then leaning back in his massive “throne chair,” as the crew dubbed it, LBJ thumped his chest in Tarzan fashion and bellowed, “I am the king!”
As reporters left the plane, Reedy took pains to remind them that they had been the President’s social guests and were not there as news gatherers. “Gentlemen,” Reedy solemnly intoned, “you did not see the President of the United States tonight.””

[J.F. terHorst & Col. Ralph Albertazzie, The Flying White House: The Story of Air Force One, p. 215]


The $20,000,000 Honeymoon, Jackie and Ari’s First Year – By John Simkin

After the assassination of JFK, De Gaulle was asked what would become of his widow, Jackie. He replied: “She will end up on the yacht of an arms dealer.” What a strange thing to say?

De Gaulle always believed that there had been a conspiracy to kill JFK. It is assumed that he got this information via his country’s intelligence services. I wonder if this strange reply was a sort of clue.

As it happens, Jackie ended up on the yacht of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

Fred Sparks won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1951. In 1970 he released The $20,000,000 Honeymoon, Jackie and Ari’s First Year, published by Bernard Geis Associates.

Sparks wrote that Senator and Mrs. Kennedy met Onassis and his guest, Winston Churchill, aboard his yacht (the Christina) in the summer of 1958. In the following years, Lee Radziwill was a frequent guest of Onassis.

After John Kennedy was elected to the White House, Jackie gave birth to Patrick Kennedy, who died two days after being born. Understandably, Jackie became very depressed. One day, she received an invitation to join others for a cruise on the Christina. According to Sparks, Kennedy wavered, then “entirely ceased his opposition to the cruise when Jackie assured him that, while Mr. Onassis was placing his yacht and full crew at her disposal, he would not be there himself.”

According to Sparks, Onassis was discovered coming down the gangplank in the port of Istanbul. The story quickly became international news and in a phone call to Jackie, JFK told his wife, “I know you’re on the high seas, and I don’t care how you get off that yacht, but get off! I know you’re a good swimmer.”

According to Sparks, “Jacqueline Kennedy was never again the same woman. The cruise with Onassis had been a turning point in her life.” Sparks goes on to detail how impressed Jackie was with Onassis. Sparks does say that there is no evidence that the cruise was not a platonic one for Onassis and Mrs. Kennedy. Jackie’s relationship with Lee Radziwill remained strong.

Slightly more than a month after Mrs. Kennedy’s cruise aboard Onassis’ yacht, the President was murdered in Dallas.

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