Untold History: Early US Imperialism, Hitler, Roosevelt, The Spanish Civil War

Untold History: Early US Imperialism, Hitler, Roosevelt, The Spanish Civil War


PAUL JAY: Welcome back to The Real News Network.
I’m Paul Jay in Baltimore. We’re continuing our series of interviews
with Peter Kuznick. He coauthored the script and the book with Oliver Stone of the series
The Untold History of the United States. And we’re just going to pick up our discussion.
Thanks for joining us again. PETER KUZNICK: Glad to be here. JAY: So I should remind everybody that Peter’s
a professor of history at American University. So the series essentially is about the roots
of World War II and the effect of this post-war, some people call national security state that
gets established. And I’ve only seen as of this interview the first three parts, so we’re
going to focus more about the roots of the Second World War and a little bit of–. KUZNICK: And the book actually begins in the
1890s. JAY: Oh, is that right? KUZNICK: The book is broader, ’cause we’re
dealing with the early vision of empire as articulated by Seward and other American policymakers,
and then what an important turning point the Spanish-American War (especially the U.S.
suppression of the Filipino insurrection) is. JAY: Well, I promise you that we’re going
to–as I say, the reason this is going to be a series, as I said in the first interview,
over the course of a year is we’re going to start digging into the book as well and dealing
with some of these periods. I mean, I don’t think many people know that Mark Twain was
copresident of the Anti-Imperialist League in the 1890s. And this isn’t the–this does
go back some ways, this anti-imperialist opposition [crosstalk] KUZNICK: And even such a mainstream politician
as William Jennings Bryan, who ran for president three times on the Democratic Party ticket
and was secretary of state afterwards, was a leading anti-imperialist and very, very
critical of U.S. policy in the Philippines. He ran for president in 1900 against McKinley
and 1896. JAY: So let’s–for now we’re going to kind
of focus on the TV series, and then we can dig back into–in other interviews into the
book and such. You have a quote in the series of Truman: NARRATOR: Missouri senator Harry Truman declared
on the floor of the Senate in 1941: HARRY TRUMAN: If we see that Germany is winning,
we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and that
way let them kill as many as possible. JAY: So, essentially, this attitude is that,
you know, if the Germans and the Russians slaughter each other, that ain’t so bad for
the United States. And there’s a lot of people theorize, have commented afterwards, and even
at the time in the 1930s, that there was an interest in the United States for the Germans
to invade Russia and, you know, put an end to this socialist experiment. And your series,
one of the critiques people have made about the series is that it’s pretty soft on Roosevelt
and that his position in all of this in the series comes off as someone who’s always sort
of taking this sort of enlightened, even somewhat open, friendly attitude towards the Soviet
Union and its role. But the critique is that in fact Roosevelt’s
in on this idea that yeah, it wouldn’t be so bad if the Germans invade Russia. And some
of the evidence they point to is that Roosevelt does very little to stop American corporations
from arming Hitler. General Motors was–I think there’s a quote somewhere where Opel’s–Germany
depended on–General Motors created Opel’s for the invasion of Poland, a very important
role that American corporate world played. Roosevelt doesn’t stop the American team from
going to the Olympics in 1936. So what do you make of his role in the leadup to war? KUZNICK: We trace the arches of the Cold War,
really, back to the Russian Revolution in 1917, and the United States sends over 10,000
troops, along with many British troops and other Western capitalist troops, to try to
put down the Russian Revolution, to kill it in its cradle as–strangle it in its cradle,
Churchill says. So that enmity between the U.S. and the Russian/Soviet government goes
back to that point, which is central at the conflict–at Versailles. And they have two
visions: you’ve got Wilson’s vision and you’ve got Lenin’s vision for the world. JAY: Okay. Quickly for young people watching
this who don’t know this, Versailles is where the post-World War I peace treaty is signed.
And you may want to say just a few words. A lot of people watching this are going to
be young and won’t know even some of the basic references. So–. KUZNICK: Well, so the United States does not
recognize the Soviet Union, but it’s actually Roosevelt who actually recognizes the Soviet
Union in 1933. And Roosevelt is by no means pro-Soviet. He’s a dedicated capitalist and
is responsible for saving capitalism, but a different kind of capitalism, with the idea
that government is not the enemy, like we have in the United States now. The idea was
that government was the savior. And Roosevelt revolutionizes in many ways the attitude toward
government and the role of government in getting the United States out of the Depression. So you’re correct to say we’ve got a pretty
positive portrait of Roosevelt. We are very critical of him in certain ways,
and one of the ways we’re very critical is that he didn’t intervene early enough to stop
fascism. The Soviet Union was urging the United States and the Western capitalist nations
to rise up against Hitler, to stop Hitler, because the Soviets understood what a threat
he was. But there were people in the West who didn’t want to stop Hitler, because they
hated communism more than they hated fascism, and they were–. JAY: And there were some outright fans of
Hitler. I know Henry Ford gave Hitler–what is it?–$50,000 every year on his birthday,
and he was awarded the highest honor a foreigner could be given by the Third Reich. KUZNICK: Well, Henry Ford’s admiration for
Hitler was mutual. Hitler says that he admired Henry Ford and that Henry Ford was his model,
as did several other of the Nazi leaders during that time. Ford was a notorious anti-Semite.
Ford had tens of thousands of copies of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion printed. He
was a leading anti-Semite during that time. Ford’s a complicated figure. We don’t have
time to go into Ford. But American business–we go into this in
a later episode, because we tie it into George H. W. Bush and the so-called idea of the greatest
generation. And we’re trying to complicate that in a later episode of the documentary.
But the American corporations were up to their eyeballs in working with the Germans, and
even in rearming the Germans in the later ’30s. And what most Americans don’t realize
is that much of that relationship to American corporations continued even after the war
started, and that companies like GM and Ford actually get reparations from the U.S. government
after World War II to pay them back for the factories that the U.S. bombed during the
war that were owned by GM and Ford. JAY: Great. So the argument goes Roosevelt
should have done something. KUZNICK: Yes, Roosevelt should have done something.
And we’re very critical–. JAY: And didn’t do it just as an oversight. KUZNICK: But it wasn’t because he was ideologically
soft on fascism. He hated the deal at Munich. He hated Chamberlain’s giving in to the Germans
there. He said this was a terrible mistake and they’re going to pay for this in blood. The problem is, you have to understand the
United States in the 1930s. There was a lot of isolationist sentiment. There was–World
War I was still fresh in people’s memories. JAY: Yeah, you give the number in your series
95 percent of Americans in a poll were against getting involved in it. NARRATOR: Although most Americans wanted Britain
and France to win the war, according to a Gallup poll in October ’39, 95 percent wanted
the U.S. to stay out, fearing essentially that Britain was again, as in 1917, drawing
the U.S. into a futile world war. UNIDENTIFIED: Another war? Not for me. This
time, America should keep out, and I know I will. UNIDENTIFIED: Let Europe fight her own battles.
They mean nothing to us. UNIDENTIFIED (SEVERAL): [incompr.] no. No.
No. No. KUZNICK: World War I was so rancid in America’s
memory at that point. It was a terrible war. It was a war to redivide the colonies. It
was not a war for a democracy. JAY: But I think the critique would be not
that Roosevelt had any sympathy to fascism–I think clearly he didn’t, and he certainly
fought those kinds of tendencies within the United States–but that he first and foremost
was about American national interest and had visions of post-World War II as the era of
America, and in that vision, it ain’t so bad if the Germans and the Russians kick the shit
out of each other. KUZNICK: No, he had a vision, really, more
of four policemen, that the United States and the Russians and the British and the French
would be the policemen of the world in the post-war period, that we would be able to
collaborate. JAY: During the ’30s he has this vision? KUZNICK: That’s more in the ’40s, early ’40s
he lays out that vision. In the ’30s he’s more–I agree with you that he should have
intervened. We’re critical of him. And you’ve got these–the Germans and the Italians beginning
to operate in Ethiopia and in Libya, and then you’ve got the Spanish Civil War. The United
States should have supported the Spanish Republic. JAY: Yeah, talk a bit about the Spanish Civil
War, ’cause that’s a really critical moment where the United States does nothing and watches
the Germans and the Italians support Franco. And go ahead. KUZNICK: They supported him with arms. They
supported him with pilots. They bombed them. The Germans and the Italians were militarily
involved in supporting Franco’s fascist forces. JAY: Overthrowing a legitimate, democratically
elected government. KUZNICK: Overthrowing a democratically elected,
very progressive left-leaning government, the Spanish Republic. And there was strong
pressure in the United States to support the republic. There was also a lot of pressure
not to. There was–the Catholic Church was very much pro-Franco at that point. And even
Churchill had said a lot of very supportive things about Franco. So the world was not
clear on that, and the West did not intervene to help the Spanish Republic. And that was
the first major defeat. I mean, Hitler has a series of victories at that point, but in
a military sense, that’s the most important turning point, or failure, too. But a lot of Americans went over there to
support the Spanish Republic. Many of them fought in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. JAY: Yeah, people from all over the world. NARRATOR: The fighting dragged on for three
years. Twenty-eight hundred brave Americans snuck into Spain to battle the fascists, most
joining the communist-backed Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Almost 1,000 did not return. ACTOR: Tell us, inglés, why have you come
so far to fight for our republic? ACTOR: A man fights for what he believes in,
Fernando. ACTOR: Well, but in his own country. ACTOR: Well, maybe you feel that I’m sticking
my nose into other people’s business. [snip] It’s not only Spain fighting here, is it?
It’s Germany and Italy on one side, and Russia on the other, and the Spanish people right
in the middle of it all. The Nazis and fascists are just as much against democracy as they
are against the communists, and they’re using your country as a proving ground for their
new war machine, their tanks and dive bombers, stuff like that, so they can get the jump
on the democracies and knock off England and France and my country before we get armed
and ready to fight. KUZNICK: People who were anti-fascist from
all over the world–. JAY: Yeah, went to volunteer and fight in
the trenches. And what is it? KUZNICK: And a lot of them died. JAY: Thousands. KUZNICK: Thousands. JAY: In the series you have a quote from Roosevelt
where he says, this is one of my big blunders. KUZNICK: Yes. NARRATOR: By 1939, Roosevelt told his cabinet
that his policies in Spain had been a grave mistake and warned that they all soon would
pay the price. JAY: But was a blunder–does he see it as
a blunder strategically, tactically we could have weakened Germany and Italy then, rather
than have such a large-scale war later, versus it was a blunder ’cause I should have understand
it was the proper, good thing, democratic good thing to do to support Spain? ‘Cause
maybe, again, he didn’t mind so much if this kind of lefty Spain didn’t succeed. KUZNICK: I think Roosevelt by that point was
much more left-leaning. We’re talking about Roosevelt in his second term, and by 1936
the United States had shifted pretty far to the left for the United States. If you look
at it, you’ve got a Congress that gets elected in 1936 that’s about as left-leaning a Congress
as this country’s ever had. The Republican right wing had been vanquished.
There was really almost nothing left of the Republican–of the right wing in the United
States during that time. You’ve got the Duponts and the Morgans and the people who they’re
working with who are trying to do whatever they can to revitalize the right wing. But Roosevelt knew that he didn’t have enemies
on the right who he had to contend with at that point, and his policies became much more
progressive in a second New Deal. And I think he was commitedly anti-fascist and increasingly
anti-colonialist. That’s another thing that people don’t understand
about the Cold War was that it was a tripartite Cold War in the beginning, that you’ve got
the United States, you’ve got the Russians, and you’ve got the British. And the United
States and the British were not entirely in bed at that point in our history. It’s later
that that happens. It does not happen during the Roosevelt period. JAY: But during the Spanish Civil War–my
memory’s only a little vague on this, but I thought there was actual more active intervention,
in the sense of making it difficult for the American volunteers to get to Spain. KUZNICK: Yes. Yes. We had neutrality legislation,
which Roosevelt backed. JAY: Which was very much aimed to stop the
support for Spain. KUZNICK: And it really hurt the republic.
It didn’t hurt–it wasn’t balanced legislation, because the right wing forces were getting
all the arms and help they needed from Italy and Germany, which made it even–. JAY: Yeah. I mean, amongst other things, it
became a training ground for the German air force. But that speaks to not just, like,
being a blunder; it speaks to being part of an outlook that, you know, we want capitalism
as enlightened as we can get it, but we are going to suppress anything that smells like
socialism. KUZNICK: I don’t know. I don’t see that in
Roosevelt in that period. I don’t see him trying to suppress it because it was leaning
left or was socialist. I just see it as a much narrower kind of mistake that he made,
but not part of a pattern of trying to repress progressive movements around the world, or
in the United States for that matter. This was a period when Roosevelt was being
backed by the Communist Party. This is the popular front in the United States. This is
the period when American culture shifted dramatically to the left, when almost every important American
writer was either in the Communist Party or in the communist front groups–the same thing
in all of the other arts. So it’s a different climate in the United States. And the Spanish Civil War, the Republican
forces became the cause célèbre of the left during this period. And Roosevelt–again,
it was partly political, because you had a lot of–he didn’t want to antagonize the Catholic
Church, and that was a big mistake on his part, and he didn’t want to–Roosevelt was
always very pragmatic, also, as a politician, and that was part of his downfall during this
period. JAY: Okay. Well, one indication of just how
different American political culture was was Roosevelt’s choice of vice president in his
third term, because to imagine that anyone with that kind of politics became vice president–I
should say it’s unimaginable in today’s America. KUZNICK: Yes. JAY: So that will be the next segment of our
interview with Peter Kuznick. We’re going to pick up the issue of Henry Wallace. And
it’s one of the–so far, for me, at least, in the three-part series, this is one of the
best parts, the whole deconstruction of the Democratic Party convention where Wallace
loses his job as vice president. So join us for the next segment of our series of interviews
with Peter Kuznick on The Real News Network.

100 Comments on "Untold History: Early US Imperialism, Hitler, Roosevelt, The Spanish Civil War"


  1. Everything we've been told about WWII is wrong and self-serving to the victors. There were no good guys. Different thieves fighting for their piece of the world. 50-70 million people killed, mostly civilians.

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  2. had the US supported the Spanish uprisings then the communists would have had much less of a role as the uprisings were esenssially started by Anarchists and it was the idiological differences between the anarchist and communists which is essentially why it failed because the Spanish had to rely on Russia along with its ideology to get arms in the fight if the arms were from the US then the prevailing arms and ideological help would have been a more progressive American style.

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  3. This would be good to read along with Howard Zinn's book "A People's History of the United States." It seems to be along the same lines.

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  4. Roosevelt's economic policy was almost a carbon copy of The National Socialists of Germany, which is why Hoover did not support it when he ran against F.D.R. Anthony Sutton has written 5-6 books dealing with the subject of F.D.R. and Hitler, the Bolsheviks,Wall Street's involvement with the founding of both of the Socialist's including our very own version in the Roosevelt family. Clinton Roosevelt wrote a book dealing with socialism THE SCIENCE OF GOV'T FOUNDED ON NATURAL LAW.

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  5. Very serious error in not mentioning Salazar, the brutal portuguese fascist dictator who was responsible for harnessing support for Franco in England. He was a crucial figure in the Spanish Civil war. He needs to be mentioned as the pathological dictator he was. People no longer remember.

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  6. "History is written by the victors"… "The winners are right and the losers are wrong…" What a deplorable nature we human beings have.

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  7. Good old Henry Ford, There still making great cars… the man was way ahead of his time… R.I.P. mr ford…

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  8. NO! not at all! I think you mean an Israeli, now they have brought a new meaning to the word nazi don't you think?

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  9. Very interesting comment by Prof Kuznick about the position of Roosevelt in regards with Spanish Civil War.

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  10. Everyone always wants to believe that America saved the world in WW2 Which we did help defeat Hitler, but Henry Frod, was a fan of Hitler, and gave money to the Nazi party. So there goes that bull shit of Hitler being a socialist. That old socialist Henry Ford. And most Americans where against entering the war. So we cared little for what Hitler, and the Nazi's where doing.

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  11. Socialist are against Fascism, and are Fascist, but Fascist are Socialist, and Socialist are against Capitalist, but rely on capitalism for their survival, and support fascism and…no wonder people are so fucking stupid.

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  12. I would be ok with two jewish men telling a new story about hx which smears the US if indeed its true, but now whats their solution, they should start by apologizing for not speaking up before obamas was elected and then reelected

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  13. So why did the Americans support Mussolini and called him a moderate whosaved Italy from Socialism? Were they derping around like stupid people?

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  14. I would be okay with you comment if it didn't involve Obama and therefore didn't make any fucking sense since it's not touching the topic of the video.

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  15. Haha, you just called your fellow americans stupid. How unamerican and unpatriotic of you! Bad troll.

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  16. The average person doesn't want to fight a war. It takes the lies of government to motivate the people into fighting a war, usually based on manipulation in the politics of other countries and then either people are forced to defend their country or lied to motivate them to invade a country. What is required is a computerized government to end all this shit. And hopefully not made by Microsoft. 🙂

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  17. Hey Aliea, I think you would like reading "The secret team" In it Colonel Fletcher Prouty states how the munitions left over from ww2 went to N and South Korea and Vietnam. Setting up the next 2 wars. War makes bankers the most money. Countries never borrow more money than when you go to war.

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  18. Follow the money trail, what new state emerged as result of the war and connect the dots then everything will fall into its place making sense.
    Those rich bastards don't' care about ordinary people, but constantly think of ways to fill in their pockets. We are their subjects, enslaved tax payers.
    They plan in advance and manipulate politics to their advantage even if it has to take brutal sacrifices.
    And some of these brainwashed, backward and bestial Satan's servants enjoy the slaughter.

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  19. Whatever the politicians tell their people is one thing. The plan that's hidden behind those words is another. In general the politicians are puppets of those rich ones who rule the world, and they form the shadow/invisible government.
    If a leader of a certain government wont comply they liquidate him, like J F Kennedy.
    Lots of people are simply unaware of it.

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  20. His biggest and most fatal mistake was declaring war on Soviets. Most of German troops died on Soviet front (around 3/4), others died on all other fronts combined. The little known fact is that Germans were on retreat and Soviets were advancing before D-Day, in contrast to general American belief that it was D-Day that turned the pace of war.

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  21. Well his invasion of the Soviet union was like him falling into an open grave. The declaration of war vs. the USA just buried him and sealed his fate.

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  22. Pretty cold-blooded quote from Harry Truman … wow, what a different world.
    I can understand why they thought this though, America did not want to be attacked or drawn into Europe's problems again, after the horrible WWI experience.

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  23. FDR tried to save capitalism and democracy for the US by making government's role to control large corporations, break up monopolies and help citizens … but I just think Americans were not up to the challenge. They tried to energize Americans with lofty ideals, movies, books, church, etc, but a heck of a lot of Americans are just lazy slugs, or mean SOBs and just do not really get the idea of democracy of what it takes to keep it. The Founders would be so revolted at today's America.

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  24. No, Hitler made a lot of mistakes. Attacking Russia and then having to defend the whole Atlantic coast as well as fighting the Russians in a winter they were used to but the Germans were not. Pure insanity … lucky for everyone.

    Anything to destroy socialism, and keep the major elite power centers. This was probably all orchestrated just to keep the average people down.

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  25. My question is this: Why was Franco allowed to stay in power? He committed atrocities against the Spanish people. He too should have been tried for war crimes.

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  26. The interviewer is a cretin. Why doesn't he shut up and let the historian speakin without constant interruptions. Also his foul
    language is atrocious.

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  27. Hitler could have taken England. What made him to turn around and go against the Soviet union? That is a very interesting point in history.

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  28. Because Spain stayed neutral in WW2 and most important, after the war ended, he was seem as a anti-communist ally by USA and the british.

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  29. Where the heck can I see this series without having cable TV? Can I see it on streaming services anywhere, or even buy the DVDs? I already have read the book, but I'd like to see the video too.

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  30. Im not the one suggesting a computerized brave new world is going to save us from are selves , rules, like code , come from minds , the likes of which are derived from ethics.

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  31. Except for the fact that the British (nothing to do with America) defeated the Nazis in the Battle of Britain, which meant that the Germans couldn't secure air cover for an invasion. The British did this alone with the Spitfire. All modern day computer models should that the Germans would have been destroyed if they had attempted an invasion of Britain. Britain was not Germany's natural enemy – Hitler wanted Britain to make a deal. Hitler turned on Russia because he hated communism.

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  32. Yes, their was nothing socialist about the Nazis. People could go to a camp just for talking out against the economy, or for not working, and after the lefties started going to camps, the next group targeted were the Labor Unions.

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  33. The founders would be revolted to see a US President like FDR. The founders supported limited govt and a distinct role. FDR promoted a welfare state and more govt intervention. It is the role of the AMERICAN PEOPLE to control corporations and help each other. Not the US govt, the PEOPLE. There is a difference.

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  34. Ford and Hitler were close because of jews and cars, more so than both being socialist or both not being socialist. Hitler was a blatant nationalist socialist. Ford was a capitalist. Their relationship was based more on the 'international jew' problem and both of them liked cars. My question is if you are just ignorant, or if you know you are wrong but just want to attempt to tie Hitler to capitalism.

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  35. I call myself a hockey player, but i do not play hockey, does that mean i am a hockey player? Words are meaningless without actions, hitler's policies where hard right, and more capitalist with private industrialized rail roads, banks, and steel. Also cutting workers wages, lowering taxes for the rich, if that is your idea of socialism dude you need help, and read a book fast.

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  36. So far I haven't learned anything I didn't know about, and the liberal take isn't anything new either. Exactly what is wrong with the fascists and the communist kill each other? As an amateur I'm not really impressed by what I'm seeing here, but to be fair I haven't read the book. People need to study more and learn their history though.

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  37. A few problems:
    1) They seem to only regret that the US was not aggressive enough in war.  Foreign policy views seem to shadow Communist Party views 100% – be proactively aggressive against 'fascism' before WWII, then retreat to avoid being 'colonialist' after WWII.
    2) Quick dismissal of Henry Ford as anti-Semitic fascist fails to mention his underlying anti-war, anti-Federal Reserve, and humanitarian motivations.  False impression given that Ford shared in Greater-Germany Nazi ideology.
    3) Mention of Catholic Church in relation to support of Franco fails to mention persecution of Church by "left-leaning" government.  False impression given that the RCC was simply pro-fascist.

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  38. at 5:09 the prof. makes a bad mistake. "The soviets understood what a threat (hitler) was."  Never heard of Ribbentrop-Molotow Pakt !?!?!
    Stalin killed the Revolution in Spain (1936). Later took half of Poland, splitting it with his brother Adolf…

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  39. FDR had MANY Communist in his administration including his vice president which was quickly switched before his death.  So many lies about that war including FDR's knowledge of Japans attack and doing nothing so he could bring the US into the war.

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  40. KoschKoff says he was a Fascist!  lol.  Liberal, Progressive, Communist are on one side and Conservative, Nationalist and Fascist on the other. Now yes all are different but it all depends on how extreme the times are.  For instance Conservatives will lean more towards Nationalism if say America starts collapsing like the Greek economy and still immigrants are pouring in getting gov. aid.   And we can already see many liberals becoming Progressive and even Communist in the US today.      

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  41. Many collage students i meet are Communist and pro-Lenin!  They never know much about the true history behind it though they usually are just blindly following their professors ideology. 

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  42. The 20th Century world would have been infinitely better off if the British, French, anti-communist Russians, and other Europeans had strangled Bolshevism in its cradle (to paraphrase Winston Churchill).  The communists were responsible for killing more people than Nazi Germany was, and ultimately were far more successful than the Nazis because the Soviet Union was unwilling to fight another world war and the United States and the western allies were unwilling to fight either a conventional war to liberate eastern Europe.  After World War II, the memories of the horrific casualties being fresh, and the fear of nuclear war being high, both sides settled into a stalemate rather than fight another general war.  However, the Soviets encouraged, funded and supplied the North Koreans and Chinese during the Korean War, and supported communist guerrilla "revolutions" in southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

    What's odd is that despite being repeatedly proven to be an economic failure (even the Chinese communists run a state-sponsored version of capitalism now), idiots like Kuznick and other academics in Anglo-American universities, as well as a variety of strongmen in Latin American and African countries, continue to toy with socialism politically and economically.  Invariably socialist economies crash after some initial popularity among the poor and working poor, Argentina and Venezuela being the most recent examples, and then the government increasingly relies on force and electoral fraud to maintain power.

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  43. uk fought alone for two years on money borrowed fro yanks to buy usa manufactures… the brits debt bought the usa out of it's depression

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  44. The entire idea of the Holocust was copy by the Nazi from the US citizen in which the US conducted a systematic decimation of the native americans population and if you dont believe me look it up and this only proves it.  But Karma sooner or later arrives.

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  45. the americans were not going to let anything happen to russia, we paid for the revolution thru wall-street,it was our advisors who went over there during the revolution in 1917 thru the red cross to set up the government,our elite ran russia from 1917-1992 had it not been for america who built every industry in russia and kept pumping money into russia it would of died several deaths,it was a way for the bankers to have two opposing idealologies and conquering the world either way.good book under the sign of the scorpion by juri lina

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  46. The Germans relied on American cars for the invasion of Poland???

    I cannot imagine ANY German wanting to be seen in an American car….
    It shows how much times have changed.

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  47. Sounds like History has been repeating under Bush and now Obama. Of course most of what is happening today started under Carter and his Progressive Liberal Religious policies. The Religion of the Progressives includes Multiculturalism. When you constantly pit opposing views against one another as our Politico does for Corporate Market Share, you will end up with war. The great Money making scheme of the Rich and the Bankers.

    Won't surprise me that when we have our next Civil War, (it's coming down the pike) That the enemies of our Constitutional Republic and our Constitution will use American Corporations and their Products against the Patriot Movement right here in the United States. There's Gold in them Thar Hills…. Or money to be made by the Crony Corporatist in league with Crony Politico, even when it is going to be against Americans who want to maintain our Constitutional Liberty.

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  48. The truth is that Communism was invented by the Jews.  Lenin's grandfather was Jewish.  Many others like Trotsky were Jewish.  They assasinated the Czar. American Leopold Schiff financed the Russian revolution and may have order the death of the Romanoffs.  At first the Facists were good at stopping Communism which was crippling Italy.  Than the whole thing went terribly wrong.

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  49. Is the interviewer looking at that guy and thinking ' Man that's the worst hairpiece I've ever seen?

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  50. To those who mentioned churches I've not only bought a copy of the King James Bible. I also read parts of the Gideons bible. I''m not even a christian I just happen to have noticed there are people who have left comments who are christian. I've been told that Christians are good people so they too should have liberty,justice because it's supposed to be liberty,justice for all! A socialist is saying that!

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  51. +Alex M
    What are you talking about? Polish govement decided to leave the country in 1939 because Soviet Union invaded Poland not the oposite way. It wasn't very honorable but the Soviet Union was the reason. How could you call Soviet invasion and occupation a "defend" of Poland? Defend from what? For Polish people Soviet occupation was not better than German.

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  52. Los rusos solo aportaron técnicos y algunos aviadores para los moscas. Si realmente se hubieran implicado quizá el resultado fuera diferente

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  53. The Treaty of Versailles was a 'peace treaty'? It caused massive starvation in Germany. It was down right robbery. It took the life right out of the Germans and then France imposed sanctions because Germany could not pay. They went for the jugular of the German nation. There was absolutely nothing peaceful about it. It was the very set up for WW2. No doubt about it.

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  54. This exploit on the US and Germany is a typical deformation of history..pro communist and forgiving of Rooseveld as a builder of empire. It is the political correct vision of history of the US.
    In fact it is a fabrication of some facts and a lot of lies. 5 minutes watching showed so mch historical BS that I cut short watching this crap.

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  55. On one hand you're condemning American Imperialism, then slamming FDR for not being more of an interventionist. Can anyone say hypocrite?

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  56. President Roosevelt's legacy helped the Zionist lobby and cultural communism further gain a foot hold in America . Which is not a good thing .

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  57. THE REAL NEWS : VERY INTERESTING FACTS !!. SAD THE UNIVERSITY'S AND MOST OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL WELL NOT SHOW U THIS INFORMATION !!.

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  58. Roosevelt was a socialist/ Welfare socialism was born and Yalta handed the soviets eastern Europe and Manchuria. Establishing Mao as communist leader in China and creates the recipe for the Korean conflict. Read Wedemeyer reports. The author deliberately misleads the viewer/reader.

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  59. The current criticism of US policies shouldn't be an excuse to rewrite history in black and white either. Kuzmick repeatedly stressed that Roosevelt was not part of the capitalist conspiracy (to allow Germans and Russian to beat the shit out each other) but Mr Jay seems deaf in ears in his blind quest to portray America (if such a thing exists) as inherently evil even before the European arrived or indeed modern man walked the earth without substantiating his apparent beliefs. Silly.

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  60. Once again feeding the myth that FDR ended the depression. To the contrary, the depression would have been much shorter had FDR (and Hoover before him) resisted the urge to expand the scope, and cost, of government.

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  61. Spain should have joined forces with Germany in WW2, to fight against the British & U.S.A. empires and also to stop Communism coming from Russia!

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  62. decades later the US navy determined Spain didn't destroy Maine.
    Can't wait for the apology.

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  63. Kuznick's Trotskyite analysis is a total disgrace. What really happened is that in America, as in all of the world, there were people both for and against the Soviet Union and international communist revolution. In America FDR was surrounded by Stalinist apologists, and even Stalin's agents. These people were in the far Left of the Democratic Party, and they influenced Roosevelt so much that he refused to believe all the reports of genocide and other crimes in the Soviet Union. Even during the war he refused to believe that the Soviets massacred Poles in the Katyn Forest or in other places. He repeatedly apologized and made excuses for Soviet atrocities. In his meetings with Stalin he took Stalin's side over and over again against Churchill. Roosevelt was actually ubsequious to Stalin. It was only at the very end when the Russians were imposing harsh conditions in their "liberated" areas of eastern Europe that Roosevelt began to re-consider these views. When he died Truman and those around him corrected Roosevelt''s approach because they represented the anti-communist segment of the American population. This divide existed everywhere, in Spain before the triumph of Franco, in France, in Italy, and almost everywhere.

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  64. How is the New Deal less "Fascist" than the Third Reich? Both came to power by declaring a state of emergency, both supported by emergency power legislation, and compliant courts. Both effectively ended confederated government by centralizing power to create a state run economy without outright state appropriation of property. Both were supposedly creating employment by massive government projects. And both created a huge war machine.

    And what is more, there was only a matter of days between the two declared emergencies, the two acts of enabling legislation, and the end of their 12 year reigns via death of FDR and Hitler.

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  65. Two people that do not know what they're talking about… Both sides of the Spanish Civil War committed war crimes. There was no lesser of two evils. You had one side supported by Hitler and the other supported by Stalin. Also, when communist generals would get too much fame from their military successes in that war, they would be murdered on Stalin's orders, who feared them getting too popular, which threatened his power.

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  66. Roosevelt was pro-Soviet Union as early as 1933. He recognized the Soviet Union and was itching to get into the war against Germany. Every one of Roosevelts advisors was either a rabid Zionist or Communist.

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    Nov 20, 2018 – It's a fact, not an analysis, not even an opinion – the « free and open international order» promoted since 1945 by the United States has

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  68. Churchill said:" The Americans are willing to fight to the last Englishman"..🙂😆😆

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