Carlson, FDR, and CK-S?

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 30th, 2005, 10:50 pm #1


I just found some info on the Internet that I
hadn't known about, and it immediately reminded
me of something in the Carlson biography that has
always interested me. Likely, you already know
about this, but I thought I would run this by you
and ask if you feel if the quote from Blankfort's
book is directly related to the FDR material

Thank you for your kind attention.

Dick Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)

The Big Yankee, The Life of Carlson of the
Raiders, page 319...

"But nothing was said about sending him back to
the Pacific. In short, he had lost the final
round for the Raider idea.

Holcomb saw him again and suggested that perhaps
General William J. Donovan of the Office of
Strategic Services might have a task for Carlson.
He conferred with Donovan, with Dr. Stanley
Hornbeck and John Davies of the State Department,
then General Stilwell's adviser in China, and a
job was offered to him, the deatils of which are
still, and may well be for a very long time
to come, top secret.

Carlson, however, saw that the mission had
certain political aspects which were repugnant to
him, and he begged to be relieved. 'I'd rather go
back to the Pacific,' he told a friend, 'and get
a good clean bullet right in the heart.'"


"President Roosevelt's freezing of Japanese
assets in the United States and his embargo
against the selling of oil to Japan in July 1941,
as well as his unwillingness to negotiate any
compromise with Tokyo, set the stage for the
attack on Pearl Harbor. Once in the war,
Roosevelt abandoned Chiang Kai-Shek and the
Chinese resistance against Japan. As Frederick W.
Marks has explained in his study of FDR's foreign
policy, Wind Over Sand (1988):

In fact, Roosevelt broke virtually every
important promise made to Chiang between the time
of Pearl Harbor and his death in April, 1945. He
shipped less than 10 percent of the aid pledged.
He went back on his commitment to assist Chiang's
Burma campaign with an amphibious invasion. At
various times, supplies earmarked for Chungking
were diverted without consultation. Scores of
bombers and transports, once the entire U.S.
Tenth Air Force in India, was rerouted to bypass
China after the United States had given its word.
Roosevelt pledged a loan of a billion dollars
which was never delivered. And more than once, he
promised increased tonnage to be flown from India
over the Himalayan Hump. In almost every
instance, such tonnage failed to eventuate.

Finally, after becoming sufficiently tired of
Chiang Kai-Shek's complaints about American
failure to support his government, FDR ordered
that a plan be prepared for the assassination of
the Chinese generalissimo. In December 1943,
FDR's military representative in China, General
Joseph Stilwell — who passionately disliked
Chiang, often referring to him in public as "the
Peanut" — told a subordinate, Col. Frank Dorn,
that FDR was "fed up with Chiang and his
tantrums, and said so. In fact, he told me in
that Olympian manner of his, 'if you can't get
along with Chiang, and can't replace him, get rid
of him once and for all. You know what I mean,
put in someone you can manage.'" Col. Dorn
prepared a plan for an airplane mishap, in which
there would be engine problems and, in the
process of bailing out of the plane, Chiang and
his wife would be given faulty parachutes. The
plan was not executed only because FDR decided
not to issue final authorization.

Franklin Roosevelt's final betrayal of his
Chinese ally occurred in his negotiations with
Stalin over the conditions under which the Soviet
Union would enter the war against Japan. In
November 1943, on their way to their conference
with Stalin at Teheran, FDR and Churchill met in
Cairo, Egypt, with Chiang Kai-Shek. At the end of
the meeting, they issued the Cairo Declaration,
which said that America, Britain, and China "are
fighting this war to restrain and punish the
aggression of Japan. They covet no gain for
themselves and have no thought of territorial
expansion. . . . [A]ll territories Japan has
stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria,
Formosa and the Pescadores, will be restored to
the Republic of China.""

R.W. "Dick" Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)
1952 (Plt #437)--'72

R.W. "Dick" Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)
1952 (Plt #437)--'72
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