Lee Harvey Oswald is the most misunderstood character in U.S. history. Why? Because he is a Martian to most Americans.
Oswald is often portrayed as some pathetic loser who killed Kennedy because he was jealous of him. Or that he had “delusions of grandeur.” Or that he wanted to impress Castro so he would be permitted to go live in Cuba, in “communist utopia.” These are all false.
Yesterday a document was released by the U.S. government which included a report showing that Oswald had met with the known director of the KGB assassination group in Mexico City prior to the killing of Kennedy.
The documents released support the Operation Dragon book. Oswald became a Soviet asset in 1957 while serving in the military in Japan. He was responsible for feeding the Soviets the information which led to Gary Powers being shot down. Oswald was meticulously screened for his job in the military, which included radio, electronics, radar, etc.
Oswald briefly lived in the Soviet Union, where he was further trained in marksmanship (he also had training in the U.S. military). He was “assigned” a Soviet wife.
Khrushchev had a terrible temper. He was also vindictive. He was responsible for the killing of 30,000 renegade class enemies during the Great Purges. He also ordered several international assassinations, which made the Soviet government look bad. He engaged in hairbrained schemes, such as his promotion of corn in areas where it didn’t work. He introduced market reforms which would lay the foundation for the black market, which helped destroy the planned economy. His market reforms also laid the foundation for the collapse of the planned economy. During his “Secret Speech,” he used Stalin as a scapegoat to consolidate his own power. He sent a message to other officials that if they stuck with him, their “past crimes” wouldn’t be a problem. He told many lies about Stalin. It was a political coup away from socialism.
Khrushchev HATED Kennedy. His meeting with him didn’t go well. Kennedy was a prick. Everyone hated him except his brothers. The “Camelot” myth was a PR stunt that worked. Kennedy brought the world to the brink of nuclear war for political reasons, to “look tough on communism” for the next election. Khrushchev backed down during the Cuban Missile Crisis to prevent WWIII. But doing so sealed his fate as leader. Kennedy also approved of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, which had threatened the Soviet allies’ government but was thwarted.
After the disastrous meeting with Kennedy, Khrushchev ordered the building of the Berlin Wall.
Khrushchev decided to be rid of Kennedy. So he ordered Oswald to assassinate him. Oswald agreed. Later, however, he came to his senses and Oswald was ordered to cancel the mission. Oswald refused. Oswald had liked Kennedy before the Bay of Pigs. Or at least he didn’t despise him. Oswald saw how Kennedy was working to destroy communism, and he wanted him dead, too.
Oswald wrote to the Soviet Embassy in an attempt to relocate to the Soviet Union with his wife and family. He made careful arrangements prior to the shooting, just as he did before the trial run with Walker. The KGB had him engage in a “trial run” to see if he could pull off an assassination. He got away with the first run, although the bullet missed Walker at the last moment. The KGB was shitting its pants that Oswald might actually kill Kennedy and cause WWIII. They couldn’t Clinton him on U.S. soil, so they decided to play the disinformation game. They arranged for Oswald to infiltrate an anti-Castro group. That didn’t work out because he wasn’t believable. They tried to distract him with becoming involved in the Cuba and U.S. political sphere, but that didn’t work, either. After Kennedy was killed, they began a disinformation campaign, claiming that it was actually U.S. oilmen who were right wingers, the CIA, and the FBI who killed Kennedy. They had an article in an Indian newspaper published regarding the matter, knowing it would be picked up by Western news services and repeated. This included the “at least three shooters” claims.
One of the major reasons Khrushchev was fired and essentially under house arrest the remainder of his life was because of the Cuban Missile Crisis and his order to kill Kennedy (even though he withdrew the order).
There is a book written by James Woolsey, former CIA director and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former acting chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service and the “highest-ranking intelligence official from an enemy country ever granted political asylum in the United States” called “Operation Dragon.” While there are thousands of books about the killing of JFK, this one is a bit different because it relies on the knowledge of those who know how to interpret the codes used by the KGB in communicating. This means they are able to interpret archival documents in a more comprehensive way. Many of the Warren Commission documents are tough to synthesize. Further, these two intelligence top officials have superior knowledge than most authors.
Nevertheless, Woolsey too fails to understand the psychology of Oswald due to his own biases. To understand Oswald, you have to be a Marxist.
Oswald was serious. History has never taken him seriously. It should. He was smart, competent, and someone who pulled off an extremely difficult task on his own. He killed Kennedy because Kennedy was a threat to worldwide Marxism. Oswald gave the information which enabled Gary Powers to be shot down. This man was no joke. The mafia, Texas oilmen, the John Birch society, the FBI, and the CIA had nothing to do with it, although they probably threw a party when they heard the news Kennedy was dead.
Lee Harvey Oswald grew up under tough circumstances. His mother never spent time with him. He didn’t have a father figure. Oswald was angry, and felt unloved. He also had a high IQ, and was a voracious reader. He had a strong sense of justice.
This 13 year old, well built, well nourished boy was remanded to Youth House for the first time on charge of truancy from school and of being beyond the control of his mother as far as school attendance is concerned. This is his first contact with the law.
Below is a psychological report on Oswald written by a psychologist:
He is tense, withdrawn and evasive boy who dislikes intensely talking about himself and his feelings. He likes the give the impression that he doesn’t care about others and rather likes to keep to himself so that he is not bothered and does not have to make the effort of communicating. It was difficult to penetrate the emotional wall behind which this boy hides and he provided us with sufficient clues, permitting us to see intense anxiety, shyness, feelings of awkwardness and insecurity as the main reasons for his withdrawal tendencies and solitary habits. Lee told us: “I don’t want a friend and I don’t like to talk to people.” He describes himself as stubborn and according to his own saying likes to say “no.” Strongly resistive and negativistic features were thus noticed but psychotic mental content was denied and no indication of psychotic mental changes was arrived at.
Lee is a youngster with superior mental endowment functioning presently on the bright normal range of mental efficiency. His abstract thinking capacity and his vocabulary are well developed. No retardation in school subjects could be found in spite of his truancy from school. Lee limits his interests to reading magazines and looking at the television all day long. He dislikes to play with others or to face the learning situation in school. On the other hand he claims that he is “very poor” in all school subjects and would remedial help. The discrepancy between these claims and his actual attainment level show the low degree of self evaluation and self esteem at which this boy has arrived presently, mainly due to feelings general inadequacy and emotional discouragement.
Lee is the product of a broken home as his father died before he was born. Two older brothers are presently in the United States Army while the mother supports herself and Lee as an insurance broker. This occupation makes it impossible for her to provide adequate supervision of Lee and to make him attend school regularly. Lee is intensely dissatisfied with his present way of living, but feels that the only way in which he can avoid feeling too unhappy is to deny to himself competition with other children or expressing his needs and wants. Lee claims that he can get very angry at his mother and occasionally has hit her, particularly when she returns home without having bought food for supper. On such occasions she leaves it to Lee to prepare some food with what he can find in the kitchen. He feels that his mother rejects him and really has never cared very much for him. He expressed the similar feeling with regard to his brothers who live pretty much on their own without showing any brotherly interest in him. Le has a vivid fantasy life, turning around the topics of omnipotence and power, through which he tries to compensate for his present shortcomings and frustrations. He did not enjoy being together with other children and when we asked him whether he prefers the company of boys to [that] of girls he answered “I dislike everybody.” His occupational goal is to join the Army. His mother was interviewed by the Youth House social worker and is described by her as a “defensive, rigid, self-involved, and intellectually alert woman who finds it exceedingly difficult to understand Lee’s personality and his withdrawing behavior. She does not understand that Lee’s withdrawal is a form of violent but silent protest against his neglect by her and represents his reaction to a complete absence of any real family life. She seemed to be interested enough in the welfare of this boy to be willing to seek guidance and help as regards her own difficulties and her management of Lee.[“]
Neurological examination remained essentially negative with the exception of slightly impaired hearing in the left ear, resulting from a mastoidectomy in 1946. History of convulsions and accidental injuries to the skull was denied. Family history is negative for mental [?] disease.
SUMMARY FOR PROBATION OFFICER’S REPORT:
This 13 year old well built boy has superior mental resources and functions only slightly below his capacity level in spite of chronic truancy from school which brought him into Youth House. No finding of neurological impairment or psychotic mental changes could be made. Lee has to be diagnosed as “personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive – aggressive tendencies.” Lee has to be seen as an emotionally, quite disturbed youngster who suffers under the impact of really existing emotional isolation and deprivation, lack of affection, absence of family life and rejection by a self involved and conflicted mother. Although Lee denies that he is in need of any other form of help other than “remedial” one, we gained the definite impression that Lee can be reached through contact with an understanding and very patient psychotherapist and if he could be drawn at the same time into group psychotherapy. We arrive therefore at the recommendation that he should be placed on probation under the condition that he seek help and guidance through contact with a child guidance clinic, where he should be treated preferably by a male psychiatrist who could substitute, to a certain degree at least, for the lack of a father figure. At the same time, his mother should be urged to seek psychotherapeutic guidance through contact with a family agency. If this plan does not work out favorably and Lee cannot cooperate in this treatment plan on an out-patient’s basis, removal from the home and placement could be resorted to at a later date, but it is our definite impression that treatment on probation should be tried out before the stricter and therefore possibly more harmful placement approach is applied to the case of this boy. The Big Brother Movement could be undoubtedly of tremendous value in this case and Lee should be urged to join the organized group activities of his community, such as provided by the PAL or YMCA of his neighborhood.
Oswald received rifle training in the U.S. military
Oswald with his wife in Minsk, USSR
Kennedy may have been a piece of shit, but he didn’t deserve to be killed. I disagree with his killing because he had children who were forever robbed of having a father. Further, assassinating world leaders can lead to nuclear war. Or world war, considering WWI. It is bad practice.
Oswald was a formidable force that acted alone to kill Kennedy.