An interesting blivet showed up in my e-mail inbox today: a reference to tapes released in 2008 and initially reported on by AP, that shed light Lyndon Baines Johnson’ attitude toward Jews.  It’s a worthwhile read.  The lyndonjohnsonandisrael blog, which requests any information on LBJ and Jews to help him meet Yad Vashem criteria for classification as a righteous gentile, is a good beginning for anyone interested in this.

Imagine a young Texas Congressman giving his fiancée a book called Nazism: An Assault on Civilization in 1934, Imagine this selfsame man warning his Jewish friends in 1937 that European Jews faced annihilation, using legal and illegal methods to get visas for European Jews and smuggling, smuggling! 400-500 Jews into Texas and hiding them in the Texas National Youth Association facilities!  The then-young Jewish-Austrian musician, Erich Leinsdorf, later a world-famous conductor, also credited LBJ with saving his life

It then begins to make sense that, as President, LBJ would be the first American Chief Executive to support Israel with arms when it was really needed.

“I sure as hell want to be careful and not run out on little Israel,” Johnson said in a March 1968 conversation with his ambassador to the United Nations, Arthur Goldberg. The recording was released to researchers on May 1 [2008], according to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, in Austin, Texas.


In a taped conversation from June 25, 1967, about three weeks after Israel defeated three Arab armies, LBJ relates a conversation with Soviet Premier Alexey Kosygin.

“He couldn’t understand why we’d want to support the Jews — 3 million people — when there are 100 million Arabs,” the president said. “I told him that numbers do not determine what was right. We tried to do what was right regardless of the numbers.”

Professor Johnson said, “It’s one of the starkest expressions of a moral obligation to Israel that came from an American President.”

This, I think, is good information for key apparatchiki of the Obama regime to ponder, especially the LBJ-Kosygin quote above.


About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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