A Journal of Nationalist Thought & History
Volume XI Number
P. 52. FDR: JOE STALIN'S BEST FRIEND Michael
If Franklin D. Roosevelt was not a Communist, he
was the best "fellow traveler" any Red could have asked
for. Thanks to this monster in the White House, such fiends as Stalin
and Mao — the worst mass murderers in history —
were enabled to slaughter 85 million to 100 million people....
Stalin's Best Pal
Franklin D. Roosevelt Facilitates
the Soviet Subjugation of Europe
November 17, 2006, marks the 73rd anniversary
of what may well be the greatest and most tragic error in American
diplomatic history. On that date, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
offered diplomatic recognition to the Communist dictatorship of
the Soviet Union. This single act provided legitimacy to the worldwide
imperialistic drive of the Soviet regime, which installed itself
in power after a revolution and civil war that resulted in the deaths
of well in excess of 14 million. Scores of millions of others later
died as a result of the Soviet power grab and the policies of the
Communist regime, and in turn the murderous Red Chinese regime.
By Michael Collins Piper
T he history
of the events leading up to FDR's nod of support to the Soviets
is nothing less than a chronicle of the deceit and treachery that
are hallmarks of the Roosevelt record —
a record which has led one historian, Dr. Martin Larson, to call
FDR "the most evil man ever to occupy a high political office
in the history of the world." There was, said Larson, "no
better liar and deceiver."
Roosevelt chose to recognize the Soviet dictators despite the fact
that four previous presidents, including the liberal internationalist
Democrat Woodrow Wilson, had refused to recognize diplomats from
the Communist police state, fearing (correctly) that American recognition
of the Soviet regime would provide respectability to the worldwide
subversive efforts of the Red imperialists.
I think that if I give Stalin
everything I possibly can,
and then ask for nothing in return, he won't try to annex
anything and will work with me for a world of peace and
FDR AT YALTA
subversion and political intrigue were rampant worldwide, and Communist
political leaders were making vast gains in depression-wracked Europe.
Soviet-backed Rosa Luxemberg had established a temporary German
Socialist Republic; and Hungary's Bela Kun had seized power in that
Balkan country and had set himself up as a pro-Soviet force for
Communist expansion throughout Europe.
Elsewhere, other Communist parties were expanding in power. In America
herself, Soviet agents were active, infiltrating government agencies
and stirring discontent, right under the eyes of Roosevelt.
(Perhaps the most famous suspected Soviet spy who served in the
New Deal was Alger Hiss, the Harvard-educated protege of Roosevelt-appointed
Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. Frankfurter's well-known
sympathies for the Soviet revolutionaries were documented in American
intelligence reports prepared after the Bolsheviks seized power
in Russia. To his death, Hiss proclaimed his innocence, despite
extensive evidence to the contrary. FDR had at least two other Soviet
spies in his government: Harry Dexter White and Laughlin Currie.)
In a July 27, 1933 memorandum to the president, Robert F. Kelley,
chief of the State Department's Division of Eastern European affairs,
indicated that he believed recognition of the Soviet regime would
present numerous problems: Soviet subversive activities worldwide,
numerous instances of ill treatment of American nationals within
Soviet confines, the Soviet failure to shoulder debts to America
incurred by the czarist regime, and the general brutality of the
Communist government were all cited as conflicts that Kelley believed
should be resolved before America extended recognition to USSR.
Photograph of Churchill, FDR, and
Stalin at Yalta
Caption: "Warren F. Kimball,
author of Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the
Second World War, dismisses the charge that FDR `gave
away' Eastern Europe and too much of the Far East to Stalin
at Yalta `because he was a frail, sick, dying man.' On the
contrary, he says, `nothing he did at Yalta ... altered the
approach he had taken throughout the war, an approach toward
a postwar settlement that by the time of the Yalta talks had
been outlined in some detail.' Many historians have speculated
about the cause of Roosevelt's death, and rumors have persisted
for years that he died of a brain tumor or cancer. Roosevelt's
defenders have tried to claim that his concessions were necessary
to bribe Stalin to enter the war against Japan. The Yalta
papers prove that was false: Three-and-a-half months before
the Yalta meeting, Ambassador Averell Harriman had relayed
to Roosevelt a `full agreement from Stalin not only to participate
in the Pacific war, but to enter the war with full effort.'
Above, one of many famous photographs of `the Big Three' at
Yalta. Although quite ill, FDR still smokes a cigarette, of
habit of which he was quite fond."
Secretary of State Cordell Hull was also warning
the president of the Soviets' ongoing intervention in America's
domestic affairs. In a memo to the president, the secretary warned
that the Communists were "eager to obtain two things from the
government of the United States: namely, credits or loans and recognition."
Hull believed that if the Soviets would not resolve the problems
existing between America and the USSR before diplomatic recognition
was extended, that it was not likely the Communists would choose
to cease their activities after recognition.
The Japanese minister for foreign affairs, among other anti-Soviet
foreign spokesmen, also expressed concern. He warned Roosevelt that
recognition of the Soviets would damage worldwide resistance to
Communism and create what he believed would be considered "a
great question mark in the history of humanity. "
But Roosevelt went ahead with his plans, much to the delight of
the Soviets and their international stooges, and against the counsel
of some of FDR's more statesmanlike colleagues.
Roosevelt's methods in conducting his diplomatic overtures to the
Soviets certainly left much to be desired. In order to negotiate
possible recognition the president met in highly secretive conferences
at the White House with the Soviet commissar of foreign affairs
(and later ambassador to America), Maxim "Litvinov." Litvinov,
born on the Polish borderlands as either Meyer Finkelstein or Meyer
Wallach (scholarly sources are not certain which is his true name),
was one of the early Bolshevik leaders and a key figure in the Soviet
bureaucracy, fully capable of playing hardball politics with a pliable
The meetings between the left-wing American leader and the Soviet
Communist were so secret that, as was revealed at the time by Roosevelt's
own assistant secretary of state, Robert W. Moore: "There were
no stenographers present and no reports made, and thus, so far as
the conferences are concerned, there will be a bare outline and
not a full picture exposed to the future historian."
In any case, Litvinov was successful in persuading Roosevelt to
extend to the Communist empire diplomatic recognition, despite the
fact that no legal documents relating to conditions of recognition
were ever signed.
There's nothing wrong with Communists in this
country. Several of the best friends I have are Communists.
I do not regard the Communists as any present or future
threat to our country. In fact, I look upon Russia as our
strongest ally in the years to come.
—FDR TO REP. MARTIN
The president and his Soviet confidant promptly
exchanged public greetings and issued a joint statement on November
16, 1933, expressing hope for "speedy and satisfactory"
settlement of the many outstanding questions facing the relationship
between the two world powers.
This cordial declaration was immediately followed, on November 17,
by the announcement that America had officially recognized the dictatorship
and had opened up diplomatic relations with the Soviets.
The Soviets press gloated at the news. In an editorial in Izvestia,
the house organ of the Central Committee of the Soviet Politburo,
the Red government announced gleefully that America, "the greatest
capitalist power in the world, has at last been compelled to establish
normal diplomatic relations" with the USSR.
"Compelled," it said —
not "persuaded," not "convinced," but "compelled."
The Soviets had ostensibly agreed, beforehand, to "cease"
interference in U.S. domestic affairs. But on other matters, the
The two powers proceeded to exchange diplomatic representatives,
with America dispatching William Bullitt as his first ambassador
to the USSR.
Photograph of FDR and William Bullitt
seated in a car
Caption: "FDR and William
Christian Bullitt, a man, as Dean Acheson once
remarked, with a `singularly ironic middle name.' Dr. Henry
Beston, one of the most learned and cultivated scholars,
literary critics and publicists of this century, said about
FDR: "Roosevelt was probably the most destructive man
who ever lived. He left the civilized West in ruins, the
entire East in a chaos of bullets and murder —
and our own nation facing, for the first time, an enemy
whose attack may be mortal. And to crown the summit of such
fatal inquity, he left us a world that can no longer be
put together in terms of any moral principle." This,
above all else, many consider FDR's legacy to the Western
However, Bullitt soon began to recognize that the
Soviets were not about to live up to the preliminary promises they
had made. The Soviets had not attempted to settle the debt question,
nor had they curbed their subversive activities worldwide. And soviet
brutality against the captive nations within the empire was unabated.
The American ambassador continually protested against the Soviet
attitude, to no avail. In fact, on November 9, 1935, Bullitt informed
Hull that Litvinov denied ever having agreed, on behalf of his government,
that the Soviets would take responsibility for the anti-American
activities of the Communist Internationale —
the political arm of the Communist movement outside the USSR.
Roosevelt's friendly overtures to the Soviets, which led to his
alliance with Stalin during World War II, resulted in the enslavement
of millions of Eastern Europeans, who were dragged behind the Iron
Curtain in post-war years. And during the war, FDR chose to prolong
the agony of that violent period in order to bring the Soviets in
as fellow victors in the war against Germany and Japan —
despite the documented fact that leading German military figures
had sought Roosevelt's assistance in an effort to drive the Communists
back into the Soviet Union in return for surrendering.
the Russians are perfectly friendly. They aren't trying to
gobble up the rest of Europe. They haven't got any idea of
conquest. These fears that have been expressed by a lot of
people here that the Russians are going to try to dominate
Europe — I personally don't think there's anything in
— Franklin D. Roosevelt,
March 8, 1944
Within the Kremlin, FDR was viewed as a "Soviet
saint," according to John F. Burns of The New York
Times, an Establishment
house organ long known for its pro-Roosevelt, pro-Soviet apologetics.
The Soviet press praised FDR as a "profound realist."
Anti-Communist presidents were called "hypocrites." For
his actions in dealing with the Bolsheviks, FDR was praised by the
Communist Party newspaper Pravda ("Truth")
as being one who "displayed considerable political courage
and the ability to overcome the fierce opposition of the enemies
of the Soviet Union."
Roosevelt, Pravda said, "took a farsighted
and realistic approach to the development of relations between the
USSR and the United States of America."
Most Americans would not agree with this assessment.
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Photograph of a Lili St. Cyr sitting next to Eleanor Roosevelt
Class Pals? Famed burlesque queen, Lili
St. Cyr, a popular stripper of her day (left), is shown
with Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Critics
of FDR and his family —
there were many —
would contend the stripper was of a better class than many
of the Communists and Soviet spies and a wide variety of
crooked cronies who were among the Roosevelt inner circle.
FDR's critics dared to point out that the president's sons
were enmeshed in get-rich-quick schemes, utilizing their
White House connection to rake in big bucks —
a point that did not go unnoticed by Adolf Hitler, who mentioned
Roosevelt's corruption when he asked the German Reichstag
to declare war on the United States in 1941."