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Andrew Patterson

I learned years many ago that the news media is fed information by politicians. Current Events was the second half of education for high school students to keep up with what was going on in the world and the second half of what should have been American history and was a run-down of legislation with relativity to the Constitution and was nonsense too.

So if you know more than what politicians want you to know, there’ll be trouble in River City; in the 1962 movie, "The Music Man," with Robert Preston, the con artist goes on to say kids are picking up words like "swell" and "so’s you’re old man" when they should be learning to play music and buy his musical instruments.

So when I told my knowledgeable friend about Iran reaching the economic take-off written by a second-rate economist, Walt Rostoff, that Iran had reached the stage when economic aid was no longer needed, I showed how well my knowledgeable high school teachers told me what was important. And the teachers believed the high school curricula was created by educators who knew what was best for us to learn.

However, my friend, who had more knowledge than me, said, “Andy, you don’t know what you’re talking about,” and proceeded to educate me. So I learned that to really know something, you find people who know and not people who say, "I think" or "in my opinion" or "it looks like" … find someone who knows and one who can find someone who knows and you will have an education people would pay thousands of dollars for.

The truth was that the Iranian ambassador told the Shah that Richard Nixon would be more amenable to Iran’s problems as he asked Ike Eisenhower to let him work with Allen and John Foster Dulles. Ike said, OK, but Ike had also given the Dulles brother permission to overthrow the Iranian democracy under Dr. Mossadegh, prime minister of Iran, because he owed Winston Churchill a favor for making him Supreme Allied Commander in WW II instead of Montgomery.

When Jack learned the Shah gave five million to Nixon’s campaign, he used Walt’s book to say Iran need no more economic aid and the Shah was fit to be tied. Because Americans wanted Iran as a buffer to Russian penetration to oil rich Middle East, he went to Moscow and offered to sell gas to Russia in return for a steel mill in Ahwaz that would make ships for Iran’s navy. All this was to get back at Jack's development for the whole world would come from cutting the military budget which cut back promotions, weapons, and more war. Their days of having a blank check handed to them like it was in WW II, where Jack’s idea was to offset Russian anti-American propaganda.

When Jack’s father, Joe Kennedy, was FDR’s ambassador to London, he sent Jack all over Europe and it was a great learning experience and he created the Peace Corps. Then after Jack was murdered, President Lyndon Baines Johnson created VISTA to combat poverty in America. No military budget cuts but an increase in war in Vietnam, and he is great until June 11, 1967, when Israel attacked the USS Liberty and he and Secretary of War McNamara told the Admiral of the USS Saratoga to call the planes back from driving Israeli planes and torpedo boats away to stop the attack. Thirty-two Americans were killed and 174 wounded.

What was lacking? The need for silence. So Admiral Isaac Shelby Kidd landed on the Saratoga to tell the survivors to keep their mouths shut or face court martials or worse. Can’t learn that at a university.

Andrew Patterson was born on a dairy farm two miles south of Sullivan on Feb. 13, 1930. He has attended eight universities for a total of 10 years, lived in 10 countries for 28 years, traveled in 50, speaks and writes Spanish, reads French and German, has written seven encyclopedia articles, and numerous reports and studies for World Bank, Pan American Union, and Economic Development.

Descendant from 15 American Revolutionary ancestors (16th was Cherokee), history is his life's blood, as is telling the truth. He states, "The day I stop learning is the day I am dead,” and “The hardest thing in life has been to unlearn what has been taught to me as the truth.” He has learned there are many men who have stopped WW III from China, Russia, and other countries and it cost them their life. President John F. Kennedy was one of them.

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