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January 24, 2007

Remembering Howard Hunt Not Remembering

So Howard Hunt is dead. To the Washington Post's credit, they mention his role in the CIA's 1954 overthrow of the Guatemalan government. They do not, however, mention Hunt's denial that the ensuing genocide ever occurred.

Posted at January 24, 2007 10:05 AM | TrackBack

He did have a great line, at least in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995), played by Ed Harris.
Re Nixon, he says (paraphrasing): "...don't you understand, he (Nixon) is the darkness.."
A Shakespearean "not in the stars" moment.

Posted by: donescobar at January 24, 2007 10:58 AM

He had a second wife? Brave woman.

Excuse me, I think there's a Democrat under my bed.

Posted by: Mike of Angle at January 24, 2007 12:37 PM

In the Slate interview:
Slate: How long were you in prison for the Watergate break-in?
Hunt: All told, 33 months.
Slate: That's a lot of time.
Hunt: It's a lot of time. And I've often said, what did I do?

Homer: Yes! Nobody messes with the mayor when Homer Simpson's on
... oh, crap.
[notices Fat Tony, who is beating the mayor with a baseball
Homer: Oh, Fat Tony ...
Fat Tony: What? What did I do?

Posted by: Doug at January 24, 2007 12:45 PM

I chatted a little about Hunt at my blog. Daniel Hopsicker in his book about Barry Seal says that when Hunt "retired" from the CIA in 1970 to work for Nixon he was actually still working for the Agency. His job (for the CIA, not Nixon) was to help Nixon fill the new drug agency at the time, the DEA, with people loyal to the CIA.

Didn't mention it in the blog, but two other good sources would be McCoy's "The Politics Of Heroin in Southeast Asia" and Henrik Krueger's book about the drug trade during Nixon's time. Think it was called "The Great Heroin Coup."

When considering the above it leads one to ponder that Watergate was a CIA set-up to knock out Nixon from competition for control of the drug trade.

Posted by: Bob In Pacifica at January 25, 2007 09:41 AM

I think you are seeing the forest for the trees. While 200,000 people may have died in the aftermath of the Guatemala coup (which saved that country from Communism), Hunt was able to save Jacobo Arbenz's life so you have to give him credit for that. As I say in my piece about him, "Who Killed E. Howard Hunt?": "His modus operandi was to make each of the missions he was involved with only seem like fiascos." His influence on current American foreign policy cannot be underestimated.

Posted by: Jon Swift at January 25, 2007 11:31 AM

"Who Killed E. Howard Hunt?"

a. Hillary Clinton
b. Oliver North
c. Mossad
d. CIA
e. Neighbor's kid

Winners get CIA-sponsored trip to Nigeria.

Posted by: donescobar at January 25, 2007 01:08 PM

Nigeria, say, don't they have OIL? My guess is ALL of the above.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 25, 2007 10:35 PM