The Eastman Memo is a 21st Century Zimmerman Telegram. It is a war plan. It is aimed at destroying American democracy. The coverage and meaning of the memo have been insufficient, grotesquely so. Winston Churchill wrote about this phenomenon in the Gathering Storm.
During the opening chapters he writes about Hitler and the rise of the “Austrian Corporal”. He writes about the failed 1923 Munich Coup and Hitlers 14 month prison term during which he wrote his ideological treatise “My Struggle”. Churchill points out that the first sentence of
the book declares the necessity of Austria being merged to Germany. Churchill writes about the extraordinary gap between Hitlers stated intentions and Allied belief in their sincerity. He records his dismay at French and British political leaders who were surprised that
Hitler did exactly what he suggested he would do in clear prose. The willful blindness to danger, the hope that the worst is behind us, turns out to be a very human yearning, one that transits the generations. It has all been laid before us in writing. The one thing we will
Never ever be able to say honestly, is that we didn’t or couldn’t see it coming. The enemies of American democracy have been good enough to lay out the plan for us. In writing.

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