Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of "Finks," about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.
Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world's greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.
I have long raged against any comparisons with the Second World War -- whether of the Arafat-is-Hitler variety once deployed by Menachem Begin or of the anti-war- demonstrators-are- 1930s-appeasers, most recently used by George Bush and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara.