If FDR Had Changed Sides In 1942 – Would Anyone Have Noticed?

FDRA remarkable event in America’s history occurred just a few months past.  The President of the United States came about, to use a nautical term, and suddenly deployed U.S. military support to the Libyan contingent of al Qaida’s jihadis.  They were Muslims who  were in the act of overthrowing strongman Moammar Ghadaffi. They burned, tortured and pillaged their way across the country.

For my readers who might be too young to remember the events of September, 2001, al Qaida, to that point, was “the enemy” of the United States.  Al Qaida was some mysterious terrorist organization which was somehow responsible for killing nearly 3,000 Americans by crashing hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.

Remember all that?

To oversimplify a long, complex story, with Mr. Obama’s and Ms. Clinton’s bizarre military reversal and support for the “liberation” of Libya from Mr. Ghadaffi (who was eventually sodomized and murdered by his al Qaida captors) the former arch-enemy al Qaida morphed, or became conjoined with, a brand new “enemy” – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  Mr. Obama likes to call the new villains ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (since the area known as Levant includes Israel).  Oh, yes, Mr. O once referred to ISIS as the JV Team.

What is so astonishing in this entire bizarre tale is that no one in the press corps seemed to notice that the United States had literally changed sides in the war.  It was so Orwellian that Orwell himself might have suffered vertigo during the shift of the tide.

Imagine, if you can, what the American press corps and people would have done if FDR had similarly changed course in mid-1942.  Would anyone have noticed that the enemy had become the ally and the ally had suddenly become the enemy.  Would anyone have noticed following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the string of Japan’s victories in the Far East that FDR had begun to send military weapons, men, and materiel to Hitler’s Germany and Hirohito’s Japan – to assist in their conquests of Europe and Asia?

It’s just a question.  We’re living in very strange, dangerous times.

Barack Obama


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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