The Lies & Hypocrisy of Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States : Showtime Propaganda, Distortions, Quotes out of Context, Moral Equivocations. Where to begin with Oliver Stone’s morally bankrupt retelling of history through the eyes of Stone’s communist/socialist sympathetic world view. Along with his PhD partner fellow Marxist sympathizer Peter Kuznick they’ve done a pretty good job of distorting history with quotes out of context, moral equivocations between the United States leaders and mass murdering dictators of Stalin and Mao and Castro’s ilk.
Of course Stone defends his treatment of Stalin saying he does report in the documentary of Stalin’s crimes. True but when you listen to how he reports them, you’ll see how this Showtime propaganda piece has whitewashed the history to give Stalin reasons for his barbarism or glossing over the murders or stating the United States instigated the Soviet Union’s crimes against humanity and territorial expansion and aggression.
MikeFrancesa.com will dig into a particular episode to highlight the glaring mischaracterizations and outright lies Oliver Stone propagates in this so called documentary. But it will be striking to the viewer how time and time again in Stone’s narration, he utters one statement completely hypocritical to the previous statement. It was as if Stone was stoned while writing or voicing the narration. If you don’t do any research, simply listen to Stone’s narration, you see how poorly executed this piece of propaganda was delivered by Stone. You’ll also see how Stone will take quotes from the same leader and when they suit Stone and Kuznick’s world view, they are lauded, when the same leader’s quote is against communism and the Soviet Union, that quote is denigrated. In addition Stone will take a single quote, a single sentence from a U.S. President or Winston Churchill and proclaim it as if that leader never uttered anything contradictory, never updated the quote as he or she got older, never had conflicting quotes as to the specific contexts of history; leaders that have thousands of pages of speeches, diaries, books, and yet Stone defines them by his select quotes that defend his point of view.
You’ll also see how Stone takes the word of dictators like Joseph Stalin, when in a previous segment he quickly stated that Stalin was extremely paranoid, yet his supposed quotes offering trust and non aggression are to be taken at face value. Every single act or quote by the Soviet Union is to be trusted and when they do act out as in the invasion of Hungary, it is always because of the instigation of the United States. And of course Stone shows no quotes from Soviet leaders threatening America in any way, Stone acts as if we had no right to build up our military to defend ourselves from the Communist threat.
And one has to love Oliver Stone’s amateur psychoanalysis of U.S. Presidents like Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. Stone will remark about a Western leaders height or lack thereof, talk about them being bullied as a child or dressed up as a girl by their parents. Yet he offers no such look into the backgrounds or the short stature of Stalin and the psychological underpinnings of Mao. Nah, murder millions and Stone never looks into your psychological framework.
At one point Oliver Stone compares the Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin’s view of Poland in the same way the United States views Mexico and Canada, as regions that need to be watched because of a potential invasion. This specious equivocation is laughable considering how many Polish people the Soviets killed or deported to work camps before the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Stone acts as if Stalin held nothing against Poland, simply was concerned with the fact that it was a border country that could be used as a staging point for invasion. When the complete opposite has been proven by legitimate scholars. That after the Nazi-Soviet non aggression pact was signed, the Soviets sought to stamp out Polish history and erase the entire culture.
Do you believe Oliver Stone when he says the rapes of German women ended once Stalin found out about them and ordered them to cease when Stalin himself ordered the killing or deportations of thousands of Soviet troops who made the mistake of being captured by German soldiers and were POW’s, yes folks if you were a Soviet troop that had the misfortune to survive WWII as a POW there was a pretty good chance you were not to be trusted by your dear leader Stalin and you would die in a Soviet gulag. Yes we are supposed to believe in the truth, compassion, and peacefulness of Stalin’s Russia.
We are supposed to believe Oliver Stone’s assertion that the Soviet Union’s post WWII domination of Eastern Europe was all in reaction to the United States interventions in countries like Greece and Italy when in fact that the Soviet-Nazi Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact already sliced and diced Eastern Europe into the Soviet Union’s hands before WWII ever started. It cut Poland in half and Stalin began murdering, arresting, staging elections, and gutting a culture. It offered up Finland, Estonia, and Latvia to the Soviets. Parts of Romania and most of Lithuania would be given to Stalin and the Soviet Union. When Finland did not cooperate, Stalin and the Soviet Union communists invaded Finland. Soviet troops then attacked Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. No mention of this from Oliver Stone. The most damning fact of history that goes against the essence of his documentary. The Soviet Union had a history of territorial expansion, of the outright murder of innocent civilians, of the forced deportation of innocent civilians in these countries to Soviet gulags and work camps, of the looting and gutting of a political structure. Given this history thank goodness Harry Truman did not trust the Soviets. But Oliver Stone will not even mention the facts.
According to Oliver Stone, Stalin and the Communists are the good guys, the United States are the bad guys. Sorry Oliver unlike your conspiracy theories about the U.S. training death squads etc. etc., the blood is on the hands of Soviet troops, actual murders, triggers pulled by the Soviets, orders sent down from Stalin and his comrades, death, destruction, famines caused by the collectivization of farms which you fail to mention in Oliver Stone’s False History of the United States.
Now MikeFrancesa.com will show some of the hypocritical and contradictory narrations of Oliver Stone from Episode 4: The Cold War 1945-1950:
Narration by Oliver Stone:
First some highlights: Stone mentions the U.S. dropping in dissidents via parachutes into Ukraine to foment a revolution but never mentions the millions of Ukraine citizens that dies since 1932 because of Stalin’s forced collectivization of the entire Ukraine farming industry.
Stone blames the Soviet inspired Communist Coup d’etat of Czechoslovakia in 1948 on the Marshall Plan but never mentions the Soviet archives that show that Stalin did not believe the communist party could win a parliamentary election in Czechoslovakia after the party lost in Italy and France and believed force had to be used.
Stone plays a quote from Stalin in which Stalin tells Tito the Communist dictator in Yugoslavia not to fight the United States in Greece. Stone uses this quote to assert that Stalin was not looking for expansion, he was honoring his WWII treaty agreements but if you listen to the quote that Stone uses, Stalin’s stated rationale is that he doesn’t think the U.S. can be defeated in Greece, that they are too strong a country to mess with so it is not worth the trouble. In addition Stone does not say anything about Tito truly pissing off Stalin by running an independent economy and not using one controlled by the Soviet Union. Stone also asserts that the U.S. tried to lump Tito in with the Soviet Union after their split as one big red menace. But Stone fails to mention that Tito accepted money from the U.S. Marshall Plan. Stone also doesn’t mention that the only successful independent split from the Soviet Union was met with Stalin trying multiple assassination attempts of Tito.
Stone mentions Mao Tse Tung’s revolutionary takeover of China in 1949, while Stone correctly labels the Chinese Nationalist Party that Mao defeats as corrupt, Stone never attributes a single murder to a man that eventually was responsible for between 30 and 50 million deaths either through forced starvation, direct murders especially during the Cultural Revolution, or indifference to famines caused by disastrous farming policies enacted by Mao.
Stone who during the documentary tries to make it sound like Stalin and the Soviet Union had no ambition to spread communism throughout the world, states that the Soviets installed the dictator of North Korea Kim Il-Sung, certainly this goes against Stone’s thesis and then once again the blames the United States. Stone states that Stalin ordered Il-Sung’s North Korea to invade South Korea but he did it out of anger because of the U.S. helping to build up Stalin’s rival Japan. You see Stone’s logic, we try to build up Western Europe and Germany’s economy as to avoid another World War and another Hitler and that gives Stalin the right to blockade West Berlin and build the Berlin Wall. The U.S. builds up Japan’s economy to avoid history repeating itself and that gives Stalin the right to invade South Korea. Stone is clearly out of whack mentally.