Diana West writes the following about uranium shipments to Stalin. (Quoted below)
Take my arguments or leave them. But don't distort them.
As "19" was attacked to obscure American Betrayal's widely sourced and detailed discourse on Harry Hopkins, the new detail under attack is "a" (as in "one") shipment of uranium.
That would seem bad enough, of course. Why was Harry Hopkins's Lend-Lease scouring all over creation for uranium for Stalin? For a reality check, I'll note that when Gen. Leslie Groves, head of the Manhattan Project, testified on this subject of uranium shipments to the USSR before Congress in 1949, he could not answer how many shipments of uranium Lend-Lease had in fact transferred to Stalin, because, he said, "we don't know how many leaked through."
[Note from M D Sun: Ronald Radosh is a history professor.] Radosh, however, discusses only one shipment that Groves did indeed permit to go through, against his will, rather than alert the Soviets to the value we were placing on uranium during this period of frantic, top secret atomic research. Radosh repeatedly insists this was the only shipment to go through -- and cites another book to supposedly prove this, completely ignoring the additional evidence contained in American Betrayal that trumps Radosh's source.
What evidence? A Congressional investigation, quoted on p. 124 of American Betrayal:
I quote the March 3, 1950, testimony of 56
The note is: "Hearings into the Transfer of Atomic Material to the Soviet Union During World War II," 1149.
A third documented uranium shipment to Stalin went overland in July 1944.
Just as with my "second front" debate, the FDR-Stalin cables, my discussion of ex-POWs in Stalin's clutches, my non-"19" Hopkins dossier, Radosh has completely and missed or purposefully ignored my documented evidence − and then aggressively attacked me for it.
OUT OF CONTEXT DISTORTIONS AND/OR SLOPPINESS
Radosh writes:She refers to Lend-Lease as "the plunder of atomic secrets ... spirited out of the country on a U.S.-government sponsored flight. The reference is to a shipment of uranium to Russia in 1943, allegedly orchestrated by Harry Hopkins as Agent 19. )
In fact, the quotation of mine Radosh cites happens not to relate uranium at all. It's not about Harry Hopkins. It's not about "Agent 19."
I endeavor to be brief, but I must reproduce the whole citation to prove Radosh's sloppiness.
In fact, my reference to "plunder" relates to an extensive listing of items recorded by Maj. George Racey Jordan, US Army "expediter" of Lend-Lease. Jordan claimed he discovered the following items in a US government-sponsored flight to Russia as it was about to take off from the Lend-Lease hub in Great Falls, Montana.
The list included (p. 123 of American Betrayal):Road maps ... pinpointing American industrial sites ("Westinghouse," "Blaw-Knox"). Maps of the Panama Canal Zone. Documents related to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, "one of the most 'sensitive' areas in the war effort." Folders stuffed with naval and shipping intelligence. Stacks of papers on oil refineries, machine tools, steel foundries, and the like. Groups of documents on stationery from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and State, "trimmed close to the text," Jordan noted, perhaps to save weight—or remove "Secret" or "Restricted" stamps (or both). Folders from the State Department Jordan claimed were marked "From Sayre"—that would be Francis Sayre, who hired Alger Hiss—and "From Hiss," Soviet spy Alger Hiss himself. Engineering and scientific treatises that "bristled with formulae, calculations and professional jargon." Something very, very interesting I will describe a little farther down attached to a thick map bearing the legend that Jordan recorded as "Oak Ridge, Manhattan Engineering District" (remember, this was taking place sometime in the winter of 1943--44, before the invention, or public knowledge, of the atomic bomb). He also found a carbon copy of a report from "Oak Ridge" containing a series of "outlandish" words Jordan made a note to look up later: "cyclotron," "proton," "deuteron." There were also "curious" phrases, he wrote, "energy produced by fission" and "walls five feet thick, of lead and water, to control flying neutrons."
Then, Jordan writes, "For the first time in my life, I met the word 'uranium.' "
[Why, in all of our inherited historical legacy, has there been no room for this wartime witness to the plunder of atomic secrets just as they were being spirited out of the country on a U.S. government-sponsored flight?]
Plenty of "plunder" here, to be sure. But no uranium shipment. No Hopkins. No "19."
Radosh continues: "To her, this proves that the Lend-Lease Act 'was a slam-dunk victorious Soviet influence operation.'"