My first return to Papua New Guinea 4
Advice for young people: You’re here for a purpose

Allen Dulles, West Papua & the murder of JFK

Allen dulles and john kennedy
President John Kennedy and CIA director  Allen Dulles, who Kennedy fired in 1961. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963

Dissident Voice | Extract
| Link here to the full book review

JFK vs Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia by Greg Poulgrain, Skyhorse 2020, 368 pages. ISBN-10 1510744797. Kindle $19.04, Paperback $25.99 from Amazon here and other suppliers

MASSACHUSETTS, USA - Reading Greg Poulgrain’s masterful analysis, one can clearly see how much of modern history is a struggle for control of the underworld where lies the fuel that runs the mega-machine – oil, minerals, gold, copper, etc.

Manifest ideological conflicts, while garnering headlines, often bury the secret of this subterranean devil’s game.

His murder mystery/detective story begins with a discovery that is then kept secret for many decades.  He writes:

“In the alpine region of Netherlands New Guinea (so named under Dutch colonial rule – today, West Papua) in 1936, three Dutchmen discovered a mountainous outcrop of ore with high copper content and very high concentrations of gold. 

“When later analyzed in the Netherlands, the gold (in gram/ton) proved to be twice that of Witwatersrand in South Africa, then the world’s richest gold mine, but this information was not made public.”

The geologist among the trio, Jean Jacques Dozy, worked for the Netherlands New Guinea Petroleum Company (NNGPM), ostensibly a Dutch-controlled company based in The Hague, but whose controlling interest actually lay in the hands of the Rockefeller family, as did the mining company, Freeport Sulphur (now Freeport McMoRan, one of whose Directors from 1988-95 was Henry Kissinger, Dulles’ and the Rockefeller’s close associate) that began mining operations there in 1966.

It was Allen Dulles, Paris-based lawyer in the employ of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, who in 1935 arranged the controlling interest in NNGPN for the Rockefellers.

And it was Dulles, among a select few others, who, because of various intervening events, including World War II, that made its exploitation impossible, kept the secret of the gold mine for almost three decades, even from President Kennedy, who had worked to return the island to Indonesian control.

JFK “remained uninformed of the El Dorado, and once the remaining political hurdles were overcome, Freeport would have unimpeded access.” Those ‘political hurdles’; i.e., regime change, would take a while to effect.

But first JFK would have to be eliminated, for he had brokered Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua/West Irian for Sukarno from the Dutch who had ties to Freeport Sulphur. 

Freeport was aghast at the potential loss of ‘El Dorado’, especially since they had recently had their world’s most advanced nickel refinery expropriated by Fidel Castro, who had named Che Guevara its new manager.

Freeport’s losses in Cuba made access to Indonesia even more important. Cuba and Indonesia thus were joined in the deadly game of chess between Dulles and Kennedy, and someone would have to lose.

While much has been written about Cuba, Kennedy, and Dulles, the Indonesian side of the story has been slighted.

Poulgrain remedies this with an exhaustive and deeply researched exploration of these matters.

He details the deviousness of the covert operations Dulles ran in Indonesia during the 1950s and 1960s. 

He makes it clear that Kennedy was shocked by Dulles’s actions, yet never fully grasped the treacherous genius of it all, for Dulles was always “working two or three stages ahead of the present.” 

Having armed and promoted a rebellion against Sukarno’s central government in 1958, Dulles made sure it would fail (shades of the Bay of Pigs to come) since a perceived failure served his long-term strategy. 

To this very day, this faux 1958 Rebellion is depicted as a CIA failure by the media.  Yet from Dulles standpoint, it was a successful failure that served his long-term goals.

JFK“This holds true,” Poulgrain has previously written, “only if the stated goal of the CIA was the same as the actual goal. 

“Even more than five decades later, media analysis of the goal of The Outer Island rebels is still portrayed as a secession, as covert US support for ‘rebels in the Outer Islands that wished to secede from the central government in Jakarta’.

“The actual goal of Allen Dulles had more to do with achieving a centralised army command in such a way as to appear that the CIA backing for the rebels failed.”

You can link here to read this fascinating review in its entirety.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Robert L Parer CMG MBE

Last Thursday Greg Poulgrain called over for a chat at our cafe at Kingsford Terrace Retirement Village in Corinda, a Brisbane suburb.

Greg said that this week he'll be discussing his book 'JFK vs Allen Dulles' with famous broadcaster Philip Adams AO on Late Night Live which he hosts four nights a week on the ABC.

Greg's had many radio interviews with broadcasters in USA and the book is selling well in the States but so far not so well in Australia.

Philip Fitzpatrick

Chris - The perfidy of the USA's disastrous and malign interference in other countries affairs far outweighs anywhere else, including China.

Chris Overland

I have not read this book but what is on the historic record about Allen Dulles leads me to believe that the author's working hypothesis is at least plausible.

Allen Dulles was deeply involved in both the Republican Party and the US intelligence community, including serving as Director of the CIA from 1953 to 1961.

His brother, John Foster Dulles, served as US Secretary of State from 1953 to 1959.

Collectively and individually they wielded enormous influence in Washington. Both were deeply involved in fermenting coups d'etat in Iran (1953) and Guatemala (1954).

The coup in Iran brought the late Shah to power, while that in Guatemala helped preserve US commercial interests from incipient plans to nationalise parts of the economy.

In the case of Guatemala, the most important company in the country was the United Fruit Company, which dominated the trade in fresh fruit, notably bananas.

John Foster Dulles had been the company's Legal Counsel, while Allen Dulles sat on its board of directors.

It is alleged that the US ambassador to Guatemala compelled the democratically elected president to resign by holding a gun to his head.

The Dulles brothers were ruthless operators and did not apparently see any conflict between US commercial interests and those of the USA as a state.

John Foster died soon after leaving office in 1959, while Allen was finally sacked by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy following the infamous Bay of Pigs fiasco of 1961.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)