The Mob versus the Nazis was an offer an Obama predecessor couldn’t refuse.
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MEYER LANSKSY’S best days were ahead of him. He attempted to clean up his fortune in Las Vegas and Havana, where he was the czar of Cuba’s legal gaming and resort industries. When Havana fell to Castro, he lost his most lucrative legal holdings. His every move shadowed by law enforcement, Meyer attempted to gain Israeli citizenship under that country’s Law of Return, but was considered a liability and was forced to return to Miami Beach, where he died in 1983 of natural causes—in bed, with his shoes off.
As I portray in The Devil Himself, Meyer was intensely proud of his service in World War II. He was motivated by an immigrant’s desire to prove he was a “real American,” a concept that is hard to imagine in today’s climate, in which such a wish would be greeted by the dominant media culture with an eye roll.
Unlike his partner Luciano, Meyer was an American citizen who received his Certificate of Naturalization after the war. He was so enthralled with his Navy collaboration that he sent his son Paul to West Point.
The deranged mob boss Albert Anastasia was said to have told Meyer, “Someday, my boy’s gonna run the Brooklyn waterfront.” Meyer responded, “That’s nice. My son works at NASA.”
He wasn’t kidding. Paul Lansky was an engineer on the Apollo space program and one of the first military advisors in Vietnam.
The value of Operation Underworld can be legitimately debated. What cannot is how far our leaders were once willing to go to defeat our country’s enemies. There was a time—bada bing!—when even a mobster’s contribution was an offer we couldn’t refuse.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?