Thursday, January 22, 2004
While serving as Secretary of Agriculture, Benson also met with many world leaders, some of whom left lasting impressions on him. He appreciated the courage of Israel’s David Ben-Gurion and the principled anti-Communist statesmanship of Free China’s Chiang Kai-shek. He was less enthusiastic about meeting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1959, during the Communist dictator’s visit to Washington. Asked by Eisenhower to accompany Khrushchev and his entourage on a tour of a USDA station, Benson agreed with extreme reluctance. He was opposed to bringing the boasting tyrant to the United States at all. "My enthusiasm for the project," he later recorded, "could have been put in a small thimble.... [Khrushchev] has about as much conception of right and wrong as a jungle animal." Nevertheless, he made the most of the occasion, unambiguously spelling out the advantages of freedom in a speech at the Plant Industry building to the Communist dictator and his minions. He recalled: "I told about the way research is conducted and how it is carried to the people through our free press; and how new ideas … are freely available to everyone interested.... Our farmers have transformed American agriculture under our capitalistic free enterprise system.... As I finished I thought, And I hope you get the message."
At one point during Khrushchev’s visit, the Soviet Premier boasted to the Agriculture Secretary that Benson’s own grandchildren would live under Communism. Benson replied tartly that he expected to do all in his power to assure that Khrushchev’s and all other grandchildren would live under freedom. The Communist leader then responded in essence, according to Benson’s personal account: "You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism."
See MASTERS OF SEDUCTION, Beguiling Americans Into Slavery and Self-destruction.
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