The Ballad of Ed Lansdale
Written By Len Osanic copyright 2002

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 Lansdale:    Now watch this…  This is the enemy

If you see him my friend Col. Ramon will be there to help

 

Announcer:    The NEW YORK TIMES of July 24th reports 2 Spanish Officers Sentenced For Roles in Fake Executions  Headline -- ZARAGOZA, Spain -- Two army officers who herded villagers into a public square for mock executions were sentenced today to prison terms  authorities said. A military tribunal ruled Tuesday that officers, Capt. Carlos Aleman and Lieut. Jaime Iniguez, had been overzealous in carrying out orders.

 

"They were ordered to stage a mock invasion of a town and to make it as realistic as possible, but they went too far," said a Defense Ministry spokesman, Lieut. Jesus del Monte.

 

Announcer:  This just in, in a surprise upset victory

The Philippines has a new President. Ramone Magsaysay

 

Magsaysay: As newly elected President of the Philippines I would like to thank the man responsible for this victory Mr. Lansdale.

 

Announcer:  Indonesia - its official….

 President Sukarno is out… Gen Suharto is in.

 

Announcer:   Trouble in the Congo, Patrice LaBumba  murdered…

 

 Announcer:  Today Ngo Nhu Diem has assumed the office of President of the newly established nation of South Vietnam.

 

Announcer:  April 22 1961 In Algeria four Generals attempt to overthrow the government of Charles De Gaulle with the help of the CIA

 

Announcer:  Gen. Rene Schneider in Chile has been executed.

 

Announcer:    President Magsaysay to break up large landed estates and distribute the land to tenant farmers

 

Announcer:   Trouble in the Congo, Patrice LaBumba  murdered…

 

Announcer:    President Magsaysay who was favored to win a second term plane has been shot down… no survivers

 

Announcer:   Italian Press Reports that

Centro Mondiale Commercial and Permindex  have been expelled from Italy for“Subversive Intelligence Activity”

Many directors including L. M Bloomfield and Clay Shaw have been connected to the Domestic Contact Division of the CIA

 

Announcer:  April 22 1961 In Algeria four Generals attempt to overthrow the government of Charles De Gaulle with the help of the CIA

 

Announcer:  Chile, Indochina, Laos, Thailand, all have new governments.

 

Announcer: The man who made it happen… Senior Lansdale.

 

 

 

 

From a long line of Cover and Deception                I've rewritten history

You won't find my name in any school books         even to my brothers,  I'm a mystery

Cloak and Dagger,  Fun and games                        Done with C.A.R.E.,   its all the same

With a blank check book from Uncle Sam              I was the best, I was the man

 

I'm a fixer,    I'm a plumber,      I'm a cover up man…               I'm all three !

But my biggest      and best                          was November. 1963

 

When the Philippines needed rescue              I brought my Robin Hood team,

When there was trouble in Saigon                 Who'd they call… They called me

Trouble again…  90 miles off-shore              I let the Mongoose… out of the bag

With a quote from the little red book             I’ve never been one to brag…  that…

 

 

I'm a fixer,    I'm a plumber,      I'm a cover up man…               I'm all three !

But my biggest      and best                          was November. 1963

 

 

Gentlemens Club Meeting…

Allen Dulles speaks...

 

Gentlemen,  Gentlemen…

 

Those of us from Sullivan & Cromwell
wish to pay tribute to these men... who we all owe a great deal to.

My brother John and I would like to introduce the head table.

 

Gentlemen. may I present:

Charles Bohannon and Napoleon Valeriano

McGeorge and Bill Bundy

Mr. Al Cox,

Shefield Edwards 

Peers,

Dupy Stilwel,

Tolson,

Rosson

Mr.  Lou Conien

Bill Harvey

Mr. Trimble   

John Paisley

Mr. Karamessines, Kyler,

Aurther Arundel and Kissner

Mr  Drummond 

Mr. Vartanian

Mr.  Donaldson

Mr. Ranlet

Mr. Otoupalik

Mr. Rufus Philips

 

And the man who handled the whole operation

With the greatest of…C.A.R.E (chuckles)

General Ed Lansdale (cheers)

 

 

 

No Nhu's is good news,                                         that’s not what I wanted to hear.

I've changed governments with little white lies.        Year after year.

Escape and Evasion ,  Smoke and Mirrors              It’s all part of a plan

With a blank cheque book from Uncle Sam…        I was the best, I was the man

 

I'm a fixer,    I'm a plumber,      I'm a cover up man…               I'm all three !

But my biggest      and best                          was November. 1963

 

I'm a fixer,    I'm a plumber,      I'm a cover up man…               I'm all three !

But my biggest      and best                          was November. 1963