Tricky Saigon Dick (Updated)

Fascinating article about an article that never got published just before the 1968 election. Nixon apparently stalled the peace talks between North and South Vietnam (by speaking to both) because he feared if it proceeded beforehand, he might lose.

Let me say that again. Richard Nixon, while running for president of the United States, had people talking to the North Vietnamese government promising them a better deal than Johnson would give them if only they would wait until he was elected.

Helping him in this treasonous venture, Senator John G. Tower. The same Senator John G. Tower who tried to protect NSA’s illegal activities between 1945 and 1975 and whom I quoted here along with Franklin.

While you’re at it, compare Nixon trying to extend the war for personal gain with Jane Fonda’s attempts to shorten it for no personal gain at all. This is what I mean. This is the heart of what’s wrong. It’s all about who can get the biggest lies out there the hardest and make them stick. It’s about personal gain without the slightest goddam thought for one’s fellow man.

Almost as sickening, the fact that those who Johnson consulted about revealing this said not to because doing so might make the US government look bad. This is always the attitude and why things get so bad: they fester.

Let me state it as simply as I can: what makes the US government look bad is how it behaves. We all expect mistakes now and again from any large entity, but when the entity has been informed of the problem(s) and persists in the same behavior, it’s not a mistake any more, it’s criminal.

Some great section of a transcript of a Nixon-Johnson phone call where Nixon flat out denies what he’s doing and makes it abundantly clear that he understands the importance of the peace talks while secretly promising America’s enemies anything they want if they cooperate him.

(The reality was of course even more bleak. Besides Nixon dealing with Vietnam to extend the war to defeat Humphrey, there was a similar effort with Reagan and Iran over the hostages. As has been reported extensively before, Carter was undermined in his attempts to free them and they were released soon after Reagan’s inauguration. It was a publicity stunt, again using Americans as the pawns for personal political gain. And again, that’s treason even under Nixon’s definition of the law; neither he nor Reagan were president when their people dealt through back channels with governments that the US was in conflict with and therefore, the “…when the President does it, it isn’t illegal” excuse does not apply).

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