Monday, March 18, 2013

Nixon & The '68 Election, Dirty Politics Or An Act Of Treason?

He was known as "tricky dick" and like most Presidents he was much beloved but also much reviled. He also was the only one to resign in disgrace. There are accusations that Richard Nixon used dirty tricks to help McGovern get nominated in 1972. But did his campaign sabotage the Vietnam peace talks in 1968 in order to get elected.

Richard Nixon is also well known for and was in the end undone by his tape recording it was Lyndon Johnson who was the first to do it. His library has been releasing these recordings over the past few years and now they have all been released. Today we take a look at this story from two different sources.

First we take a look at a recent article from the BBC  that summerizes the information from the tapes. There is the fascinating plan for him to show up at the convention in a last minute attepmt to get renominated. As well as the plot by Nixon to slow down the peace talks.

"In a series of remarkable White House recordings we can hear Johnson's reaction to the news.
In one call to Senator Richard Russell he says: "We have found that our friend, the Republican nominee, our California friend, has been playing on the outskirts with our enemies and our friends both, he has been doing it through rather subterranean sources. Mrs Chennault is warning the South Vietnamese not to get pulled into this Johnson move."
He orders the Nixon campaign to be placed under FBI surveillance and demands to know if Nixon is personally involved.
When he became convinced it was being orchestrated by the Republican candidate, the president called Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader in the Senate to get a message to Nixon.
The president knew what was going on, Nixon should back off and the subterfuge amounted to treason.
Publicly Nixon was suggesting he had no idea why the South Vietnamese withdrew from the talks. He even offered to travel to Saigon to get them back to the negotiating table.
Johnson felt it was the ultimate expression of political hypocrisy but in calls recorded with Clifford they express the fear that going public would require revealing the FBI were bugging the ambassador's phone and the National Security Agency (NSA) was intercepting his communications with Saigon.
So they decided to say nothing."

To read the whole story click here.

Here is a more in depth look at the story from the Real News Network when it first started coming out four years ago.


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