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Old news: End the Nixon attacks
Saturday, August 09, 2014 5:00 AM
To the editor:
As I opened the editorial page of the August 6th Madison Courier, I was disgusted but not surprised to see a continuation of the news media's endless attacks upon the nefarious Republican Richard Nixon.
Forty years after the man's death, you reporters just won't let it go. The drumbeat of liberal buffoonery continues: Nixon, Watergate, Evil; Nixon, Watergate, Evil; Nixon, Watergate, Evil.
I'll lay it bare: It's unproven, but Nixon probably authorized the break in at the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate. There is little doubt that he is responsible. Let's say he's guilty as charged.
Now let us compare Watergate to the actions of Nixon's peers. JFK and LBJ are responsible for the slaughter of 58,000 American troops in Vietnam, and perhaps 500,000 Vietnamese deaths, in a war that both JFK and LBJ knew could not be won. Isn't that monstrously more egregious than the break in at Watergate?
Nixon campaigned upon the promise that he would pull us out of the lunatic war in Vietnam, and he did.
Jimmy Carter himself, personally, scaled back the task force that was sent in to rescue hundreds of Americans held hostage at our embassy in Iran from a guaranteed-to-succeed force of 250 to a guaranteed-to-fail force of 90. How often does the Madison Courier publish reminders of that fiasco by a Democratic president?
Bay of Pigs? Monica slurp-slurp-slurp Lewinski? Tet Offensive? Why isn't the Madison Courier providing us with timely reminders of these Democratic embarrassments?
Colin Meyer's recent letter that Richard Nixon campaigned on the promise to get the U.S. out of Vietnam conveniently ignores the now known facts published in an article by Colin Schultz in the Smithsonian magazine last year. Schultz states that according to
a BBC report, "In 1968, the Paris Peace talks, intended to put an end to the 13-year-long Vietnam War, were derailed because an aide working for then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon persuaded the South Vietnamese to walk away from the dealings." I quote further: "Nixon needed the war to continue and feared a breakthrough at the Paris Peace talks designed to find a negotiated settlement to the Vietnam war would derail his campaign."
Schultz points out that during the presidential campaign in 1968 Nixon's aide Anna Chennault was sent to the South Vietnamese embassy by Nixon with the clear message that "the South Vietnamese government should withdraw from the talks, refuse to deal with Johnson, and if Nixon was elected, they would get a much better deal." This act of conspiracy to interfere and derail executive actions of the President of the United States to end a war committed by civilian Richard Nixon was nothing less than an act of high treason. President Johnson was informed and was furious and let Nixon know that he knew what Nixon was up to. He never went public because he was sure Nixon would lose the election to Hubert Humphrey and also did not want to reveal that he had ordered the FBI to bug the South Vietnamese embassy which is how he found out.
As for Mr. Meyer's blaming JFK and LBJ for the deaths of all 58,000 American soldiers and half a million Vietnamese, he further conveniently ignores the facts that the Vietnam War went on another four years while Nixon was President during which 22,000 of the 58,000 Americans died and one million Vietnamese and Cambodian citizens were killed (Nixon also illegally attacked a neutral country--Cambodia-- with a massive bombing campaign).
So much for the 'peace' candidate who committed treason in order to be elected President of the United States.
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