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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Was Nixon a Traitor?

The October issue of Vietnam, published by Weider History Group and available at books stores (including Hastings), makes a strong case that Nixon, in addition to being a thief, liar, and incipient fascist, was a traitor. The article is titled "The Unexploded Election-Eve Bombshell," written by Beverly Deepe Keever, and an excerpt from her new book Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

It was 1968, and the U.S. had been fighting in Vietnam for going on five years. Lyndon Johnson's presidency was in ruins. LBJ wanted to end the war, and shocked the world when he announced in the same televised appearance that he was suspending bombing North Vietnam, and he would not run for re-election. Our diplomats began informal peace talks with the North Vietnamese.

Richard Nixon (who was a corporate lawyer) had a Chinese spy named Anna Chenault, a/k/a the Dragon Lady, tell South Vietnam's President Nguyen Thieu that if he held out until Nixon became president, he would get South Vietnam a much better deal. Thieu refused to talk to the North, and we had four more years of war, killing thousands of Vietnamese and Americas.

LBJ called Senator Everett Dixon, the highest ranking Republican in the Senate, and asked him to tell Nixon to stop. Their conversation was recorded, and they agreed that Nixon was committing treason. But Johnson decided not to go public because of the damage the revelation would do to the country. LBJ said "they're contacting a foreign power in the middle of a war," it was treason, and have blood on his hands. What is really sickening is that Nixon did it to make Johnson look bad.

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