Thursday :: Jun 2, 2005

Honor in Deed

by Duckman GR

Atrios links to a NYT article that discusses whether Deep Throat was honorable or not, and also endeavors to turn the focus away from the crimes of Watergate towards the actions of the "Messenger."

How familiar that all sounds. It wasn't the abuses at Gitmo, it was Newsweek getting it wrong that was the great crime.

It wasn't the hypocrisy of bushco actions towards GLB&T people, it was the outrage that John F Kerry pointed out that Big Time dick cheney's daughter was a lesbian that was the heinous event.

I could go on and on. But just look at this article, think about it, ponder it for a moment. Mark Felt's honor and a buck and a half might get you a cup of Joe at Starbucks.

But that was the discussion in the Times, was he honorable.

Well, let's see. He couldn't go through "channels" as those people were the very criminals in charge, like Mitchell and Grey and assorted other White House toadies.

It's revealing to note that the first quote comes from a Nixon idolator, pat buchanan. He's a snake, opines pat, an expert on snakes, having worked for Nixon, and having to look in the mirror every morning.

But what about Watergate? I mean, who cares if Mr. Felt is "honorable" or not? Does what he did diminish the gross violations of the Constitution of the Nixon White House? The dead and damaged, the broken lives, the broken countries strewn behind Nixon's paranoia and insecurity?

"If this was a vendetta, then that would devalue what he did," said Robert Dallek, the presidential historian. "But people never operate strictly out of one motive or another. He was clearly offended by the constitutional breaches that had occurred, but he was probably fueled by a certain amount of resentment at the politicization of the F.B.I."

Again, to deflect attention from the crimes of Nixon, and his henchmen like buchanan and liddy and dole and cheney and rumdrunk, attack the messenger, as if his vendetta changes the nature of the crimes.

Could it be that perhaps they just don't want a repeat of some person, for whatever reason, for lucre or lustre, anger or love, they wouldn't want someone doing that to their boy blunder, georgie, would they? Wouldn't want someone exposing the whole crooked, sordid, disgusting mess, wouldn't want someone feeling encouraged to speak out against the BFEE.

Below the jump is a reminder of what Nixon did. 20,000 American lives later, millions of Vietnamese and Cambodians and Laotians later they signed the same deal in PAris they could have signed in 1968/1969. But then Nixon wouldn't have gotten elected, and all those monsters in training like Big Time dick wouldn't have his coattails and machinery to ride on today.

So, again, tell me what Mark Felt's honor matters in the face of another 20,000 names on the Black Granite, the 1,664 names on bush's Iraq war monument, the uncounted dead Vietnamese and Iraqi's civilians and soldiers, again, shouldn't that be the focus people? What horrors did Mark Felt prevent by helping remove Nixon from office.

We can well imagine, can't we.

Nixon's Treason

Here's an excerpt from the article. My bolds for emphasis.

In Seymour Hersh's The Price of Power: Kissinger in the White House, Kissinger is described as advising the Democrats on Vietnam policy and then, without telling the Johnson Administration, reporting what he knew about peace negotiations to John Mitchell of the Nixon campaign. (Mitchell, of course, was Nixon's future Attorney-General who went to jail for Watergate). This contact is confirmed in RN, Nixon's memoir. According to Nixon, Kissinger warned him in September 1968 that Johnson would call a bombing halt in late October. Johnson and Democratic presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey had finally come to understand that to win the election they would have to find a way out of the war.

Hersh goes on to tell how Nixon sent Anna Chennault to lobby South Vietnamese President Nguyen van Thieu to urge him to obstruct the effort to begin peace negotiations. Chennault was a vice president of the Republican election finance committee and chairwoman of Republican Women for Nixon. [some things never change, do they?-ed] As head of Flying Tiger Airlines, a once CIA-backed company originally formed to assist Chiang Kai-shek in his war against the Chinese Communists, Mrs. Chennault had high-level contacts in the South Vietnamese government.

All this is confirmed in Stanley Karnow's revised and updated Vietnam: A History, which, in its first edition, was the basis for the PBS series. As Karnow writes, "...through one of Nixon's foreign policy aides, Richard Allen, [Kissinger] contacted the Republicans, offering to furnish them with covert information on Johnson's moves. A clandestine channel was set up through Nixon's campaign manger, John Mitchell, and Kissinger guided the Republicans secretly on the Vietnam issue for nearly two months -- thus supplying Nixon with the ammunition to blast Humphrey for `playing politics with war."

Karnow further documents Chennault's advice to Thieu to obstruct peace negotiations. And he supplies new information that Johnson, suspicious of Nixon's intrigues, was bugging the conversations that Chennault had with Thieu.

This is authenticated in The Palace File by Nguyen Tien Hung and Jerrold Schecter. Hung was an advisor to President Thieu and Schecter was Time magazine's diplomatic editor. "During the closing week of the election, Nixon's campaign manager John Mitchell, called [Chennault] 'almost every day' to persuade her to keep Thieu from going to Paris for peace talks with the North Vietnamese," they write. She was successful. Five days before the American election, Thieu announced his refusal to participate in the peace talks.

According to Nixon's memoirs (and verified by the public opinion polls at the time), LBJ's bombing halt and his declared intention to enter peace negotiations, "resulted in a last-minute surge of support for Humphrey" which was "dampened on November 2, when President Thieu announced his government would not participate in the negotiations Johnson was proposing." Nixon won the election by a narrow margin and the war continued.

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