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More Watergate Malpractice

Despite the fact that we know a lot more now than ever about Watergate, the court historians and media elite continue to be handmaidens of deceit, disinformation and dishonor.

Despite information that the Woodward-Bernstein narrative fed to the public for decades is just not true, feted tales and legends are repeated as fact.

Today we focus on the hyperbolic reactions in the press to the situation with President Trump. My main purpose here is to defend history and the honor of President Nixon and not the current President.

Legal analyst Jeff Toobin was breathless today when he angrily barked out the words, “Obstruction of Justice!” He was referring to President Trump but then said that is what Watergate was about! A President trying to get the FBI to stop an investigation was happening again!

Well. That is not quite accurate. That “smoking gun” tape you heard about turns out to be quite harmless. Nobody recognized it at the time – including the fairly incompetent lawyers helping President Nixon.

To be fair to the lawyers we now know the Watergate Prosecutors and Judge were colluding through ex-parte meetings, hiding exculpatory evidence and much more. Many in Congress were involved in this collusion too. This even includes an unethical and probably illegal (think conspiracy) quid pro quo between Congress and the AG, Mr. Richardson.

The fix was in and the deck was stacked.

But I digress.

President Nixon did not ask the FBI to back off its investigation. Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman presented a plan to do so but Nixon never did it.  And what were they talking about on the tape? Lawyer Geoff Shepard thinks it was to protect a big Democratic donor -that’s it.

The CIA said they would have asked the FBI to move their investigation away from certain areas IF they got a direct order from the President. It never happened. If the request was for national security reasons then it would be appropriate in most cases. But President Nixon never made the request.

I suggest the book, “The Real Watergate Scandal” by Geoff Shepard.

Just think about the new narrative when various networks wheel out  John Dean, Carl Bernstein or Bob Woodward in their oxygen tanks of insulated fantasy. They will prattle on with tales of old.  But who will have the honesty to finally call out this  calumnious claque and correct history?

Someone must…

Saturday Night Massacre or Presidential Leadership?

With all the talk of the “Saturday Night Massacre” due to President Trump’s recent firing of FBI Director Jim Comey, a new round of the slander, libel and smear show against President Nixon is being regurgitated by many in media. The same old myths that miseducated a nation about President Nixon are being spewed by those blinded with hate.

President Nixon made some mistakes during the Watergate crisis, but firing the AG Elliot Richardson (and then the next in line) followed by the dismissal of  Special Prosecutor (and Kennedy family friend) Archibald Cox was not one of them.

Richardson lied to the President about firing Cox over his abuse of power. Richardson – a member of the executive branch – cut an illegal deal with the legislative branch to only fire Cox for certain reasons. Members of Congress obstructed justice and engaged in a conspiracy against the President.

Cox was using his office to go way beyond the scope of the investigation – even harassing Nixon’s friends. We now know the Cox team was having illegal ex-parte meetings with Judge Sirica. False information was being fed to Congress as well. Again, we have obstruction of justice and a conspiracy against the President.

Finally – the political and national security aspect loomed large. Nixon had just saved Israel in the Yom Kippur War and the Russians were threatening more aggression in the Middle East.  Nixon could not show weakness while world  peace was at stake and have people defy him at home. This weakness would embolden the Russians to act again.

Senior Advisor Pat Buchanan was in the Oval Office with President Nixon at the time and predicted articles of impeachment would be started the following Monday – and they were.

But come what may. President Nixon did what he had to do. Do not listen to the fables that have been passed down for decades. They are simply more slanders.

Many people owe President Nixon – and history – an apology.

 

 

 

Ending the Nixon Slander Machine

Journalist and Nixon biographer Evan Thomas recently made two extraordinary remarks. First he said that the press WAS out to get Nixon. Second, he said the Woodward-Bernstein narrative we have been fed for over 40 years about President Nixon is “simply not true.”

Sadly, the demonization of Richard Nixon has become a cottage industry with the media and academia willing handmaidens of fractured history, myths and outright lies. We do generational damage each time we aid in perpetuating frauds, slanders and libels against the 37th President.

The tide is slowly turning but it will take a long time to wash the shore clean of detritus.

Along with Evan Thomas – others have taken on the gauntlet of lies to give us the real record of Richard Nixon that we, our children and history deserve.  Below are a few highlights:

A. Historian Conrad Black has taken every opportunity to chip away at the mountain of mendacity spewed forth by the likes of Woodward and Bernstein.

B. Historian Irwin Gellman has done Pulitzer Prize type work in using primary sources and dismantling long-held myths that are perpetuated by historians, journalists and academia. Nixon’s Civil Rights record as VP and POTUS is second to none.

C. Lawyer Geoff Shepard has combed through the files of Watergate prosecutors and court records to show the injustices done. Some of these files were illegally taken away by prosecutors. The collusion and illegal acts perpetrated by lawyers, judges and special prosecutors is stunning.

D. Historian Dean Kotlowski has correctly shifted emphasis to the great Civil Rights achievements of President Nixon.

I know the progress will be slow but we must do this for the sake of history.

 

 

 

On the 44th Anniversary of VV Day

January 27th 1973 was VV day. Victory in Vietnam Day. After 12 long years the US military role in the war was over. In 1969 Richard Nixon inherited over 550,000 troops in Vietnam. By the start of 1973 they were all home or on the way home – as were our prisoners of war.

This – like many things President Nixon did – was generational change. The draft was over and the class of ’73 would be the first in decades not to be subject to conscription.

Whenever confronted with old slanders and libels against President Nixon on Vietnam we must never forget to thank President Nixon and confront the prattling popinjays who seek to torment this man (even in death) with false narratives pushed by academia and media. They need a villain.

Pat Buchanan once reminded us of what Nick Carraway said to Gatsby: “They were a rotten crowd, you’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”

Mr. Nixon – you’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.

Peace is at Hand- January 23, 1973

As he entered office in 1969, Richard Nixon began to slowly end the Vietnam War. He inherited over 550,000 troops in Vietnam. The slow withdrawal of troops began almost immediately as the policy of Vietnamization took hold.

Nixon had three choices in Vietnam:

A. Double down and put another 500,000 troops in Vietnam. This – of course – would not be tolerated by the nation. Cities were on fire and over 16,000 troops were killed in 1968 during the last year of the Johnson Presidency.

B. Cut and run right away. This would put our POWS at risk and give nations pause to ever trust us again. Throwing President Thieu to the VC and Russians was not an option.

C. Vietnamization. A slow withdrawal of US troops while training the SVA to defend themselves.

The President opted for C.

Knowing there would be protests and violence at home over his decision, Nixon called on a “silent majority” to support his policy and they gave him  a 49 state landslide reelection win in 1972- still the biggest win in GOP history.

Five days before being sworn in for a second term, Nixon ordered a halt to all offensive actions against North Vietnam. On January 23rd – just three days after being sworn in- President Nixon went on national TV to announce a peace deal was at hand and was about to be signed. The deal was signed on the 27th.

Every regional capital  was in the hands of the SVA. It was not a loss for the US or SVA despite what the court historians might say.

We all know that V-E Day refers to Victory in Europe Day at the end of World War Two and V-J Day refers to Victory over Japan Day. In January of 1973- many White House staff members proclaimed V-V Day for Victory in Vietnam Day.

After twelve years our men and women were coming home.

After President Nixon left office the NVA broke the peace deal and attacked the South. Our feckless congress refused to help and the South fell to the communists. Congress refused to keep our promise to help President Thieu defend himself with military supplies.

Dominoes in the region fell while millions were murdered by the communists. When asked what he would have done if this happened under his watch- President Nixon remarked that he would have bombed the hell out of the North- risking impeachment due to congressional restrictions on the use of air power.

On the 44th anniversary of this event I say thank you President Nixon. I thank all those who came home and those who did not.

Our brave troops won the war and congress lost the peace.

 

 

 

Stop Teaching the “I Have a Dream Speech.” Historical Amnesia- Volume Three

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Most Americans are familiar with the “I Have a Dream Speech” made my Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 during a march on Washington. It was, and still is, inspirational.

But what most Americans are unaware of is that this speech was essentially given seven years earlier by an honorary member of the NAACP- Vice President Richard Nixon.

On October 18 1956 VP Nixon spoke at the Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner. Here is an excerpt from the speech;

“Most of us will live to see the day when American boys and girls shall sit, side by side, at any school – public or private – with no regard paid to the color of their skin.”

And more?

“Race and religious hatred strike at the roots of that remarkable unity that is the achievement of our nation. For the survival…

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A Presidential Medal of Freedom for President Nixon- now more than ever.

I have no problem with President Obama awarding the Medal of Freedom to his Vice President but awarding one to President Nixon would be more valuable to history and justice. Former Senator Robert Dole once said, ” I believe the second half of the 20th century will be known as the age of Nixon.”  This makes sense if one looks at the record.

President Nixon (and Vice President Nixon for that matter) implemented generational change that has rarely been seen before or since.

I can think of scores of reasons that the award should be made but when looking at the totality of the record and continuing influence- it must be made.

When Russians Interfered in Our Election… 1968

This is a very brief introduction to a story that will be expanded upon later.

In 1968, The Soviet Union was out to make sure Hubert Humphrey was elected president. They feared the anti-communist, Richard Nixon. One reason for this Red Panic was the Vietnam War. They feared (as it turned out with good reason) a tougher deal for North Vietnam under Nixon than Humphrey.

Soviet interference consisted of at least two main fronts:

A. The Soviet Government offered financial help to the Humphrey campaign

B. The Soviet Government was trying to goad President Johnson into making a quick peace deal before he left office. They correctly predicted that they would not have an easy time if Nixon won. Luckily- President Thieu of South Vietnam never considered being on the menu- part of any deal.

Latest Nixon Book- nothing new, but a disservice to history

John Farrell – a journalist not historian as the NY Times claims- is publishing a book about Richard Nixon. There is nothing new- except more innuendo and biased interpretation. Here are a few points to consider. He appears to be using notes from John Haldeman for much of his polemic. These are NOTES- not policy. This incorrect use of documents is a common error writers make. One example of how the author misuses documents would be using notes where Haldeman mentions a supposed comment to retreat on Civil Rights if elected. Richard Nixon did more for Civil Rights than any President since Lincoln. Using notes to draw conclusions is not always proper since they are not always a reflection of what actually happened.   I base the following on the NY Times OPED from Mr. Farrell.

  1. Farrell takes a big leap from some notes by Haldeman and couples that with known information. The so-called ‘Chennault” affair is complex.
  2. President Thieu came out against any so-called “peace plan” as soon as he heard about the possibility. He would wait for the next administration. There was no serious plan or possibility of one. He was not stupid and knew he was about to be sold out by LBJ. Conrad Black got this right in his book.
  3. The author is pushing a dangerous myth. Remember- If only JFK had lived there would have been no Vietnam escalation? An equally dangerous myth is that LBJ would have ended the war. He left President Nixon 550k troops in Viet Nam in January of 1969.
  4. The author says he found other “gems.” See the snark and bias here? He notes some comment about the need to wiretap opponents. This is what everyone did- right or wrong.
  5. The author claims LBJ knew of interference by Nixon but did not disclose it for “other reasons.” What he failed to say was that the “other reasons” were illegal wiretaps and illegal use of the FBI by LBJ. This omission shows the author is not serious.
  6. At worst, President-Elect Nixon simply encouraged President Thieu to stand strong in his decision. It turns out to have been sound advice. As VP Humphrey and Chief Negotiator Winston Lord both pointed out- the deal we finally got in 1972 was one impossible to get in 1968.
  7. What concerns me the most about this book is the use of the notes by Haldeman to make wild accusations and spurious connections.  Anything to take away the deserved credit from President Nixon for finally ending that war – sells – and feeds into a narrative the court historians and media have pushed for years.
  8. The notes the author uses are not new and I am yet to find anything new. I read them over a year ago.

What appears to be true is that Russia was working hard to influence the election by getting Humphrey elected. 

Reading the notes that Mr. Farrell highlighted gives us no new insight. Historian Luke Nichter agreed on a Facebook posting. 

Nixon’s Bold Trip — Christmastime 1956

NIXON’S BOLD TRIP — CHRISTMASTIME 1956 

On the 53rd anniversary of the famous “first flight” by the Wright brothers, Vice President Richard Nixon was presenting awards at the Washington D.C Aero Club’s Wright Memorial Dinner. The Vice President spoke of a trip he would be taking just a few hours later as an example of the “peaceful use of airpower.” The trip was a daring mission that would take Mr. Nixon right to the border of a country recently crushed under a Communist crackdown. His goal was to study the Hungarian refugee crisis. The result would be a week that changed the world.

On December 18th 1956 VP Nixon boarded the Columbine II and headed to Austria. A few days earlier Nixon was warned against going to the Hungarian border in Austria since Soviet troops had been spotted following refugees across the border. It was not safe.

President Eisenhower used Richard Nixon more and more effectively than any Vice President before or since. Writing in the Chicago Tribune on December 19th 1956- Walter Trohan noted that Nixon had become the “personal ambassador and personal troubleshooter” for President Eisenhower.

The US had taken in some Hungarian refugees but congressional limits were stifling. Nixon said that we needed an overhaul of the immigration system. Eisenhower was determined not to intervene militarily. Nixon brought insulin and financial aid for the refugees while the Soviets brought them starvation and death.

Nixon arrived in Austria on December 19th noting that the United States was going to take over 20,000 refugees and hopefully more. Austria was under heavy strain as they accepted massive numbers of people fleeing death.

The Vice President met scores of officials and ordinary people. He even played “Jingle Bells” on the piano at a Christmas play presented by refugees.

Near the end of his journey — and against previous advice — Nixon asked to go to the border and see the refugee crossings.  Nixon arrived in Andau on the freezing morning of December 21st.  This town was a few miles from the Hungarian border and a main refugee crossing location.

Sitting in a hay truck along with Bill Rogers and one secret service agent, Richard Nixon was pulled by a farm tractor to the border. The secret trip was slow and the air was frigid.

Nixon arrived at the famous Eisner Canal and “Freedom Bridge” in time to see refugees making a most dangerous escape. Nixon was back home a few days later- arriving in Washington on Christmas Eve. Nixon addressed the nation by radio the next day as part of a fundraiser for Hungarians.

Austrian Chancellor Julius Raab said that Vice President Nixon was “one of the finest men I have evet met in my entire career.” Once home, Nixon continued to be Eisenhower’s tip of the spear on this issue. He went to New York and met with former President Herbert Hoover about the crisis. He then went to a refugee camp in New Jersey. Operation “Safe Haven” was a success.

The Vice President met with congressional leaders with the message that our entire immigration system was inadequate during the harsh realities of the Cold War. Democrats in congress continued to block immigration reform but the Eisenhower administration was still able to save thousands of Hungarians.

A year later Richard Nixon remarked that what happened in Hungary would eventually help end the Communist empire. He was correct.

In 1971 an émigré from Hungary named Ferenc Daday memorialized Nixon’s bold move in a massive painting called “Nixon at Andau.”  It is a reminder of America at its best. It is a painting of American spirit, love and leadership.

When Richard Nixon visited Hungary in 1963 he was surrounded by people who remembered his mission almost a decade earlier. One young girl rushed up to the former Vice President and asked, “Are you Mr. Eisenhower’s Nixon?”  Nixon got flowers from some of the citizens in Budapest and remarked that he felt they were not given to him as an individual but to the country he represented. It was as if Nixon was back near the border on that Cold War morning in December of 1956.

In the next year, Eisenhower would use his personal ambassador and troubleshooter to help get the first Civil Rights bill since Reconstruction passed despite massive opposition from Lyndon Johnson. Nixon made a bold ruling from as President of the Senate to save the bill. But that is another story, another mission.

What happened at Christmastime 1956 was the start of the end of the Soviet empire. Everything that happened later was made possible because of this oft-forgotten mission. We saw humanitarian America at her best. We saw an America using its bully pulpit and not bombs to make change. We need men like Nixon and Eisenhower now more than ever.

Before Nixon changed the world by going to China, he changed the world by going to Austria. We should thank him for his tireless efforts.

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