Richard Nixon was a bigger jerk than people thought


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 ambassadors phone and the National Security Agency NSA was intercepting his communications with Saigon. So they decided to say nothing.The president did let Humphrey know and gave him enough information to sink his opponent. But by then, a few days from the election, Humphrey had been told he had closed the gap with Nixon and would win the presidency. So Humphrey decided it would be too disruptive to the country to accuse the Republicans of treason, if the Democrats were going to win anyway. Nixon ended his campaign by suggesting the administration war policy was in shambles. They couldnt even get the South Vietnamese to the negotiating table. He won by less than 1% of the popular vote.

via BBC News – The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixons treason.



Those Are Some Balls

One colleague called him an “evil genius,” another called him “a cobra,” and Nixon said that he “would do anything. He’s got the balls of a brass monkey.”

via David Greenberg: In Remembrance Of A Lifelong Political Thug | The New Republic.

‘When You’ve Got ’Em by the Balls, Their Hearts and Minds Will Follow’

Bob Woodward: Who’s Charles Colson?
Harry Rosenfeld: Sit down. You know I’m glad you asked me that question. The reason I’m glad you asked me is because if you had asked Simons or Bradlee they woulda said, “You know we’re gonna have to fire this schmuck at once because he’s so *dumb*.”

via IMDB.

Lies The New York Times Tells You

Taken together, the increasing production and declining consumption have unexpectedly brought the United States markedly closer to a goal that has tantalized presidents since Richard Nixon: independence from foreign energy sources

via Inching Toward Energy Independence in America –

How is it “energy independence’ to still depend on finite, toxic supplies of oil? This headline should read, Inching Toward Temporary Energy IndependenceReal independence from foreign energy sources would be to make oil irrelevant, but judging by another article from this morning’s Times (As Young Lose Interest in Cars, G.M. Turns to MTV for Help), that is not part of anyone’s game plan. Today’s car companies are starting to fret like yesterday’s cigarette companies.

The vexing thing is, this so-called independence is the result, not of some sea change in energy use, but merely the intersection of 1) “industry-friendly policies” and 2) “technological advances” that make it easier to get at oil “once considered too difficult and too expensive to reach.” Really, this is an article about how domestic oil companies are finding it easier to make money. Whatever is gained by this ephemeral freedom, which an oil executive refers to in The Times article, amusingly, as a “home run,” will quickly evaporate if the price of oil drops too far. In other words, energy independence for America yokes consumers to artificially high gas prices, ignores pollution concerns and does not envision a future when oil supplies literally dry up.

This is a little like an alcoholic who announces that he has his problem under control: From now on, he will only drink at home.