The Nixon Tapes Shed Some Light On Another Dark Time In History

There’s been a lot a talk lately about the release of former President Richard Milhous Nixon’s tapes made in November and December of 1972. Aired in different places within the confines of the MSM, they shockingly paint a portrait of a man who was not only rather paranoid in many respects; the recordings convey a public figure who was rather adamant in maintaining control over everything–from setting policy to “taking care of those who opposed him.”

Until he resigned, Mr. Nixon became the epitome of what his successor, the late Gerald Ford, called “the imperial presidency”. In that guise, the Executive Branch superceded the separation of powers in the American government. In the end, the President considered himself as a supreme leader with little or no input from the Judiciary and Legislative branches.

Kinda sounds like someone else, does it not? 😉

What is more, is that hearing these snippets from Mr. Nixon’s time in the Oval Office not only give way to a complex picture of the man in the shadow of Watergate; it also provides insight into his decisions and mannerisms–some which explain why the disgraced American leader had one of the lowest approval ratings ever(24 %).

Well, that is, until President George W. Bush came along (19% and dropping).

Enjoy these excerpts from ABC News:

In the conversation with Kissinger, filled with long pauses, Nixon expressed fears that Congress would cut off funds for the Vietnam War.

Nixon: “We may be faced with that. So what do we do then, Henry?”

Kissinger: “Blame the Democrats.”

Kissinger went on to call the North Vietnamese Communists “filthy bastards.” He said the North Vietnamese told the Russians they think Nixon will cave in and reach a settlement before his second inauguration the following month.

This is what happened next as told on the same page as the previous part:

Kissinger added the North Vietnamese may be ready for a quick deal when they realize he is not caving in.

Nixon: “We can’t gamble on that.”

Kissinger: “It is a gamble which, if we lose, we will really be paralyzed.”

Both men sometimes avoided the word “bombing.” Instead, they talked of “the action.”

As Nixon said, “Let’s look at the action. We can’t have any doubts about it.”


The bombing was to include Hanoi and result in worldwide criticism of the United States as well as renewed anti-war protests at home.

Can we say that Mr. Kissinger might be a little perturbed right now by what’s been uncovered?


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