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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:01 PM
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LBJ Called Nixon a Traitor for Meddling in Vietnam Peace Talks
In a segment aired at the news conference, Johnson tells Sen. Everett Dirksen , the Republican minority leader, that it will be Nixon's responsibility if the South Vietnamese don't participate in the peace talks.

"This is treason," LBJ says to Dirksen.

"I know," Dirksen replies, very softly.

Confronting Nixon by telephone on Nov. 3, Johnson outlines what had been alleged and how important it was to the conduct of the war for Nixon's people not to meddle.

"My God," Nixon says to Johnson, "I would never do anything to encourage the South Vietnamese not to come to that conference table." Instead, Nixon pledged to help in any way Johnson or Rusk suggested, "To hell with the political credit, believe me."

For Johnson and his top advisers, it wasn't a matter of whether Nixon was telling the truth but whether accusing Nixon of meddling would give the appearance that Johnson rather than Nixon was using the war to influence the election.

Does Humphrey win in '68 if LBJ goes public and exposes Nixon's treachery? We'll never know.

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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:10 PM
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1. well, the big reason why LBJ didn't go public is because then it would have probably revealed that
LBJ was bugging Nixon's campaign plane.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:12 PM
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2. And LBJ was 100% right.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 05:15 PM by Odin2005
Methinks Johnson knew Vietnam had become a cluster-fuck of biblical proportions and that we had to get an honorable treaty worked out and leave. Tricky Dicky fucked that all up, the bastard, leading to several more years of hell in SE Asia and ultimately to the rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Nixon's actions indirectly lead to that monstrous regime taking power.
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