Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Same old crap

In the May issue of Vanity Fair magazine, presidential historian Robert Dallek has an excerpt from his forthcoming book about Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.

The following passage tells us that some Republican tendencies haven't changed in the past 38 years:

Using language that has a painfully contemporary echo, Kissinger and Nixon
very quickly came to private conclusions about Vietnam that they never revealed
publicly and denied entertaining. "In Saigon the tendency is to fight the war to
victory," Nixon told Kissinger, according to the transcript of a 1969 phone
conversation. "But you and I know it won't happen—it is impossible." Even so,
according to [Nixon aide H.R.] Haldeman's unpublished diaries, Nixon later urged that Democratic critics making this same point should be labeled "the party of surrender."

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