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LBJ’s ‘X’ File on Nixon vs Nixon’s Knowledge of LBJ’s Lies

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I don’t know why they’re happening at this moment:
There are a bunch of reports coming out about a LBJ “X”File that contains documentation that Richard Nixon intentionally interfered with Johnson’s attempts to negotiate a peace with the North Vietnamese prior to the 1960 election. Implications are pretty clear, Nixon wanted the White House I didn’t care and many people died in Vietnam for him to get the most coveted political address in the world.

I don’t doubt for a moment that Nixon used the Vietnam war to secure and keep the presidency. In 1968 campaign, he won the election with a promise to win the war. By 1972 a campaign promise was “Peace Is At Hand”. It was 1975 Nixon had been forced from the White House before we were out of Vietnam.

The story that these X-Files tell makes for interesting reading, and it is highly possible that they are true. As former Vice President Richard Nixon would’ve had the connections to engage in a plot like the one described in the story.

One of the big questions, is why if Lyndon Johnson knew that Richard Nixon was undermining his peace effort why did he not go public and effectively ensure the election of Democrat Hubert Humphrey in1968

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LBJ’s ‘X’ File on Nixon’s ‘Treason

March 3, 2012

Special Report: In the dusty files of Lyndon Johnson’s presidential library in Austin, Texas, once secret documents and audiotapes tell a dark and tragic story of how Richard Nixon’s team secured the White House in 1968 by sabotaging peace talks that might have ended the Vietnam War four years earlier, Robert Parry reports.

By Robert Parry

On May 14, 1973, Walt W. Rostow, who had been national security adviser during some of the darkest days of the Vietnam War, typed a three-page “memorandum for the record” summarizing a secret file that his former boss, President Lyndon Johnson, had amassed on what may have been Richard Nixon’s dirtiest trick, the sabotaging of Vietnam peace talks to win the 1968 election.

Rostow reflected, too, on what effect LBJ’s public silence may have had on the then-unfolding Watergate scandal. As Rostow composed his memo in spring 1973, President Nixon’s Watergate cover-up was unraveling. Just two weeks earlier, Nixon had fired White House counsel John Dean and accepted the resignations of two top aides, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.

Rostow reflected, too, on what effect LBJ’s public silence may have had on the then-unfolding Watergate scandal. As Rostow composed his memo in spring 1973, President Nixon’s Watergate cover-up was unraveling. Just two weeks earlier, Nixon had fired White House counsel John Dean and accepted the resignations of two top aides, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.

Three days after Rostow wrote the memo, the Senate Watergate hearings opened as the U.S. government lurched toward a constitutional crisis. Yet, as he typed, Rostow had a unique perspective on the worsening scandal. He understood the subterranean background to Nixon’s political espionage operations.

Those secret activities surfaced with the arrest of the Watergate burglars in June 1972, but they had begun much earlier. In his memo for the record, Rostow expressed regret that he and other top Johnson aides had chosen – for what they had deemed “the good of the country” – to keep quiet about Nixon’s Vietnam peace-talk sabotage, which Johnson had privately labeled “treason.

 

I suggest you read it all LBJ’s ‘X’ File on Nixon’s ‘Treason

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I think LBJ had a very good reason for not exposing Nixon’s treason, if it was treason.  Johnson engaged in some game playing of his own to make sure he won the 1964 election. In August of that year, just three months before the election then President Lyndon Johnson used The Gulf of Tonkin incident to dramatically escalate the war.  all indications are the Gulf of Tonkin incident was either a staged event, or LBJ used what amounted to a non-event in order to secure his first elected term as president.

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30-year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War

Media Beat (7/27/94)  By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

Thirty years ago, it all seemed very clear.

“American Planes Hit North Vietnam After Second Attack on Our Destroyers; Move Taken to Halt New Aggression”, announced a Washington Post headline on Aug. 5, 1964.

That same day, the front page of the New York Times reported: “President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.”

But there was no “second attack” by North Vietnam — no “renewed attacks against American destroyers.” By reporting official claims as absolute truths, American journalism opened the floodgates for the bloody Vietnam War.

A pattern took hold: continuous government lies passed on by pliant mass media…leading to over 50,000 American deaths and millions of Vietnamese casualties.

The official story was that North Vietnamese torpedo boats launched an “unprovoked attack” against a U.S. destroyer on “routine patrol” in the Tonkin Gulf on Aug. 2 — and that North Vietnamese PT boats followed up with a “deliberate attack” on a pair of U.S. ships two days later.

The truth was very different.

Rather than being on a routine patrol Aug. 2, the U.S. destroyer Maddox was actually engaged in aggressive intelligence-gathering maneuvers — in sync with coordinated attacks on North Vietnam by the South Vietnamese navy and the Laotian air force.

“The day before, two attacks on North Vietnam…had taken place,” writes scholar Daniel C. Hallin. Those assaults were “part of a campaign of increasing military pressure on the North that the United States had been pursuing since early 1964.”

On the night of Aug. 4, the Pentagon proclaimed that a second attack by North Vietnamese PT boats had occurred earlier that day in the Tonkin Gulf — a report cited by President Johnson as he went on national TV that evening to announce a momentous escalation in the war: air strikes against North Vietnam.

But Johnson ordered U.S. bombers to “retaliate” for a North Vietnamese torpedo attack that never happened.

Read the Rest; 30-year Anniversary: Tonkin Gulf Lie Launched Vietnam War

The non-incident in the Gulf of Tonkin resulted in the Gulf of  Tonkin giving Lyndon Johnson the power to fully engage military forces of the United States. Once he won the 1964 election against Barry Goldwater, Johnson was probably sure that in 1968 the American people would essentially reaffirm him as president and he would occupy the White House until 1972.

A year later. after he’s won won re-election, Johnson would say

“For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.”

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This would’ve been a safe assumption, in 1964. The general philosophy was my country, right or wrong. Most of the young men who would go to Vietnam were the sons of World War II veterans. There were no less patriotic than her father’s had been. The country needed them and they went, at least in the early days of the war. America’s young man fought for God, country and mom’s apple pie.  They always Won.

Johnson’s big problem in 1964- 65 was dragging the war out long enough to ensure his reelection in 1968. He found just the man in Gen. William Westmoreland. Our troops were literally not allowed to win the war, or even fight the war on the enemy’s terms. It only took a couple years of this before Americans started to realize what was going on. We know that Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara told Johnson the war was unwinnable at least as early as 1967 and probably sometime in 1966. Johnson continued to pour manpower into Vietnam, however he became more cautious about who he sent. Among other things, he and Robert McNamara dreamed up Project 100,000 as a way to avoid sending those who might be politically connected into combat.

The same connections that allowed Nixon to undermine LBJ’s peace negotiations would have kept him informed about Lyndon Johnson’s lies to the American public.

By early 1968 Americans were disgusted. Mom’s apple pie and mama-sans rice patties don’t taste anything at all alike.  Unlike previous generations in previous wars they were more than ready to change horses in midstream.

Lyndon Baines Johnson announced that he would not run for reelection.

Richard Nixon announced that he would.

Neither man was in a position to expose the other’s dirty tricks.

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