Nixon wanted to destroy North VietnamDecember 4th, 2008 - 7:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 4 (ANI): Newly released memos and tape recordings from President Richard Nixons archives show that he wanted to decimate North Vietnam and viewed university professors as enemies.
The tapes were recorded between November and December 1972, shortly after his re-election and just as the Watergate scandal began to unfold.
The newly declassified discussions with close aides such as Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig also reveal the presidents contempt for colleagues and his vitriol for critics, The Telegraph reported.
Never forget, the press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy, he told Kissinger, his national security adviser, in Dec 1972.
Professors are the enemy. Write that on a blackboard 100 times and never forget it, he repeated.
A few days later, Haig, then the deputy assistant for National Security Affairs, told Nixon that his vice president, Spiro Agnew, disagreed with Kissinger on Vietnam, the paper reported.
Nixon replied that his VP is a goddamned fool who doesnt know a goddamned thing. He bores the hell out of me. Christ… Ill have to have him come in here.
Within days, in one of the most controversial US acts of the war, it had carried out a series of intense air attacks on North Vietnam aimed at forcing the country to come to the table for peace talks.
Were going to bomb them. Well take the heat right over the Christmas period, then on January 3, its Christmas withdrawal, the President told Kissinger and Haig. He called the North Vietnamese communists filthy bastards.
Although Nixon sought reassurance from aides that the US was punishing the hell out of the enemy, he stressed his forces were trying to avoid civilian casualties.
When an adviser said Americans wanted reassurance that the bombing was simply an attempt to decimate the North Vietnamese, Nixon snapped: Its too damned bad we arent decimating the country… with all the screaming about civilians, believe me: If we were trying, the goddamned place would be levelled.
The tapes include a conversation Nixon had with Anatoly Dobrynin, the Soviet Ambassador, at a time when the president wanted Moscow to put pressure on the Vietnamese to negotiate, The Telegraph reported.
The new documents also show that his closest advisers shared Nixons siege mentality. (ANI)
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