Newly Declassified Recordings: Candidate Nixon Sabotaged Vietnam Peace to Get Elected

The BBC’s David Taylor published a great analysis Friday of newly released White House recordings of President Lyndon Johnson. The two biggest revelations: Before the 1968 election, Nixon sabotaged Vietnam peace talks to prolong the war and increase his own presidential prospects; anti-war protesters literally blocked Johnson from the Chicago Democratic National Convention, and consequently from running again.

This story runs off the rails only briefly, when claiming that no president since Nixon has bugged the Oval Office. Obama, for one, is doing it.

Although Johnson learned of Nixon’s treasonous sabotage of Paris peace talks, we know now, the president said nothing.

In late October 1968 there were major concessions from Hanoi which promised to allow meaningful talks to get underway in Paris – concessions that would justify Johnson calling for a complete bombing halt of North Vietnam. This was exactly what Nixon feared.

[Senior Nixon campaign adviser Anna] Chennault was despatched to the South Vietnamese embassy with a clear message: the South Vietnamese government should withdraw from the talks, refuse to deal with Johnson, and if Nixon was elected, they would get a much better deal.

Although Johnson had claimed months before the convention he would not be seeking re-election, newly declassified tapes reveal that he had a last-minute, if thwarted, change of heart.

Johnson wanted to know from [Chicago Mayor Richard] Daley how many delegates would support his candidacy. LBJ only wanted to get back into the race if Daley could guarantee the party would fall in line behind him.

They also discussed whether the president’s helicopter, Marine One, could land on top of the Hilton Hotel to avoid the anti-war protesters.

Daley assured him enough delegates would support his nomination but the plan was shelved after the Secret Service warned the president they could not guarantee his safety.

Read the whole thing at BBC News.

15 Comments on "Newly Declassified Recordings: Candidate Nixon Sabotaged Vietnam Peace to Get Elected"

  1. I would be remiss if I did not give credit to Robert Parry, of Consortium News, for the November 2011 breaking of the Nixon treason part.
    http://consortiumnews.com/2011/11/11/richard-nixons-darkest-secret/
    It sounds like Parry only had transcripts to work with, and the BBC is now hosting recordings at the link above, so it’s still worth the visit. Some people won’t believe something until they literally hear it. Parry however did not discuss the blocking of LBJ from the ’68 DNC.

  2. I would be remiss if I did not give credit to Robert Parry, of Consortium News, for the November 2011 breaking of the Nixon treason part.
    http://consortiumnews.com/2011/11/11/richard-nixons-darkest-secret/
    It sounds like Parry only had transcripts to work with, and the BBC is now hosting recordings at the link above, so it’s still worth the visit. Some people won’t believe something until they literally hear it. Parry however did not discuss the blocking of LBJ from the ’68 DNC.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Mar 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm |

    http://survivalacres.com/blog/the-horrors-of-war/#more-4569 Here’s a good blog post about Nick Turse’s book: Kill Anything That Moves. About Vietnam War atrocities.

  4. Anarchy Pony | Mar 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm |

    http://survivalacres.com/blog/the-horrors-of-war/#more-4569 Here’s a good blog post about Nick Turse’s book: Kill Anything That Moves. About Vietnam War atrocities.

  5. BuzzCoastin | Mar 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm |

    not that I’m not interested in righting the wrongs of 45 years ago
    but Raygun, Clinton, Bush & Obummer are all similarly guilty
    and all were/are controlled by the Bush family/CIA syndicate
    which is never brought out in these “revelations”

  6. BuzzCoastin | Mar 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm |

    not that I’m not interested in righting the wrongs of 45 years ago
    but Raygun, Clinton, Bush & Obummer are all similarly guilty
    and all were/are controlled by the Bush family/CIA syndicate
    which is never brought out in these “revelations”

    • InfvoCuernos | Mar 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm |

      And they all knew that Nixon did it and they all had access to this classified info but didn’t do anything about it and held it back until he was dead( for years now). Just more proof that there is only one real party and that’s the oligarchy.

    • InfvoCuernos | Mar 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm |

      And they all knew that Nixon did it and they all had access to this classified info but didn’t do anything about it and held it back until he was dead( for years now). Just more proof that there is only one real party and that’s the oligarchy.

  7. Christopher is not here man… He left with Dave. They went to play in the traffic. You should join them.

    No one gives anyone that spells that badly 7883 anything in one month. Meh!

  8. Christopher is not here man… He left with Dave. They went to play in the traffic. You should join them.

    No one gives anyone that spells that badly 7883 anything in one month. Meh!

  9. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 19, 2013 at 11:43 am |

    It’s great that someone’s uncovered the direct documents bearing Johnson’s imprimatur, but the fact itself is old news. Tyler didn’t “break” any story here. He merely provided clerical confirmation.

    Hunter S. Thompson was writing about Anne Chenault back in the early ’70’s.

  10. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 19, 2013 at 11:43 am |

    It’s great that someone’s uncovered the direct documents bearing Johnson’s imprimatur, but the fact itself is old news. Tyler didn’t “break” any story here. He merely provided clerical confirmation.

    Hunter S. Thompson was writing about Anne Chenault back in the early ’70’s.

  11. Anarchy Pony | Mar 19, 2013 at 11:47 am |

    What’s a “storry”? And what’s a “lass-month”?

  12. Anarchy Pony | Mar 19, 2013 at 11:47 am |

    What’s a “storry”? And what’s a “lass-month”?

    • Liam_McGonagle | Mar 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

      Don’t you think you’re being a bit harsh on the stock-photo-bot? Bad spelling is about par for the course, but at least they chose a fairly hot picture.

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