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White House Tapes: LBJ Knew Of Nixon’s Treasonous Sabotage Of The Paris Peace Talks

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 17, 2013

Of course, Consortium readers knew about this well over a year ago, and Anna Chan Chennault ‘fessed up to it. (See here and here for example.)

But now the tapes are out, and it’s no longer deniable, even though the Atlantic writer Connor Simpson tries to soft-pedal it: Richard M. Nixon committed treason — and condemned several million Vietnamese and American troops to be maimed and killed over the next six years — just so he could win the 1968 presidential election:

In previously released tapes from Johnson’s Presidency, we had heard about Johnson having substantial body of evidence showing Nixon had schemed to keep the South Vietnamese away from the negotiating table at the 1968 Paris peace talks. Like Nixon, Johnson had recored all of his conversations held inside the White House. Nixon was accused or dispatching Anna Chennault, a senior advisor, to convince the South Vietnamese they would get a better deal if they didn’t agree to a peace deal until after the U.S. Presidential election. Chennault confirmed she spoke with the Vietnamese in her autobiography, The Education of Anna, but nothing more than that. If true, the charge would likely amount to treason.

And it was true, as we already know from Robert Parry’s shop. (And by the way, the peace talks were much closer to success than the persons trying to minimize Nixon’s treason are willing to admit.)

Why did Johnson not act on the knowledge — publicly, at any rate? (He had already confronted Nixon on it privately.) Because it might have, among other things, damaged the nation’s security:

Johnson also passed along a note to Nixon’s opponent, Democrat Hubert Humphrey. The Democratic campaign found out just days before the election, though, and decided they were close enough in the polls to not release the information. A treason accusation could potentially damage the country’s security, they thought, before Humphrey lost a narrow election. Hindsight is 20/20, others say.

Or, as the BBC’s story — which is far better than the Atlantic’s — states:

The president did let Humphrey know and gave him enough information to sink his opponent. But by then, a few days from the election, Humphrey had been told he had closed the gap with Nixon and would win the presidency. So Humphrey decided it would be too disruptive to the country to accuse the Republicans of treason, if the Democrats were going to win anyway.

While it is indisputable that 1968 was a year of turmoil — the assassinations of Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy being large parts thereof — and it is understandable that LBJ and Humphrey would not have wanted to shake up an already-unstable nation, there is a temptation to indulge in hindsight.

For one thing, hindsight tells us that keeping Nixon out of the White House by exposing him as a traitor would have almost certainly stopped, or at the very least seriously hindered, the efforts of Nixon’s Big Business patrons to undo the New Deal. 1968 was barely twenty years after the end of World War II, and there were a number of people still alive who remembered quite well how Republicans and conservative business titans tried to topple President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by coup and later tried to sabotage his actions against Nazi Germany. With Nixon down in flames and taking the GOP with him, the Vietnam War would have ended much sooner than otherwise would have happened (sparing a few million Vietnamese and Americans from maiming and death), and the conservative cause, which would now be associated with repeated instances of treason and sedition, would have been thrown into such deep shade that it would have taken twenty years for it to recover. Reagan would never have become president, much less rolled back both taxes on the rich and the social safety net that Roosevelt and Johnson had created. We would have been far less likely to ever again go to war at Corporate America’s behest.

America, and probably the world, would have been much better off.

(Crossposted to MyFDL.)

9 Responses to “White House Tapes: LBJ Knew Of Nixon’s Treasonous Sabotage Of The Paris Peace Talks”

  1. Is there a single example of conservative treason that wasn’t abetted by liberals thinking too hard about why they shouldn’t do the correct thing?

    • Eli Goldsmith said

      Good question! However, I might phrase it as Nixon’s personal treason (he was an oddball!) – as opposed to blanket condemnation of the conservative faction of the GOP, and HHH’s vapid reliance on “advisors”.

      Advisor’s, in my not so humble opinion any presidential candidate or sitting potus who relies on “advisors” (who tend to be much younger in the democratic/new left party – BO’s being the worst)when the nation’s security or the people’s financial and cultural well-being, or even the over-all cultural health, is at stake is not intelligent or wise enough or secure in their own beliefs to be President/Leader of the Free World.

  2. Nixon emphasized, “I am not a crook.” Clearly, he was. Corporate America has been fiddling with politics through lobbyists and big donations ever since. Let us change the playing field and take big money and special interests out of the equation with a few needed Constitutional amendments. Google William B. Roberts, in his Yahoo Voice’s article, Try These Proposed Amendments To The Constitution. Big money got us into a $2 trillion dollar war with Iraq that has put America on the verge of financial collapse. Remove their influence now!

  3. Charles II said

    I’m glad to hear that at least Lyndon gave Hubert the information. We need more Democrats like Lyndon, who understand that you meet hardball with hardball.

    I tend to think that if Humphrey had been elected, the collapse of the Democrats would have been at best delayed and, at worst, even more catastrophic. They were a house divided.

    • LBJ very nearly decided to submit his own name at the convention. From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21768668

      So he placed a series of calls to his staff at the convention to outline an astonishing plan. He planned to leave Texas and fly into Chicago.

      He would then enter the convention and announce he was putting his name forward as a candidate for a second term.

      It would have transformed the 1968 election. His advisers were sworn to secrecy and even Lady Bird did not know what her husband was considering.

      On the White House tapes we learn that Johnson wanted to know from 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.

  4. To understand what those times were like,,,Honestly I can not explain it.A commie threat…???Bull.We had Crooks and Nuts in charge of things.A Presidents head gets blowed off(frontal shot) Robert K,Malcom,Mlk.Then Ted Kennedy barely made it out.These were set ups.Who would shot anything with a piece of garbage rifle scope messed up,,,let alone OUR Leader!???? I wrote books about this?Ans everytime I think about it Scares Me.These Money people want and will control.We dropped more bombs on Viet Nam than WW2.Think about it.Sickness and famine is what we better watch.And How is Obams care going to deal with Legals Let alone 12 mill that are not? Our founding Fathers said we would have to Not just speak up but get REAL.There are only a few of them ,,We Our Many…..

  5. Dickeylee said

    Off the meds?

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