The BIG Q:
..Is he still making things down there...'perfectly clear' now?
40 years since Tricky Dick's Resignation(94 posts)
The BIG Q:Posted on August 8, 2014 - 01:25 PM #
The US, our ally Israel, plus many Muslims and Christians would be far better off with Mr. Nixon in office than this clown.
“Both Kissinger and Nixon wanted to do [the airlift],” said former CIA deputy director Vernon Walters, "but Nixon gave it the greater sense of urgency. He said, ‘You get the stuff to Israel. Now. Now.’”
Boyne, in his book The Two O’Clock War, described a high-level White House meeting on October 9:
As preoccupied as he was with Watergate, Nixon came straight to the point, announcing that Israel must not lose the war. He ordered that the deliveries of supplies, including aircraft, be sped up and that Israel be told that it could freely expend all of its consumables — ammunition, spare parts, fuel, and so forth — in the certain knowledge that these would be completely replenished by the United States without any delay.
White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig concurred:
As soon as the scope and pattern of Israeli battle losses emerged, Nixon ordered that all destroyed equipment be made up out of U.S. stockpiles, using the very best weapons America possessed. . . . Whatever it takes, he told Kissinger . . . save Israel.
“It was Nixon who did it,” recalled Nixon’s acting special counsel, Leonard Garment. “I was there. As [bureaucratic bickering between the State and Defense departments] was going back and forth, Nixon said, this is insane. . . . He just ordered Kissinger, “Get your ass out of here and tell those people to move.”
When Schlesinger initially wanted to send just three transports to Israel because he feared anything more would alarm the Arabs and the Soviets, Nixon snapped: “We are going to get blamed just as much for three as for 300. . . . Get them in the air, now.”
Haig, in his memoir Inner Circles, wrote that Nixon, frustrated with the initial delays in implementing the airlift and aware that the Soviets had begun airlifting supplies to Egypt and Syria, summoned Kissinger and Schlesinger to the Oval Office on October 12 and “banished all excuses.”
The president asked Kissinger for a precise accounting of Israel’s military needs, and Kissinger proceeded to read aloud from an itemized list.
“Double it,” Nixon ordered. “Now get the hell out of here and get the job done.”
Meir herself, to the end of her life she referred to Nixon as "my president" and told a group of Jewish leaders in Washington shortly after the war: “For generations to come, all will be told of the miracle of the immense planes from the United States bringing in the materiel that meant life to our people.”
Wrote Nixon biographer Stephen E. Ambrose:
Those were momentous events in world history. Had Nixon not acted so decisively, who can say what would have happened? The Arabs probably would have recovered at least some of the territory they had lost in 1967, perhaps all of it. They might have even destroyed Israel. But whatever the might-have-beens, there is no doubt that Nixon . . . made it possible for Israel to win, at some risk to his own reputation and at great risk to the American economy.
He knew that his enemies . . . would never give him credit for saving Israel. He did it anyway.Posted on August 8, 2014 - 01:33 PM #
Nixon resigned in disgrace.Posted on August 8, 2014 - 01:38 PM #
Compared to this Clown-in-Chief's scandalous dirty IRS tricks, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Border-Gate, along with abandoning our friends and helping our enemies, Mr. Nixon was a Boy Scout.Posted on August 8, 2014 - 02:39 PM #
Only in the bubble.Posted on August 8, 2014 - 02:43 PM #
edselehr: Interesting 1971 Woody Allen parody about the Nixon administration.
Wow - THANKS!!!!! I have read about this parody for years in books about Woody Allen, but I wasn't aware it had ever been released, anywhere! I will have to watch it tonight!
The story is that Woody made this for PBS in 1971-1972, but PBS (which was still then heavily dependent on funding from the US government) was afraid to show it lest they offend the Nixon Administration. It was never aired, anywhere, to my knowledge.
This is probably not a legal copy; I will try to watch it ASAP before it gets pulled.Posted on August 8, 2014 - 03:16 PM #
Herb, it is almost scary how delusional anyone could be to think Nixon is preferable to ANY of our recent presidents. Nixon had a sharp mind for foreign policy, but he was a fundamentally dishonest, ruthless, unbalanced, paranoid individual, at least while he was President. We are lucky he resigned when he did and that he didn't do more damage.Posted on August 8, 2014 - 03:18 PM #