Sunday, March 04, 2012

Robert Parry's Special Reports: Profiting Off Nixon's 'Treason' in Vietnam @ Consortium News

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.

Excerpt... Many Republicans viewed Watergate as a Democratic plot to reverse the landslide results of the 1972 election. Other observers saw the scandal as an isolated event provoked by Nixon’s personal paranoia. But almost no one made the connection that Rostow did, that Nixon’s high-handed political espionage had involved an earlier scheme that dragged out the Vietnam War for four bloody years.
If the public had known that  story — including the evidence that some of Nixon’s Wall Street friends were using inside knowledge of the  peace-talk sabotage to play the markets —  the Republicans would have been hard-pressed to argue that Nixon was simply a victim of partisan Democratic scandal-mongering.
Over the years, pieces of the story about Nixon’s “treason” did surface from time to time, but never getting much traction with the major U.S. news media or the political classes. It fell into that hazy category between “conspiracy theory” and “old news.” ... Read more of this explosive article on Johnson's discovery of Nixon's "treason" at Consortium News.

Then, another historic exclusive from Consortium News: The notion of Wall Street bankers meeting in private to discuss profiting off a plot to extend the Vietnam War and risk the lives of thousands of American soldiers may sound like a conspiracy movie script, but it is a tragic reality reflected in once secret White House documents, reports Robert Parry.

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