Saturday, May 15, 2010
  Riddle, enigma, mystery

I've been wondering why the Commies in America held such an absolute unwavering hatred for Nixon.

Here's the structure or narrative that I start with:

Many American politicians worked against Soviet sabotage in the late '40s. Three of them made it to the Presidency: JFK, Nixon, Reagan. We tend to think of these men as belonging to different generations because they reached the top at different times and different situations. But in fact they were around the same age, worked together against Commies in the '40s, and had the same basic approach to life and politics.

All three were taken out by Commies in various ways. JFK was straightforwardly assassinated by KGB agent Oswald. Nixon was forced from office by a conspiracy of Soviets in Congress with Soviets in the media. KGB agent Bush Senior tried to assassinate Reagan but narrowly and miraculously failed; nevertheless, Reagan was weakened and KGB agent Bush Senior effectively took over by 1987 (strongly assisted by the same Soviet Congress/media collusion) then officially grabbed the office the next year.

This narrative accounts for JFK and Reagan, but doesn't really fit Nixon. After all, Nixon did more for the Left than any other president. He gave us Abortion, Affirmative Action and Environmentalism, the three Holy Sacraments of modern Gramscians. He pulled out of Vietnam, though he did some stupid things in the process. He appeared to be soft on Russia. This should have been enough to generate some forgiveness.

New info sheds considerable light on the problem and forces me to rethink Nixon. Today's London Telegraph features revelations by an old Chinese insider, presumably with the imprimatur of the Chinese govt.
Liu Chenshan, the author of a series of articles that chronicle the five times China has faced a nuclear threat since 1949, wrote that the most serious threat came in 1969 at the height of a bitter border dispute between Moscow and Beijing that left more than one thousand people dead on both sides.

He said Soviet diplomats warned Washington of Moscow's plans "to wipe out the Chinese threat and get rid of this modern adventurer" with a nuclear strike, asking the US to remain neutral.

Washington then told Moscow the United States would not stand idly by but launch its own nuclear attack against the Soviet Union if it attacked China, loosing nuclear missiles at 130 Soviet cities. The threat worked, he added, and made Moscow think twice, while forcing the two countries to regulate their border dispute at the negotiating table.

In other words, all the talk of detente was a deception, and Nixon remained just as solidly anti-Soviet as Kennedy and Reagan. More, in fact!
 


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