18 August 2014   Leave a comment

George Will, the noted and controversial conservative columnist, has published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post that confirms that Richard Nixon, as a Presidential candidate in 1968, committed treason.  Documents from the Johnson Administration indicate that Nixon persuaded South Vietnam to not pursue the peace negotiations started by President Johnson in order to prevent the Democrats from winning the 1968 presidential election.  If the peace negotiations had succeeded, the Vietnam War could have ended in 1968, and hundreds of thousand Vietnamese and tens of thousands Americans would not have been killed.  Will quotes a wiretapped message from the South Vietnamese Embassy in Washington.  Anna Chennault was Nixon’s representative to the South Vietnamese government:

On Nov. 2 at 8:34 p.m., a teleprinter at Johnson’s ranch delivered an FBI report on the embassy wiretap: Chennault had told South Vietnam’s ambassador “she had received a message from her boss (not further identified). . . . She said the message was that the ambassador is to ‘hold on, we are gonna win.’ ”

Nixon’s treachery is breathtaking.  He was willing to sabotage peace in order to win the election.

Paul Krugman has written an op-piece for the New York Times which points out the high cost of modern war, and raises the question of why states would commence such an economically losing proposition.  Krugman suffers from the typical analytic problem of a macroeconomist.  It is true that an economy on the whole loses in modern war.  But, on a microeconomic level certain entities–corporations and individuals–profit immensely from war.  The real question is how these small entities have the ability to persuade a society to lose money on their behalf.

Chinese troops have entered about 25 kms into Indian territory in the Burtse area in Ladakh.  Chinese troops did the same incursion in April 2013 which led to a tense stand-off between China and India.  The actual dividing line between China and India is disputed, and the previous confrontation was resolved peacefully.  But India has a new Prime Minister now, and Modi has made Hindu nationalism a key feature of his administration.  We’ll have to see if Modi handles the matter differently than Singh.



Posted August 18, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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