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Monday, February 15, 2010

Ellsberg vs. Nixon

I never fail to be fascinated by Nixon. I caught the last hour of a documentary on Daniel Ellsberg: "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers". Ellsberg was a moral man doing a brave thing and he contributed in his way to Nixon's downfall. But Nixon was just the one who got caught, as Ellberg's papers and indeed another movie, the brilliant "The Fog of War", show. Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson were all equally criminal, just better at it. Nixon though was particularly nasty or stupid or both. I have heard a lot of Nixon's tapes before, but he makes Kissinger sound like a saint in the pieces played in this film. "We have to destroy the dikes. How many will that drown? 200,000? I want a nuclear bomb, have we got one ready? Kissinger, you have to think big!" What a creature!
Almost as depressing was the fact that America gave Nixon a landslide after the Pentagon Papers had been released. What did Ellsberg have to do? It's the same the world over. We are lazy, complacent sheep. Next time around Fianna Fail will be voted in again.



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