Thursday, May 27, 2004

Deja Vu To A Kill

On Wednesday the National Archives released over 20,000 pages of records of telephone conversations of then National Security Advisor to President Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger. The release came only after a lawsuit by the non-profit National Security Archive forced the release over the objections of Kissinger.

The parallels in some of the discussions to today's events are eerie. "News had just broken of a terrible wrongdoing committed by American soldiers, and the secretary of defense and the national security adviser debated whether there was any way to stop newspapers and television news programs from showing graphic photographs of the victims."

"'They're pretty terrible,'" said Melvin R. Laird, the secretary of defense, of the color photographs of the men, women and children killed in the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam."

"'There are so many kids just laying there; these pictures are authentic,'" Mr. Laird said.

But I suppose that John Kerry was completely out of line when he suggested that there were war crimes and atrocities being committed in Vietnam.

The rest of the article can be found here.

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