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In 1973, Nixon and Kissinger used South Vietnam as a tool to widen the split between China and the Soviet Union. In 2010, Islamists, Iran and other Muslim states use the Obama administration as a tool to split the US from Israel.
Most of us who are still aghast at the Democrat controlled US Congress dooming South Vietnam to fall by cutting off promised arms and air support necessary to its survival also criticized Nixon and Kissinger for walking into the duplicitous trap of the Peace Accords of 1973.The North Vietnamese rulers had a long, documented history of promising one thing while doing another.
However, Nixon and Kissinger had a bigger game afoot, to reduce tensions with China for our purpose of widening its rift from the Soviet Union, which added pressure on the Soviet Union.
In effect, South Vietnam was a tool to what they had good reasons to believe was a bigger, more important end.Surely, neither Nixon nor Kissinger expected Nixon’s Watergate downfall and the left Democrats to sweep to Congressional power.
There’s a difference now.
Obama and Clinton may be thinking they are using Israel as a tool to cuddle up to long and continually intransigent Arab states. But they are actually tools themselves of those who seek nothing else than the downfall of Israel and the retreat of the US from confronting their clear goals of dominating the Middle East and, via its oil, Europe.
Obama and Clinton don’t deny the ongoing efforts of Iran in going nuclear or sending men and arms to those attacking US, Iraqi and Afghan troops, to Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. They just avoid the necessary countermeasures and march forward in repeatedly proven delusions of Iran changing its spots and of kumbaya as a replacement for reality.
Nixon and Kissinger had a world view realistically based on US interests furthering a world order of surer peace.Obama and Clinton, fully consciously or not, have a world view based on US interests being a barrier to a world order of peace, that ignores or excuses or refuses to confront the reality of foes’ unrelenting hate of the US and the West, encouraged by Obamanesque fecklessness.
If Nixon had not foolishly become entangled by the Watergate break-in, he probably could have forestalled the betrayal. But the Democrats were pretty much in berserker mode after Nixon's fall; as usual, it was all political for them - to hell with the consequences for real people.
Obama pointed out in '08 how qualified he was to run the executive since he ran such a swell election campaign. We are soon to find out just how capable he is when confronted with an Iranian convoy headed for Gaza. God save us.
"The Turks seem much more likely to start this kind of provocation, imo."
I agree. And, Iran and Turkey are in a race for leadership of radical MidEast. Turkey has inside track, as Sunni, though not Arab. And, the result is still two well-armed and influential countries gunning for Israel, and the US dithers.
Fox reporter James Rosen has had a book out for a year or two, named The Strong Man. It's a John Mitchell bio, and of course a Watergate commentary. "This is not your father's Watergate" as many wags suggest. Rosen tirelessly and convincingly describes a small low echelon dirty trick that may have not even originated from the GOP, and that, via a deliberate campaign launched in meetings between the WaPo's owner Katherine Graham and senator Teddy Kennedy, a campaign to amp every item into the stratosphere, to catch the tiniest detail of the burglary and run it up into vast perjury and coverup and abuse of power charges thrown in the press, and echoed in the courtroom made hostile to Nixon by fear of the media/Dem axis clearly thrown down the gauntlet for a fight to the end to overthrow the administration.
A "coup" if you will, made easier for the image of a Ted Kennedy, sainted by the crucifixion of brothers and seen as on a sort of holy mission that relieved him of the political customs and traditions, as well as made playing ball on a conspiracy to nullify the 1972 election safe enough by its facile justification if caught out, by law or press.
And the world paid for it in the same once-removed coin, enduring free-world bloody disaster after disaster in the circling-the-drain five-year epoch between the helicopter on the Saigon embassy roof, and the First Inaugural of Ronald Reagan.