Nixon Papers Show Democrats Endorsed Cambodia Invasion – Thursday, 25.6.2009

Posted on 25 June 2009. Filed under: Week 618 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 618

Deum Ampil took the following report from the Washington Post of 24 June 2009

“Five days before U.S. and South Vietnamese troops made their surprise move into Cambodia on 29 April 1970, then-President Richard M. Nixon got the approval of the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee for that action, according to documents released yesterday by the Nixon library.

“The unexpected U.S. incursion into Cambodia came as a surprise to the American public, most members of Congress, and the new Cambodian government. What followed were a series of public demonstrations in Washington and later at Kent State University in Ohio, which, in turn, expanded the opposition to the war.

“In a 24 April 1970 telephone conversation with Senator John C. Stennis (Demorat-Mississipi), who was then chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Nixon said the administration was going to provide arms to the Cambodian government to prevent its overthrow by pro-communist elements, and continue secret B-52 bombing raids, ‘which only you and Senator Russell know about.’ Richard Russell (Democrat-Georgia) was the former committee chairman.

“‘We are not going to get involved in a war in Cambodia,’ Nixon reassured Stennis. ‘We are going to do what is necessary to help save our men in South Vietnam. They can’t have those sanctuaries there’ that North Vietnam maintained.

“Stennis replied, ‘I will be with you. . . . I commend you for what you are doing.’ Several days earlier, in a memo to then-National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, CIA Director Richard Helms proposed a plan to covertly deliver thousands of AK-47s and other military equipment to the Cambodian government with help from Indonesia. Yesterday, about 30,000 pages of documents were opened to the public at the National Archives facility in College Park and the Nixon library in Yorba Linda, California, part of a staggered declassification of papers and tapes from the Nixon years.

“The memos and tapes shed light on fateful moments of Nixon’s second term, the Associated Press reported, among them a peace deal with North Vietnam, changes in domestic and foreign policy, and management of the Cold War. They also give insights into a well-known characteristic of Nixon and his aides – a hair-trigger sensitivity to political rivals and quick resort to machinations against them.

“A 1972 meeting between Nixon and his chief of staff produced an informal directive to ‘destroy’ Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton, according to scribbled notes among the documents released yesterday that referred to Eagleton as a ‘pip-squeak.’

“In a 1969 memo, Nixon’s staff assistant describes placing the movements of the Kennedys under observation in Massachusetts after Senator Edward M. Kennedy drove off a bridge in an accident that drowned his female companion. The materials show Nixon as sharp-witted, crude, manipulative and sometimes surprisingly liberal in comparison with mainstream Republicans today. In one letter, he solidly endorses the Equal Rights Amendment, saying that for 20 years ‘I have not altered my belief that equal rights for women warrant a constitutional guarantee.’ The amendment failed.

“The library posted online more than 150 hours of tape recordings. The tapes cover January and February 1973, spanning Nixon’s second inauguration, the peace deal with Hanoi, and the trial and conviction of burglars whose break-in at the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate complex precipitated the coverup that wrecked Nixon’s presidency. He resigned in August 1974 under threat of being forced out by Congress.” Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #219, 25.6.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #219, 25.6.2009

  • Nixon Papers Show Democrats Endorsed Cambodia Invasion

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #1979, 25.6.2009

  • Phnom Penh Traffic Police Chief [Tin Prasoeur] Is Reshuffled by Major Heng Chantheary
  • Mr. Obama Condemns Unjust Violence in Iran [which strongly restricts demonstrations in Tehran]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6685, 25.6.2009

  • Fist Cases of A/H1N1 Flu Is Reported in Cambodia, Found on an American Female Student and a Canadian Woman and a Philippine Man Who Are Suspected to be Infected [Phnom Penh]
  • A Report of the World Wildlife Fund in Cambodia Says that Porpoises Almost Become Extinct [because of polluted water of the river] – but It Is Dismissed [by the Committee for the Conservation and Development of Porpoise Tourism Sites of the Council of Ministers, and it demands this organization to correct its report]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.16, #3793, 25.6.2009

  • The Municipality Can Only Warn Oknha Khy Pov’s Company [David Construction, by revoking the license of this company] over Constructed Roads with No Quality
  • The Resignation of a Foreign Co-Prosecutor Is a Loss for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4929, 25.6.2009

  • [Former Tuol Sleng Prison chief] Duch Prays to Jesus Christ to Ask for Pardon from the Dead People
  • [Foreign co-prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal] Robert Petit: My Leaving Is Not Related to Misunderstandings with My Colleague [who is the Cambodian co-prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Ms. Chea Leang, for she opposed his suggestion to accuse more former Khmer Rouge leaders who are holding positions in the government]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.16, #1737, 25.6.2009

  • [The Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian] Mr. Son Chhay Said that the Cambodian People’s Party’s Government and National Assembly Do Not Try to Create an Anti-Corruption Law, but Encourage Laws to Restrict the Rights of Citizens to Demonstrate

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