Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nixon, Thieu, and the Bomb: CIA Report Sheds Light on Richard Nixon’s Madman Diplomacy



On July 25, 1969, CIA Director Richard Helms notified Henry Kissinger about a “sensitive” report from an informant regarding remarks South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu had made three days earlier. Kissinger was then in Manila with President Richard Nixon, who would soon stop in Saigon to meet with Thieu and other Southeast Asian leaders before flying on to Europe. The CIA informant’s news was that Thieu had notified the executive committee members of his political alliance, the National Social Democratic Front, about what he called two “extremes of advice . . . Nixon was receiving” about how to end the Vietnam War. The first was the proposal put forward by the National Liberation Front (NLF) in its May 8, 1969, peace plan for “the setting up of a coalition government.” The second extreme proposal Nixon was hearing called for “the dropping of a nuclear bomb on North Vietnam.”

https://unredacted.com/2018/02/20/thieu-and-the-bomb-cia-report-sheds-light-on-richard-nixons-madman-diplomacy/

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