National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger: In the Laotian thing, we killed about ten, fifteen [thousand].
Nixon: See, the attack in the North [Vietnam] that we have in mind … power plants, whatever’s left – POL [petroleum], the docks … And, I still think we ought to take the dikes out now. Will that drown people?
Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people.
Nixon: No, no, no, I’d rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.
Nixon: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you? … I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christsakes.
White House tape recordings, April 25, 1972. Source.
Carl Bernstein, whose investigative journalism led to Richard Nixon’s resignation, says Trump’s attacks on the press are more treacherous than Nixon’s. He also makes a good point about today’s lack of civic consensus on acceptable presidential behavior.
I’ve never lived through a real impeachment where the president actually has to resign before he gets thrown into prison, so what’s the etiquette here? Do I throw a pre-impeachment party now or should I wait until afterwards, when everybody else is throwing a post-impeachment party? Am I supposed to be taking bets on the exact day Trump quits? Do I set up a lottery for how many other Republicans get taken down with Trump?
What’s the proper attire? Will people expect me to wear a tux or is it more casual? Should my party have a theme? Has “I am not a crook” been overused? Do I get a dj to play only 70s music?
I have sO many questions
Yeah yeah yeah, I know….don’t count your chickens before blah blah blah, but dammit I’m excited and I’m really tryna throw this damn party