Apportioning the Blame

In Nixon’s Vietnam Scapegoat Finally Gets Justice, Kelley Beaucar Vlahos describes how Richard Nixon ordered Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle to bomb North Vietnamese radar facilities. When the politically inconvenient fact of the bombing became public knowledge, Nixon conspired to make it look like Lavelle did it on his own hook. Lavelle was demoted and disgraced.

Several things are notable about the whole escapade:

* Richard Nixon had to be one of the most disgusting slime balls of all time. That the American people voted Nixon to the presidency twice is a disgrace. Nixon was not even very good at covering up his slime ball nature compared to say Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Obama. Nixon stabbed the right in the back by running as an anti-communist conservative. Then, Nixon instituted wage and price controls, and made a deal with Maoist China. Attempting to appeal to anti-war sentiment, Nixon said that he had a secret plan to end the war. Nixon’s secret plan to end the war was to feed endless Americans and Vietnamese into a meat grinder in an attempt to avoid a humiliating defeat.

* Henry Kissinger was in on the conspiracy to frame Lavelle. Kissinger and Nixon were really a pair for the ages.

* While Richard Nixon was particularly prone to back stabbing, government employees are forever in danger of being scapegoated. Kelly Vlahos sites, with good reason, Col. Janis Karpinski in the Iraq war torture scandal. Any hierarchical organization will tend to sacrifice subordinates in order to further the ambitions of those at the top. Due to their monopoly position, governments are notorious for scapegoating behavior. Another example is Rear Adm. Husband Kimmel at Peal Harbor. Kimmel was placed in a militarily impossible situation by the Roosevelt administration. When the Japanese attack came, the Roosevelt administration blamed Kimmel. In addition to any other reason why you should not work for the government, the possibility of being scapegoated should be of sufficient practical consideration to prevent such service.


Posted August 6, 2010 by Brian Cantin in Uncategorized

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