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Recently, the NSA Archives, located at George Washington University released to the public a voluminous body of Henry Kissinger’s notes and memorandums from his days as an appointive government officer in the Nixon and Ford Administrations. Kissinger had fought to keep these documents secret until five years after his death. A cursory reading of just a few of the documents transparently exposes why the former Secretary of State would rather be long dead before this history had become public.
The NSA Archives has placed 20 documents in PDF format for download directly from their site. One that caught our eye instantly was a secret meeting in Peking with the Chinese Prime Minister, Chou en-Lai, on June 20, 1972. That date has extra relevance, when one considers that it was one month later that Jane Fonda made her infamous trip to Hanoi, which she has been vilified for over three decades. It was also in the midst of Richard Nixon’s re election campaign, and whose Democratic opponent was a vocally antiwar Senator from South Dakota, George McGovern.
Kissinger’s statements, transcribed in the document, give great credence to the historical theory of Nixon’s “Decent Interval” strategy in Vietnam, which posits that he had seen the inevitable end of the South Vietnamese government early during his first Administration, but did not act aggressively to disengage from the lost cause to until after his re election in 1972. What Nixon and Kissinger sought from the North Vietnamese was a ‘decent interval; between America’s disengagement, and their take-over of the Saigon government. They acted without the knowledge of the USA’s official allies in South Vietnam. Treachery, plain and simply.…