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Unless a particular Air Force General 'fesses up in an autobiography, the first question is unanswerable. On the second question, absolutely that was happening. It had been happening for years, escalating in quantity and variety of supplies transported, since at least 1959. The supply trail was known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, ran through the mountains of ...


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There's a good chance he thought he did. There's actually an 18.5 minute gap in the tapes, about 3 days after the Watergate break-in. Of course that could have contained anything, including unrelated material. However, even sympathetic administration officials of the time now admit it was probably material that implicated him in the coverup of that break-...


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Legalese When a person commits a crime, they become a subject to a judicial prosecution, with a notable exception of executives and other high government officials, who have to be Impeached first. In the unforgettable words of Benjamin Franklin historically, the removal of "obnoxious" chief executives had been accomplished by assassination And ...


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Well, by Nixon's own standard, his implementation of it certainly wasn't very effective. As quoted by his chief of staff: I call it the Madman Theory, Bob. I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, "for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about ...


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Wikipedia suggest the yearly trail capacity in 1968 was between 10000 (1964) tons, 81000 (1968 reserved offensive supplies) tons and 40000 (end 1970) tons. It usefully doesn’t specify which ton. The first and last estimate appear to be for the overland route controlled by the 559th. Nixon’s statement regarding the logistic capacity of the PLAF/PAVN appears ...


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Johnson only accused him of Treason on internal White House tapes, not publicly. Johnson made a lot of "colorful exaggerations" on those tapes. That doesn't mean we should go checking to see if all those opposing politicians (including Nixon) so accused were really birthed by dogs as well. Treason in the USA is narrowly defined in Article Three of the ...


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Technically, the gap in the tapes was caused by Nixon's secretary, Rosemary Woods. But most people consider it unlikely that she would erase part of the tapes without the direction, or at least the consent of her boss. But here, the issue is one of the "slip between cup and lip." While Nixon is generally held responsible for the erasing of the tapes, he ...


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No The impeachment motion had made it through a House committee, although the actual impeachment had yet to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. The latter process, as well as Nixon's trial (and almost certain removal) in the Senate, was short-circuited by Nixon's resignation. The purpose of impeachment and trial of an elected official is the ...


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It does not appear there was any recorded appetite for that in the US House. The House Resolution ending the the impeachment committee (and commending it for its work) passed with only 3 votes against it, and all 3 were strong supporters of Nixon who couldn't stomach commending the committee. There's a good reason for this. There are two concrete ends that ...


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Nixon was notoriously a klutz, and had trouble with technology in general. If he did the erasing of the tape, it shows—multiple stop-start attempts at erasure. At least one historian I've read (sorry I don't remember who) speculates that he started by erasing that tape, then gave up, overwhelmed by the task before him. Nixon wanted the tapes as insurance ...


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