Monthly Archives: December 2010

Richard Helms, unsung hero re Iran?






Richard Helms unsung hero re Iran?   As previously written, part of the long shadow cast by foreign policy in the Nixon administration has come from Nixon, Kissinger and Gerald Ford’s unwillingness or inability to understand domestic unrest in Iran. In a reciprocal cause and effect, their intransigent unwillingness in the 1970s to acknowledge the extent of the Shah’s unpopularity among his own people corresponded… Read More

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Fox News transcript, yesterday morning






Fox News transcript, yesterday morning Following up the previous post: For anyone who missed Chris Wallace and Representatives Chris van Hollen (D-Md.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) talking about the tax bill yesterday on Fox News Sunday, portions of the transcript are below. Wallace First, here is Wallace’s idea of a lead-in:  

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Nixon and the Shah of Iran






Nixon and the Shah of Iran     Diplomatic cables released via wikileaks reinforce the perception that the Nixon administration was too cozy with the Shah of Iran. While few cablegrams dating from the 1970s are included in ‘cablegate,’ three released so far originate from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, including a strongly worded message in February 1972 favoring shipment of F-4E fighter planes… Read More

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December 7, day of sad news






December 7, day of sad news I opened the newspaper I subscribe to here in the Washington, D.C., area, this morning, and it contains nothing about Pearl Harbor–no graceful remembrance, no visit to an old sailor, no iconic photograph.* Today, of course, is the anniversary of Dec. 7, 1941, the “day of infamy” as FDR called it, the dawn air attack at Pearl Harbor that… Read More

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