Tuesday, February 05, 2002

Nixon's first cover-up may have been to hide the fact that he caught the Joint Chiefs of Staff spying on his political meetings. Apparently, they thought he was 'soft' on communism, and so tried to find out what he was up to. For political reasons, Nixon covered this up. Ironically, this first cover-up may have left him open to be removed in the frame-up of the Watergate scandal, which seems likely to have been intended to get him out of office before he did anything foolish like - gasp! - ending the cold war or instituting big social programs. Despite the fact that Nixon was completely insane and quite evil, he was intelligent enough to realize that his place in history would be marked by the good things he did. He thus needed to be removed.