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Posted on 06/02/2005 6:39:54 PM PDT by BringBackMyHUAC
Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Thursday, June 2, 2005 1:37 p.m. EDT Nixon Horrified Jew Could Head FBI
Two months after the Watergate break-in, President Nixon already knew that FBI official W. Mark Felt was leaking information to reporters because Nixon had his own spy at the FBI, an Oval Office tape reveals.
The tape also discloses that Nixon was shocked to learn Felt was Jewish and became horrified that a Jew could become head of the FBI.(Vanity Fair described Felt, whose ancestors were Irish, as claiming "no religious affiliation.")
In the conversation between Nixon and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, taped on Oct. 19, 1972, Haldeman mentions Felt by name and refers to Nixons spy as "our source.
And when Haldeman discusses Felts ambition to head the FBI, Nixon says: "Christ, put a Jew in there?
Its not the only time Nixon was taped making an anti-Semitic remark.
On the tape of a February 1972 conversation with evangelist Billy Graham made public in February 2002 Nixon complained that a number of major news publications were "dominated by Jews, and Graham responded: "The stranglehold has got to be broken, or the countrys going to go down the drain.
Nixon said: "You believe that?
Graham: "Yes sir.
Nixon: "So do I. I cant ever say that, but I believe it.
Graham: "No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something.
Later on the tape, after Graham left, Nixon told Haldeman: "The Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.
The tape citing Felt as a leak mentions FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, whom Nixon had appointed after J. Edgar Hoover died passing over Felt, who was expected to get the top job.
Here are excerpts from the tape:
Nixon: "Well, if theyve got a leak down at the FBI, why the hell cant Gray tell us what the hell is left . . . ?
Haldeman: "We know whats left, and we know who leaked it.
Nixon: "Somebody in the FBI?
Haldeman: "Yes, sir. Mark Felt. You cant say anything about this because it will screw up our source and theres a real concern. [Attorney General John] Mitchell is the only one who knows about this and he feels strongly that we better not do anything because . . .
Nixon: "Do anything? Never.
Haldeman: "If we move on him, hell go out and unload everything. He knows everything thats to be known in the FBI. He has access to absolutely everything . . .
Nixon: "You know what Id do with him, the bastard? Well thats all I want to hear about it.
Haldeman: "I think he wants to be in the top spot.
Nixon: "Thats a hell of a way for him to get to the top ... Is he Catholic?
Nixon: "Christ, put a Jew in there?
Haldeman: "Well, that could explain it, too.
Right back at ya! And thanks for your imput--HUAC
IMO, the antisemite rap is a function of the era he grew up in, and the stupidity of taping his office. His support for Israel was certainly a function of the cold war. But he bucked Kissinger's advice in providing it. My guess there was some affection there, but that conversation wasn't taped. He was a complicated man.
Kissinger was Nixon's Head of National Security Affairs for 6 years, For two of those years he was also Secretary of State.
Henry Alfred Kissinger was the 56th Secretary of State of the United States from 1973 to 1977, continuing to hold the position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs which he first assumed in 1969 until 1975.
Mark Felt is no 'standup guy.' He was a judas; an ambitious, self agrandising, frustrated, bitter traitor. That is what endeared him to Woodward. Regan had to pardon him, regardless of what a jerk he was, because his prosecution had a tremendous chilling effect on the work horses in the intelligence community.
What is so amazing is how little psychological energy is tied up in any of this anymore in America. Few give a darn. It just has no resonance or meaning. Now it is down to secular humanist versus evangelical, as the polar tensions of the societal and political square.
I am sure X will have something interesting to contribute on this. Almost all of his posts are interesting.
Nixon saved Israel in 1973. Bashing him for being anti-Jew is missing the mark.
The Wagnerian Pictorial Tutorial illustrates a pattern by the Clinton co-presidents which qualifies them for such bashing.
Wasn't Henry Kissinger Jewish? I don't understand why Nixon would appoint him as Secretary of State if he disliked Jews so much.
Nixon disliked the liberal establishment much of which he saw as controlled by jews. However, he gave jobs to jews who'se politics he liked --like Kissenger--just as he gave jobs in government to non jews in government whose politics he liked. He distinguished between his private opinions and his public behavior and responsibilities.
Judging by the tapes of Nixon --he resented the liberal establishment jews because they treated him not as a political enemy --which he was --but rather as a tribal enemy--which he wasn't.
The Rosenburg trials came too soon after the shoah of WWII and about the same time that Joe Stalin was gearing up for the doctors plot. A lot of Jewish communists were familiar with both russian show trials and antisemitism. The McCarthy trials and The HUAC over which nixon presided looked like both. It looked like a set up for a pogrom. So Nixon was stamped as a tribal enemy of the jews -that is, an antisemite-- by liberal establishment Jews because of the events of the early 50's.
(The sad truth was that an american shoah was never in the cards and --as the venona cables and kgb files showed in the 1990's--there were a lot of Russian spies in Roosevelts & truman's administrations.)
The hatred for Nixon was about on par with the swift boat veterans hatred for John Kerry. It was strong enough and visceral enough to carry over for a generation.
The moral of the story is -- don't run for president if you piss off a lot of people in your youth. They won't forget.
an addendum to this-- is the reason that Ronald Reagan was called a teflon president was because he saw from the inside how the media was shaped by the McCarthy era having been black listed by hollywood for his anticommunist views during the McCarthy era. Reagan always understood the subtext/spin of the media of his time. not so nixon.
Before you nominate Nixon for sainthood, let's remember that prior to "saving Israel" the American government followed a policy of letting Israel bleed in the early days of the war and delaying any shipment of arms.
What about Henry Kissinger? He and Nixon worked closely and Nixon clearly trusted him. And he supported the nation of Israel, crucial support at time when they were under attack from a lot of outside enemies, encouraging a friendship between our nations. Those comments seem like just 'locker' talk and inappropriate at that. Nixon had his flaws but it doesn't seem that anti-Semitism was truly among them.
==Nixon saved Israel in 1973. Bashing him for being anti-Jew is missing the mark.
As far as I can tell, Nixon did everything he could NOT to save Israel during the Yom Kippur War. Kissinger, of course, was doing Nixon's bidding:
Henry Kissinger played the key role in furthering Soviet aims. Israeli journalist Matti Golan reported that, during the first few days of the Yom Kippur War, while the Communist governments of Yugoslavia, Algeria, Libya, Iraq, and the Soviet Union were resupplying Egypt and Syria,4 Kissinger had delayed the emergency shipment of U.S. arms to Israel. Then, once Israel had regained its military balance and scored decisive victories, he went behind the Israelis' backs and negotiated a ceasefire directly with the Soviets. Nor was this difficult for him; as Soviet ambassador Anatoliy Dobrynin later revealed, the Soviets had quietly appointed Kissinger as their representative at the same time that he was representing the United States.5 Kissinger then pressured Israel into accepting the ceasefire, which returned portions of the Sinai peninsula to Egypt.
Cheap shots, based on private conversations, are not appreciated by knowledgeable Jews. Charles Krauthammer, one of Israel's most ardent supporters in this country, has written eloquently and favourably about Nixon in discussing the subjects of Nixon, Jews and the White House Tapes in his syndicated columns. Just for the record, Haldeman did not say "Jewish". In the best rendering, he said, as best as can be deciphered, "...looks Jewish."
Haldeman's lawyers at the time of Watergate were virulently antiSemitic. On the other hand, Nixon's counsel, following John Dean, was a Jew, Len Garment, who knew Nixon at close range for many years. Garment's comments about Nixon's views of Jews and Israel [in full knowledge of what is said on the White House tapes about Jews] -- as described in his autobiography Crazy Rhythm -- are very flattering to Nixon. Garment found Nixon's attitude to Jews "better than most".
It is W. Mark Felt who is 'on trial' now, and I'll illustrate what I mean.
In relation to the Gipper having once said, in Bedtime For Bonzo, "I'm going to teach this monkey the difference between right and wrong", I think it is time for him to return and teach monkeys like Woodward, Redford, Clinton, Hal Holbrook, and their ilk, that their claims that Mark Felt did nothing illegal, ought to be seen in the following reflecting mirror.
I came across this nugget on page 225 of Felt's book The FBI Pyramid. Here, our 'noble hero' describes how [in the light of his confession that he is Deep Throat] he had flatly, deliberately and malevolently lied to his superior, the acting FBI Director, Patrick Gray, about his having never leaked anything to anybody, including Woodward and Bernstein.
I QUOTE FROM FELT'S 1979 BOOK:
Shortly after he returned from sick leave [January, 1973], Gray confided to me, "You know, Mark, Dick Kleindienst told me that I might have to get rid of you. He says White House staff members are convinced that you are the FBI source of leaks to Woodward and Bernstein" -- the Washington Post reporters who were writing up the Watergate story almost as fast as it was being investigated.
I said, "Pat, I haven't leaked anything to anybody. They are wrong!"
"I believe you," Gray answered, "but the White House doesn't. Kleindienst has told me on three or four occasions to get rid of you but I refused. He didn't say this came from higher up but I am convinced that it did."
This disclosure came as an unpleasant surprise. My contacts with Kleindienst had been frequent and friendly -- there had never been the slightest indication that I was suspect. I could feel anger rising in me but I was very apppreciative of Gray's indication of support. Gray went on: "I told Kleindienst that you've worked with me in a very competent manner and I'm convinced that you are completely loyal. I told him I was not going to move you out. Kleindienst told me,'Pat, I love you for that.'"
I don't know if Gray and Kleindienst are alive, but if they are, they must be very aggrieved individuals. What I cannot understand is why W's Administration is not moving to prosecute Felt or those, most prominently Woodward, Bernstein and Bradley, who obstructed justice by protecting a 2IC at the FBI who broke the law, betrayed the organization to which he swore allegiance, was likely motivated by a sense of being passed over for the top job, was later indicted for arranging illegal breakins, then flatly lied for more than three decades about almost everything he did during the Nixon Administration. Is it possible that Woodward's White House visit to-day was an attempt to buy some capital for himself in this connection?
I think the Great Betrayal was more on Ford's watch than Nixon's.
Also see post #63
This is hilarious of the press to keep running with this. Especially, when they ignored the Clinton's "F'n Jew *astard" remarks. Henry Kissinger didn't seem to be too upset about it when Chrissie Matthews had him listen to it and tried to get him to be aghast. He wasn't which really puzzled Chrissie-Poo.
Also see post #63
In the US, communist spies have been disproportionately Jewish. Nixon himself is quoted on one of the tapes as pointing out that all but two of the communists that he investigated when he was on the HUAC were Jewish (the two who weren't were Whitaker Chambers and Alger Hiss; but according to Nixon all their compatriots in conspiracy were Jewish) Maybe it was this experience that soured Nixon on Leftist Jews --- I believe when he says, in the tapes, derisively, "Jews," he means "Leftists" -- because he also hired a number of Jews who weren't Leftist. It's just that most Jews are liberal to leftist. That's just a fact.
Someone just pinged me with the following link. Don't know if there's any truth to it, but it is certainly more in line with the W. Mark Felt I have read about--HUAC
I'll look into that. Thanks for the sources.
There is nothing relevant to the subject in post 63.
"The bottom line to all this is that W. Mark Felt is a rat bastard who violated his own oath of office and federal laws by disclosing investigative data to two unauthorized parties (Woodward & Bernstein), and 91 years old or not, he ought to be prosecuted for it, unless that pardon he received from the Reagan Administration covers ALL offenses?"
Felt should be prosecuted as a spy and a traitor to our country, ala Pollard.
And pray tell us just one thing that I am not right about in my post? Your defense of this man's behaviour raises this question: do you approve of the sort of self-descriptions he gives in the passage I quoted from his book? If so, do you think any Administration could long survive if the 2IC of a sensitive investigative agency behaved as Felt did? In his own book, Felt makes it plain that earlier administrations, especially FDR's and JFK's, were far, far worse than Nixon's
You are welcome.
Who knows. But one can't help but wonder if it could be for the same reasons Nixon didn't. The man had access to a lot of info/files. Or as Nixon said, "everything". I don't quite know what the scope of that statement meant. One can only wonder.
At the time, in the summer of 1970, however, when "Israel complained to Washington that the Egyptians had breached the agreement, Ray Cline, the head of the State Department intelligence unit told the White house that the Israeli complaint was baseless. When Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin told his military attache, General Eli Zeira, what had happened, Zeira immediately asked Tel Aviv to send him a photographic interpreter and a set of aerial photographs showing the Egyptian deployment. These duly arrived in Washington and Zeira was summoned to the White House, where he laid out the evidence before President Nixon. Nixon, angry with Cline, then ordered the Pentagon to remove its veto on several categories of weapons the Israelis had asked for during the preceding months."
Well now, his decision to raise the nation's defense levels to Defcon 3 when the Russians looked like they were going to intervene in the Yom Kippur war(because Israel had beaten back its attackers and would have been rolling into Syrian and Egypt proper) tells me more about Nixon's character than just a few words on a tape. Then again perhaps Israel shouldn't have been restrained by furious back room negotiations by Kissinger et al, judging from what has happened in the middle east of late!
I have to wonder--who is Hillary Clinton's Felt? Who has been feeding her what they know, and who has "access to everything"???
Speaking of Nixon and Israel, a friend of mine flew the first 141 into Lod airport on the resupply mission that Nixon launched with teh simple words "If it flies, it goes."
It is long past time to stop bad mouthing Nixon for Watergate. The Watergate-ers were looking for what they thought were documents linking the Democrats with Soviets.
Only after the USSR broke up did we find out how many spies and collaborators there were in America. Too late for Nixon, though.
Good information Phil. I was not interested in politics at that time so a lot of the details are new to me.
As I always undestood it, Nixon wanted to "end the war with honor" including a full accounting of MIA/POWs. At least that's the "spin" I've heard. As far as winning, I think that was hopelessly shattered because the nation had lost all confidence in our ability to win thanks to the likes of Kerry, Fonda et. al.
The North Vietnamese were pretty much defeated after the Tet Offensive but were emboldened by many of our useful idiots back home. Thank you Walter Cronkite.
Once the war began, the Soviet Union, an ardent supporter of the Arab cause, quickly resupplied its client armies. Despite opposition within his Cabinet, President Nixon ordered a huge resupply airlift to Israel, which was running short of critical war materiel.
I might be wrong, but just now, on the Larry King rerun, the transcript seemed to say...
The question becomes... Was Nixon surprised at Felt's position within the FBI because Nixon thought Hoover was an anti-Semite?
It means Dick knew that Felt had photos of him behind the grassy knoll.
You are certainly right is saying Nixon helped Israel;
To Israel's shock, Sadat and his Syrian partners sent 70,000 Egyptian troops against the 500 (yes, only 500) Israelis at the Canal. In the north, the Syrians hurled 1,800 tanks at Israel's 180 tanks positioned on the Golan Heights.
President Nixon ordered a huge resupply airlift to Israel, which was running short of critical war materiel.
The tide of battle turned in Israel's favor.
I'm sure you understand that the Journal's Best of the Web Today was not endorsing the Iranian television slant on Watergate. Notice the quotation marks around "news story," indicating that is was just anti-Israel propaganda. Iran's mullahs were trying to twist Watergate into an anti-Jewish rant and blame Nixon's misdeeds on a Jewish conspiracy. Nonsense. Iranian TV has the credibility of Al Jazeera.
"Zionists" weren't out to get Nixon. Nixon was paranoid, didn't trust anyone, had few friends, and saw enemies everywhere he looked, including Jews and anyone who disagreed with him. A sad and pitiful man.
From that article you linked to Kissinger was the problem in 1973, not Nixon.
Christine Todd Witless is maximally emetic.
2nd pic on right! PRICELESS!
According to Vanity Fair, though, Felt wasn't Jewish, but of Irish ancestry and no religion. That's more likely, but there still may be at least one more mystery surrounding DT.
It would be funny if Nixon didn't make Felt head of the FBI because Haldeman thought he was Jewish, and he wasn't Jewish.
Felt was Catholic and Nixon thought he was Jewish because of his name no doubt, and Haldeman "confirmed" it, because well, he thought the name was Jewish too no doubt. Sad to think these guys were both sitting in the oval office.
It is not just the taboo. The sterotypes are less and less accurate, and less and less about matters that folks care about anymore, to the extent it still has any accuracy at all.