Scott Horton Interviews Robert Parry

Scott Horton, December 11, 2008

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Robert Parry, author of Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, discusses the just-released tapes of Lyndon Johnson suspecting the 1968 Nixon campaign of treason, the history of Republican dirty tricks initiated or inspired by Nixon from 1968 to the present, the longevity of establishment political players like Henry Kissinger despite their repeated involvement in scandals, the background of the 1980 October surprise and the possible complicity of George H.W. Bush and current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in delaying the release of American hostages in Iran to aid the Reagan campaign.

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Robert Parry is an investigative journalist who won the George Polk Award in 1984 for reporting on the Iran-Contra affair and uncovering Oliver North’s involvement in it. He is the founder and editor of ConsortiumNews.com and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery and Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.

6 Responses to “Robert Parry”

  1. Iam not up on this discussion but there is an important and convincing thing that you don’t know.

    Candidate tricky dick sent the following Western Union Telegream to all quasi-military organizations in September 1968 insuring that he got all the retired military votes. i.e., 844,855, plus their dependents. At that time over 50% of all retirees lived in just six state, i.e., CA, FL, TX, VA, SC and GA, in that order. He won all these states; no he didn’t, yes he did, no he didn’t, yes he did. How could that be? Well George Wallace won TX so the “‘h’ump” didn’t get it. Elsewhere there were enough votes cast for him that he carried the nation. Here is the Telegram followed by his BETRAYAL of that action that impacts me to this day as a 1964 U.S. Army lenght of service military. I’ve paid a hell of a price.

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    NAVAL ENLISTED RESERVE ASSOCIATION, ATTN CHIEF JOSEPH WASSON*
    PO BOX 7111 BENJAMIN FRANLIN STATION WASHDC

    BECAUSE OF THE CONCERN OF YOUR ORGANIZATION WITH THE ISSUE OF EQUALIZATION OF RETIRED MILITARY PAY I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU MY VIEWS oNnus IMPORTANT SUBJECT.

    FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, OUR RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL
    HAVE BEEN UNJUSTLY TREATED BECAUSE OF THE FAILURE OF THE ADMINISTIZATION
    AND THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED CONGRESS TO REMEDY THE GROWING DISPARITY
    BETWEEN ACTIVE DUTY AND RETIRED MILITARY PAY. THIS UNFAIR DISCRIMINATION
    iS WHOLLY CONTRARY TO THE LONG ESTABLISHED PRINCIPLE OF EQUALIZING
    RETIRED PAY WITH EXISTING. ACTIVE DUTY PAY FOR THE SAME GRADE OR RANK.
    IT IS A BREACH OF FAITH FOR THOSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN
    PATRIOTS, WHO HAVE DEVOTED A CAREER OF SERVICE TO rTRY AND
    WHO, WHEN THEY ENTERED THE SERVICE, RELIED UPON THE LAWS INSURVGG EQUAL
    RETIREMENT BENEFITS.

    THE RETIRED PAY OF SOME OF OUR OLDER RETIREES HAS SLIPPED MORE THAN 30 0/0 BEHIND THAT OF THEIR YOUNGER COMRADES. IN A PERIOD OF SKYROCKETING COST OF LIVING INCREASES, IT IS AN INTOLERABLE AND UNFAIR BURDEN FOR OUR RETIRED MILITARY.

    I INTEND TO URGE THE CONGRESS TO REMEDY THIS INJUSTICE AT THE
    EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME BY PASSING LEGISLATION ALONG THE LINES OF
    THAT INTRODUCED BY SENATOR TOWER OF TEXAS, CHAIRMAN OF MY KEY ISSUES
    COMMITTEE. GENERAL EISENHOWER AND I WORKED VIGOROUSLY TO SEEK
    LEGISTLATIVE RELIEF IN 1960. NOW, AFTER PROLONGED INACTION BY AN
    ADMINISTRATION OF WHICH VICE PRESIDENT HUMPHREY HAS BEEN A PART, THE
    TIME IS AT HAND TO DO SIMPLE JUSTICE AND TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT
    CONTRIBUTION TO OUR NATION BY THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR COUNTRY
    WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION

    RICHARD M NIXON

    *Identical telpprans were sent to tbp reserve Officer s Assn.; Fleet
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    THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
    WASHINGTON DC 20301

    11 July 1970

    AN OPEN LETTER TO RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL

    As Secretary of Defense I have principal responsibility for advising the President on all matters ranging across the full spectrum of Defense. For this reason, President Nixon has requested that I discuss with you a Defense matter very important to him — recomputation of retired military pay. I welcome this opportunity to explain my views and recommendations on this important matter.

    Like the President, I have long recognized that some form of recomputation is a desirable goal. Since this Administration took office. I have had the Department of Defense continuously studying the problems involved and the steps that might be taken to make meaningful adjustments. I am convinced there is a genuine need to treat the retired members of our Armed Forces More equitably — we owe this to the men and women who have devoted their lives to a military career.

    It is true that there are administrative and legal obstacles in the way. Perhaps more important, the introduction of this change may even become a model for other government retirement systems. whether Federal, State or local. Therefore, we must proceed cautiously to insure that our remedy will be both effective and lasting. I am confident, however, that the administrative and legal obstacles can and will be overcome.

    Unfortunately, there is a much more formidable obstacle in our path that will not be as yielding — at least -not in the immediate future. Simply stated our problem is the financial constraints the Department of Defense must face. We have submitted a rock bottom budget to the Congress for Fiscal Year 1971 and are presently facing further Congressional reductions. Even more simply stated, the money needed to take this action cannot be made available at this time without crippling other desperately needed Defense programs. For this reason, I am unable to recommend to the President that recomputation of retired military pay be added to the Defense Department budget until these local conditions improve. The Defense Department is the only Federal agency that must fund its major retirement program as a part of its budget.

    I realize any position regarding these difficult budget problems may not be understood. I know that each of you feels you are being deprived of income that in rightfully yours. I regret this and truly wish conditions were different. But they are not. And if we are to improve then we must face facts as they are, not as we would wish them so be.

    President Nixon appreciates your many letters and shares your concern. Let me assure you that some form of recomputation of retired pay will continue to be a goal of this Administration and this Department. We all share the President’s earnest hope that we can move forward with it just as soon as the budgetary situation permits.

    Sincerely,

    S/Melvin R. Laird

    Memorandum for Record: Thursday, August 22, 1990

    Presidential candidate Richard Nixon – Tricky Dick- was not going to win the election in 1968 as his candidacy was faltering. So in September he came out with the Telegram inclosed of SEPT 13. This telegram went to all quasi-military organizations. They played it up.

    Historically over one-half of all military retirees have resided in six states: California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina; in that order.

    Naturally he got practically all of the retirees vote, plus a disportionate share of their families. California put him over.

    Within a few months NAUS admonished us to started write and remind him of his campaign pledge. In response he had his Mickey Mouse Secretary of Defense Mel Laird prepare and distribute the inclosed letter of 11 July 1970. The news media did not receive this letter – only the retirees who wrote to the president.

    At the very moment that they were drafting this letter, especially note paragraph three, they had already been discussing a plan which was to materialize that same year, i.e., eliminate our earned medical benefit CHAMPUS. This was the primary reason I relocated to rural Illinois as others chose to return to their native locations through out America. In short I was now on my own and thrown under Medicare.

    Mel’s statement, “Perhaps more important, * * * may even become a model whether Federal, State or local.” – has to be the JOKE OF THE CENTURY.

    This parasite, a former member of congress from WI, went on to become Legal Counsel, Reader’s Digest.

    Memorandum for Record – 24 February 2004

    I discovered about five years ago through the FOI that only 500 copes of this “gem” of a letter were produced. Obviously only those who wrote to the president received his letter.
    This parasite, former member of congress from WI went on to become Legal Counsel, Readers’ Digest. Another “yellow” propaganda organ of this nation.

    Today’s militar will destroy this nation from both a material and personnel standpoint. Are you aware that today military of 1.2 million troops consumes over 25% of the total Defense Budget for FY 2009 plus a whopping $40,000,000 billion for their health care?

    And I still whistle Dixie about what this nation did to 432,000 cohorts and me in 1964. less than 20,000 of us still survive and most of these are in a nursing home, senile or computer illiterate. Enter my name, Willard D. Gray, in Google and hit Search or in your browser and hit enter you’ll get about the same thing.

    In my late 80s I hope this nation falls. wdgray@shawneelink.net

  2. Yet another jaw-dropping summation by Robert Parry laying bare the skeleton of American foreign policy running in currents of power beneath the surface, driven by agendas of ideology, greed and the lust for power. If we replace words like femur and clavicle with Kissinger, Bush, Cheney, Rockefeller, Dulles and their disciples, then obviously the skeleton marches on despite its decay, in a skewed pursuit of “American interests”.

    We hear of a “minority report” authored by Cheney and David Addington, and a justification for deceiving the American public “for the good of the nation”, even when the deception has knowingly lead to the loss of American lives … leading to a brilliant diagnosis of two political parties locked in an abusive relationship, wherein their continued survival rests in a dance of destructive complicity. And with each step in this dance, the stakes are raised (and the bar lowered) till they’re dancing along the edge of the abyss and taking us with them … for our own good.

    Now if you accept some, or all, of Mr. Perry’s summation as a factual accounting of American governance over the past 40 years, then how is it that you fail to recognize the unbroken thread of deceit and treason when it comes to the events of September 11th? Admittedly, I haven’t heard every interview conducted on this program, but the only references to the “9-11 Truth Movement” that I’ve heard, have been dismissively snide, along the lines of ‘those conspiracy kooks’. Imagine standing up in 1968 claiming you possessed evidence that Nixon was sabotaging the Paris peace talks! This was back in the day when our nation’s “mental institutions” still accepted society’s “unbalanced” with or without a reservation. Come to think of it, they’re still in business but outsourced to Syria and Egypt or maybe a Navy brig somewhere on the eastern seaboard.

    Amazing … Cheney and Addington behind the wheel of their imperial presidency, driving right over our face … but ‘no, I didn’t get that number, officer.’ I’m not saying our government “did it”, but only look back to your interview on October 22nd of this year with James Bamford and follow that unbroken thread back from Saigon, to Washington through the cemetery of your home town, just to remind yourself that a few American lives have never stood in their way.

    I also wish to tell you, that I consistently listen to this show not based on shared Libertarian views, but for the quality of guests, and the knowledge and prep-work by the host (that would be you, Mr. Horton) resulting in interviews with substance. You do great work Scott … and I mean that sincerely.

  3. Willard Gray should be a wake-up call for all of the oblivions who continue to put “support the troops” stickers on their cars. God bless you Willard because you certainly aren’t going to get any from the USG.

  4. My father died in Viet Nam in May 1970.

    The War Powers need to be returned to Congress.

  5. Nixon Did Not START the Vietnam War………. Yes he was a horrible Power Hungry BASTARD….

    No doubt, under the control of that smarmy WAR CRIMINAL Henry [Christmas Bombing] Kissinger..

    tHey probably killed a million innocent CHILDREN, Women and men………………..

    I only hope Obama doesn’t turn into a younger more charismatic nixon………..

    In a way, Obama is to Bush as nixon was to LBJ…………. Lots of pressure to “win”, Stay the Course….

    Not let America DOWN….. as the Market tanks… Dollar plunges…..Economy into the s+ittere..

    Remember, the SILVER once in the DOLLAR paid for Viet Nam

    After Iraq, Afghanistan & Somalia……… Expect PLASTIC quarters

    The reason no one has ever taken Afghanistan– [IS] –

    it’s NOT WORTH the price of doing it….

    Happy New Year Barak Obama…… May the new year bring you clear insight and VISION…….

    Peace to US ALL

  6. Mr. Parry give us a lot to think about. I am concerned about the direction of
    the Obama administration with folks like Gates, Clinton and others around.

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