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View Diary: U.S. since 1865: Watergate, with Cartoons (Herblock's) (44 comments)

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  •  Herblock was fantastic, and he had Nixxon down. (6+ / 0-)

    I grew up on his cartoons, syndicated in our local daily paper, since we couldn't get the Washington Post.

    Your diary is great because it starts from the point of view of an everyday follower of the news back then, and the way an almost innocuous story about a small break-in built day-by-day, week-by-week, into the collapse of Nixon and his administration. Other than the very perceptive Herblock----who'd been covering Nixon right from the early 50s---not many people, including veteran Nixon-phobes, could have seen where this would end.

    One thing we didn't know at the time, is that the Plumbers caught at the Watergate were created by Nixon several years before---and not for the purposes of spying on Democratic political opponents, but  to investigate leaks and get dirt on opponents of the Vietnam War---most notably Daniel Ellsberg, who of course released the Pentagon Papers.
    Nixon was scared that his secret early '69 Vietnam War maneuvers---that Ellsberg knew about----would become public.

    I assume your Pentagon Papers diary will cover that.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:47:34 AM PDT

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