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  •  The evidence was there (4+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, anon004, Penny GC, OHdog

    but sealed.
    But Nixon's crimes were much larger than "Playing games with your opponents". Sabotaging the Paris Peace talks in order to defeat Humphrey cost thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of SouthEastAsians their lives, broadening and extending the war another four or five years.
    Nevermind Chile.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 06:53:56 AM PDT

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    •  If it had been made public, though (2+ / 0-)
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      the international outcry would have rivaled something we see today in the social media age.  Nuremberg and the Holocaust were still fresh in a lot of Europeans' minds, remember.  If Ford had issued a pardon then, the White House and Capitol switchboards, as well as the newswires, would have blown fuses.

      "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

      by Christian Dem in NC on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 06:59:14 AM PDT

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      •  IIRC, the mantra was "Bygones be bygones (2+ / 0-)
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        for the good of the country".
        It's the same justification every time for crimes so huge and heinous that prosecuting them would shatter the power structure. (See BushCheney/Iraq)
        It was a mistake under Ford and it was a mistake under Obama.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:03:55 AM PDT

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        •  That's why I think if that testimony hadn't (2+ / 0-)
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          been sealed, it would have changed everything.  The international pressure for everyone to be held to account would have been too strong.  Like I said, dirty tricks on the domestic level are one thing, but coddling baby-killing soldiers is another matter entirely.

          "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

          by Christian Dem in NC on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 07:05:53 AM PDT

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