Nixon and Kissinger transcripts released

24 12 2008

The transcript of the April 15, 1972, phone conversation is one of over 15 500 documents in a unique, comprehensively-indexed set of the telephone conversations of Henry A. Kissinger—perhaps the most famous and controversial U.S. official of the second half of the 20th century. Unbeknownst to the rest of the U.S. government, Kissinger secretly taped his incoming and outgoing phone conversations and had his secretary transcribe them. After destroying the tapes, Kissinger took the transcripts with him when he left office in January 1977, claiming they were “private papers.” In 2001, the National Security Archive initiated legal proceedings to force the government to recover the telcons, and used the freedom of information act to obtain the declassification of most of them. After a three year project to catalogue and index the transcripts, which total over 30,000 pages, this on-line collection was published by the Digital National Security Archive (ProQuest) this week.

The President/Mr. Kissinger 11:30 — April 15, 1972


Well, they are just reporting it — it’s just the first wave there. It’s wave after wave of planes. You see, they can’t see the B-52 and they dropped a million pounds of bombs…


That shock treatment of cracking them. The only thing I regret is that when we made this plan, we didn’t take out the power plants. The power plants, that can really demoralize a person.

“A casualty of Watergate”

Kissinger/Reston 4:30 p.m. — April 16 1975


The big problem we have now is to change the world – there is nothing we can do about the world’s perception of Vietnam, but there is a lot we can do about changing the world’s perception about our reaction to it and that is our big problem right now.


Well, sure but it is a perception of ours and what we are and what we stand for.

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If you havn’t seen it, there is an interesting documentary called “The Trials of Henry Kissinger” by Christopher Hitchens that examines evidence of Kissinger’s involvement with war crimes perpetrated in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus and East Timor.




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