LBJ: "Dick...it has already been announced and you can serve with anybody for the good of America and this is a question that has a good many more ramifications than on the surface and we've got to take this out of the arena where they're testifying that Khrushchev and Castro did this and did that and kicking us into a war that can kill 40 million Americans in an hour. "
Everyone ignores the direct, personal role played by Bobby Kennedy in bringing the Warren Commission into existence - Bobby asked Earl Warren to serve on the Commission, in person, TWICE, BEFORE LBJ asked him to. Warren told him no.
LBJ summoned Warren to the White House, had a car bring him to the Oval Office, under duress, and blackmailed him.
Not only blackmailed him, but on the basis of Warren's past military service and status as a reservist, gave him a direct, MILITARY order as his Commander in Chief to serve on the Commission, with which Warren complied (before bursting into tears).
RR: I may be wholly wrong, but I think Mr. Warren would serve on anything you'd give him any publicity on.
LBJ: Well you want me to tell you the truth? You know what happened?
Bobby and them went up to see him today and he turned them down cold and said "no."
Two hours later I called him and ordered him down here and he didn't want to come.
I insisted he come, he came down here and told me no twice and I just pulled out what Hoover told me about a little incident in Mexico City and I say now, 'I don't want Mr. Khrushchev to be told tomorrow and be testifying before a camera that he killed this fellow and that Castro killed him and all I want you to do is look at the facts and bring in other facts you want in here, and determined who killed the President and I think you'd put on your uniform of World War I, fat as you are, and do anything you could to save one American life.
And I'm surprised that you the Chief Justice of the United States would turn me down.' And he started crying and said, well I won't turn you down. I'll just do whatever you say, but he turned the Attorney General down.
Nov 24, 4:00PM - Account of phone call between FBI Director Hoover and White House Aide Walter Jenkins
Hoover began by reporting that "There is nothing further on the Oswald case excerpt that he is dead." At the end of the call, Hoover noted the need to have "something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin," and that (Assistant Attorney General) "Katzenbach thinks that the President might appoint a Presidential Commission of three outstanding citizens to make a determination."
Nov 24, time unknown - Phone call between Eugene Rostow and Bill Moyers
Within hours of Oswald's murder, Yale Law School Dean Eugene Rostow suggests a President Commission to Bill Moyers of the White House. Rostow tells Moyers he has talked to Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach three times that day, and suggests "a commission of seven or nine people, maybe Nixon."
Nov 25, 10:30AM - Phone call between President Johnson and FBI Director Hoover
On Monday morning, the day of the Kennedy funeral, Johnson tells Hoover that "apparently some lawyer in Justice is lobbying the [Washington] Post because that's where the suggestion came for this Presidential Commission which would be very bad and put it right in the White House." When asked to intervene with the Post, Hoover says "I don't have much influence with the Post because I frankly don't read it. I view it like the Daily Worker."
So, all of Katzenbach's memo-writing on the Monday is ACTUALLY coming from Walt Rostow....
Eugene Rostow was the one who effectively became Johnson's Chief of Staff in his retirement after he left office - he controlled the flow of all information and messages between the White House and the LBJ ranch, ensuring Johnson said nothing about the Pentagon Papers or Watergate, liaising with Kissinger's people and making sure Johnson said absolutely nothing in support of Nixon's actions to silence Ellsberg and plug other (entirely legitimate) national security leaks about the war.
Walt Rostow was the one who went to Vietnam in 1961 and recommended (strongly) that Kennedy send in combat troops into the Delta under the pretence of conducting flood relief.
The one statement that Chomsky ever made that I totally agree with was when he said "Vietnam was a war entirely conceived by liberals", and Rostow was one of the chief architects of both Vietnam and the Korean War, via his junior position in the State Dept.
He BADLY wanted the war, and was a leading advocate of limited, regional/semi-proxy wars against the Communist world in Asia, as a constant challenge to the Soviet system.
From the NeoCon Miller Center (they hate Nixon more than Kennedy):
The Right Man
By lunchtime that day, Nixon had the name of the man who actually did give a copy of the Pentagon Papers to the Times—Daniel Ellsberg. It came from none other than Johnson’s former national security adviser, Walt W. Rostow.28 Haig had checked his suspicions with Rostow. “He said he doesn’t think it’s Gelb,” Haig told Nixon. “It may be, he says he doesn’t think so. And he doesn’t think it’s Halperin.” Nixon was unconvinced. “Gelb was in on it, wasn’t he? Wasn’t he in charge?”
Gelb ran the Pentagon Papers study and was strongly against the war, Haig said, but Rostow had “said whoever did this could not be a good Democrat. He said he would have to be a radicalized individual.”29 Only someone who was willing to lose his security clearance forever, to never work in government on foreign policy again, would engineer the largest leak in U.S. history. Halperin and Gelb were both advising Democratic presidential candidates, would both serve in future Democratic administrations.
Ellsberg was a former Marine. He’d gone to Vietnam himself, looking for ways to win the war. He didn’t find them. When he came back, he worked on the Pentagon Papers study, trying to figure out how things had gone wrong. He got permission from Halperin and Gelb to read the entire study and became convinced that getting it out to the public was essential. There’s no evidence he informed either man about his plans to leak the study, and it would have been stupid for him to tell them, since they’d have a strong incentive to turn him in just to protect themselves.
Rostow had told Nixon all he needed to know. If Nixon had listened, he might have saved his presidency. But this President was a conspiracy theorist."
28 Haig’s conversations with Nixon on June 13 and June 14 contradict an earlier published account, in which Haig purportedly learned of Ellsberg’s involvement by June 12, the day before the Times started publishing, and in turn informed Rostow. See Harrison E. Salisbury, Without Fear or Favor: The New York Times and Its Times (New York: Ballantine Books, 1980) p. 210. (↑)
29 Conversation 519–7, 14 June 1971, 12:26 pm - 1:09 pm, Oval Office. (↑)
30 Conversation 521-13, 15 June 1971, 5:13 pm - 6:03 pm, Oval Office. Oddly, Nixon had earlier this day told Haldeman that it was Kissinger who believed there was a conspiracy. See conversation 520–3, 15 June 1971, 9:56 am - 10:37 am, Oval Office. Since the tapes contain many unclear passages, I can’t rule out the possibility that Kissinger was the first to use the word “conspiracy” in connection with the Pentagon Papers, but the first recorded use of it is Nixon’s. (↑)
31 Conversation 524-27, 17 June 1971, 2:42 pm - 3:33 pm, Oval Office. Following the 1999 release of the Nixon tapes from February-July 1971, the New York Times ran an article on Nixon’s anti-Semitism quoting from this conversation and others. The article didn’t mention, however, Nixon’s characterization of Jews in the State and Defense Departments as “security situations,” or his reference to clearing Jews out of the NSC.New York Times, 7 October 1999, “In 1971 Tapes, Nixon Is Heard Blaming Jews for Communist Plots.” (↑)
36 See “How Paranoid Was Nixon?” by Kenneth J. Hughes, Jr., on the History News Network website.
To summarize: Jews, intellectuals, and Ivy Leaguers were three constituent groups of the New Deal, which began when Nixon was 20 and didn’t end until he was 32. Nixon was a young Republican during the most Democratic period in American history, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and Franklin D. Roosevelt won four presidential landslides in a row.
In Washington, there was a changing of the guard, and historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., recorded the Republican bureaucracy’s displeasure with the newcomers:
“There were too many Ivy League men, too many intellectuals, too many radicals, too many Jews.”
The Hiss case provided Republicans with the perfect villains, a handful of Jewish, intellectual or Ivy League New Dealers who were Communist spies. The case fueled Nixon’s rise to the apex of politics, but the lessons he learned from it precipitated his downfall. (↑)
Notice how NeoCons cite Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (Who is hardly objective) to attack Nixon and call him paranoid.
Nixon wasn't paranoid.
There WAS a conspiracy, and these people WERE determined to destroy him and everything he stood for and had accomplished.
He was just looking in the wrong places.