To the Editor…

by on January 17, 2014

Editor,

Re. “New Memo: Kissinger Gave The ‘Green Light’ For Argentine’s Dirty War,” By David Corn, BeyondChron, January 16, 2014:

During the Viet Nam War, the use of nuclear bombs was reportedly considered by the U.S. government. Historical records indicate that President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger discussed dropping nuclear bombs over Viet Nam, but Secretary of State William Rogers and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird opposed the idea. Peace negotiations between Kissinger and Le Duc Tho to end the war were going on in Paris.

Discussions and planning for use of nuclear bombs were detailed in Kissinger’s and Nixon’s “Duck Hook” (golf parlance) project.

See William Burr and Jeffrey Kimball, Editors, “Nixon’s White House Considered Nuclear Options Against North Viet Nam, Declassified Documents Reveal: Nuclear Weapons, The Viet Nam War, And The Nuclear Taboo.”

In a telephone interview of Former Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird conducted by Burr on December 1, 2005, Laird said, “(For) Kissinger, nothing was out of consideration (with how to defeat Viet Nam) . . . (The nuclear threat) was always there as an option . . . That was not my approach. I said to Kissinger, ‘Just forget it.'”

If it were not for saner minds such as Laird and Rogers, the anti-war movement in the U.S. and world opinion against the war, and the efforts at the Paris Peace Talks to negotiate an end to the Viet Nam war, the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima could have been repeated in Viet Nam if the lunacy of planning for a nuclear holocaust by Kissinger and Nixon had not been reined in and defeated.

Anh Le
San Francisco

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