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November 11th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Nixon's Watergate testimony released

The National Archives released audio of President Nixon's grand jury testimony during the Watergate investigation. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

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Filed under: National Archives • Richard Nixon
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  1. Angelo Salvo

    Since 2006 when the democrats took over Congress and in in 2008 when Obama became president, our national debt went from $8 trillion to $15 trillion. Based on my calculations Obama could have given half a million dollars to all unemployed people and the economy would have been in great shape. You should investigate where all the money went. How many Solyndra's are there? How can a person make $150,000 work in the Government and these numbers have increased by the thousands since Obama became president. When is CNN going to investigate this? When is the media going to start questioning the White House about what they are doing with the money? Or are you in "bed" with them?

    November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Rich

    Ah where to begin on this one. Nixon was a liar and he got caught. Nixon was also a lawyer and he knew how to manipulate the legal system to his favor. Nixon's explanation for all the things he did was that the way he conducted the business of Washington saved more lives then had he not acted the way he did. Well that one we will never know how it would have played out because those folks are dead and there is no bringing them back. There are no do overs in war.

    Nixon's whole way of rationalizing the things he did was to prevent even worse from happening. No one can argue the point because the decisions he made can not be recalled. Once you pull the trigger you can not recall the bullet. In Nixon's own mind what he did was appropriate and just. Historians have until the end of time to argue about it but those people are still dead in Cambodia.

    One must only look at Iraq to see similarities. A just cause according to Bush and Cheney. The grieving women and men who's spouse's and children were killed in a needless war will argue the point. The dead are proof of what happened with this so called just cause. All those WMD's that were found could not even fill a thimble. Trillions of dollars later and thousands of lives gone and what does America have to show for it? Did the Iraq war make us any safer? Did it make the middle east more stable? Did it make the oil supply in Iraq any more reliable? The only answer that comes to mind for each of these questions is No. History has a way of repeating itself when power is left unchecked.

    Nixon and Bush are prime examples of why people no longer trust the government. When you put people in positions of public trust who abuse that power there is not telling what will happen. The worst part of all of this is that the congress stood by and not only watched it happen they were implicit in it. All anyone in congress had to do was question what was being told to them and demand proof. Instead they signed on in sufficient numbers to allow these presidents to carry out their plans. The America people were left holding the bag. In some cases body bags.

    November 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm |

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