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Ambition can make one blind
on June 21, 2014
Having just finished 3 books (Dean, Haldemann, and Ehrlichman), I would say that John Dean's is the most honest and forthcoming. He provides constant conversation between himself and high level officials involved in the White House and Watergate. It is very interesting conversation, and also enjoy Dean's commentary after comments were made by someone else. He provides the meaning between the words; which to me seems highly believable.
Highlights from the book:
1. Referring to Wright Patman who was planning an investigation into Watergate, Dean calls John Connally (you know JFK fame) who then replies that he has some ideas to find "dirt" on Patman. Haldemann even suggests that pressure be put on "Jerry Ford's a-- (you know JFK fame) to produce on this one". Later in the conversation Jerry Ford says this is a bad idea, and someone suggests because Ford will have problems as well if an investigation into Patman is opened up. Politics is a dirty game!
2. Howard Hunt's wife calling Chuck Colson's secretary at home demanding "committments" be honored. Sounds like Howard and his wife were "two peas in a pod". Corrupt to the core!
3. Bud Krogh a lawyer working for Nixon is described by Dean. Krogh tells him how he carried gold bullion in CIA planes and bargained with drug chieftains, bombing poppy fields, and even asked Dean to resolve a dispute between the Pentagon, the State Dept. and the Bureau of Narcotics over the legality of kidnapping drug traffickers abroad. In fairness, it seems Krogh may have turned his life around now, but it just shows you how corrupt our government has become. Just more evidence of CIA drug running.
In my opinion John Dean; a good looking ambitious lawyer (described by Ehrichman as a playboy) when he got to the White House was excited and probably thought he had hit the big time. Unfortunately before long; being in the midst of people involved in shady dealings, finds himself as President's counsel becoming involved in a conspiracy with people who have been involved in criminal activities. As I read one comment from one person, if the majority of these people had never met Richard Nixon, they probably would have been fine, outstanding individuals.
...evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV)