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The Ends of Power Paperback – November, 1978
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He wrote of the Watergate tapes: "In all of those Nixon references to the Bay of Pigs, [Nixon] was actually referring to the Kennedy assassination...After Kennedy was killed, the CIA launched a fantastic cover-up...The CIA literally erased any connection between Kennedy's assassination and the CIA...in fact, Counter Intelligence Chief James Angleton of the CIA called Bill Sullivan of the FBI and rehearsed the questions and answers they would give to the Warren Commission investigators." Haldeman seemed to be of the opinion that Castro was behind the assassination, and for some reason the CIA covered this up.
Chris Matthews wrote in 12/24/1995 that Haldeman "repeatedly denied ever writing the passage [about the Bay of Pigs]...Haldeman told me personally in the weeks just before his death that this particular passage in 'The Ends of Power,' was the creation of his ghost-writer." I personally don't find Matthews credible when talking about the JFK assassination, and it's hard to believe Haldeman didn't approve of everything his ghost-writer put in the manuscript.
Apparently Nixon also had a determination to dig up information on John Kennedy. Haldeman states," Nixon had run into a stonewall at CIA while trying to track down all the facts about the Bay of Pigs." Haldeman describes Chuck Colson suggesting to Howard Hunt to fabricate cables in order to implicate Kennedy in the murder of Pres. Diem. Haldeman also talks of Nixon's strategy of getting out of the Watergate scandal. Nixon states,"...had been for national security reasons. I'm going to put an NSC cover on the whole thing." Hmm, haven't heard that one before, have we? Haldeman also states," Dean had asked me to stop the FBI's investigation of the Mexican bank connection through which the Watergate burglary money had been laundered...". If my memory serves me right wasn't there a guy named Oswald who went to Mexico at one point? Maybe he had a taste for enchiladas at the moment? Also, what were those documents that Nixon needed so badly that Colson talked of firebombing the Brookings Institute? Could it be the wiretaps of Nixon sabotaging Pres. Johnson's peace talks with the North Vietnamese? Nixon persuading the South to wait to negotiate until after the election?
Near the end of the book Haldeman describes the scene when Nixon asks for his resignation. There is a moment when Nixon says some touching personal words to him. Haldeman was very moved at the time, until he finds out that the exact words were used by Nixon to Ehrichman a few minutes later. Haldeman states," I had been moved, and felt a kinship to him. Now I see that this was just a conversational ploy- a debater's way of slipping into a difficult subject -used on both of us."
I believe this scene is exactly what went wrong with Richard Nixon. Instead of Richard Nixon the man, it seems he became an alter-ego of himself. Richard Nixon the politician. Richard Nixon the President of the United States. Unfortunately he forgot he was just a human being. Mortal, like the rest of us.
For there is no respect of persons with God. (Romans 2:11 KJV)
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