You know about how Nixon taped everything that went on in the White House, a bit of historical preservation that blew up in his face with the Watergate scandal. Well, it was his predecessor, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who first wired the Oval Office. Now the LBJ tapes are coming out, and they have some explosive revelations.
The biggest one is that Richard Nixon, while he was running against Vice President Hubert Humphrey, feared that the Paris Peace talks, which were making progress, would end the Vietnam War, thereby hurting his election chances. So he secretly intervened, getting the South Vietnamese to pull out of the talks because they would get a better deal if he were elected. The talks collapsed, thousands more died, and because LBJ did not reveal what he knew, Nixon was elected president. See the details (so far being ignored by American media for some reason) from the BBC after the jump. [Read more…]