Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vietnam War Expansion was Nixon’s Impeachable Offense

-Ron Paul
August 8th will mark the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. At that particular time I was in a long shot, failed race for Congress. I received no calls for my opinion.

Not knowing fully all of the details of the charges against Nixon, I was not enthralled with the movement to impeach him. I thought more interest should have been shown on the miserable economy that followed Nixon’s ending the gold standard along with imposing wage and price controls by merely issuing an executive order. The effort to impeach or force resignation, for me, was just about politics.

Nixon had been elected in 1968 to end the Vietnam War, which he did not. Instead, he illegally and secretly expanded the war into Laos and Cambodia. During the Nixon presidency, U.S. military personnel killed were over 30,000-twice the number killed under Johnson. All without a declaration of war. That, to me, was an impeachable offense.