There’s a fascinating article in BBC News that describes how Richard Nixon deliberately and clandestinely sabotaged the peace talks that were about to produce a halt to the bombing in the war in Vietnam. One of Nixon’s senior campaign advisors convinced the South Vietnamese to pull out of the peace talks, promising them a better deal when Nixon got elected. Nixon then campaigned on the result, saying that the Democrats couldn’t even get the South Vietnamese to the negotiating table.
A quick search shows few, if any mentions of this in the US media. Not only is the BBC reporting this, but they did the original research that uncovered this plot back in 1994. Unfortunately, the proof only just became available now that the LBJ library has released the final batch of transcripts from the Johnson administration.
The BBC doesn’t mince words, describing Nixon’s actions as “treason”. Indeed, after Nixon was elected (by a less-than 1% margin) he escalated the war into Laos and Cambodia, leading to the loss of an additional 22,000 American lives and the destruction of the South Vietnamese government, to whom he had promised a “better deal”.