Tag: Nixon, Richard Milhous

Brent Scowcroft Didn’t Always Follow ‘the Scowcroft Model’

It became known in foreign policy circles as “the Scowcroft model.” Brent Scowcroft, the former national security adviser for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, who died Thursday, was frequently praised for establishing a paradigm for doing that job that many of his successors attempted (or claimed) to follow. The irony is that the […]

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

In the spring of 1971, Richard Nixon found himself in a situation not unlike President Trump’s. His approval rating was falling — in Mr. Nixon’s case, to a first-term low — just as an energetic social movement was hitting the streets. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Nixon was tempted to use military force to counter those […]

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Trump and Nixon, Law and Disorder

President Trump has been comparing himself to Richard Nixon, tweeting “LAW & ORDER,” and claiming he learned a lot from Nixon. Others have been comparing Mr. Trump’s handling of civil disorder to Nixon’s. No one will ever tag me a Nixon apologist, but in Nixon’s defense these claims are hooey. I worked for our last […]

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Trump Doesn’t Speak for the ‘Silent Majority’

President Trump believes he represents the “silent majority” of the country against a dangerous, radical minority. He says as much on Twitter, frequently yelling “SILENT MAJORITY” at his followers. Accordingly, his campaign for re-election has tried to appeal to this “majority” with displays tailored to its perceived interests. Because Trump believes that this silent majority […]

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Did Mueller Ever Stand a Chance Against Trump and Roger Stone?

In 1972, I served as an assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, which investigated the connection between the White House and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, the subsequent cover-up and other crimes connected with the White House under Richard Nixon. And nothing that I saw then — even during […]

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