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1971: A word about “The Pentagon Papers”

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Let’s call it the “leak of leaks”, one of the most explosive leaks ever.   They became known as “The Pentagon Papers“:    

The New York Times begins to publish sections of the so-called “Pentagon Papers,” a top-secret Department of Defense study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

The papers indicated that the American government had been lying to the people for years about the Vietnam War and the papers seriously damaged the credibility of America’s Cold War foreign policy.      

How much impact did this “leak” have on war policy?   Frankly, not much.   Eighteen months later, President Nixon defeated Senator McGovern, the anti-war candidate, in a landslide.     In other words, President Nixon enjoyed public support for the conduct of the war.

Nevertheless, the release of the “Papers” had a huge impact in the political debate.  It clearly showed that our leaders had not always been very transparent about the war or what was going on in the battlefield.

 

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Written by scantojr

June 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

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