Chris Matthews and Henry Kissinger <$NoAd$> reminisce
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about the whole Nixonâand Iâm sure youâve thought this over a zillion times in your life in your long career and all that youâve done. If you think about Nixon and break-ins, I know I have a tape -- I listened to it myself over at the archivesâof Nixon saying, go break into Brookings after the Pentagon Papers were published.
There was another tape I listened to where he said, letâs go break into the Republican headquarters and make it look like the Democrats did it. What is with Nixon and break-ins?
KISSINGER: You have to understand that Nixon had a habit of making grandiloquent statements. This was his way of letting off steam to prove that he was macho.
And the people who really knew him would not act on these comments. When I learned about Watergate, I asked Bryce Harlow, who was a wise old man around Washington, I said , what do you think happened here, Bryce? And he said, some damn fool went into the Oval Office and did what he was told, because Nixon didnât mean these things to be carried out. And he didnât really order them. He would say these things rhetorically. Letâs break into Brookings. And he...
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