Nixon, Kissinger, and the Madman Strategy during Vietnam War
Nixon Wanted the “Other Side” to Think He and Kissinger “Might be Crazy”; Signalled Moscow and Hanoi By Pushing “So Many Chips in the Pot” to Suggest He “Might Really Go Further” Even to Nuclear Use
New Book Discloses Top Secret Consideration by Nixon White House of Nuclear Options against North Vietnam in September 1969…
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 587
President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger believed they could compel “the other side” to back down during crises in the Middle East and Vietnam by “push[ing] so many chips into the pot” that Nixon would seem ‘crazy’ enough to “go much further,” according to newly declassified documents published today by the National Security Archive.
The documents include a 1972 Kissinger memorandum of conversation published today for the first time in which Kissinger explains to Defense Department official Gardner Tucker that Nixon’s strategy was to make “the other side … think we might be ‘crazy’ and might really go much further” — Nixon’s Madman Theory notion of intimidating adversaries such as North Vietnam and the Soviet Union to bend them to Washington’s will in diplomatic negotiations
Nixon’s and Kissinger’s Madman strategy during the Vietnam War included veiled nuclear threats intended to intimidate Hanoi and its patrons in Moscow. The story is recounted in a new book, Nixon’s Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War, co-authored by Jeffrey Kimball, Miami University professor emeritus, and William Burr, who directs the Archive’s Nuclear History Documentation Project. Research for the book, which uncovers the inside story of White House Vietnam policymaking during Nixon’s first year in office, drew on hundreds of formerly top secret and secret records obtained by the authors as well as interviews with former government officials….
If you are one of two people who are holding guns to each others heads do you really want the other to think that you’re crazy? This is the strategy used by people who want to commit suicide by cop.
The “madman strategy” of maintaining a facade of sanity within “your” bureaucracy while projecting an image of insanity abroad would be useful in engineering an echo chamber of insanity on both sides.
Kissinger is a satanist. Guaranteed.