December 12, 2009

Chapter 57: The Détente Betrayal

In February 1970, national security advisor Henry Kissinger begins secret talks with North Vietnamese. In anticipation of the 1972 election, Nixon determines that détente with both the Soviet Union and Pawley’s much-hated communist China would bring an end to a war that was slowly becoming the longest in U.S. history. E. Howard Hunt joins “the White House Staff as a Consultant to President Nixon preparatory to the President’s visit to the Peoples Republic of China.” In 1972, Hunt, Frank Sturgis (who had regained his citizenship with the help of Senator Smathers), Bernard Barker and other anti-Castro exiles who were involved in Pawley/JMWAVE activities are arrested for breaking into Democrat offices at Watergate. Nixon instructs his chief of staff to alert his domestic affairs adviser, John D. Ehrlichman, that “this whole group of Cubans is tied to the Bay of Pigs.” In the Senate Watergate Hearings, Pawley’s former aide, General Vernon Walters, testifies that Hunt and McCord were full-time CIA employees. Chuck Colson says E. Howard Hunt is too shrewd to get caught unless it was “a deliberate botch.” Pawley believes that the way out of Viet Nam is through U.S. support of Chiang Kai-shek, but Henry Kissinger tells Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in 1972, “If we can live with a communist government in China, we ought to be able to accept it in Indochina.” Pawley finds irony in the fact that his candidate Nixon has fully surrendered the mainland to communism. Pawley writes in Russia is Winning: “The whole pattern is now colored with a thin, pasty coating called ‘detente,’ a Communist tactic to prepare the trusting democracies for the kill...It can end only in surrender.”