Phoebe - you had mentioned, in one of your posts - "the rabid right."
The other night I happened to watch the Larry King program, which was
celebrating King's 20 years at CNN, and showed, among other things, an
interview King had - for the hour - with Richard Nixon.!!
I hasten to add that iI never was a friend of Nixon. ( or Larry King,for
that matter!!!) Never liked the man. however - I do believe he was
very smart - not only because he was astute enough to know enough to
hire Henry Kissinger (!!) and to open up China - at least to make the
initial overtures to China - but, in that interview, which, by the way
took place shortly after he had resigned - King questioned him about
every possible topic of his administration, and, with each question,
Nixon gave very, very intelligent answers. What is more, some of his
advice and projections for the future were right on, totally on the
mark. He warned about nuclear proliferation; warned about North Korea,
Iran- denied being anti-semitic (???) but expressed the need for Israel
to make peace with the Palestinians, one way or another; he reviewed his
policy with Russia, and the development from the old Soviet Union - to ,
finally, a reduced threat from Russia, under Yeltsin. He said that only
our own nuclear arms decided the balance of power in our favor, in our
struggle with Russia, but felt we could reduce some of our nuclear ams,
and develop more sophisticated weaponry; he said we should not be
isolationist; we need the world as the wold needs us - and I coud go on
and on. He spoke about the economy,taxes - everything he said -
listening now, in 2005, to what he was advocating,made him - in my view
- an extremely smart and wise (ex)President. That has nothing to do
with the fact that I disliked him intensely!!!!
Wonder if anyone else happened to hear that interview?