How Henry Kissinger Saved The World
Ah, the good old days...like they were in Washington, D.C., 1972:
Nixon: See, the attack in the North that we have in mind...power plants, whatever's left--POL (petroleum), the docks...And I still think we ought to take the dikes out now. Will that drown people?(From the Nixon White House tapes, recorded on April 25th, 1972. Made public by the National Archives on February 28th, 2002.)
Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people.
Nixon: No, no, no...I'd rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.
Nixon: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you? I just want you to think big, Henry, for chrissakes. The only place where you and I disagree is with regard to the bombing. You're so goddamned concerned about civilians, and I don't give a damn. I don't care!
Kissinger: I'm concerned about the civilians because I don't want the world to be mobilized against you as a butcher.