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David Sanger of NY Times Falsely Writes Headline Click Bait Old Story As New, Mistakenly Asserts That Michael Beschloss Who Is A Pop/TV Historian and Not an Academic/Real Historian, Sanger asserts that Beschloss has a Scoop in his new Book, “Presidents Of War”. When in fact this story, the cable that the NY Times claims was first broken in the Beschloss book, and the operation code name “Fracture Jaw” were first written in a book from 2009 by Ron Milam, “Not A Gentleman’s War”, and another book written in 2014 by Herbert Y. Schandler, “Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam: The Unmaking of a President”. Tactical nuclear weapons is old news 2009 not new as Sanger/Beschloss falsely claim.

October 7th, 2018 · No Comments

David Sanger of NY Times Falsely Writes Headline Click Bait Old Story As New, Mistakenly Asserts That Michael Beschloss Who Is A Pop/TV Historian and Not an Academic/Real Historian, Sanger asserts that Beschloss has a Scoop in his new Book, “Presidents Of War”. When in fact this story, the cable that the NY Times claims was first broken in the Beschloss book, and the operation code name “Fracture Jaw” were first written in a book from 2009 by Ron Milam, “Not A Gentleman’s War”, and another book written in 2014 by Herbert Y. Schandler, “Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam: The Unmaking of a President”.

And a third publication which appears to be written by our government, entitled, “MACV: The Joint Command in the Years of Withdrawal, 1968-1973″.

Is David E. Sanger a lazy journalist who does not vet basic facts or research the entire premise/headline of his story or is David Sanger a naked liar who is shilling for Michael Beschloss’ book and knowingly trying to paint an old story as new in order to promote the Beschloss book, mind you Beschloss is a NY Times contributor, pointed out in the article by Sanger.

Or is this just how the book industry works, when you have these pop historians or pop biographers like the Walter Isaacson con biographer, remember his Steve Jobs bio that failed to interview neigbors of Steve Jobs, neighbors that could have confirmed that Jobs was a bigger piece of garbage than Sir Walter deigned to write in his book, anyway is this just how the tv/newspaper/publisher relationship circle works?

Further did Michael Beschloss cite the three sources from 2009 and onward in his new book or did he plagiarize them and has he done this in previous books?

Here is David Sanger:

The new documents — some of which were quietly declassified two years ago — suggest it was moving in that direction.

“Should the situation in the DMZ area change dramatically, we should be prepared to introduce weapons of greater effectiveness against massed forces,” General Westmoreland wrote in a cable that was declassified in 2014 but did not come to light until Mr. Beschloss cited it in his forthcoming book.

Those are either two lies written by Sanger or mistakes or who knows, you see Sanger all the time on TV, if he is this lazy or in fact this much of a liar in order to pimp a Beschloss book what else does he make mistakes on in his reporting?

Because that cable was in both the 2009 and 2014 book, further the article suggests that Operation Fracture Jaw was solely created by Westmoreland in secret and was only terminated when an angry LBJ found out about it, however in both of these books information points to a different reality.

Ron Milam writes:

President Johnson was so concerned about another Dien Bien Phu that he asked Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman Earle Wheeler to look into the use of nuclear weapons, which would have “tipped the scales” in slaying the noble enemy.

Schandler writes that LBJ was concerned that he might be pressured to use tactical nuclear weapons in the event of a Khe Sanh disaster, Westmoreland responded that it would not be necessary but it should be considered as a last resort.

This suggests that Fracture Jaw was authorized by LBJ as a contingency plan, would anyone be surprised to learn that Beschloss is spinning history to make it look more dramatic in order to sell more books.

But it gets better, the government book suggests that the only reason Fracture Jaw was terminated was due to the fact that the operation was made public and Senator Eugene McCarthy was charging that the United States was considering the use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

LBJ knew about it the entire time and only terminated it when word of it leaked, this is not a new scoop but old news and Beschloss’ reading or stealing of this news is not even accurate.

Update: In fact this is from the NY Times archive, February 9, 1968 entitled, “White House Disputes McCarthy on Atom Arms:

The White House and the Pentagon described as false and ridiculous today speculation that the military had sought nuclear weapons for use in Vietnam and was stockpiling them there.

Three days later the US shut down Fracture Jaw, this further damages Beschloss’ theory.

Oh and again from the NY Times on February 11, 1968:

A seeming relationship between two missions to the Far East, one at the climax of the Korean War and the other last week, may be at least partly responsible for the flurry of reports that the use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam has been under consideration.

Here is the NY Times on 2/12/1968:

Prime Minister Wilson has cautioned that it would be “sheer lunacy” for the United States to use tactical nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

And again on the 13th:

The rumor started with an anonymous phone call to a Congressional committee. Within a week the rumor had gone around the world and involved the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Britain and leaders of Congress in a discussion over whether or not the United States was considering using tactical nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

LBJ famously micromanaged the Vietnam War, an anonymous tipster calls Congress and Beschloss would have you believe LBJ had no idea what Westmoreland was planning, clearly Beschloss is spinning history because by depicting LBJ as this sober minded President, a leader who stopped the use of nuclear weapons in the Far East, this serves as a contrast to the fear that Trump would do the opposite and actually use nukes in North Korea.

This is a con job by Beschloss to sell books, yesterday he was on Meet The Press and he said he had discovered “hidden history”, sorry Beschie, you stole history from a 2009 book and you also took it out of context to fit the narrative that would best help sell your book, no better than the liars we have currently running things.

Update II: And we now have a fourth book, Public Affairs: The Military and the Media, 1962-1968
By William M. Hammond
:

Johnson remained dissatisfied. Aware that the U.S. command in South Vietnam was preparing contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons, he told General Wheeler on 3 February that he was concerned the enemy might force him to drop an atomic bomb at Khe Sanh—a decision he had no wish to make.

(The book now discusses how a fervor regarding the possibility that tactical weapons might be used in Vietnam was sweeping Washington D.C., in fact world leaders were now commenting on it. The book detailed how it all started with an anonymous tip to the Fulbright Committee. The tipster asked the Committee to look into why one of the United States’ leading experts on tactical nuclear weapons, Professor Richard L. Garwin of Columbia University had recently traveled to South Vietnam along with several other scientists)

After describing more about the rumors hitting the Johnson administration, the author finishes with this:

The Johnson administration quietly yielded to the pressure. On 12 February Admiral Sharp ordered Westmoreland to discontinue contingency planning for the use of nuclear weapons and to lock up all written materials generated by the project.

Again are we to believe that tactical nuclear weapons experts were being flown into South Vietnam without the knowledge of LBJ. Also on Meet the Press, Beschloss gave the impression that Westmoreland was planning to use the tactical nuclear weapons when it is clear from the source material this was strictly a contingency plan.

Update III: Here are Westmoreland’s own words on the subject:

Westmoreland added one more thing: “There was another possibility at Khe Sanh: tactical nuclear weapons.”

He was serious about it. “If Washington officials were so intent on ‘sending a message’ to Hanoi,” he wrote, “surely small tactical nuclear weapons would be a way to tell Hanoi something.” Washington was having no part of it, however. “Although I established a small secret group to study the subject,” Westmoreland reported, “Washington so feared that some word of it might reach the press that I was told to desist. I felt at the time and even more so now that to fail to consider this alternative was a mistake.”

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