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More of the same. We have Haldeman’s notes of his meeting with Nixon, and we have forensic proof that we aren’t missing any of his notes for the day. Nixon was clearly starting to talk about coverup, but would not yet have elaborated the whole CIA National Security lie. Nixon didn’t wipe the tape because […]
Before Nixon met Mao Zedong in China was there strong opposition against it? Was it regarded as capitulating to freedom hating foreigners?
The opposition Nixon was truly worried about was the China Lobby, who determined US foreign policy for a couple of decades. But by 1972, the China Lobby seems to have been spent. There was certainly opposition from conservatives, which is why it took Nixon to go to China to begin with. But their voices were […]
What would the world (map) look like if every country had to merge with at least one other country and they got to choose?
Such a highly specialised hypothetical, my good Dr Aziz Dida, deserves the soundest of empirical enquiry. Mercifully, we have for Europe an extremely sound and fairly reliable criterion to answer this question. Eurovision Song Contest: A map of the countries most voted by others Yes, there’s some static caused by large ethnic minorities. Whatevs. This […]
What is so controversial about Ivanka Trump joining Donald Trump for the meeting with Shinzo Abe? Is it really that bad to bring your daughter when talking to foreign diplomats and people of power?
Is it really that bad to bring your daughter when talking to foreign diplomats and people of power? Why stop there? Why not bring the in-laws? And your cousin Vinny, who just loves sushi? Is it really that good to bring your daughter along? What are her qualifications for being there? What is the reason […]
Mehrdad, I feel bad when I pass on A2As from you that I can’t answer. I can’t answer this either, but let’s analyse this. Why was the EU formed? Really, for political reasons: with the hope that a closer financial, and then political union between France and Germany would prevent World War III. That agenda […]
Vote #1 Emre Sermutlu’s answer. Because I’m just some random Greek. Emre Sermutlu’s answer to Why hasn’t Turkey adopted federalism if it is big enough and divided into seven regions? Turkish Quorans may know me as an interested neighbour (Greek). Being Greek, the para about Turks being forced on the defensive in Emre’s answer is […]
In which country have you discovered after spending some years that local citizens are chauvinists? Not racists but extreme nationalists?
What you’re after is a country with an exaggeratedly strong nationalism, to the point of chauvinism, but not spilling over into racism. So you want a maxed out civic nationalism. France invented civic nationalism, but they asssimilated all their indigenous minorities aggressively, and they’ve botched their assimilation of the Beurs, so that’s not a good […]
https://www.quora.com/profile/Nick-Nicholas-5 I am profoundly grateful to La Gigi, for asking this question, which has brought together three of the most fascinating personalities in living memory: I am also profoundly grateful to those who have already speculated about why on earth I would be so relentlessly fascinated by Nixon, because if they are, then they’re still […]
Was it appropriate for the cast of Hamilton to read a statement to Vice President-elect Pence from the stage on November 18th?
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/us/mike-pence-hamilton.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;clickSource=story-heading&amp;module=b-lede-package-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news Originally buried in a comment at https://www.quora.com/Was-it-app… In response to: Well, if you believe what the cast of Hamilton did was appropriate, then you’d be okay that if henceforth every theatrical performance would include the cast’s comments on the political scene. … When Aristophanes invented comedy? That’s exactly what he did. Using the chorus […]
Like everyone else said, that’s why you try to have a sane Secretary of Defence. Anon mentioned Nixon during Nam: Anonymous’ answer to If a president decided to go rogue and wants to nuke a country, what would happen? Anon doesn’t mention Nixon during the death throes of his presidency, when Schlessinger his SecDef was […]