New tapes of President Richard Nixon, made during his presidency, have been released:
“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” [National Security Adviser] Henry Kissinger said. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
“I know,” Nixon responded. “We can’t blow up the world because of it.”
I think we basically knew that Nixon was anti-semitic and that influenced the management of his administration (Fred Malek, anybody?) but this is still chilling to read.
-- Tim Fernholz