For decades, the idea that Richard Nixon purposely sabotaged peace talks between North and South Vietnam to embarrass Lyndon Johnson right before the 1968 presidential election were often dismissed as conspiracy theories. But with newly released Nixon papers, confirmed by conservative columnist George Will, it now appears to be fact that in 1968, Richard Nixon, as a private citizen, was able to persuade a South Vietnamese liaison to have the South walk away from peace talks brokered by President Johnson. Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.
Before Europe exploded into what was called at the time “The Great War” 100 years ago in 1914, war had not really changed much for centuries. But with World War I, gigantic empires crumbled, kings fell and the way global politics worked has never been the same. When the 20th century started, World War I helped to sweep the floor clean of old institutions and old ways of thinking about nations and governments. Part of it was the technology that allowed armies to cause tremendous destruction with less, but perhaps it was also just the time for the old institutions to give way.
Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer has been celebrated for centuries for his amazingly photorealistic works, created way before photography was even invented. But one man, Texas inventor and NewTek founder Tim Jenison spent seven years showing how Vermeer could have used crude camera obscura technology and quite a bit of technical cleverness to create his masterpieces.
Daily Discussion: For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, tell us IHC, stories of relatives who fought in WWII
I know it’s been forever since we’ve had a Daily Discussion, but don’t hold it against me. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day in which Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to begin pushing back Germany. Do any of you have relatives that fought in World War II? If so, where did they serve and what did they do?