June 29, 2005

"We really slobbered over the old witch."

That was Richard Nixon's statement after meeting Indira Gandhi in 1971 -- according to recently released documents. And the charming Henry Kissinger chimed in: "The Indians are bastards anyway."

12 comments:

The Mojician said...

Nixon may turn out to have been the last candid President.

Goesh said...

Dick could be plain spoken, that's for sure.

Meade said...

I don't want to be around when it's revealed that Nixon took a leak on a copy of the Bhagavad-gita.

Tim said...

Perhaps Nixon became momentarily confused when he was referring to Indara, thinking instead, that he was talking about Endora, Sam's mother from Bewitched.

Harkonnendog said...

lol @ Tim's comment. On a more serious note- I've never heard anything good about Henry Kissinger. EVER. Was he just a complete sumbitch or is he being remembered unfairly?

leeontheroad said...

Something we forget, perhaps: Kissinger is a Nobel peace prize Winner. Of course, so are some number of not very nice people. And when we say "was," it's as though he's dead. He's very much alive and living in Kent, CT (which he has done since before it got so fru fru).

gs said...

Nixon's description of Gandhi was consistent with my impression of her. And I would have agreed with Kissinger's characterization of the Indians: anointing themselves the representatives of the oppressed Third World while playing power politics and maintaining the caste system.

Regarding Kissinger, harkonnendog asks, "Was he just a complete sumbitch or is he being remembered unfairly?" Yes and yes.

Goesh said...

You know, there is something that lurks deep in all of us that likes to defy authority figures in this manner. Take Rheinquist's clerks for instance. You know darn well that as his senility advances they are, in chambers of course, putting little sticky notes on his back that read, "kick me" - well, why wouldn't they? They are having to remind him to zip his pants after he urinates and prompting him to wipe his mouth while dining. Call it having a bit of sport or simple defiance, it doesn't matter to me, it's all the same.

lindsey said...

"They are having to remind him to zip his pants after he urinates and prompting him to wipe his mouth while dining."

Is this true? Where'd you hear this?

Ann Althouse said...

If it were true, we wouldn't have heard it.

gs said...

Ever since she came into her own politically, Hillary Clinton has reminded me of Nixon. Now I'm also worried she's a potential Indira Gandhi!

(Nevertheless, I gather that right was on India's side in the India-Pakistan War. The US backed Pakistan.)

ronin1516 said...

And the Indians kicked collective Pakistani a**, and in December '71, the Pakistani Armed Forces surrendered, and Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), became an independent country. Indira Gandhi was no saint - she was essentially, a corrupt dictator, talked a good game, was a pro-Soviet, supporter of socialist agenda, while enriching herself and her cronies of the Congress(I) Party. India was a country going nowhere but down, until the mid-'90s, when the much reviled BJP ( alleged Hindu Fundamentalist party) opened up the economy, and gave up the Indian love affair with Soviet inspired economic policies. I do think that the current involvement with the concept of a free market has been good for India, and in recent years, India has become an import ally of the US. Which I wish would have happened decades back. However, Thanks to the efforts of Indira Gandhi and her dad, nothing good happened till the anti-socialist/anti-communist types were thrown out of power.
End of rant