The Nation: Thank You, Richard Nixon

"Shameless" was the word that came to many minds as Richard Nixon, driven from office 19 months ago under threat of impeachment, cavorted in Peking making foreign policy pronouncements (see story page 22). To what extent his Peking foray politically hurt the President who pardoned him is debatable; what is obvious is that Nixon couldn't have cared less.

Yet Nixon was doing the U.S. a favor. Americans are forgiving and forgetful. Watergate has not faded, but it is hard to maintain a high pitch of anger. A few weeks ago there was a mini-movement...

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