I'm under the gun, so I must touch on this story quickly.
Did the CIA make two assassination plans against President Richard Nixon? Such is the purport of a recent story in the Daily Mail. It's a long, weird, not-fully-comprehensible tale of Watergate, Vietnam, the JFK assassination, and much more
. The "onlie begettor" of this sonnet is a man named Roger Stone, a former Nixon confidante.
My immediate reaction to Stone's tale can be summed up in one syllable: "Whuuuhhhhh?"
I ran the story past Jim DiEugenio, an expert in the assassination and all of that there stuff. I asked him to give his reaction, even a one-word reaction. Soon thereafter, the word came forth:
Another fine JFK researcher, Joe Williams (a.k.a. Trojan Joe, a regular in this blog's comments section), has reminded me that Roger Stone played an ill-understood role in the tale of Dan Rather
and those rather notorious Texas Air National Guard documents.
Williams also reminded me of this New York Daily News story
GOP operative Roger Stone helped bring down Eliot Spitzer
Stone was the one who tipped off the FBI to Spitzer's dalliances with those hookers.
Spitzer allies blasted Stone's involvement as evidence that the investigation was tainted from the start.
"This whole story does not pass the smell test," Harvard Law Prof. Alan Dershowitz told the Daily News. "What others have done to Eliot Spitzer is far more serious than any crime Spitzer committed."
A source close to the case questioned Stone's account that he found out about Spitzer's involvement through a friend in the Miami sex business.
Spitzer's sworn enemies in politics or on Wall Street, where he is widely reviled for leading a crusade against corporate corruption, would have had ample motive to dig for dirt on him, the source said.
"[Stone] has no shortage of history involved in bizarre political situations," said a Democratic consultant.
A GOP consultant who has locked horns with the mercurial Stone warned the whole thing could be one of his famed PR stunts.
"How could you believe anything this guy says or does?" the rival said. "I think the guy's got a screw loose."
Does Stone's history mean that everything
in the recent Daily Mail story is (quote) "Crap" (unquote)? Not necessarily.
But...consider the source.