Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

Deep Throat: Stratfor considers

I've occasionally posted bits from Stratfor, a group of Texas-based foreign policy analysts, whose general bias is to look at world affairs in terms of geography as the crucial factor, which is interesting but they often tend to miss out on details of the politics. For instance, like many external (and some internal) observers they simply don't get the EU, and have been predicting the imminent demise of the Euro for the last ten years.

I find Stratfor at their best on their own home territory, explaining US views, attitudes and policies fairly convincingly (they have published several level-headed pieces on the unlikelihood of an attack on Iran,for instance). This week they have strayed from their usual beat to examine the real role of the late Mark Felt, aka "Deep Throat" in Watergate. It's actually a rather poorly written piece by Stratfor's usual standards, but they make the central point clear:
This was not a lone whistle-blower being protected by a courageous news organization; rather, it was a news organization being used by the FBI against the president, and a news organization that knew perfectly well that it was being used against the president.

It's an important addition to the narrative which was new to me. Of course (as Stratfor emphasize), Nixon was a villain, and deserved his fate, but it's useful to have these extra details in the picture. It's also instructive to realise that if the US administration does go off the rails, the constitutional mechanisms don't work, and the only thing that can bring it down is a very senior disaffected domestic intelligence official and a cooperative newspaper.
Tags: history: us

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