I’ve gotten some useful comment on my question, “Did Richard Nixon know Jack Ruby?”
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Paul Hoch begs to differ with me on Roger Stone. I think Stone’s upcoming book on LBJ and JFK’s assassination should be taken seriously because of Stone’s contacts and experience. Hoch finds Stone to be an unreliable analyst who is prone to exaggeration.
Hoch cites one point of fact — about Richard Nixon and Jack Ruby — where he thinks Stone is misinformed. His argument, endorsed by Gary Mack of the Sixth Floor Museum, provides a useful test of Stone’s credibility.
I have tremendous respect for Paul Hoch, who knows the JFK case better than almost anyone and has taught me a great deal about bad evidence. But in this case, I think he his mistaken, and Stone is probably right.
“Nixon liked a dry martini and he liked to talk politics. He was circumspect and never overtly said “LBJ did it” but he did say a number of things that more than indicate he believed this.” — Roger Stone, Republican political consultant.
Roger Stone is the first JFK assassination author to have worked in the White House and among the few who have personal acquaintances with JFK’s sucessors.
As a former aide to President Reagan and confidante of RIchard Nixon, Stone brings unique practical experience and personal contacts at the highest levels of American politics to a subject that has often been written about by people with neither.
Stone’s background doesn’t mean that his interpretation of November 22, 1963, is necessarily correct, but he cannot be dismissed as “conspiracy theorist” who is deluded about the realities of American politics and power.
Jacob Engels in the East Orlando Post says the Republican political operative’s upcoming book “The Man Who Killed Kennedy” ranked first in pre-orders in the “politics and policy” category of the online bookseller. I don’t know about #1, but the book is currently ranked fifth.
The pre-orders are good sign for the former aide to President Nixon who makes the case for Lyndon Johnson as the mastermind of JFK’s assassination. Stone says his book “is the first real distillation of the facts by a White House insider,” which he says, accurately, distinguishes his from other “LBJ done it” books. Stone also conducted extensive interviews with Nixon and former Attorney General John Mitchell about the JFK story, neither of whom spoke publicly on the subject. That also distinguishes Stone’s book.
Roger Stone, a Republican political operative famed for his hardball tactics, is publishing a book arguing that Lyndon Johnson organized the assassination of President Kennedy. And he claims he has evidence to prove it. We’ve heard that line before, so I’m skeptical.
The most interesting disclosure Stone has made so far concern his conversations with former President Richard Nixon. As the Daily Beast reported:
“According to Stone, Nixon “never flatly said who was responsible [for Kennedy’s death]. But he would say, ‘Both Johnson and I wanted to be president, but the only difference was I wouldn’t kill for it.”