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.”
When pressed on who he thought killed Kennedy, Nixon “would shiver and say, ‘Texas,’” said Stone.
The other noteworthy aspect of Stone’s book is that it gives lie to the misconception, voiced by Thom Mallon and John McAdams, that skepticism about the official assassination story is a leftist obsession that wishes away the painful truth of Lee Oswald’s political motives.
Stone came of age as New Right strategist in the Reagan era. More recently he came out as a libertine/libertarian in a 2008 New Yorker profile. Liberals could only abhor his tactics but his success was proof that he had a realistic understanding of the workings of American politics. The one thing you can be sure Roger Stone is not is a political progressive trying to coverup for Oswald.