Re " 'Deep Throat' Was Right: Follow the Money," Commentary, June 3: I don't think any of us realized how much repressed anger Patrick Buchanan still has over President Nixon's downfall. No wonder Buchanan went full throttle after President Clinton during his dark days. Remember this, Mr. Buchanan, as brilliant as Nixon was, he condoned criminal activity and was a racist and bigot. Clinton just had bad sex. Move on Pat, move on ...
Buchanan's tirade against "a pair of stenographers for an FBI hack" for "ratting out" Nixon is a classic case of shooting the messengers. It also is factually incorrect. What "ratted out" Nixon were his own words captured on tape in the Oval Office. Nixon's own attorney general, Elliot Richardson, resigned rather than assist in the cover-up of a corrupt administration. Buchanan did not. He stayed on at the White House and condoned this massive fraud on the American people through his silence. As the chief conspirator, Nixon was fortunate to escape the jail term he richly deserved. I am ashamed to admit that I voted for Nixon in 1972.
I don't understand the accusations of traitor and turncoat against Mark Felt. His critics should realize this is not a partisan issue. It's easy to say things in retrospect; however, even if the president at the time had been a Democrat, I would have wanted a "Deep Throat."
Re " 'Deep Throat' Is Unmasked. Who Cares?" Commentary, June 2: Although David Greenberg's pointing out the historical importance of the revelation that Felt was "Deep Throat" may be valid, he overlooks the real significance of this information coming out now. The Bush presidency is more imperial, more secretive and more dangerous to our democratic system of checks and balances than Nixon's ever was. With the media neutered, the courts co-opted and most Republicans unwilling to put country before party, many are nostalgic for an era when such blatant abuses of power were considered newsworthy -- and yes, even impeachable.