Dean Rusk Quotes

The moment we cross over that divide [just before the election making public the secret information that Nixon had been sabotaging Vietnam Peace Talks], we are in a different kind of society.

 
Context
His sentiment was also that of president Johnson although there were several of the President's aides who argued that the public was entitled to know the kind of character that Nixon had, his dirty tricks, and the extent that he would go to win an election. He had through intermediaries persuaded the South Vietnamese President to not attent the proposed Vietnam Peace Talks by promising that after Nexon was elected President he would hold our for a much better deal for the South Vietnamese Government that was generally bery corrupt and incompetent. For Rusk the issue was one of the moral tone of a Presidential Election. Making any accusation just before the election does not give the public to contemplate the information, let the opponent defend himself and the public to weigh in. The integrity of the election process was to Rusk and many others more important than who won or lost. In the hyperpolerized atmosphere 50 years later there were few American Politicians who would not use this kind of information as who won was then considered much more imnportant than the integrity of the election.
Dean Rusk
Dean Rusk
  • Born: February 9, 1909
  • Died: December 20, 1994
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Diplomat

David Dean Rusk was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Rusk is one of the longest serving U.S. Secretaries of State, behind only Cordell Hull.