The Ukraine War Wouldn’t Have Surprised Richard Nixon

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"When Bill Clinton eulogized Richard Nixon on April 27, 1994, he spoke of the former president’s 'wise counsel, especially with regard to Russia . . . based on our last phone conversation and the letter he wrote me just a month ago.' For nearly 30 years, the content of that letter remained a secret. Thanks to its declassification this week through Mr. Clinton’s presidential library, it is hidden no longer.

What is most striking about the seven-page, single-spaced letter dated March 21, 1994, is that Nixon anticipated a more belligerent Russia, the rise of someone like Vladimir Putin, and worsening relations between Moscow and Kyiv."


This article was published in the Wall Street Journal in July 2023.