Nixon too drunk for global affairs

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Nixon too drunk for global affairs
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"Five days into the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, with the superpowers on the brink of confrontation, President Nixon was too drunk to discuss the crisis with the British prime minister, according to newly released transcripts of tape recordings... In October 1973, U.S.-Soviet tensions were peaking over the Arab-Israeli war, and British Prime Minister Edward Heath's office called the White House just before 8 p.m. to ask to speak with Nixon. 'Can we tell them no?' Kissinger asked his assistant, Brent Scowcroft, who had told him of the urgent request. 'When I talked to the President, he was loaded.' Scowcroft replied: 'We could tell him the President is not available and perhaps he can call you.' Kissinger said Nixon would be available in the morning."

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