The unique insight of the tapes allows us to go back through the process and check the memories of the participants. When used with other documentation the tapes become an incredibly powerful tool in reconstructing history. Based on the sources that you have just examined, how would you answer the questions that were posed at the beginning of this exhibit?
Are the memories of President Nixon and Henry Kissinger accurate?
Did Kissinger push President Nixon into the "December Bombing"?
Did President Nixon always believe that the phrase "peace is at hand" was deleterious to the negotiations?
How was the decision to bomb North Vietnam made?
Was the bombing necessary?