Patrick Buchanan∇: Yes, sir?
President Nixon: Get me an estimate of the number of civilians. The [New York] Times distorted and rather poorly done--but the number of civilians, and this includes assassinated, killed, etcetera, etcetera--
President Nixon: --by the North Vietnamese in the ten years of the war.
Buchanan: And the VC? Right.
President Nixon: You see what I mean?
Buchanan: Yes, sir.
President Nixon: Right. What I mean, Pat, there are so many civilians have been killed deliberately. Do you see what I mean?
Buchanan: Right, right.
President Nixon: And I'm not looking at the goddamned assassination thing, but I mean when they shell An Loc they're killing civilians deliberately, right?1
Buchanan: Right, OK, sir. Bye-bye.
President Nixon: Fine. Rather than just aiming at military targets, see?
Buchanan: OK, fine sir, bye.