You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

2

7

▲  7th Inning 2 outs

Letters | OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNDER FIRE

Watergate comparisons reveal historical amnesia

In rehashing the Benghazi-is-worse-than-Watergate argument, Bob Smith writes that “no one died in that petty burglary” (“Cartoonist’s Benghazi barb is off the mark,” Letters, May 16). In those few words, he inadvertently reveals an alarming truth: Far too many Americans have no idea what Watergate was or why it mattered.

It’s true that the break-in at the Watergate touched off cascading investigations and gave the crisis its name. But the botched break-in does not even scratch the surface of that crisis, a vast conspiracy at the highest levels of the Nixon administration to sabotage political rivals and subvert the electoral process.

Continue reading below

Even the break-in itself was hardly a “petty burglary” — it was an attempt by Nixon’s inner circle to wiretap the Democratic National Committee for purposes of political espionage and sabotage.

Only massive ignorance of Watergate’s true scope and severity allows these endless “worse than Watergate” claims that surface so predictably in every political dust-up.

Jeremy A. Stern

Newton

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.