This little vignette is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it's almost certainly false (among the many quite incredible details my favorite is the writer's claim that he had.
. . . miniature American flags for everyone!
Jesse and David say most of what needs to be said about Bruce Bartlett's op-ed, but it's worth saying more about one specific point. The central problem with Bartlett's argument.
[Nixon would] top just short of calling the President a liar on Vietnam, then add that he would not be speaking of the war during Johnson's "sensitive negotiations with Hanoi".