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Richard Nixon
President Richard M. Nixon Says His “Nixon Doctrine”, Which Provided for Vietnamization of the War, But Also Signaled Detente With China and the Soviet Union, Is “an accurate reflection of my personal convictions with regard to our national security.” He send his annual foreign policy report and this extraordinary, heart-felt endorsement of his foreign policy advisor Lewellyn Thompson .
10/3/71. Richard Nixon was elected in 1968 on the basis of his claim to have a plan to end the War in Vietnam, which had dragged on for years and deeply divided the country. However, once in the White House, he continued the war, and on July 25, 1969 set forth what became known as the Nixon Doctrine: “The United States would assist in the defense and developments of allies and friends,"" but would not ""undertake all the defense of the free nations of the world."" This meant in general that allies would share defense burdens with the U.S., and in specific Vietnamization of the war (having South Vietnam forces continue the war with U.S. help, as the U.S. began to withdraw some ground troops). He confirmed this approach on November 3, 1969, in a televised address, outlining Vietnamization of the war and asking that it be given a chance. This led to massive anti-war demonstrations in mid-late November. On April 30, 1970, Nixon asked the American people to support his decision to widen the war by sending troops into Cambodia in response to North Vietnam’s presence in that country. That decision led to more dissent, anger on both sides of the issue, and to the shootings at Kent State in May. And so the war, and a severely divided nation, continued (perhaps hobbled) into 1971.On February 9, 1971, Nixon issued his Second Annual Report to Congress on American Foreign Policy, which confirmed the Nixon Doctrine and expanded on it in crucial ways. The report maintained: “The Doctrine seeks to reflect these realities: --that a major American role remains indispensable. --that ot … [Click Below for Full Description]
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