Nixon - Improving Saigon's Chances 1969-72

Nixon - Improving Saigon's Chances 1969-72 - Nixon had to...

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Nixon had to accept some sort of withdrawal from Vietnam Sensed that a high-level war would ruin his presidency just like LBJ If Nixon was committed to withdrawing troops, it’s less clear what his long-term goals were o Face-saving gesture to provide “decent interval” in which the American public could forget about Vietnam, and let Saigon fall quietly? o An honest attempt to save Saigon in ways other than full-scale war? Evidence seems to support this theory, especially at the outset of his presidency – wanted to take out American troops while still holding off the communists Followed same two “System Worked” imperatives as LBJ o Don’t lose Vietnam while you’re in office o Don’t commit the US beyond the level of sustainable domestic support Difference was that the level of support was constantly dropping Plans for keeping a non-communist had two broad aspects o Strengthen Saigon militarily so that she could defend herself without American ground troops Expand and re-train ARVN (Vietnamization) Improve pacification in South Vietnamese
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2009 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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