Lecture 17 120A - A 1 Tet offensive 1968 a End the war...

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Lecture 17 120A 1. Tet offensive 1968 a. End the war offensive b. Wise Men c. Public support erodes d. Partial bombing halt- march 1968 i. He said that the US was prepared to discuss peace “any place, any time” ii. Johnson said that he would not seek or accept his party’s nomination for presidency 1. Realized he might not win and the massive opposition to the war made him bow out iii. Still conducting large scale ground operations 1. Johnson was not willing to make concessions necessary to end the war a. Would not give up on an independent democratic S. Vietnam b. Why did the war continue i. Nixon’s policy ii. Concerns about US credibility 2. Nixon- Kissinger Détente Policy a. Creation of White house centered policy i. Kissinger was the NSA guy, not the secretary of state 1. Nixon chose a Sec of state who knew nothing about foreign policy so that he wouldn’t interfere 2. Nixon felt he could be his own Sec. of state ii. Both men were realists, concerned with power, not concerned with democracy or human rights 3. Problems and Issues i. Innovations in US containment policy: Soviets reach strategic equality (parity)
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1. Until this time, the US had been way ahead of USSR, but the USSR built up
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