History Paper - The Pentagon Papers had a lasting effect on...

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The Pentagon Papers had a lasting effect on the communication surrounding the government. Not only did it change the way members of the executive branch communicate, it also changed the way other countries communicated with US representatives, and it changed the way the executive branch and the legislative branch communicated. The president and his aids had always assumed that any conversations they had wouldn’t be released to the public. Now that a movement to lower the amount of classified information had begun Max Frankel a New York Times columnists said that, “some say that no advisor will ever again feel free to record a controversial opinion. Others say that the fear of eventual exposure will cause presidential aides to be more deliberate and careful” (Frankel). This would have a negative affect the advice going to the president, which could lead him to make different decisions that he wouldn’t have made with better information. Another feared consequence of the release of the Pentagon Papers was the fear that “confidential relations with other countries will be compromised to the point where diplomacy is inhibited or frustrated” (Frankel). This means that the
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course HST 112 taught by Professor Winkler during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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