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Unformatted text preview: Government 3/4/08 Notes 04/03/2008 13:35:00 Nixon Contd While Nixon clearly initiated changes, it would be a mistake to draw a black/white contrast with what came before in 50s and 60s. Many similarities Continued pursuit of containment Retrenchment reflected changes in means or methods for pursuing geopolitical goal From Truman on, leaders equated stability w/that in the US presidents tied security to more and more countries by late 60s Americans more focused on cost than ?? security is still scarce political challenge: find way to lower cost of containment dtente was 1 example dtente was not viewed as polar opposite of containment; although when he described it, he presented it as if it was a change saw dtente as means to mollify soviets Williams hits this point: idea was to get the soviets to contain themselves by appeasing them by offering them incentives Legitimacy Treating them as our equal Conceding the point about territorial boundaries Political and economic Playing the China Card...
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