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Unformatted text preview: Government 3/4/08 Notes 04/03/2008 13:35:00 Nixon Cont’d 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 • détente was 1 example • détente was not viewed as polar opposite of containment; although when he described it, he presented it as if it was a change • saw détente 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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