Martinez Midterm Essay Topic 3 Notes

This scandal came during an era when the citizens of

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This scandal came during an era when the citizens of the US were doubtful of the presidency, and this scandal deepened negative feelings towards the position. Watergate scandal displays one of the most concise and unsuccessful terms of the presidency in history. Reagan: Wins in 1984 with 59% of the vote, beating Walter Mondale, a firm oppose of Reagan’s economic policies. Though Reagan’s presidency is defined by many successes, including ridding the nation of stagflation, it is also overshadowed by a few scandals and adverse situations. For example, in terms of international relations, Nixon struggled in Lebanon, when he sent troops to Lebanon in 1982 as a peacekeeping force, only to be considered a threat by Muslim terrorists and killed. 241 troops were killed in October 1983. 1986, National security advisor Poindexter and marine lieutenant Oliver North covertly trade weapons with Iran in order to win back histages. This happens without Nixon’s knowledge, therefore it was a major blow to his presidency, because it displayed his lack of knowledge of operations that occurred within his cabinet. Finally, Reagan was considered a whimsical president, and his advisors and friends marveled at his ability to get even elementary facts wrong. Thus, the proposal of the SDI was not a surprise, and though critics raved that it was near impossible and would waste time and money, Reagan pushed onwards. It didn’t work, and consumed billions of dollars.
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