Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon by Sarah Katherine Mergel (auth.)

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Human Events noted shortly after the inauguration that Nixon would be able to solve the nation’s problems only if he lived up to his campaign promises. ” 76 CHAPTER 2 PEACE WITH HONOR: ENDING THE VIETNAM WAR T he situation in Vietnam was a top priority for Richard Nixon upon taking office in 1969. Although a longtime supporter of efforts to contain communism in Southeast Asia, Nixon knew if elected he would need to end the American military commitment to South Vietnam because of rising domestic dissatisfaction with the war.

19 Quelling Dissent: Vietnamization and the Silent Majority Conservatives agreed with the general direction of Richard Nixon’s Vietnam policy. They certainly understood the importance of the president’s announcement on Vietnamization, especially its relation to his ability to pursue an effective settlement in Southeast Asia. National Review remarked that Nixon sought to buy time to f lesh out an appropriate response to the Vietnam question. ” Recalling troops did not have to be a negative factor in the successful conduct of the war if ARVN capabilities grew at an equal or faster rate.

Would Nixon reduce the size of the government and its role in the people’s lives? Would he expand the country’s defense capabilities? Would Nixon pursue free-market policies? Could he in fact bring the nation together or would his policies further exacerbate divisions? Naturally, conservatives hoped that with their inf luence the new president’s policies might forever lead to the abandonment of liberalism. Human Events noted shortly after the inauguration that Nixon would be able to solve the nation’s problems only if he lived up to his campaign promises.

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