The Legacy Of Richard Nixon And The Vietnam War

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Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was a lifelong politician in Washington, having served in the House, Senate, and as Vice President before being elected to the highest position in the United States Government. As a Republican during a divided time in our nation, Nixon took numerous stands that he thought were best for the country even when they conflicted with his conservative views and the views of his strongest supporters. His time as President saw a continuation of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the fight against Communism around the globe plus the threat of new challenges domestically that threatened social and economic vitality. Nixon’s legacy in the end was tarnished by the Watergate scandal, yet his impact …show more content…
Within the United States, there were factions of the population that were adamant that Communism needed to be stopped in every instance and other factions that demanded an end to a war that was deemed impossible to win. The United States had long followed a policy of refusing to recognize the regime in China, a communist country, as legitimate. In conjunction with Nixon’s efforts with respect to the war in Vietnam, he decided that no more should the United States alienate China. In February of 1972, Nixon became the first United States president to visit China. In China, Nixon met with political leaders and toured the architectural highlights of the country. Giving a toast at the final banquet, Nixon said “Mr. Prime Minister, our two peoples tonight hold the future of the world in our hands. As we think of that future, we are dedicated to the principle that we can build a new world, a world of peace, a world of justice, a world of independence for all nations.” Despite China being a communist country, Nixon was able to put aside his ideological beliefs to chart the best course for the nation. The current international relationship with China that the United States shares can be traced back to Nixon’s bold action taken even in the face of fierce opposition, particularly from within his own political party. Nixon’s legacy in foreign policy set the stage for …show more content…
His Watergate scandal set the bar for all future scandals in Washington and even created the standard for naming scandals, everything must end in –gate. The secret taping of the Democratic Party Headquarters will go down as his most fatal error. It turned out that his penchant for taping people secretly paved the way for his demise by creating the evidence needed to implicate him in the snooping. Despite all of the substantial improvements he made for America and all of the personal sacrifices he made compromising his personal preferences to take those steps, Nixon will forever have an asterisk next to his name as the President of the United States who committed a very heinous act and had to pay for it by forfeiting the highest job in the

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