The Legacy Of The Vietnam War Essay

1122 Words May 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Richard Milhouse Nixon was a very important, and popular politician in the mid 1900’s. His solid upbringing and aggresive campaign tactics led to many political wins. It also led to many grave political losses. One of the biggest ongoing events of his presidency was the Vietnam War. Entering the executive office in 1969, Nixon would have to “pick up the slack” of his predecessor, Lyndon Johnson, who had left office while the Vietnam War was still going on. Expected to be the “peaceful-president”, Nixon was visualized by many Americans as being the one who would put an end to the war in Southeast Asia and bring American troops home. Nixon had many policy goals, and even had a peace settlement with Vietnam. Although Nixon tried to search “peace with honor.” that plan may have failed as well, which led to the Vietnam War having an impactful legacy of the United States.
Nixon had many policy goals in the Vietnam War. Some had succeeded, while many others had failed. Henry A. Kissinger was Nixon’s most trusted foreign policy adviser, and Nixon made his policy decisions with him. Nixon redefined the American role in the world, suggesting limits to U.S. resources and commitments. Therefore, Nixon and Kissinger set out to end the war “honorably”, whereby this meant that total withdrawal from Vietnam could not, in Nixon’s eyes, be an immediate option. One of Nixon’s more important policy goals was "Vietnamization" and called for slowly pulling troops out of Vietnam. The…

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