The Presidency Of Richard M. Nixon Essay
8 May 2015 Nixon and Vietnam
The presidency of Richard M. Nixon was fraught with turmoil; but despite the madness and chaos that were part of his presidential history, Nixon will go down as one of the most dedicated presidents of our country. At a time that America was in a state of disarray from being involved in three different wars since the beginning of the century, Nixon entered office with Vietnam fully engaged in warfare. His policy for the war was one that held promise; however Nixon’s ability to move forward with the policy became compromised by the politics. The Vietnam War had an impact on both the United States and the presidency of Richard M. Nixon.
In 1957, North and South Vietnam engaged in a war that soon became a situation that the United States of America became embroiled in. Northern Vietnam was controlled by Communists and America had sworn to help keep communism in check. America had been involved in the struggles of Vietnam as far back as 1950, when President Truman aided the French in their attempt to defeat the Vietnamese Communists. When the French failed in 1954, the country was divided into two separate countries; much like Korea had been.
In the late 1950s, during the Eisenhower administration, Vietnam split into North Vietnam, which was communist, and South Vietnam. Cold War anxieties dictated that if the North Vietnamese communists prevailed, the rest of…