The Watergate Scandal And The Bombing Of Cambodia Essay

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In recent discussions of Niccolo Machiavelli’s arguments, a controversial issue has been whether “a man who wishes to make a vocation of being good at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good. Hence it is necessary for a prince [political leader] who wishes to maintain his position to learn how not to be good, and to use this knowledge or not to use it according to necessity”. On one hand, some argue that “the ends justify the means.” From this perspective, Richard Nixon’s successes include the opening of friendly relations with China. On the other hand, however, others argue that the Watergate scandal and the bombing of Cambodia are not justified means. In Machiavelli’s argument that “the ends justify the means,” one of this view main proponents, “doing anything whatsoever that is required to get the result you want, regardless of the methods used.” According to this view, it does not matter whether these methods are legal or illegal, fair or foul, kind or cruel, truth or lies, democratic or dictatorial, good or evil. In sum, then, the issue is whether justifiable to do these methods or not.
My own view is that Nixon used anything whatsoever that is required to get the result he wanted, regardless of the methods he used that were not justifiable. Though I concede that opening up friendly relations with China is one of Nixon’s great successes. I still maintain that the ends does not justify the means. The essence of Machiavelle’s “The Prince” argument is…

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