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  •  before we beatify Nixon the peacemaker (2+ / 0-)
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    devtob, rini6

    Let us look at the timeline of the entire conflict:

    Nixon did not believe in a purely military solution but he also believed he could bomb the North into submission or at the least destroy enough Communist assets in neighboring countries so as to deny the NVA final victory. His and Kissenger's miscalculations cost millions in lives and the outcome would not have been any different had the withdrawal been in 1968 or 1974.

    One problem with assessing Nixon is even at this juncture we are still not sure of the total numbers of assets he had committed where and when.

    •  Before we beatify Nixon (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, Nixon was an awful president.

      But his example of being forced to withdraw from Vietnam by a huge anti-war movement shows that politics is about much more than elections.

      On health care, on Iraq, on the need to redistribute wealth the American people are way to the left of the Democratic  and Republican Party politicians. The strategy of always voting for the "lesser  evil" has been used for many decades, and it always leads to more messes. We need a fresh start with a movement that puts human needs before profits. Capitalism, and its twin political parties in our country stands in the way of us making the progress we need for survival.

    •  At least Nixon had (1+ / 0-)
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      two brain cells to rub together.

      An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind.

      by rini6 on Sun May 25, 2008 at 08:48:21 AM PDT

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