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    a Vice President beloved of his party's right wing was being groomed for a Presidential run when his President's term was over. He needed foreign policy experience, or at least the appearance of such.

    The President was less than confident in the judgement of his VP, so he resolved to send that VP to somewhere that no matter how badly the VP fucked up, America's national interests couldn't be affected.

    A colonial empire was falling apart, the insurgents had won. They were looking for a third party to supervise the treaty negotiations. The President jumped at the chance to acheive his goal.

    The place was French Indochina (later to be called Vietnam). The Vice President was Richard Nixon.

    We wound up as the treaty guarantor after the treaty was signed.

    Didn't turn out so well.

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    by alizard on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:46:40 PM PDT

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