Nixon, the Senate & the War
IN OCTOBER Of 1967, Richard Nixon published an article in Foreign Affairs entitled “Asia After Vietnam.” Nixon’s central conception was that America should remain a power in the Pacific region and should help shape the political future of the Far East. “The United States,” wrote Nixon, “is a Pacific power. Europe has been withdrawing the remnants of empire, but the United States, with its coast reaching in an arc from Mexico to the Bering Straits, is one anchor of a vast Pacific community. Both our interests and our ideals propel us west- ward across the Pacific, not as conquerors but as partners.”
Nixon saw a Far Eastern future in which the departure of traditional European imperialism had helped to foster a pragmatic Asian nationalism which would permit a cooperative relationship to develop among both the Oriental and the Occidental nations of non-Communist Asia.
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