Foreign Relations of the United States: 1969-1976, V. 1: Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1969-1972
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This volume is part of a subseries of volumes of the Foreign Relations series that documents the most important issues in the foreign policy of the administration of Richard M. Nixon. The subseries will present a documentary record of major foreign policy decisions and actions of President Nixon's administration. This volume documents the intellectual assumptions underlying the foreign policy decisions made by the administration.
President Nixon had a strong interest in foreign policy and he and his assistant for National Security Affairs, Henry Kissinger managed many of the more important aspects of foreign policy from the White House. Nixon and Kissinger shared a well-defined general perception of world affairs. The editors of the volume sought to present a representative selection of documents chosen to develop the primary intellectual themes that ran through and animated the administration's foreign policy. The documents selected focus heavily upon the perspectives of Nixon and Kissinger but also include those of Secretary of State Rogers, Secretary of Defense Laird, Under Secretary of State Richardson and others.
High school students and above may be interested in this volume for research on U.S. foreign policy and the Richard Nixon administration. Additionally, political scientists, and international relations scholars may also be interested in this volume. High School, academic, and public libraries should include this primary source reference in foreign policy, social studies, and U.S. history collections.
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Whatever one may think of the “ domino " theory , it is beyond question that without the American commitment in Viet Nam Asia would be a far different place today . The U.S. presence has provided tangible and highly visible proof that ...
... American commitment , and a somewhat anachronistic relic of the days when France and Britain were active members . Asia today needs its own security undertakings , reflecting the new realities of Asian independence and Asian needs .
In the past , a country would carry out a commitment because , it could plausibly be argued , the consequences of not doing so were worse than those of coming to the ally's assistance . This is no longer self - evident .
Today , the poorest Western European country - Portugal — has the widest commitments outside Europe because its historic image of itself has become bound up with its overseas possessions . This condition is unlikely to be met by any ...
The abstract concept of aggression causes us to multiply our commitments . But the denial that our interests are involved diminishes our staying power when we try to carry out these commitments . Part of the reason for our difficulties ...