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The editors argued that the objective in Vietnam should be to defeat the DRV and at a minimum to prevent a communist takeover in the South for roughly eight to ten years. North Vietnam was unlikely to abandon its ultimate goal of revolution in Southeast Asia, but it seemed that Hanoi “might . . postpone the military phase of the struggle” to deal with its own internal problems. The right could tolerate such a solution only if the communists withdrew from South Vietnam, as well as from Cambodia and Laos.
In National Review, he observed that Nixon supported the right’s positions on crime, Supreme Court nominations, and communism. Ashbrook concluded that 26 C O N S E RVAT I V E I N T E L L E C T UA L S A N D N I XO N “Nixon is a man of our own time, in touch with the real issues. ”56 National Review indicated that Republicans should have confidence in Nixon’s ability to direct the country. He was a “superb machinist” when it came to politics, so he should have no trouble dealing with world leaders.
Finally, it stemmed from fear that China would enter the war on behalf of North Vietnam because of the operation. 41 Conservatives ultimately praised Nixon’s decision because the operation would help the South Vietnamese defend itself in the future. National Review maintained that the overall outcome of the operation was far better than the media led the American people to believe. ” Besides, the editors noted, those were not the goals of the operation to begin with. On the plus side, the operation disrupted of the movement of enemy supplies into South Vietnam.
Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon by Sarah Katherine Mergel (auth.)
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