According to this article in The Sydney Morning Herald several months before the 1972 Presidential Election President Nixon met with his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger to discuss when and how to get out of Vietnam. They basically did not have an intention of winning the war at that point; however, they considered it important that withdrawal not be commenced before the election, so that Saigon would not fall into the North Vietnam's hands all too soon.
This reads like a case study in political cynicism. I think every responsible citizen, those in uniform included, should also try to think of how much weight the upcoming election has in the policy process on Iraq today.
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Sunday, August 08, 2004
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