The most pressing problem facing richard nixon when he assumed the presidency on january 20, 1969, was the war in vietnam when he took office, nearly 36,000 americans had been killed in vietnam during the 1968 campaign, nixon promised to end the war in vietnam, secure the return of american pows. Richard nixon wanted to invade the north vietnam supply line which contained the essentials to live off the invasion spread to cambodia richard nixon had been dropping bombs on the north vietnam/ cambodia boarder for months before anyone in the us knew about it. In the 1968 election, republican richard nixon claimed to have a plan to end the war in vietnam, but, in fact, it took him five years to disengage the united states from vietnam.
Nixon campaigned on getting us out of the vietnam war he recognized the way the political winds were blowing after the tet offensive and capitalized on our war weariness, among other things, to. On december 9, 1970, us president richard nixon telephoned his national-security adviser, henry kissinger, to discuss the ongoing bombing of cambodia this sideshow to the war in vietnam, begun in 1965 under the johnson administration, had already seen 475,515 tons of ordnance dropped on cambodia, which had been a neutral kingdom until nine. New information reveals that cambodia was bombed far more heavily during the vietnam war than previously believed -- and that the bombing began not under richard nixon, but under lyndon johnson in the fall of 2000, twenty-five years after the end of the war in indochina, bill clinton became the first us president since richard nixon to visit. Richard nixon promised the nation 'peace with honor' in vietnam he increased the size of the war considerably by (completely illegal) bombing in cambodia without the approval of congress he approved large-scale bombing raids against the major cities of north vietnam.
Nixon had been elected on a promise to vietnamize the war, meaning more fighting would be turned over to the south vietnamese army, and to start bringing home american troops. In the book bombs over cambodia, historians ben kiernan and taylor owen state that, based on their analysis of the declassified documents, 2,756,941 tons of ordnance was dropped during operation menu, more than the us dropped on japan during world war ii. By the end of the war, 7 million tons of bombs had been dropped on vietnam, laos, and cambodia - more than twice the amount of bombs dropped on europe and asia in world war ii in addition, poisonous sprays were dropped by planes to destroy trees and any kind of growth - an area the size of the state of massachusetts was covered with such poison. In march 1969, president richard nixon authorized secret bombing raids in cambodia, a move that escalated opposition to the vietnam war in ohio and across the united states.
The bombing in cambodia evidently did nothing in the overall vietnam war but devastate a neutral country public opinion of president nixon began to decline. In 1969, the us air war against cambodia escalated drastically as part of nixon’s vietnamization policy the goal was to wipe out vietnamese communist forces located in cambodia in order to protect the us-backed government of south vietnam and us forces stationed there. Nixon widens the war and bombs cambodia nixon goes to china and then track bombs vietnam to end the war - duration: richard nixon meets with the right wing cabal - duration:.
Richard nixon is in the first year of his first term in office his biggest foreign policy problem is the continuing war in vietnam during the election campaign, he had promised to do something. Richard m nixon - the vietnam war for during the campaign he had said that he had a secret plan to end the war but could not divulge it because it might upset the paris peace negotiations between 6 and 9 may, at which richard nixon, in the middle of the night, visited the lincoln memorial to talk with some of the protesters about. The invasion of cambodia a peaceful protest at lsu in may 1970 (1000+ students) on april 30th of 1970, president richard nixon declared to a television audience that the american military troops, accompanied by the south vietnamese people's army, were to invade cambodia. The vietnam war was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam against south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states.
On march 18, 1969, american b-52s began carpet-bombing eastern cambodia operation breakfast was the first course in a four-year bombing campaign that drew cambodia headlong into the vietnam war. About 110,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped during a period of more than one year mr hun sen last year made remarks that the us should own up to its past and cancel cambodia’s war debt. In the 1968 election, republican richard nixon claimed to have a plan to end the war in vietnam, but, in fact, it took him five years to disengage the united states from vietnam indeed, richard nixon presided over as many years of war in indochina as did johnson.