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liddomariahh | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 13, 2012 at 4:50 AM via web

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Was President Nixon's handling of the Watergate break-in similar to his handling of the Vietnam War?

President Nixon's handling of the Vietnam War is portrayed as involving secret maneuvers,such as the bombing and invasion of Cambodia, and the protection of government secrets, in particular the Pentagon Papers. So in your opinion, do you think the Watergate break-in was an example of similar and different behavior by President Nixon?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:00 AM (Answer #1)

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As you mention, there is a similarity between these two things because both involve Nixon trying to keep secrets from the American public.  So, in that way, this is an example of similar behavior.

However, you can also argue that there is a difference.  In the case of Vietnam, you can say that Nixon was acting in the public interest.  He was trying to prevent information that would hurt the war effort from leaking out.  By contrast, his handling of Watergate was more about personal ambition.  It was not national security but rather his own political future that he was protecting in Watergate.

Therefore, the two are similar in that they involved secrecy and deceit, but arguably different in their motives.

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renechang | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM (Answer #2)

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  • Thre was no real difference between Nixon's handling of the Vietnam War and Watergate.  Read my ebook 'Watergate - A Political Asassination for the answer.
  • After 40 years, we are beginning to question the  inconsistencies of the Watergate story.

    Read my book - Watergate - The Political Assasination which has to be a docu-fiction for legal reasons for an aternate interpretation.

    Why was the arrest at th THIRD attept at break-in not reported more widely?
    Why did the dollar notes on the arrested raiders have consecutive serial numbers?
    Why was Howard Hunt's name in the address books of TWO of the four arrested Cubans?

    My ebook (ISBN - 9780956911940) will be availble at smashwords.com in a few days, in time for the 40th anniversary of Nixon's historical trip to China. It has hyperlinks to all the historical evets covered in the book.

    Rene Chang

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/14/2639954/the-profound-lies-of-deep-throat.html#storylink=cpy



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