Richard Nixon 's Foreign Policy

2211 Words Nov 12th, 2014 9 Pages
As much as the United States might like to dismiss it, other nations do exist. Since our founding as a nation, we have struggled with foreign policy initiatives. George Washington, our first president, decided that isolationism would protect America. And while Americans followed Washington’s philosophy for decades, foreign policy still leaked through the cracks. The Monroe doctrine radically shifted America isolationism from complete dissociation to selective dissociation. Overall, America’s foreign goals have shifted further outward as the years went on. Although many presidents boast adroit foreign policies, Richard Nixon’s foreign policy deserves a larger spotlight. Although he mired his career in a lackluster domestic policy and the infamous Watergate scandal, Nixon’s foreign policy helped ease Cold War tensions, tensions that could have sent the world spiralling into nuclear war, and ushered in a new era of American strength in the world. Three acts of his best exemplify this success. Richard Nixon’s visit to China, signing of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, and removal of American presence in Vietnam strengthened America’s image and position in the international community. Leading a nation embroiled in the Cold War, Nixon sought reprieve. Nixon felt a lowered U.S. involvement in the world would provide this reprieve that he felt the world sorely needed. Ready to break, the world needed the Cold War to ease up, especially with the Vietnam War raging as hard as…
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