The United State faced several internal and external conflicts between the years 1968 and 1974. During this time, President Richard Nixon and his administration attempted to resolve those challenges. However, they appeared to do better with international issues compared to domestic issues in the U.S.
A large international dispute that plagued the United States during the Nixon era was the stalemated Vietnam War. At the start of Nixon’s presidency, the Vietnam war had thousands and thousands of American troops participating in it for several years. As presented in Document B, many citizens of the U.S., including the president, felt that the war had “gone on too long” and should be brought to an end. In order to slowly and effectively hand the war over to the South Vietnamese, get American soldiers out of the country, President Nixon used Vietnamization. He cleverly used this plan by training people of South Vietnam how to fight while more and more Americans left the warfront. President Nixon handled the Vietnam war well in the sense of how to get his people out of the never-ending conflict.
In addition to the Vietnam war, tension among the communist countries of China and the Soviet Union with the United States was still an international issue. Nixon and his administration responded to this by using the diplomatic strategy of detente. This strategy included the president making appearances in both communist countries to negotiate and, therefore, creating suspicion and doubt between the soviets and the Chinese. The plan worked in the idea that the countries signed treaties to reduce their arms and the amount of hostility towards the United States (it was an intelligent plan on Nixon’s part).
During Nixon’s Presidency, there was also energy crises that occurred internationally. OPEC created an embargo of oil on the United States. President Nixon responded well to try and keep America’s economy up while this crisis occurred. Nixon increased the supply of...