Yes he wanted power, as opposed to the original argument that Mr. Stein made that all he wanted was peace. Now c'mon, Nixon was not a Miss America contestant. Ben Stein's argument is a stre-e-t-t-cch. I will ignore your name calling. Nothing I said was arrogant.
I'm the one who commented on your arrogance, not the poster you replied to here. Ignorance is now ahead by a nose, BTW & IMO.
He said, arrogantly!
I think Mr. Stein said that Nixon made peace..not that it was his only goal in life.
It's true that Nixon took us out of Indo China and that he went to great lengths to open doors to China (I was the neighborhood at the time).
If you look as what former presidents DID rather than what's been said of them then Nixon wanted to see peace both foreigh and domestic and Kennedy et al appear less saintly than sinister.
OK, I give up. How was Ben stretching it? His article seemed restrained to me and I was not a Nixon cheer leader. As for wanting power, Nixon had the power of the presidency. What more could he possibly want? By the way, were you around during the Nixon era?
Nope, it wasn't arrogant. It was, however almost non-sequitor and definitely naive.
Nixon was willing to pound the NVA into the turf, but Watergate made it possible for Congress to defund the war in 1975, essentially leaving Nixon one option - get out.
We left $11 Billion dollars (1975 dollars) of materiel and equipment behind in our haste, by the way. That's how fast we got out.
All of this, and we had, by top NVA generals own admission, the enemy within 2 months of capitulation. With NVA defeat, the Khmer Rouge probably wouldn't have happened.
Stein is right here.