But even then, America was the hope of millions in the world. A nation cannot remain great if it betrays its allied and lets down its friends. Let us be united for peace. Campbell then provides a brief history of American involvement in Vietnam, including important military events abroad and their political consequences at home. I chose instead to change American policy on both the negotiating front and battlefront. And I want to end the war for another reason.
The war in Vietnam was a war Americans did not prefer. The first chapter details the historical and cultural context of the Vietnam War and this particular speech justifying American involvement in it, paying specific attention to civil rights, the counterculture, and the antiwar movements as well as providing a brief political biography of Richard Nixon. And I am glad to be able to report tonight progress on both of these fronts has been greater than we anticipated when we started the program in June for withdrawal. Hanoihas refused even to discuss our proposals. Cambreleng complained to his audience about a U.
However, I want the record to be completely clear on one point. We have faced other crises in our history and we have become stronger by rejecting the easy way out and taking the right way in meeting our challenges. We are an impatient people. It would bring more war. At the time of the bombing halt just a year ago there was some confusion as to whether there was an understanding on the part of the enemy that if we stopped the bombing of North Vietnam, they would stop the shelling of cities in South Vietnam. Thirty-one thousand Americans had been killed in action.
Nixon wants disabuse the activists that his plan to withdraw the troops in a gradual manner is not aligned with the objective of saving the country from more needless deaths. The South Vietnamese have continued to gain strength. And it is particularly the responsibility of the people whose freedom is threatened. We have not put forth our proposals on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. She also sheds light on a discourse that generated much heat in a nation already seriously divided in its support of the war in Vietnam. Instead of teaching someone else to do a job, we like to do it ourselves. It is a plan which will end the war and serve the cause of peace, not just in Vietnam but in the Pacific and in the world.
Far more dangerous, we would lose confidence in ourselves. Let me read from that letter to you now: Dear Mr. After 5 years of Americans going into Vietnam, we are finally bringing American men home. Her reading of the speech is thus placed within these broader contexts, and she is able to connect this speech to larger national and presidential agendas. We have not limited our peace initiatives to public forums and public statements. Chapter 4 details the varied responses she, Hill, Robert P. If the level of infiltration or our casualties increase while we are trying to scale down the fighting, it will be the result of a conscious decision by the enemy.
The first single volume dedicated to this speech, this addition to the distinguished Library of Presidential Rhetoric provides the speech text, a summary of its context, its rhetorical elements, and the disciplinary analyses that have developed. American Rhetoric Top 100 Speeches. An announcement of a fixed timetable for our withdrawal would completely remove any incentive for the enemy to negotiate an agreement. In January I could only conclude that the precipitate withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam would be a disaster not only for South Vietnam but for the United States and the cause of peace. Quoting New York Representative Churchill C. He was trying to appeal by using other people's credentials.
The phrase was also used by Premier during the to refer to what he perceived as the majority of the Quebec voters supporting the tuition hikes. Echoing the sentiments and concerns of the majority at the height of the conflict, President Nixon addressed the disparate issues involving the entire nation in its fight against tyranny, oppression and communism just months after his inauguration. They then murdered more than 50,000 people and hundreds of thousands more died in slave labor camps. This last point is pivotal to the book, because Campbell then moves to a discussion of the role of rhetorical critics, and in doing so, that. Nixon went on to explain how he had taken the initiative in pursuing peace for Vietnam on many fronts but still little progress was made due to the obstinacy of North Vietnamese leadership. Let historians not record that when America was the most powerful nation in the world we passed on the other side of the road and allowed the last hopes for peace and freedom of millions of people to be suffocated by the forces of totalitarianism.
The argument is at once logically sound and convincing. None of these initiatives have to date produced results. Nixon's appearance on this night framed the terms in which much of the subsequent civil conflict and military strategy would be understood. There are powerful personal reasons I want to end this war. This withdrawal will be made from strength and not from weakness. What has really happened in the negotiations in Paris and on the battlefront in Vietnam? P: Let us all understand that the question before us is not whether some Americans are for peace and some Americans are against peace.
The Ohio National Guard had been ordered by the governor to Kent State to help maintain order in the face of anti-war protests composed mainly of students. President: I realize that it is difficult to communicate meaningfully across the gulf of four years of war. How has this administration changed the policy of the previous administration? The silent majority is an unspecified large group of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. I believe it will succeed. For the South Vietnamese, our precipitate withdrawal would inevitably allow the Communists to repeat the massacres which followed their takeover in the North 15 years before. It is not the South Vietnamese Government.
Third, in cases involving other types of aggression, we shall furnish military and economic assistance when requested in accordance with our treaty commitments. This week I will have to sign 83 letters to mothers, fathers, wives, and loved ones of men who have given their lives for America in Vietnam. The term was used by during the ; Cameron expressed his belief that most Scots opposed independence, while implicitly conceding they may not be as vocal as the people who support it. It is a plan which will end the war and serve the cause of peace, not just in Vietnam but in the Pacific and in the world. The book concludes with a brief discussion of the nature and lasting power of presidential rhetoric and an argument for the necessity of criticism that takes both political history and political theory into account. And the Saigon government has pledged to accept the result of the election. In addition, we have had extended discussions directed toward that same end with representatives of other governments which have diplomatic relations with North Vietnam.