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David E. Settje

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741337

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741337.001.0001

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Christian America Responds to Nixon’s Vietnam Policies

Christian America Responds to Nixon’s Vietnam Policies

(p.127) 4 Christian America Responds to Nixon’s Vietnam Policies
Faith and War

David E. Settje

NYU Press

This chapter examines American Christian responses to Nixon's foreign policy involving the Vietnam War. Establishing a policy that came to be known as “Vietnamization,” Nixon insisted that he would not abandon the U.S. ally in South Vietnam until it could prosecute the war on its own and thereby protect itself. However, in reality, Nixon wanted Vietnamization merely to delay the collapse of South Vietnam so that it would not appear as if the United States had lost a war under his watch. For conservative Christians, Nixon became a trusted ally in the White House in their bid to protect the world from communism. In contrast, liberal Christians joined liberals throughout America in denouncing Nixon and calling his integrity into question. They were a part of the American movement opposed to all things Nixon, starting with his foreign policy and moving eventually into his role in Watergate.

Keywords:   American Christianity, Richard M. Nixon, Vietnam War, Vietnamization, communism, foreign policy

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