Naval War College Review


Douglas Kinnard


This State Department volume, the first of five that will cover the end period of the Vietnam War, documents major foreign policy issues of the Nixon ad- ministration, with a focus on U.S. pol- icy toward Vietnam, Cambodia, and to a lesser extent Laos during the period of January 1969 to July 1970. What a time it was! In the 1968 presidential campaign, can- didate Richard M. Nixon stated that he had a plan to end the war in Vietnam. As it turned out, the “plan” was embry- onic. When he took office he moved slowly, convinced that how the United States ended the war would have an en- during impact on future American for- eign policy. Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s national security adviser, became the key figure in the effort to end the war, a program that became known as “Vietnamization.”