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As the 1970s approached the governments goal was to gradually end and forgo any involvement in the war It was clear to Richard Nixon in his first term as president that if he was to win a reelection he had to pledge to the American public that the end of the Vietnam War was in the foreseeable future Early on in his administration Nixon unveiled his plan to end the war or at least to remove US troops from Asia This was the beginning of Vietnamization The plan was composed of overarching drafts to gradually turn the responsibility for control of the war over to the South Vietnamese government while enabling the United States to withdraw its thousands of troops out of Vietnam It would assume that the United States would take on only a supporting role in South Vietnam These efforts were in hopes to draw the war to a conclusion keep the reporters at bay and to placate public opinion at home Due to shortsighted American planning deficient South Vietnamese execution and Nixons depraved leadership skills the Vietnamization policy fell short of Americans predictions The first stages of Vietnamization seemed to show promise for the never-ending war The attitude of the South Vietnamese people was chronicled as war weariness They had reached a state of utter despair and wanted more than anything to be rid of the war It also seemed that Washington was extremely bent on extracting themselves from the war as soon as possible It seemed to be the perfect combination In reality however Nixon had no intention of retreating entirely from Vietnam right away In the early stages of Vietnmization Nixon basically tried to sedate the conscience of the American people while the government conducted a cruel and pointless substitute He claimed he would be releasing American prisoners from North Vietnamese jails and had started to provide more and more security for the South Vietnamese These sorts of
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