Nixon, Richard M.
1985 TLS to a then senior member of the House Committee on International Relations presenting his book “No More Vietnams”
Autograph ID: 7174
Condition: Very good, mail fold
Description: “(1913-1994) Controversial politician, California US Rep. & Senator, VP 1953-61. 1960 GOP presidential candidate, President 1969-74, resigned in Watergate scandal; author.
Good content TLS “RN” on his10 ½ x 7 ¼ 26 Federal Plaza NYC letterhead, February 28 1985, to Hon. Jim Leach, then Iowa US Rep. This letter accompanied a copy of his book, “No More Vietnams”, not present. Nixon notes the coming April 30th 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the likely “…scores of books, columns, and television documentaries criticizing and lamenting the American role in Vietnam.” His book, he states, presents a different view: “There can be an honest difference of opinion over whether we should have become involved in Vietnam and how the war was conducted. But after witnessing the reign of terror that has been imposed upon the people of Vietnam and Cambodia by the communist regimes we opposed, fair-minded observers can reach only one conclusion: Whatever our mistakes, the United States tried and failed in a just cause in Vietnam.” He closes by quoting from the last paragraph of his book: “’No More Vietnams’ can mean that we should not try [underscored] again. It should [underscored] mean we must not fail [underscored] again.’”
JAMES A. S. LEACH (b. 1942) Iowa US Rep (R) 1977-2007. He chaired the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services 1995–2001 and was a senior member of the House Committee on International Relations, serving as Chair of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs 2001–06. Leach sponsored the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, a major 20th century piece of banking legislation. While in the Foreign Service, he was a delegate to the Geneva Disarmament Conference and the UN General Assembly, resigning in 1973 to protest the “Saturday Night Massacre” when President Nixon fired Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Archibald Cox, the independent counsel investigating the Watergate break-in. In Congress, his voting record was generally conservative on fiscal issues, moderate on social matters, and progressive in foreign policy.”