April 30, 1970 — President Nixon announced to a national TV audience that the United States was sending troops into Cambodia “to win the just peace that we desire”. The action sparked widespread protest. U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas and to attack Communist border sanctuaries.

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  1. alstacer
    April 30, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Remember it well in the last 2 months of my undergraduate career at UNC. Following the student protesters killed at Kent State May 4th many of us around the country went on strike. We didn’t go to class, as if that were going to change a policy of saturation bombing and expanding the war in Southeast Asia. It dragged on for 5 more years, because” if we don’t stop them in Vietnam, they’ll take over all of Southeast Asia”. We did not stop them in Vietnam and they did not take over all of Southeast Asia.

    Johnson had lied about the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Nixon lied about his “peace” plan. Yet both men for all their shortcomings did good things – civil rights, expanded social safety nets, EPA, opening doors to China. Our leaders and our people are always a mixed bag of good and bad. Maybe our generation can find the wisdom to listen to our children.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 2:15 PM

      Good points, Al. I think the children are picking up the mantra of, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
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  2. April 30, 2018 at 8:16 AM

    Last weekend, my friend and I watched “The Post,” with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The next evening, we watched, “All the President’s Men” from 1976. These movies reminded me of so much – Watergate, Nixon’s resignation, and how poorly the Presidents of the time handled this war (or “conflict” as the ex called it). It was a unique time in our country’s history.

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