- May 2014
My challenge here would be to go review a large chunk of the tape transcripts from the Nixon White House during foreign policy crises, and tell me honestly that you think the guy was consistently cautious and rational. Even leaving that aside, I simply do not believe that a Nixon elected in 1960 would be as accommodating towards the Soviets as the Nixon that was elected in 1968; the political theatre had changed by then. A Nixon in Kennedy's shoes in October 1962 listens to the bulk of the advice he's getting and attacks Cuba.
As for your other points here, did Vietnam significantly change the political atmosphere in the US in regards to foreign policy crises?