Richard Nixon's National Security Council

1969 | washington, dc


Richard Nixon’s National Security Council, 1969 is a meeting of some of the key members of Nixon’s administration to discuss the fate of United States at a crucial moment in its history. Delegates, first and foremost, will have to decide how to proceed with the Vietnam War. In response to public outcry about the war and tremendous casualties, up to 300 per week, in Vietnam, Nixon campaigned on his Vietnam platform called "Peace With Honor." His aim is to negotiate a settlement that will allow the half million U.S. troops in Vietnam to be withdrawn, while still allowing South Vietnam to survive. But committee negotiations will not be as simple as “Peace with Honor” makes it sound. Addressing the Vietnam War will also mean delegates will have to tackle the wars’ roots - The Cold War. In 1969, the USSR still posed a threat of nuclear proportions. The People’s Republic of China is also a rising power on the horizon of American foreign policy. The fear of communism, and it’s potentially apocalyptic consequences, at home and abroad, will weigh heavily on this committee’s decision making. Delegates will be charged with striking a balance between American lives, American civil liberties, national and international security. Good luck.

Topics of DEbate

1. Strategizing for steps forward in the Vietnam War

2. Responding to the Anti-War Movement