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Nixon Prolonged Vietnam War to Win Presidency

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Published on Mar 19, 2013

Summary:

On an illegally wiretapped recording, President Lyndon B. Johnson caught Richard Nixon prolonging the Vietnam War to win the 1968 presidential election; over 15,000 more Americans were killed in Vietnam.

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson heard Republican Presidential candidate Richard Nixon's intermediary convincing the South Vietnamese ambassador to stay at war with North Vietnam. President Johnson didn't say anything about this because he caught Mr. Nixon by having the FBI plant illegal wiretaps on the South Vietnamese ambassador's phone line. Peace negotiations between North and South Vietnam fell apart. Mr. Nixon was elected president on the pretense that he would end the Vietnam war, and over 15,000 more Americans were killed in Vietnam until the war ended in 1973.

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