Nixon at 100
By Patrick J. Buchanan, Editor, The American Conservative
Reviewed by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor
On January 9, 2013, the 100th anniversary of Richard Nixon's birth, former Nixon speechwriter Patrick J. Buchanan spoke about the accomplishments and legacy of the 37th President. Nixon's defining characteristic, according to Buchanan, was his perseverance which he repeatedly demonstrated throughout his political career.
Buchanan agreed with former Senator Bob Dole that the second-half of the 20th century was the "Age of Nixon." From the controversial Hiss case, through the Eisenhower presidency, the turbulent 1960s, Nixon's consequential presidency, and his prolific postpresidential writings, Nixon either was at the center of events or providing erudite commentary on world affairs.
Buchanan reflected on Nixon's foreign policy accomplishments: ending the Vietnam War with honor and bringing home American POWs; negotiating and signing the first substantive nuclear arms control agreements with the Soviet Union (SALT I and the ABM Treaty); the...