On 3 November 1969, President Nixon addressed the American nation in what has been termed as his “Silent Majority” speech from the White House. In the speech, Nixon explained the situation in Vietnam and the reasons for America’s continued involvement in the war, like President Johnson before him, and President Kennedy before him. He also formalised his new policy, the Nixon Doctrine, explaining the plan of Vietnamisationwithin the new policy:
Excerpt from President Richard Nixon’s “Silent Majority” speech (07:18)
No doubt, Nixon’s address was designed to placate the growing frustration of anti-war demonstrators in America and around the world, strongly revealed by the recent Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam.