In his State of the Union Message to Congress, delivered on Thursday (20 January), President Nixon stressed a changed foreign policy role for the United States since the Kenned era.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: NIXON:
"We have entered a new era, the world has changed greatly in the eleven years since President John Kennedy said in his inaugural address: 'We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.' Our policy has been deliberately and carefully adjusted to meet the new realities of the new world we live in. We make today only those commitments we are able and prepared to meet. Our commitment to freedom remains strong and unshakable. But others must bear their share of the burden o defending freedom around the world. And so this then is our policy. We will maintain a nuclear deterrent adequate to meet any threat to the security of the United States or of her allies. We will help other nations develop the capability of defending themselves. we will faithfully honour all of our treaty commitments. We will act to defend our interests, whenever and where-ever they are threatened any-place in the world. But where our interests or our treaty commitments are not involved, our role will be limited."
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Background: In his State of the Union Message to Congress, delivered on Thursday (20 January), President Nixon stressed a changed foreign policy role for the United States since the Kenned era. This telerecording of an extract from his speech is from NBC News.
Although he urged Congress to increase military spending after several years of cuts, a main theme of his speech was that the United States should begin to share with other countries more of its global defence responsibilities.