In 1969, Richard Nixon was inaugurated the 37th US President. When he took office, 300 American soldiers were dying per week in Vietnam. Nixon stepped up the intensity of the war, approving a secret bombing campaign of North Vietnamese positions in Cambodia to destroy what was believed to be the headquarters of the National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam.
Despite Robert's pessimism, Nixon made good on a campaign pledge to reduce troop numbers, bringing home 25,000 soldiers in 1969. He also pursued a policy of replacing American troops with Vietnamese.
Nixon won a second term in office, but resigned in 1974 following the Watergate scandal. He died in 1994.