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The Wise Man

John Acacia

in Clark Clifford

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125510
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135304 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125510.003.0013
The Wise Man

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As secretary of defense, Clark Clifford had achieved a position of enormous prestige and had served with honor and great personal courage. Once out of power Clifford joined the community of Washington elder statesmen, like the group he had assembled to reassess the Vietnam War in March 1968. He continued to crusade for an end to the war, and because of his stature his words commanded significant attention, as well as the enmity of Richard Nixon's administration. In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal the Democrats regained the White House, and he would be called upon again, although with far less frequency, to advise another president. As a result of his age, experience, and status as a former Cabinet secretary, Clifford was now more than simply a Washington power broker. He was now one of the wise men.

Keywords: Clark Clifford; Washington; elder statesmen; Vietnam War; Richard Nixon; Watergate scandal; Democrats

Chapter.  8855 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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