The Challenges We Face: Edited and Compiled from the Speeches and Papers of Richard M. Nixon

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2. Strength for Peace and Freedom22

There is no question but that the first consideration which must motivate any Administration is national survival. The United States must do what is necessary to maintain an adequate military posture: regardless of what any potential enemy of the United States may have, if that enemy should launch an attack, we must be able to retaliate and to destroy its war-making potential.

That is the principle that has guided this Administration in developing our current defense posture and in making crucial decisions for the future.

I realize that there are those who question this. Specialists in certain areas believe that we should put more emphasis on missiles, more on airborne alert, more on submarines, more on ground forces for limited war. I respect the right of any indi

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The material in this section is derived from the following sources:

Remarks to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington, D.C. April 18, 1959. Responses to questions at News Conference, Miami Beach, Florida. January 16, 1960. Responses to questions at the dinner program sponsored by the Businessmen's Advisory Committee of the School of Business Administration of Wayne State University, and the Wayne University Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, Detroit, Michigan. February 15, 1960. Televised Press Conference, Los Angeles Press Club, Los Angeles, California. February 18, 1958. Remarks at the National Brotherhood Award Dinner of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Cleveland, Ohio. February 27, 1958. Remarks at the Sixty-sixth Annual Convention of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Asheville, North Carolina. June 5, 1957. Responses to questions at the Conference with Representatives of the Four Armed Services, Washington, D.C. July 29, 1957. "The Greater Menace," Address presented at the Conference on University Contracts Abroad sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Projects Abroad of the American Council on Education, Denver, Colorado. November 14-15, 1957. Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers, New York, New York. December 6, 1957.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Publisher's Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Part One - America: Its Heritage and Mission 1
  • 1. the Pioneer Spirit 3
  • 2. Our Legacy from the Old World 11
  • Part Two - Coexistence and Survival 21
  • 1. the Soviet Challenge 23
  • 2. Khrushchev in America 36
  • Part Three - U.S. Foreign Policy: Peace with Freedom and Justice 47
  • 1. the Rule of Law 49
  • 2. Foreign Aid 61
  • 3. the Pursuit of Peace 81
  • 4. Foreign Policy in Action: Latin America 91
  • 5. Foreign Policy in Action: Africa 104
  • 6. Foreign Policy in Action: Lebanon 115
  • 7. Foreign Policy in Action: Communist China 122
  • Part Four - Democracy at Worke 129
  • 1. Politics and Leadership 131
  • 2. Strength for Peace and Freedom 141
  • 3. a Dynamic Economy for America 147
  • 4. the Challenge to American Education 160
  • 5. Labor and the Steel Strike 171
  • 6. Civil Rights 181
  • 7. Forgotten Peoples 188
  • Part Five - Mission to the Soviet Union 193
  • 1. Russia as I Saw It 195
  • 2. the "Kitchen Debate" 219
  • 3. America Accepts the Challenge 227
  • 4. a Talk to the Russian People 235
  • Mr. Nixon's Life in Brief 247
  • Index 249
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