Nation: The President as Commander in Chief

IF Richard Nixon has relied upon any single rationale for the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, it has been the necessity of protecting the lives and safety of American troops in Viet Nam. He emphasized the point firmly in his April 30 speech announcing the invasion. In his TV conversation last week, he mentioned it repeatedly, even invoking it as justification for the continuing American presence in South Viet Nam. "The President of the U.S.," he said, "has the constitutional right—not only the right but the responsibility—to use his powers to protect American forces when they are engaged in military actions....

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