posted on Jan, 1 2015 @ 12:15 PM
Nixon was expanding
the war in S.E. Asia and public was inarguably opposed to that. As Nixon's speech writer William Safire told,
"The president... planned to use the American space triumph to override the public preoccupation with Vietnam." - William Safire, Nixon speech
This is the critical link, the nexus, between Nixon's cynical presidency, the heroic Apollo charade and the horrors of Vietnam....
Nixon liked to "game plan" his decisions. The decision to cancel Apollo ( as it now stands clear over the last 6-7 pages of this thread) was a part of
that game plan. The crafty move to invest America into low earth orbit for 42+ years with space shuttles is an example how far into the future
Richard Nixon's long term poker game really was.
After he cancelled Apollo there was a strong trend in aerospace of laying off all those workers that were needed to build Saturn V rockets and Apollo
command modules. More layoffs were impending on Nixon to do something. When Nixon announced the space shuttle in the first week of January 1972 (Happy
Birthday for Nixon, born on the 9th), a statement which he made while on vacation at the western white house in San Clemente, California, and it was
reported at the same time that the space shuttle would bring back 50,000 jobs to southern California.
The day before, January 4 1972, Nixon had just awarded a $200,000,000 ship building contract to a company in Sad Diego California. Interestingly, it
is during this same week in history that the Howard Hughes Hoax autobiography & Clifford Irving scandal was set to explode.
"Very well played, Dick."
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