While conservatives like Cheney loved Nixon's expansive view of the White House, they hated, or grew to hate, what his foreign policy stood for - Realpolitik over ideology. This is ironic becuase, for all of his faults, and they were legion, Nixon's foreign policy, which was often faulty as well, was at least coherent and competent. Maintaining a balance of power may not be the most inspiring vision, but at least it's a vision, not a half-formed dream. In short, while I don't always agree w/old Tommy, he got this one right.
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