March 8, 1971 · Washington
In full, “A number of recent Union editorials have come to my attention, and I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your continuing support and encouragement. I was especially pleased to read the February 26 editorial, ‘United States Renews Pledge,’ because it rightly underscores this Administration’s determination to meet our international commitments as we continue to seek a just and lasting peace. And, needless to say, it was gratifying to note the February 24 editorial backing my decision to suspend the Davis-Bacon Act. Pat joins me in sending warmest regards to Helen and to you.”
Copley’s editorial followed President Nixon’s February 25, 1971, foreign policy address to the Nation in which Nixon said, in part, “I am keeping my pledge to end America's involvement in this war … What America does - or fails to do - will determine whether peace and freedom can be won in the coming generation … We will maintain our commitments, but we will make sure our own troop levels or any financial support to other nations is appropriate to current threats and needs … We shall provide a shield if a nuclear power threatens the freedom of a nation allied with us or of a nation whose survival we consider vital to our security … We will search for consecutive discussions with Communist China while maintaining our defense commitment to Taiwan … We know what our vital interests are in the Middle East. Those interests include friendly and constructive relations with all nations in the area. Other nations know that we are ready to protect those vital interests. And one good reason why other nations take us at our word in the Middle East is because the United States has kept its word in Southeast Asia…”
A conservative Republican, James S. Copley (1916-1973) was publisher of the “San Diego Union,” “The San Diego Union-Tribune,” and the “San Diego Evening Tribune” from 1947 until his death in 1973. He was Chairman of the Board of The Copley Press, a newspaper chain comprising 15 daily and 32 weekly publications.
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