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Today in history: Nixon's secret negotiations
When it came to American withdrawal from Vietnam, President Nixon's secret negotiations didn't match his public pronouncements
 
President Nixon greets soldiers in California returning from Vietnam.
President Nixon greets soldiers in California returning from Vietnam. (Wally McNamee/CORBIS)

March 17, 1969: As advisors secretly negotiated with Hanoi, President Nixon downplayed the prospect of U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam. Three months later, Nixon announced his "Vietnamization" policy, designed to upgrade South Vietnam's ability to fight on its own – and to speed up an American withdrawal.

March 17, 1997: An emergency operation for Bill Clinton. The president slipped on some stairs while staying at the home of golfer Greg Norman and tore the tendon in his right knee.

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