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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1886
AUTHOR: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–94)
QUOTATION: If, when the chips are down, the world’s most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world.
ATTRIBUTION: President RICHARD M. NIXON, address to the nation on the situation in Southeast Asia, April 30, 1970.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1970, p. 409.
SUBJECTS: Vietnam War