President Richard Nixon’s Cabinet of 1969
The Cabinet of Richard Nixon is made up of the advisors, allies, and colleagues of one of the most infamous presidents in American history. This powerful group has to make critical decisions within the tenuous geopolitical atmosphere of the Cold War, along with facing internal strife within the United States. Cabinet Secretaries will face the consequences of their actions through constant crises and developments.
As a continuous crisis committee, Nixon’s Cabinet is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by by Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Every life lost in Vietnam is a sacrifice in vain for a conflict that has dragged on for far too long. This administration, unlike previous ones, will not stand back and be diddled to death by communist forces; it is time to either de-escalate or make a killing blow. In Cambodia, just across the border from South Vietnam, enemy outposts and supply routes give the Viet Cong a safe-haven to reinforce their soldiers and plan devastating attacks. Saigon and numerous high-ranking military officials have urged the United States to take action, but the international community has taken a strong stance in opposition to bombing Cambodia. More so than ever, the eyes of the world are fixated on our Cabinet. This country is at a crossroad, and you, as trusted colleagues and friends of the administration, are tasked with dictating which path to take.
Vice President: Spiro Agnew
Director of the FBI: Louis Patrick Gray
Director of the CIA: Richard Helms
Secretary of State: William P. Rogers
Secretary of the Treasury: David M. Kennedy
Secretary of Defense: Melvin R. Laird
House Majority Leader: Carl Albert
House Minority Leader: Gerald Ford
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: General Earle Wheeler
Attorney General: John N. Mitchell
White House Chief of Staff: H. R. Halderman
Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs: John Ehlrichman
Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs: Henry Kissinger
Ambassador of France
Ambassador of the United Kingdom
Ambassador of Vietnam
Ambassador of South Korea
Ambassador of Nationalist China
Ambassador of Japan
Ambassador of Israel
Xavi Delgado | Director
Xavi is a senior at St. George’s School, and is delighted to be serving as the Director of Richard Nixon’s Cabinet. He has taken on a multitude of roles throughout his six-year Model UN career, including the ever-important delegate of Liechtenstein and Hillary Clinton. Xavi promises that the committee is in the hands of a US History expert. Outside of MUN, Xavi enjoys pretending to speak fluent Spanish, drinking copious amounts of bubble tea, and arguing with people who think being a coxswain is an easy job. He wishes all VMUN-attendees a successful conference, but guarantees his delegates a memorable, definitive experience in their MUN careers.
Leela Ray | Chair
Leela Ray is in grade twelve at The Attic Learning Community as well as a second year Running Start student at Everett Community College, and she is absolutely ecstatic to be finishing her high school MUN experience by serving as the Chair of Nixon’s Cabinet for VMUN 2017. Leela was introduced to MUN during her freshman year of high school, and attended her first VMUN in 2014. Along with being heavily involved with MUN, Leela also trains competitively in both Kung Fu and classical piano. In her free time she can be found reading, playing her ukulele, trying to sing, shredding powder at Crystal Mountain, advocating the importance of the Oxford comma, and hiking in the beautiful wilderness of Washington State with her friends.
Peter Jiang | Crisis Staff
Peter Jiang is currently a grade 11 IB student at Semiahmoo Secondary. When he isn’t out flying gliders or mastering the delicate art of baking, he can be found crying over his massive workload and laminating his notes so the tears can roll off. He is also passionately and deeply involved in the world of Model United Nations and debating, as he pours what is left of his free time into managing his school club. Having gone to his first conference in grade 9, there has yet to be a conference that he has regretted attending. Whether it is your first conference or your last, VMUN 2017 will not disappoint and he looks greatly forward to a weekend full of heated and enchanted debate.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.