'Richard Nixon supported Pak in 1971 war because of animosity towards Indira Gandhi'
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"He felt that he had not handled it well by highlighting it to Nixon. Nixon dispatched a carrier battle group led by the USS Enterprise into the Bay of Bengal from the Strait of Malacca to try to save Pakistan's fortunes by an intimidating show of support.
He may have hoped that the Chinese would be emboldened by the move to attack India. It did not work. Indira, who probably had no designs on West Pakistan, was not easily intimidated. It was also too late for the Pakistanis. They asked the American consul in Dacca on December 14, 1971, to tell the Indians that they were ready to surrender. The darkest day in Pakistan's history followed," Riedel wrote.
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