Political map of East Asia and the Western Pacific 2 December 1975 (Communist Victory in Indochina): Only months after the Paris Peace Accords, Nixon (Richard Nixon) became embroiled in the Watergate scandal, which ultimately ended his presidency. With the US distracted by the scandal and unlikely to further intervene, North Vietnam launched a full scale invasion and conquest of the South (1975 Spring Offensive). Communist revolutionaries in the rest of Indochina followed suit, with the Khmer Rouge seizing control of Cambodia (Cambodian Civil War) and the Pathet Lao taking over Laos (Laotian Civil War).