Kennedy - Vietnam's The Place

Kennedy - Vietnam's The Place - Kennedy had to decide...

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Kennedy had to decide whether to abandon Saigon or keep the government in power with a higher level of American support Chose the latter 5 Aspects of his continuity from Eisenhower to him to Johnson Like predecessors (and successors) accepted the Domino Theory has the cornerstone of his thinking Kennedy, like Eisenhower before him and Johnson after him, chose a middle course between the extremes of withdrawal and unlimited commitment JFK failed to appreciate how different Vietnamese society was from American society and how limited Americans were from changing Vietnamese events. Understood neither the NLF nor Diem By gradually increasing the American stake in Vietnam, Kennedy narrowed the policy options available to later presidents. The more lives, money, and prestige he committed to Vietnam, the obligation later presidents would have. Longer the US remained in Vietnam, the more gaping became the contradiction between US rhetoric on one hand and practical deeds on the other (between what it said and what it
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2009 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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