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Thomas Lennemann Summary for Week 2 Dr. Columbe History 5010 Our reading focused on Lefeber’s thesis in America, Russia, and the Cold War. Most determined that Vietnam was the key card in the ‘domino theory’. If it were to go communist, then China would then dominate the entire continent. Japan, unable to trade locally would be forced to subjugate herself to China’s wishes. Johnson likened the conflict in Vietnam to the American Frontier in that both men and blood would be needed to allow democracy to flourish and increase the frontier of democracy. These viewpoints fell in line with Johnson’s “Great Society” idea. Significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis: America’s realization they live in a nuclear world. Kennedy finally engineered a foreign policy victory, by brandishing his military without firing a shot. China’s reaction to the Soviet’s cowardly back down. The Kennedy victory gave the administration the hubris to move into Southeast Asia. Was the Kennedy inroads to Vietnam rushed or did that begin during the Johnson Presidency?
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Unformatted text preview: The affair in Cuba seemed to be an over-reach by Khrushchev and a test of the new administration in Washington. Comparing Kennedy and Eisenhower: A reflection of their backgrounds. Eisenhower was a major player in international affairs prior to being elevated to the Presidency. Kennedy was an inexperienced man from a public family. Both men had a similar stance in the Cold War. Eisenhower did not shy away from threatening nuclear war, while Kennedy wanted to employ the ‘flexible response’ and avert even the threat of nuclear weapons. Eisenhower use a foreign policy called containment; the two countries could co-exist so long as there was no expansion of communism. Eisenhower funded any government, no matter how corrupt or oppressive, so long as they did not fall into the communist camp. Kennedy’s approach was based on his ‘Alliance for Progress’ package for Latin America. Alliance for Progress would fund countries based on economic, social, and political reforms....
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