IntlSecurity 7 FlexibleResponse

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7: Flexible Response and Conventional Options Reality Check: Vietnam War Purpose : to provide flexibility A.  US Interests in VN  why were we there? 1.  intrinsic value? The value seemed negligible 2.  reputation value? Notion of falling values This was a stand up to Communism Of course when you (as we did) make it about your reputation its hard   to withdraw (see Reading on Vietnam) It allows ally to become dependent on you.   If you try to shift responsibility on them they can easily say that you are   abandoning them. o Echos of this in the War in Iraq and On Afghanistan B.  Why the US Focus on Reputation for Resolve? 1.  “Munich Analogy” the fear of appeasement if you appease the adversary the will only ask for and take more name come from when Nevil Chamberlin when he met Hitler in Munich 2.  Bipolarity Zero-sum game Perception that we couldn’t tolerate losses in and part of the world Nuclear    demonstrating resolve in Vietnam might be a way of bolstering 
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