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Unformatted text preview: Theories of US Involvement 13/02/2008 10:07:00 Eisenhower administration helped start Vietnam. By Kennedy, country had begun disintegrating. Kennedy faced with interesting choices. Theories: Economic objectives motivated the US to get involved and remain in Vietnam. Motivated by financial elite. And through control of news media, they convinced American public that protecting American interests in Vietnam was important. o Indochina and adjacent areas were valued for their cheap labor and raw materials. Critical to development of Pacific Rim. Rich area for the US (as well as Europe, China, and Japan). o If anti-capitalist wars were to spread from SE Asia and to rest of 3 rd world, American materials might be threatened in Africa and Mid-East as well. Domino Theory. o Some economists cite military builders (aircraft, machine guns, etc) pushed the war in order to keep them in business. Weaknesses Grossly oversimplifies the formation of policies, reduces government to a mere agency of American business Business can rarely if ever affect decision-making in the government Leading business had spoken out against Vietnam war, war still went on for several years By focusing on the elite, this theory ignores that politicians focus...
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