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HIS 2-3 - Domestic Strains

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Domestic Strains of the War 1965-67 14/03/2008 09:07:00 Costs major constraint on LBJ and American intervention in Vietnam Anti-war sentiment in the US worked together with enemy’s battlefield  success o More Americans showed anti-war sentiment, higher communist morale o More communist success, more Americans show anti-war sentiment US commitment reasonably popular in the beginning o As the war dragged on, costs increased, no quick victory seemed  possible, skepticism gradually increased Anti-war movement both articulated and magnified the doubt that was  growing among Americans o This made it hard for LBJ to uphold military status quo OR break the  status quo by increasing commitment LBJ – “Be patient… victory is in sight.” o This worked until late 1967 Credibility gap – difference between what LBJ was preaching  and what was going on Organized opposition to the war Began on college campuses with left-wing, liberal students Grew to others o Civil rights movement o Labor movement o Still, college students always the core Interesting, since polls showed they were actually more hawkish  than other age groups Gap was between kids and parents, not youngsters and  elders
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