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Unformatted text preview: ven to the United States," according to John Foster Dulles.62 Ten years later, Dean Rusk wrote that if U.S. commitments became discredited because of a defeat in Vietnam, " the communist world would draw conclusions that would lead to our ruin and almost certainly to a catastrophic war."63 Ronald Reagan told Congress that if the United States failed in Central America , "our credibility would collapse, our alliances would crumble, and the safety of our homeland would APPEASEMENT DISADVANTAGE
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CFJPV be put at jeopardy."64 The examples are legionindeed, the tendency toward hyperbole seems almost irresistible. In a world where threats are interdependent, the loss of credibility in one area threatens U.S. goals everywhere. The fall of Vietnam, thought Nixon, "would spark violence wherever our commitments help maintain the peacein the Middle East, in Berlin, eventually even in the Western Hemisphere."65 Credibility is apparently the glue holding together the international system of dominoes.¶ Audi...
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