3.13.08 - Comparing Two Theories • When did advocates and...

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Asymmetric Conflict 3/13/08 Explaining the 1950 Military Buildup Historical significance of the US buildup The usual story: events drove policy o Soviet A-bomb, Chinese revolution motivate planning process An alternative story: political struggle within administration drives policy o Pro-buildup faction concerned about European security before fall of 1949 o Anti-buildup faction wants balanced budget o Political struggle determines outcome
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Unformatted text preview: Comparing Two Theories • When did advocates and opponents of the buildup form their opinions? • When did the president decide the buildup was necessary? o Best evidence: April of 1950 Was intervening in Korea a Cynical Political Ploy? • Advocates of buildup believed it was vital • Had tried and failed to convince congressional opponents • Did not know intervention in Korea would produce long, bloody war...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PLSC 117 taught by Professor Benjaminfordham during the Spring '08 term at Binghamton University.

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