Next steps in Vietnam

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Next steps in Vietnam

  1. 1. The U.S. Government Ups the Ante • Brief Recap • Truman Doctrine (containment) • Eisenhower (domino theory) • 1960 U.S. Presidential Elections
  2. 2. John Fitzgerald Kennedythe Democrats take control of the White House
  3. 3. JFK: A New Path?• his appearance was symbolic• view towards Diem• boots on the ground (increase to 16,000 “advisors”)• Diem and the power of the press• McNamara’s (DoD) belief about the future of Vietnam
  4. 4. Change of Plans• Fall Assassinations• JFK’s plans for next term?
  5. 5. Kennedy Quotes About Vietnam• “But I can’t do it until 1965--after I’m reelected...or there would be a wild conservative outcry against [his reelection]”• “If I tried to pull out completely now from Vietnam, we would have another Joe McCarthy red scare on our hands...”• “We don’t have a prayer of staying in Vietnam. Those people hate us.”
  6. 6. Lyndon Baines Johnson• relationship with JFK• LBJ maintains the status quo--the U.S. had “to win [the] contest against the externally directed and supported Communist conspiracy.”• Gulf of Tonkin resolution (July 1964)• Election in 1964
  7. 7. Escalation Part II 54,791 sorties in 1965 (Frankum 34)• Operation Rolling Thunder• “search and destroy” raids• implementation of the draft (1965)• Operation Phoenix (1967) Ronald B. Frankum Jr. Like Rolling Thunder. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, INC., 2005.
  8. 8. Effects of Escalation• increased protests in the U.S.• Tet Offensive (1968)• LBJ decides not to run for reelection

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