Kennedy's commitment in Vietnam

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  • committed
    • already present in vietnam
      • military advisers and green berets
      • supported strategic hamlet program
        • tool to neutralise the influence of VC, way to prevent communism and protect democracy
      • encouraged neutralisation of Laos
    • How far was President Kennedy committed to the defence of South Vietnam from communism?
      • not committed
        • level of military expansion was limited
          • no ground troops, only sent in military advisers
      • conclusion
        • kennedy did not want long term invlovement for USA military, he had no abandoned SV to communism, strong support for containment
    • foreign policy
      • believed in Eisenhower's domino theory
      • sensitive to comments about his youth, he wanted to prove himslef
      • based on containment, South Vietnam was a classic example of this


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