JFK's Flexible Response

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JFK's Flexible Response
· A move away from Brinkmanship- wanted more options
· Built up conventional forces
· Development of the nuclear arsenal
· Talks and negotiations
· Use of covert operations
· Kennedy- Democrat, therefore needed to prove he was tough
on communism
· Also sent economic aid to third world countries to prevent
Soviet influence
· Aim was to avoid humiliation in all out nuclear war; wanted
to find other strategies to fight the Cold War- limited warfare
· They were preparing for:
· A nuclear war
· A traditional proxy war
· Or sending economic aid to prevent communism in the Third
· Kennedy- "We intend to have a wider choice then humiliation
or all out nuclear war"
Flexible Response in practice:
· Cuban Missile Crisis- compromise with Khrushchev
· Sent economic aid and "advisers" to Vietnam


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