Containment and Credibility

Containment and Credibility

The Ideology and Deception That Plunged America Into the Vietnam War

Book - 2016
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"Is it possible that a president and his administration would purposefully mislead the American public so that they could commit the United States to a war that is not theirs to fight? Anyone with even a remote memory of the phrase 'weapons of mass destruction' probably finds such a question naive. On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the Vietnam War, those with longer memories would consider the unquestioning acceptance of Saddam Hussein's 'gathering threat' even more naive. Providing historical context that highlights how the decision to use force is made, as well as how it is 'sold,' Containment and Credibility explores how the half-truths and outright lies of both the Johnson and Nixon administrations brought us into a conflict that cost more than fifty thousand American lives over eight years. As we consider how best to confront the growing threat of ISIS, it is increasingly important for the public to understand how we were convinced to go to war in the past. In the 1960s, the domino theory warning of the spread of communism provided the rationale for war, followed by the deception of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the resulting resolution that essentially gave LBJ a blank check. This book will show how this deception ultimately led to the unraveling of the Johnson presidency and will explore the credibility gap that led to the public political debate of that time. Containment and Credibility applies the lessons of the sixties to today's similar debates regarding military involvement"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Carrel Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781631440564
Branch Call Number: 959.70431 P9422C 2016
Characteristics: xii, 518 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 16, 2016

Silly and contrived book based upon lack of education across all levels. Vietnam was quite similar as today's WoT: a means to exert financial hegemony across the globe!


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