Essay about The Cold War and U S Diplomacy
Dr. Tayo Penosen
Strayer University Contemporary International Problems 300
January 29, 2015
“A View From The Outside Looking In”
Lyndon B. Johnson was elected the 37th Vice President of the United States in 1960 and became president on November 22, 1963 aboard Air Force One following the assassination of then-President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was said to have added Johnson to his ticket to ensure Southern votes, and that may have been the thought, but in reality the right man inherited this great undertaking.
During his initial administrative tenure under President Kennedy, Vice President Johnson endorsed the Kennedy doctrine of Vietnam. Oversaw the equal opportunity …show more content…
Even though, Johnson supplied an abundance of firearms, money and ultimately sent more than 500,000 American troops to Vietnam to support this act, the North Vietnamese and the National Liberation Front kept winning. All of this was done in an active attempt to win a war that in the long run was viewed as unattainable. As a result, Johnson’s popularity dropped below 30%. In supporting both Vietnam and the Johnson doctrine (The intervention of the Dominican Republic) he explained in a televised broadcast that: “the American nations could not, and would not permit the establishment of another Communist government in the Western Hemisphere” (Rabe, 2006). All of this was done to uphold the top priority of dominating foreign policy and remaining aggressive in the containment of communism.
During that Presidential news conference held in the East room of the White House, June 1, 1965 entitled: The Withdrawal of Marines from the Dominican Republic. It reinstated the countries unyielding support, but also assured that the conditions in the Dominican Republic would now permit further withdrawal of the United States military personnel from the Inter-American Force. This recommendation had the