Accession Number : ADA309186

Title :   Was the Domino Theory Wrong? Communist Internationalism and the Vietnam War.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Langridge, Donald L.

PDF Url : ADA309186

Report Date : 11 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : In the spring of 1995, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara said he now believes that the domino theory was wrong. The domino theory was the basis for the United States' national strategy of containment and the reason for entering the Vietnam War. This study will examine issues that support the concern for the domino theory and the need for the containment strategy. Topics that are developed include the situation of Southeast Asia, communist ideology, capability and investment, and the views of the leadership of North Vietnam. This analysis of the domino theory and the containment strategy includes an explanation on why the domino theory, although initially true, lost credibility in the 1970s.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *THEORY, *CONTAINMENT(GENERAL), *COMMUNISM, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DECISION MAKING, LEADERSHIP, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, FAILURE, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), SOUTHEAST ASIA, NORTH VIETNAM.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE