Accession Number : ADA328717

Title :   U.S. Involvement in Vietnam, 1964-1968.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Garza, Ray T.

PDF Url : ADA328717

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : The Vietnam War is unique in the evolution of United States National Strategy following World War II. The Strategy of Containment of Communism and the concept eventually known as the Domino Theory governed United States National Policy in Vietnam. The United States had to resist communist expansion in the world because this expansion had as its ultimate expression the destruction of freedom loving democracies world wide. This paper will examine the history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam from 1964-1968, particularly the evolution of national policy and objectives. The paper will also identify and analyze the major concepts and principles guiding U.S. policy in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968. It will begin with the period immediately before President Johnson 5 decision to increase U. S. military involvement in the war in 1965. The paper will end with Johnson's decision to halt the bombing of North Vietnam following the February 1968 Tet offensive. Linkage to the containment strategy largely dominated the initial decisions to escalate the war. Bureaucratic politics and counterbalancing national objectives influenced continued involvement through March 1968. Finally, the paper demonstrates that the Johnson Administration could not discard the original containment paradigm in Vietnam. The cost for this unchanging policy was the administration's end.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *VIETNAM, *VIETNAM WAR, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY HISTORY, WARFARE, GLOBAL, MILITARY STRATEGY, POLITICAL SCIENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, DECISION MAKING, COSTS, EXPANSION, COMMUNISM, BOMBING.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE