M4D2: Primary Source Investigation #2
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This altercation addresses the afterward outcome:
Analyze action options accompanying to Vietnam accessible to Lyndon Johnson through 1965 (CO#1);
Interpret key primary sources accompanying to bearings appraisal and action decisions from 1963-1965 (CO#3).
By 1965, there was a acceptable accord of all-embracing altercation apropos the fate of Vietnam. Chinese and the Soviet leaders adopted any action that would strengthen North Vietnam and present the greatest long-run adventitious for Vietnam to be affiliated beneath a antipathetic government. The French (and abundant of the blow of the all-embracing community) were aflutter of the ramifications of an absolute war involving the US in Vietnam. US policymakers believed that a appeasing approach, such as ones proposed by the French and others, would consistently advance to an advantageous bearings for North Vietnam.
For this activity, accede the primary sources amid this week’s readings: Tonkin Bay Resolution [PDF File size, 12 KB], Aggression from the North “White Paper” on Vietnam. [PDF File size, 96 KB] France's Attitude Toward US Action in Vietnam [PDF File size, 161 KB], and “A Compromise Solution in South Vietnam” Memorandum. [PDF File size, 104 KB]
After account these primary sources, Chapter 4 in Herring, and alert to/reading the Module 4 Notes Presentation
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, accede the afterward questions/directives as you ability a column of at atomic 250 words:
How does the State Department “white paper” characterize the bearings in Vietnam in 1965?
Why was the US, in effect, wholly adjoin the access proposed by de Gaulle?
Using the primary sources as able-bodied as the alternative advance readings, pretend you are an adviser to the president. Create a account of action options (what Johnson could accept absitively to do) accessible to Johnson in 1965. Then, baddest the one you accept he should have, in retrospect, taken. Explain why.
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