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Containment and Credibility: The Ideology and Deception That Plunged America into the Vietnam War
     

Containment and Credibility: The Ideology and Deception That Plunged America into the Vietnam War

by Pat Proctor
 

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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

Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/03/2016
Proctor, a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, focuses on two aspects of American Vietnam War policy making in this long, detailed examination of why the U.S. greatly escalated the war in 1964 and why the war ended the way it did in 1975. His theory—which is not altogether new—is that President Johnson led the nation into the war by selling the American public on the simplistic and disingenuous idea that the U.S. had to stem the tide of advancing worldwide communism (containment), and that the antiwar movement’s attack on President Johnson’s and Nixon’s truthfulness in explaining their war-making strategies (credibility) was primarily responsible for ending the war. Proctor pays a good deal of attention to the 1964 Tonkin Gulf incident and the resulting congressional resolution that gave L.B.J. the authority to escalate the war. He sees L.B.J.’s actions as the ultimate presidential deception. What is new is Proctor’s sound conclusion that the Vietnam War containment and credibility framework has had a lasting influence on U.S. foreign policy. Today’s “War on Terror,” he says, is still being fought with a Cold War-era foreign policy ideology, which could be a recipe for “a century of costly and fruitless warfare across the globe.” (Dec.)
Library Journal
10/01/2016
Lieutenant Colonel Proctor (Task Force Patriot and the End of Combat Operations in Iraq), a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, details the events leading up to the Vietnam War and the change in strategy of war opponents. Proctor is careful to draw parallels among those events and more contemporary battles with ISIS and terrorism. In the 1960s, American politicians understood the desire to monitor the spread of communism. The 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident was used by then president Lyndon Johnson to justify the Vietnam War. As the conflict continued, opponents switched from suggesting the United States refocus its efforts to contain communism to clearly attacking Johnson's credibility, namely that he lied about the events at the Gulf of Tonkin. Ongoing opposition to the war ultimately resulted in Richard Nixon's election in 1968. Proctor warns that the current ideology of Americans defeating terrorists abroad to prevent them from attacking U.S. soil could potentially lead to a century of unnecessary and violent warfare. VERDICT Military historians will find in this work a fresh take on the Vietnam War, as well as its warnings for current conflicts.—Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781631440564
Publisher:
Carrel Books
Publication date:
11/22/2016
Pages:
532
Sales rank:
652,253
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Proctor, PhD, is a US Army veteran of both the Iraq and the Afghanistan Wars with more than twenty-one years of service in command and staff positions. In 2009 he was operations officer for Task Force Patriot and is currently the battalion commander for the gunner battalion. He recently returned from Jordan and the front lines of the war with ISIS.

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