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did kennedy intend to withdraw troops from vietnam?

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Did Kennedy intend to withdraw troops from Vietnam? This essay will compare both sides of the argument, for and against Kennedy withdrawing from Vietnam. Kennedy would have pulled out of Vietnam when Diem was shot as Kennedy would have no government in Vietnam to help him in the war. The whole reason people voted him into power, was he protested that if he were elected into power he would withdraw from Korea. In Kennedy's Speech that he gave when he came to power, he stated that he was going to protect America in away he can and fight to keep America's freedom. Also the only reason why Kennedy put more military in Vietnam was because his 'advisers' felt this was important, although his 'advisors', Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara were all military men. ...read more.

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On the other half some people believe that Kennedy had no intention of withdrawing from Vietnam as he strongly believed in the Domino Theory with was set forward by Eisenhower. The theory was that if one country became Communist, the other counties surrounding would also follow suit, becoming Communist. This would threaten the U.S's global position. Kennedy believed that if he surrendered to Vietnam, he would be surrendering to Communist rule. This situation was unthinkable for Kennedy and he had no intention of letting Communism spread. Leading Kennedy to enter as many troops as it took to stop Communism. Kennedy had 3 opportunities to withdraw troops form Vietnam such as the Buddha Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis and Conference on Vietnam. ...read more.

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My believes are that Kennedy may have wanted to withdraw, but was unable to, from strong influences, such as McNamara, who was a military man himself, leading to military solutions. Kennedy never helped himself as in his opening speech he basically said that he would fight in Vietnam. He had to keep his word, even if it was not the right direction to be leading. Kennedy may have wanted to withdraw but he clearly had to choice but to continue. Kennedy had started to plan withdrawing troops but never actually did. I believe that Kennedy may have wanted to start to withdraw troop but slowly. Kennedy did not want to surrender to the communists, as this is against his religion. In conclusion Kennedy may have planned to withdraw troop but never actually did so this is overwhelming evidence that Kennedy was more likely to have continued fighting in Vietnam. Leah Richardson ...read more.

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