Into the Quagmire: Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of the Vietnam War

Into the Quagmire: Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of the Vietnam War

Brian VanDeMark


In November of 1964, as Lyndon Johnson celebrated his landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, the govt. of South Vietnam lay in a shambles. Ambassador Maxwell Taylor defined it as a rustic beset by means of "chronic factionalism, civilian-military suspicion and mistrust, absence of nationwide spirit and motivation, loss of team spirit within the social constitution, loss of adventure within the behavior of government." nearly not anyone within the Johnson management believed that Saigon may possibly defeat the communist insurgency--and but by way of July of 1965, a trifling 9 months later, they might lock the USA on a direction towards significant army intervention which might finally damage Johnson's presidency and polarize the yankee people.
Into the Quagmire offers a heavily rendered, virtually daily account of America's deepening involvement in Vietnam in the course of these the most important 9 months. Mining a wealth of lately opened fabric on the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and in different places, Brian VanDeMark vividly depicts the painful unfolding of a countrywide tragedy. We meet an LBJ ceaselessly scared of a conservative backlash, which he felt could doom his nice Society, an uncertain and stricken chief grappling with the undesirable burden of Vietnam; George Ball, a maverick on Vietnam, whose conscientiously reasoned (and, on reflection, strikingly prescient) stand opposed to escalation was once discounted by means of Rusk, McNamara, and Bundy; and Clark Clifford, whose last-minute attempt at a pivotal assembly at Camp David did not dissuade Johnson from doubling the variety of flooring troops in Vietnam. What comes throughout strongly during the e-book is the deep pessimism of the entire significant contributors as issues grew worse--neither LBJ, nor Bundy, nor McNamara, nor Rusk felt convinced that issues could enhance in South Vietnam, that there has been any moderate likelihood for victory, or that the South had the need or the power to be triumphant opposed to the North. And but deeper into the quagmire they went.
even if describing a stressful disagreement among George Ball and Dean Acheson ("You goddamned previous bastards," Ball stated to Acheson, "you job my memory of not anything loads as a host of buzzards sitting on a fence and letting the younger males die") or corrupt politicians in Saigon, VanDeMark presents readers with the entire style of nationwide coverage within the making. extra vital, he sheds better gentle on why the United States turned entangled within the morass of Vietnam.

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