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Assess the following statement:
“The major involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War under presidents Kennedy and Johnson was the inescapable outcome of the containment policy of the 1940s. Especially as Democratic presidents, they had no real alternative to the escalation of the war.” Examine the extent to which the containment policy and domestic politics influenced Kennedy and Johnson as they attempted to master the Vietnam problem. Did the policy of containment, and the ways in which the American public and Congress understood containment, box in the White House and close off alternatives, or did JFK and LBJ demonstrate boldness, originality, and initiative in their handling of the problem of counterinsurgency, anti-communism, and escalation in the 1961–1968 period? As you compose your essay, be sure to recall the handling of the Cold War by the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, and domestic crises such as the Second Red Scare, in order to provide context for the 1960s.
The paper should include an intro, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion