Accession Number : ADA601702


Title :   Vietnam: A Failure of Strategy and Leadership


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA


Personal Author(s) : Crousore, D M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a601702.pdf


Report Date : 30 Apr 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : Some historians argue that America s involvement in Vietnam and subsequent defeat was a fait accompli. Others have argued that America s commitment was half hearted and its strategy barely discernible as a credible measure to deal with a complex counterinsurgency. Still others have argued that America could have achieved its policy goals if not for an incoherent strategy that did not bring to bear the full weight of the military to achieve decisive victory in the classic sense. America's involvement in Vietnam corresponded with its uncompromising pledge to contain communism but unclear policy priorities, poor strategy, and overly restrictive limitations throughout the Johnson administration created irreversible distrust that eroded political commitment and proved fatal to a potentially successful strategy under the Nixon administration.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *MILITARY STRATEGY , *VIETNAM WAR , LIMITED WARFARE , MILITARY HISTORY , POLICIES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE