POL 300 Contemporary International Problems
Assignment 2: Current Events and U.S Diplomacy
Professor Susie Okoro
March 12, 2014
Define presidential doctrine and summarize the regional or global events during the Cold War leading up to the formation of the presidential doctrine you wrote about in Assignment 1.
A doctrine is belief or policy taught or advocated by either a political party, church or other group. It also can be defined as a body of teachings or instructions. In this particular case President Richard Nixon’s presidential doctrine is being described from previous Assignment 1. A president should want to announce a presidential doctrine because it ...view middle of the document...
All before Richard Nixon was elected President in 1969, Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded John F. Kennedy as president was a supporter of South Vietnam against the NLF. As Nixon did, Johnson was encouraged to send in U.S Troops to bolster the S. Vietnam Army. South Vietnam’s Army was not confident that they could withstand the NLF, but the other hand Lyndon Johnson knew that with a 1964 Presidential Election approaching, it wouldn’t be popular to send troops in until the election was over. Not long after Johnson was elected president were troops sent to South Vietnam. Eventually Johnson was asked to send more troops, so in March 1965, 3500 US Marines were sent to South Vietnam. In the following years before the 1968 election, America had become embroiled into this war far greater than Lyndon Johnson could have envisioned.
So in summary, the relationship between America and South Vietnam before Richard Nixon’s Doctrine was announced was one where America had over-extended itself to assist its ally against...