Lyndon B Johnson and the Kennedy Doctrine

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Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, took the executive office during a crucial time period in U.S. History. The former vice-president was taking over for President Kennedy, who had recently been assassinated. Kennedy's foreign policy largely revolved around the Kennedy Doctrine, which was a continuation of the doctrine of preceding president's Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman, both of who were committed to the containment of communism while propagating the capitalist economic system that the U.S. was known for. The Kennedy Doctrine, however, was considered slightly distinct from the doctrines of the other two presidents because he actually advocated a reversing the spread of communism in areas in which it had already disseminated. The effects of this doctrine on Johnson, therefore, would turn out to be quite significant in regards to his own foreign policy. Like Kennedy, he found himself thrust in the midst of the Vietnam War, which was a crucial part of the Cold War contested by the U.S. and the Soviet Union largely regarding the containment of Communism. Unlike Kennedy, however, who chose to limit American involvement in Vietnam to largely a supporting role in which it assisted the Southern Vietnamese regime in resisting communism, Johnson felt the need to actually escalate the involvement of the U.S. as that of the principle force of freedom against the Southern Vietnamese based Viet Cong and pro-communist North Vietnamese forces. Johnson's
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