By the late 1960s, the conflict in Vietnam had escalated to a limited war involving approximately half a
million military personnel and billions of dollars a year. The American presence in Indochina had steadily
increased from the Truman administration to Kennedy's decision to initiate greater American involvement in 1961.
The peak of 543,000 American forces was achieved in 1969 and was the culmination of US aid to the nation of
South Vietnam. The US policy since the
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strikingly similar to US support of Diem and the other regimes
that followed in South Vietnam. The US needs to seriously reevaluate its stance on foreign policy and to stop
wasting money on anymore "open-ended" wars.
Fulbright, J. William, The Arrogance of Power. (1966)
Johnson, Lyndon B. "Our Duty in Southeast Asia" (1965)
William A. Link et al., American Epoch: A History of the United States since 1900 Affluence and Anxiety 1940-1992,
Volume II (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993)