chapter  1
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The Temptation to Intervene: US Policymakers and Vietnam

One of the many questions related to the war in Vietnam is the matter of what reasoning motivated key US policymakers, who represented a superpower with overseas security interests and obligations that were centered in Europe, to take a military stand against communism in Southeast Asia, an area of dubious strategic value in which it was difficult to use US military advantages to maximum effect. The question is an important one: the United States made a series of commitments that eventually culminated in US forces taking an active combat role in an ongoing war of considerable size despite a traditional lack of US interest in the area.