Dereliction Of Duty

Dereliction Of Duty

Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs Of Staff, And The Lies That Led To Vietnam

Book - 1997
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The roles played by the president's closest advisers - McGeorge Bundy, Dean Rusk, George Ball, Maxwell Taylor, and especially Robert McNamara - in the decisions to escalate American involvement are central to the story. And the reasons behind those decisions - now exposed - challenge McNamara's claim that American policy makers were prisoners of the ideology of the containment of Communism and therefore should be absolved of responsibility for the final outcome. The book also reveals for the first time how the virtual exclusion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the decision-making process exacerbated the problem.
The result is an inescapable correction to the prevailing view that an American war in Vietnam was inevitable. The book follows step-by-step the series of developments and secret decisions made in Washington between November 1963 and July 1965 to intensify the American military commitment in Southeast Asia. And it reveals that the disaster that followed was not caused by impersonal forces but by uniquely human failures at the highest levels of the U.S. government: arrogance, weakness, lying in the pursuit of self-interest, and above all, the abdication of responsibility to the American people.
Dereliction of Duty makes a unique, groundbreaking contribution toward clarifying what happened, why, and who was responsible for the decisions that led to direct U.S. military intervention in the Vietnam War. Based on more than five years of painstaking research, it includes startling revelations from previously classified transcripts of crucial meetings, many of which were obtained by the author through the Freedom of Information Act; tapes of private telephone conversations; exclusive access to personal diaries; interviews with participants; and oral histories.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [1997]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060929084
0060929081
Branch Call Number: 959.70433 M2277d 1997
Characteristics: xviii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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johnbacich
Jun 03, 2017

Anyone who has actually read this book will find the people responsible for this war were pretty much the ones we've suspected all along. Kennedy and Johnson of course, but McNamara stands out. Had our involvement not been the result of keeping worthless allies like France happy, wishy washy leaders like Kennedy, Johnson, and their guru McNamara, we probably would have come to the accurate conclusion that the South Vietnamese were not willing to fight for their own freedom and we could have saved countless lives. Liberals will have a hard time facing up to the fact that Democrats were behind the wheel on this one.

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patstory
Feb 21, 2017

Looks like I have to wait a while, but I'm eager to read this analysis. Every war demanded and imposed on us by our elites, beginning with Korea, has ended with our defeat, after horrific suffering for us and also among those we were ordered to invade, especially civilians. Each war began with a catastrophic warmongering plan. Were the plans all similar, or each one different? The description here of blundering, greed, ignorance, and arrogance looks like the nightmare of W. Bush's invasion of Iraq with even worse, if that's possible, consequences.

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