JFK : the Vietnam question : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
This paper is a discussion of John F. Kennedy and his policies concerning Vietnam. The main focus is to examine the theory that John F. Kennedy would have removed American forces from Vietnam after his reelection. A history of United States involvement in Vietnam is presented to allow the appropriate setting for Kennedy's term in office. Kennedy's policies and decisions concerning Vietnam while he was in office are outlined in full detail to determine what his policy might have been had he served a second term in office. The theory that Kennedy would have withdrawn American troops from Vietnam is argued from both sides by using selected facts and quotations from those who were close to President Kennedy. The events in Vietnam following the assassination of President Kennedy are examined to determine their possible impact on Kennedy's future decisions toward Vietnam. Finally, a conclusion is offered based on the facts presented.