Vietnam: Mr. Johnson's War—or Mr. Eisenhower's?

  title={Vietnam: Mr. Johnson's War—or Mr. Eisenhower's?},
  author={Edward Cuddy},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  pages={351 - 374}
  • E. Cuddy
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • History
  • The Review of Politics
Conventional wisdom pins responsibility for the Vietnam War primarily on Lyndon B. Johnson. This essay presents a revisionist argument, attempting to shift primary responsibility for the war on President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The case rests heavily on John F. Kennedy's challenge to historians: “How the hell” can they evaluate presidential performances unless they know the “real pressures” and the “real alternatives” confronting the occupiers of the Oval Office. In assessing those pressures… 
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