Can the United States Win the War in Vietnam? Worksheet
Comparing View Points:
Can the United States Win the War in Vietnam?

Despite the war’s growing unpopularity, Johnson was reluctant to withdraw from Vietnam. Some urged him to get out of “Kennedy’s War”. His own cabinet was divided on the issue

Dean Rusk
Citing Chamberlain and Hitler as an example, Secretary of State Rusk opposed appeasement. He supported increased bombing and troops to force North Vietnam to negotiate a peace.
“North Vietnam will stop (its) campaign to destroy the Republic of Vietnam, the measures we are taking to assist South Vietnam… will no longer be necessary … We see no necessity for international negotiations… (w) E cannot (think of) any points that would be negotiable.”
-Dean Rusk, 1963

George Ball
Undersecretary of State Ball urged President Johnson in 1965 to stop sending US soldier to Vietnam
“No one can assure you that we can beat the Viet Cong… no matter how many,,, troops we deploy No (ground forces) of whatever size can win a guerilla war- which is at the same time a civil war… in jungle terrain in the midst of a population that refuses cooperation…”
-George Ball, 1965

1. According to Rusk, when should the United States end its participation in the war?
2. Why does Ball think that Rusk’s strategy will not work?
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