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I Search for Why I Find Myself Constantly Alone

John Acacia

in Clark Clifford

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125510
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135304 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125510.003.0011
I Search for Why I Find Myself Constantly Alone

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President Lyndon B. Johnson did not move decisively to bring the Vietnam War to an end although he had publicly proclaimed his desire for peace during a primetime television address, and had sacrificed his political ambitions in the process. The president's vacillation, emotional outbursts, and unpredictable behavior were an endless source of frustration for Clark Clifford, who could never be certain that he had the president's support. In sending mixed messages Johnson also exacerbated the rivalry between Clifford and hawks Dean Rusk and Walt Rostow, who continued to argue that America's prestige and security were at stake in Southeast Asia. At times the bureaucratic infighting was vicious, as Clifford's adversaries sought to discredit him in front of the president and disregarded his authority over the military. Although he had allies in the Pentagon and White House, among Johnson's senior foreign policy advisers Clifford was very much alone.

Keywords: Lyndon B. Johnson; Vietnam War; Clark Clifford; Dean Rusk; Walt Rostow; America; Southeast Asia; Pentagon; White House; foreign policy

Chapter.  13592 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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