Trapped between Scylla and Charybdis

Andrew L. Johns

in Vietnam’s Second Front

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125725
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135427 | DOI:
Trapped between Scylla and Charybdis

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After the 1940 presidential election, Wendell Willkie advised his fellow Republicans. Willkie's attitude reflected the prevailing sentiment in the party and the country at the time. Politics, argued leaders such as Senator Arthur Vandenberg (R-MI), had no place in making US foreign policy. This chapter examines Kennedy's preoccupation with domestic political considerations and the evolution of GOP criticism of his foreign policies. The new president would find himself trapped between the Scylla of the 1964 election and the Charybdis of Republican attacks, a position that strongly influenced the decisions he made as he maneuvered toward his reelection campaign.

Keywords: Republican attacks; Wendell Willkie; domestic politics; foreign policies; criticism

Chapter.  13926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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