Chapter

The Icarus Agenda

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125725.003.0008
The Icarus Agenda

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Daedalus was imprisoned with Icarus on the island of Crete by King Minos; Daedalus crafted wings to allow him and his son to escape. Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun or to the sea, as the heat could melt the wax on the wings, and the water could weigh the wings down. However, Icarus got too near to the sun, the wax melted, and he plummeted to his death. Like Icarus, Nixon had to navigate between the military and the political fronts, forced to grapple with domestic opinion in his effort to win the peace. This chapter focuses on Nixon's first year in office, examining how his Vietnamization policy evolved from the perspectives of the Nixon White House and the Republican Party, which for the first time since the Americanization of the conflict had direct influence on US policy decisions in Vietnam.

Keywords: Daedalus; Icarus; Nixon; Vietnamization policy; Republican Party

Chapter.  18924 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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