Fifth, they were convinced that the communists had the same ambitions for conquest as Hitler. The thing is now, I think, to keep in touch with it day by day to be ready to move with everything you have, to give it a boost in the right direction. The only thing I can say is that here is a problem that is of the utmost moment to all of us, not only the United States, to the free world. He has never mentioned such a thing as you speak of, and I gave a perfectly honest answer: I never heard of it. Finally, the geographical position achieved thereby does many things. For those who are more politically aware, the word probably brings thoughts of the Cold War and the threat of the spread of communism. President, do you agree with Senator Kennedy that independence must be guaranteed the people of Indochina in order to justify an all-out effort there? Kennedy was the president who succeeded Eisenhower; he also supported the South Vietnamese government Vietcong communist guerrillas in South Vietnam Lyndon Johnson also promoted the domino theory as justification for U.
Would you favor such a move as that? Some people have also argued that it lurked in the background of the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, with the the government arguing that it needed to take action to prevent the spread of terrorism. I see those two statements a completely compatible, not as incompatible. Arrowsmith, you call attention to the problem and say that this looks like a place where the interests of all of us are involved, and now let us talk this over. This implied that the communists were likely to embark on a massive campaign of overt international aggression— with Chinese armies pouring south through Laos and Thailand into the Malay Peninsula—as soon as they felt strong enough. I know of nobody that is trying to escape his responsibility in this whole business, because we realize that it is America and the free world we are talking about, and nothing else. I think there has been, across the country, some lack of understanding on just what it means to us.
But since the First World War there has been a steady evolution toward self-government and independence. American Journal of Political Science. It was argued that if the first domino is knocked over then the rest topple in turn. Second, they genuinely believed this to be true. Does the executive branch want any action by Congress now about Indochina? We know of no military requirement that could lead us into the production of a bigger bomb than has already been produced. The oddity of the logic comes into clearer focus if one considers Burma. Well, in the economic conferences, we talk about that possibility a very great deal.
Two years after the U. Governments use fear tactics to justify the invasion of other countries or at the very least, to influence public opinion about a certain nation. I must say, let me make clear again, I am certain the United States, as a whole, its Congress and the executive portions of its Government, are ready to move just as far as prudence will allow in seeking any kind of conciliation or negotiated agreement that will ease any of the problems of this troubled world. If aggression is tolerated in small out-of-the-way places, aggressors will be emboldened to attack larger, more vital places. I should point out, with all the sincerity I have, there is nothing partisan about this problem.
If some specific authority or anything else were necessary, it would be asked for after the leaders had already agreed on a bipartisan basis this is what we should do. Sir, on that subject, a certain Senator said last night there had been a delay of 18 months in the production of the hydrogen bomb, and suggested it was due to subversion in Government. One of Eisenhower's last actions as president, on 19 January 1961, was to tell John F. Las imágenes se publican sin ánimo de lucro, cuando tal publicación viola los derechos de autor, por favor diga que listo para su extracción. It created competitiveness between the allies of Russia and China, forcing each nation to deal with neighboring conflicts. I will say this: for many years, in talking to different countries, different governments, I have tried to insist on this principle: no outside country can come in and be really helpful unless it is doing something that the local people want. Just over a week earlier, on July 27, an armistice had been signed between the American-led U.
Asia was just as susceptible to communist expansion. Note the , the in the , and the increasing involvement with by of Indonesia from the late 1950s until he was deposed in 1967. Martin Agronsky, American Broadcasting Company: Mr. Finally, the geographical position achieved thereby does many things. The tin and tungsten that we so greatly value from that area would cease coming. Burma shared a long border with China, essentially undefended. We are not simply going to take words.
On the other hand, it is not likely that Eisenhower was deliberately and consciously lying when he propounded the domino theory. The original bill, let me call your attention, was drawn under the theory we could keep the secret of the manufacture of the atomic bomb. Now, I am not aware of any antagonism between the statements he has made and I have made. The installation of the new government was established after the defeated the in the aftermath of the 1927-1949. What is the Domino Theory? Today it remains a controversial idea, with its detractors generally outnumbering its supporters. The names of the questioners and most questions on domestic issues have been omitted. They could not say that the communists were not bent on world conquest; their peers would have called them dupes of the communists and their careers would have been destroyed.
When Kennedy came to power there was concern that the communist-led in Laos would provide the with bases, and that eventually they could take over Laos. The loss of regions traditionally within the vital regional trading area of countries like Japan would encourage the front-line countries to compromise politically with communism. Now, let me call your attention to this independence theory. It would mean the victory of communism in the world, including the United States. This content may not be republished or distributed without permission.