JFK Inauguration Promise

JFK Inauguration Promise

At his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy promises aggressive support for America’s friends and vehement resistance to its foes.1 Stressing the need for containment of communism in Southeast Asia and citing the domino theory that if one nation falls to communism, neighboring states will follow, Kennedy and his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, slowly escalate U.S. military presence in Vietnam.

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