Presidential Decision-Making During the Vietnam War
The relationship between the president and the people is often hard to determine, especially in times of war. Several questions arise when looking at this relationship, including whether or not the president feels that the public is competent enough to formulate opinion and whether the president feels compelled to act as a direct result of incoming opinions from both the public and the media. The following analysis looks at the Vietnam War and the three administrations most closely dealing with the war - the administrations of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon - to determine whether there is a direct relationship between the opinions of the people and specific strategies employed during the war. It also examines the relationship between the president, the public, and the media during the war.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:vietnam war public opinion lyndon b johnson john f kennedy richard m nixon presidential decision making
Date of Publication:01/01/2008