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Vietnam’s Second FrontDomestic Politics, the Republican Party, and the War$
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Andrew L. Johns

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125725

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125725.001.0001

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Trapped between Scylla and Charybdis

Trapped between Scylla and Charybdis

JFK, the GOP, and Domestic Politics

(p.11) CHAPTER 1 Trapped between Scylla and Charybdis
Vietnam’s Second Front

Andrew L. Johns

University Press of Kentucky

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

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