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Leaders at WarHow Presidents Shape Military Interventions$
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Elizabeth N. Saunders

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449222

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449222.001.0001

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Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Leaders at War

Elizabeth N. Saunders

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins by begin by tracing Lyndon B. Johnson's beliefs about the origin of threats to him during his years in Congress through the vice presidency. It then turns to his intervention decisions. Johnson was certainly concerned about communist takeovers. But his concern fell closer to that of Eisenhower: Johnson worried principally about externally driven takeovers by small, elite groups rather than the internal, popularly driven path to communism that often concerned Kennedy. The chapter examines decisions Johnson made in Latin America, where he first handled the relatively minor Panama crisis of 1964 without intervention but later intervened using military force in the Dominican Republic in 1965.

Keywords:   foreign policy, intervention decision making, military intervention, Lyndon Johnson, causal beliefs, Latin America, Panama, Dominican Republic

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