By Mike Shepherd
As a part of an schedule to oust her father from his political place, Kris Longknife is relieved of command. but if an alien enemy launches an invasion, she defies either executive and armed forces authority to steer a rag-tag fleet opposed to the chance.
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For a quick introduction to recent exchanges between proponents of the noble cause (sometimes termed “Vietnam revisionists”) and their critics, see Melvin R. Laird, “Iraq: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam,” Foreign Affairs 84 (November– December 2005): 22–43; K. W. org/buzzanco04162005); K. W. 1–2 (February– August 2006): 453–84. 12. Joseph Buttinger, The Smaller Dragon: A Political History of Vietnam (New York: Praeger, 1966); and Frances Fitzgerald, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (Boston: Little, Brown, 1972).
S. policy makers were motivated by a desire to obtain markets or resources of direct value to the 32 American Intervention and the Cold War Consensus American economy. Over decades of colonial rule, the French government had successfully excluded the United States from all but a trickle of investment and trade in Indochina. Approaching the matter in a different way, however, historians have successfully argued that economic considerations were crucial to Washington. S. ofﬁcials, they contend, calculated by 1950 that Indochina mattered a great deal to the economies of key American allies, especially Britain and Japan.
S. in Vietnam, 1946–1966, rev. ed. ” For the OSS point of view, see especially Archimedes L. A. Patti, Why Vietnam? Prelude to America’s Albatross (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980). For skeptical views of the “lost opportunity,” see Dixie Bartholomew-Feis, The OSS and Ho Chi Minh: Unexpected Allies in the War against Japan (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2006), and Bradley, Imagining Vietnam and America, especially chapter 4. 7. Walter LaFeber, “Roosevelt, Churchill, and Indochina, 1942–45,” American Historical Review 80 (1975): 1277–95.
Defiant by Mike Shepherd