Foreign Policies

The later administration years of Eisenhower prepared the two presidents Kennedy and Johnson for their later tasks of leadership. The events that happened prior to his hand over signified changes that were to take place in the United States government. These events included the Cuban revolution, mission creep in Vietnam, the launch in the USSR and the missile gap between United States and the Soviet Union. Comparing the Foreign Policies of Kennedy and Johnson John Kennedy and Johnson foreign policies were both aimed at empowering the countries military.

They also aimed at strengthening their ties with other countries by providing them the military support for the interests of the country. They expressed optimism in their speeches which assured their people about their forthcoming victories in defending the country against foreign invasion. Contrasting the Foreign Policies of Kennedy and Johnson John Kennedy had objectives of opposing foes that invaded the country; while Johnson believed that by escalating to such threats, they would gradually make their enemies yield to their interests.

Kennedy’s policy was designed to encourage the cold war which resulted in the death of many people while Johnson was aimed at bringing people together through communism. Johnson said that when they gradually escalate the threats and resolve, their enemies will eventually yield to their goals and interests. During Kennedy’s reign an alliance of progress was launched in Latin America and US committed to support Indochina in protecting West Berlin.

On the other hand Johnson expanded his objectives, resources and commitments in south East Asia (Wittkop, 1990). He fulfilled his objectives by committing half a million soldiers in Vietnam and twenty two thousand troops to the Dominican Republic. Johnson had great dreams about American foreign policies yet he did not do much to realize them. REFERENCES DeConde A. (2002): Encyclopedia of American foreign policy, London: Scribner pp20 Wittkop R. (1990): Faces of internationalism, Duke: Duke University Press pp33