THE DOMINOS THEORY
On a bright spring day on the last day of April, 1975, Saigon fell and the Vietnam war ended. Over fifty-eight thousand Americans died for a war that the Generals and Johnson and Nixon and Kennedy for that matter knew could not be won.
From late 1963 onward, Secretary Of defense Robert McNamara- according to his own memoirs- knew the war could not be won. In 1963 78 Americans had died in Vietnam. In 1964 the total was 225. By 1975 the total surpassed 58,000.
In his exceptionally well written new biography- Nixon, The Life, John Farrell, the first Nixon biographer to have access to all the White House tapes, writes that Nixon clearly understood as he ran for President that the war could not be won. Yet Nixon was so desperate to win the presidency that he feared a Johnson led peace effort in 1967 would lead to a Humphery victory in November. So Nixon's used Anna Chennault- a fascinating character of the mid and late 20th century- to sabotage the nearly complete Paris Peace Talks with North Vietnam by having Chennault tell the leaders of South Vietnam to reject the peace accords because Nixon was going to win and Nixon was personally assuring them that South Vietnam would get a better deal with Nixon as POTUS.
The continuation of the war was all in the name of American prestige and the Domino Theory- which for you prosecutors and PDs and Judges born in the age of Starbucks - held that the loss of one democratic country to communism would cause neighboring countries to go commie as well.
Nothing could be further from the truth, as China and North Korea and Cuba are the only remnants of a failed collectivist political and economic philosophy .
Or is it?
There are three Domino Pizza stores in Ho Chi Minh City:
It turns out the Domino theory was correct. It was just the wrong Domino.
It wasn't this Domino
It was this Domino.
Nikita Khrushchev famously threatened to bury the west. Instead, you can dine at a KFC a short walk from his tomb in Vladimir, Moscow.
The Domino theory was correct after all.
From Occupied America, Fight the Power.