Presidential Doctrines

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Presidential Doctrines: President Kennedy and the Communist Expansion

The Kennedy Doctrine was essentially an expansion of the foreign policy of the previous administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman, The Eisenhower doctrine focused providing both military and economic assistance to nations resisting communism and increasing trade from the U.S. to Latin America and the Truman doctrine focused on containment of communism by providing assistance to countries resisting communism in Europe The Kennedy Doctrine was based on these same objectives but was more concerned with the spread of communism and Soviet influence in Latin America that brought Fidel Castro to power during the 1950s.

Presidential Doctrines: President Kennedy and the Communist Expansion The Kennedy Doctrine is a foreign policy initiative of John F. Kennedy our 35th president of the United States1961-1963 towards Latin America. Kennedy’s idea was to contain communism at all costs and the resulting decline of military and economic influence in the Western Hemisphere. The cold war caused President Kennedy to look for ways to establish and expand foreign policy that would help contain the spread of communism and increased hope for nuclear disarmament. .

U.S diplomatic efforts during Kennedy’s presidency
President Kennedy was determined to defeat communism in 1961 he initiated a plan that was drawn up during the Eisenhower term to invade Cuba, called The Bay of Pigs Invasion this unfortunately failed miserably which caused great embarrassment to the U.S. and gave the impression to the soviets that the U.S was weak and the President was to young and inexperienced when it came to any crisis. Kennedy also increased forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The Cuban missile crisis in 1962 in which we came the closest to a nuclear conflict , Kennedy imposed a naval blockade on Cuba and demanded the Soviets remove all...
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