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By Rick L. Nutt, Randall Balmer

ISBN-10: 0773425691

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A ancient research of the how a variety of American non secular teams spoke back to the Vietnam warfare, either in aid and in competition.

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Christianity contributed to the moral bifurcation of the world by reinforcing the ideology of foreign policy with rhetoric. Earl H. "15 Edward Leroy Long, Jr. also observed the tendency for the United States to express its conviction that it used power for moral reasons, unlike other nations. S. "16 The United States' idealism, which perceived national policies and actions as morally innocent (despite the view of many in the world that it intervened in the affairs of others to its own advantage), found expression in President John F.

26 J. William Fulbright, The Arrogance of Power (New York: Random House, 1966), 106-107. Kattenburg, op. S. policy-makers in the field or in Washington did not want to know, or fully to comprehend, that the nature of the regime ... of the South in Vietnam, was what the war was all about. Blinded by counter-insurgency and nation-building zeal . . S. ".. must lead the free world's containment of an expansive world Communism .... " (28) 19 found general acceptance among them. The . belief in the nation's righteousness and religious orientation against Communist atheism sketched above was shared by Christians and Jews across the theological spectrum.

Coupled with his own anticommunism, this awareness led him to overlook subtleties in the dynamics of ' 3See Paul M. J. and London: Transaction Books, 1980), 172-173, for an interesting assessment of this view in the late 1950s. S. decision prior to the Gulf of Tonkin because it made consideration of a reversal of our course much harder. He calls it a".. S. role in Vietnam. (Vietnam Trauma, 113) This book consistently sets Vietnam policy in the context of the Cold War and how the attendant attitudes precluded objective analysis by many in the government.

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