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The Resource Blowtorch : Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy, by Frank Leith Jones

Blowtorch : Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy, by Frank Leith Jones

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Blowtorch : Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy
Title
Blowtorch
Title remainder
Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy
Statement of responsibility
by Frank Leith Jones
Title variation
Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
History has not been kind to Robert Komer, a casualty of bad historical analysis and inaccurate information. A Cold War national security policy and strategy adviser to three presidents, Komer was one of the most influential national security professionals of the era. The book begins with a review of his early life that helped shape his worldview. It then examines Komer's influence as a National Security Council staff member during the Kennedy administration, where he helped set its activist course regarding the Third World. Upon Kennedy's death, Lyndon Johnson named Komer his "point man" for Vietnam pacification policy, and later General Westmoreland's operational deputy in Vietnam. The author highlights Komer's activities during the three years he strove to fulfill the president's vision that Communism could be repelled from Southeast Asia by economic and social development along with military force. Known as "Blowtorch" for his abrasive personality and disdain for bureaucratic foot dragging, Komer came to be seen as the right person for managing that effort, and in 1968 was rewarded with an ambassadorship to Turkey. The book analyzes Komer's work during the Carter administration as special adviser to Secretary of Defense Harold Brown and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and credits him for reenergizing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's conventional capability and forging the military instrument that implemented the Carter Doctrine in the Persian Gulf - the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force. It also explores his final role as a defense intellectual and critic of the Reagan administration's defense policies. The book concludes with a useful summary of Komer's impact on American policy and strategy and his contributions to counterinsurgency practices, a legacy now recognized for its importance in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jones, Frank L
Dewey number
  • 355.0092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
UA23
LC item number
.J645 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Komer, Robert
  • United States
  • National Security Council (U.S.)
  • United States
  • National security
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Intelligence officers
  • Cold War
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Blowtorch : Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy, by Frank Leith Jones
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Toward the New Frontier -- A man of proper ambition -- Pragmatic new frontiersman -- Komer's war -- "Our India enterprise" -- Lyndon Johnson's man -- Pacification czar -- A new thrust to pacification -- In country -- Taking off -- The year of the monkey -- The old fox gets fired -- Revival and departure -- A new transatlantic bargain -- Pentagon policymaker -- The sin of unilateralism -- The wisdom of hindsight: Vietnam reassessed -- Conclusion
Control code
813910349
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9781612512297
Lccn
2012044954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)813910349
Label
Blowtorch : Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy, by Frank Leith Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Toward the New Frontier -- A man of proper ambition -- Pragmatic new frontiersman -- Komer's war -- "Our India enterprise" -- Lyndon Johnson's man -- Pacification czar -- A new thrust to pacification -- In country -- Taking off -- The year of the monkey -- The old fox gets fired -- Revival and departure -- A new transatlantic bargain -- Pentagon policymaker -- The sin of unilateralism -- The wisdom of hindsight: Vietnam reassessed -- Conclusion
Control code
813910349
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9781612512297
Lccn
2012044954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)813910349

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