domino theory

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domino theory,

the notion that if one country becomes Communist, other nations in the region will probably follow, like dominoes falling in a line. The analogy, first applied (1954) to Southeast Asia by President Dwight Eisenhower, was adopted in the 1960s by supporters of the U.S. role in the Vietnam WarVietnam War,
conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. The war began soon after the Geneva Conference provisionally divided (1954) Vietnam at 17° N lat.
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. The theory was revived in the 1980s to characterize the threat perceived from leftist unrest in Central America.
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In hindsight, the connection between the various countries of Southeast Asia is less predictable than the domino theory asserted.
Just as the domino theory led successive American presidents to commit national blood and treasure to a peripheral cause that was not essential to the goal of containing Soviet communist expansionism, the invasion of Iraq, even though it is a member of the Gap, was not essential to winning the struggle against radical jihadists like al-Qa'ida.
If Vietnam fell, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines would be next, according to the domino theory.
Washington, in thrall to the domino theory of Communist expansion, lent to any regime, regardless of an absence of democratic credentials, believing that if it didn't, the Reds would.
In an ironic reversal of the old domino theory, Kristol now argues that America must take down Iran to prevent it from intervening among Shiites in US-occupied Iraq.
His major contribution here -- building on his earlier study, Modernity and Power: A History of the Domino Theory in the Twentieth Century (1994) -- consists of connecting internationalism, Wilsonianism, and the Cold War.
However, we should view these arguments no more seriously than we now view the old domino theory.
In the 1980s many Americans stuck to the domino theory, believing that if Communists were allowed to expand outside the Soviet bloc and China, they would soon overrun the White House.
The domino theory has always been a piece of contrived gibberish, as is the notion that American power depends upon something amorphous known as prestige.
TC (Tony Garrett) seemed to be most concerned that companies and countries would be picked off one by one and that the Domino theory would impact on all of us.
So, while Pearson's strength and conviction would attempt to chart a more independent course for Canada, the United States would answer with Cold War logic, the domino theory and anti-communist paranoia.