Best Answer

Kennedy was a advocate of "Special Warfare", which is one of the reasons he endorsed the Special Force's "Green Beret" authorization. President Kennedy was a decorated war hero from WW2 (Film: PT-109), and he knew war. He also knew atomic weapons...therefore; he believed in Special Military Forces to handle wars within the age of nuclear weapons (Limited Wars). The opposite of a limited war (no nukes) would be TOTAL WAR (with nukes).

Kennedy's "Flexible Response" would be designed to handle all wars at the same time...the cold war was already on when he took office, so there was nothing to do about that war...except to stay the course...brush wars, like Vietnam, was to be handled by Special Forces men, to "fight a special war within the atomic age (without Nuclear Weapons)."

But Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963. New men took office, new Generals were assigned, and Vietnam escalated from a guerrilla war to a conventional war equipped with B-52 Strategic Air Command (SAC) bombers and super-sonic dog-fights (aerial combat) between MIG-21's and F-4 Phantoms.

Maybe Kennedy's plan died when he did.

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Why did 'flexible response' fail to stop the Vietnam war?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

Why did the Americans enter the Vietnam War?

To stop north Vietnam from spreding communism in entering south Vietnam To stop north Vietnam from spreding communism in entering south Vietnam

Why did the anti war movement fail to stop the Vietnam war?

because while "fighting" the war they were forced to pay taxes and hence funded the very thing they fought and the war-criminals.

Why was the US was in the Vietnam war?

To stop communist North Vietnam from taking over the non-communist country of South Vietnam.

Why did Americans join the Vietnam war?

To stop Communism spreading into South Vietnam.

If you fail to obey a stop sign how much is the traffic ticket?

If you fail at a stop sign how much is the traffic ticket in long beach, ca?

What was the objective of Vietnam?

Preserve the RVN (Republic of South Vietnam) & stop communist expansion.

1. Why the US joined the war in Vietnam?

Stop communist aggression into South Vietnam.

What did US want North Vietnam to do after the air war?

The US wanted N. Vietnam to stop fighting in S. Vietnam.

Why were the Americans at Vietnam?

To stop communist aggression.

What was Vietnam fought for?

To stop communist aggression.

Who fought with Vietnam to stop communism?


Why did the US feel that they needed to pay south during the Vietnam war?

The goal of the Vietnam War was to stop the spread of communism. As such, the US felt the need to stop the influence of communist North Vietnam, which entailed supporting South Vietnam in any way possible.