John, I'm with you that the "full-on" approach is so twentieth century. If the MAD philosophy holds we can probably keep the nuclear weapons business off to the side, where it's been for so many decades. And I agree that we need not "break the glass" if and when Taiwan goes critical. There should be very careful calculation about how we employ military support means and -- God forbid! -- direct military action in support of Taiwan when push comes to shove.
Vietnam was an attempt to put 'limited war', less than 'full on' into actual practice. The theory was tested by real world actions to see how and if it could work. This was inspired by 2 trends; one the nuclear war dilemma and the internal political struggle within Democracy. This latter shattered the Democratic Party after the 1968 Convention over the anti-war movement in and out of Congress.
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John, I can't quite tell if you mean "full-on" to be (1) any use of military force, or to mean (2) use of a certain level of military power. At the start I thought it was the first, but your discussion of Korea and Vietnam suggests the second.
Full-on or Full Off or Something Else?
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