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President John F. Kennedy was a committed Cold War president, yet also understood the complexities of entering the Vietnamese civil war.

Which of the following actions did Kennedy take which illustrated a measured step with respect to containing the spread of communism into South Vietnam?


He reinstated the military draft, calling nearly 100,000 American men into the reserves.


He ordered 400 Special Forces (Green Berets) to South Vietnam in the role as “advisors” with the goal of training the South Vietnamese military.


He called for a United Nations’ Security Council referendum vote to halt the aggressive North Vietnamese.


He authorized the CIA to conduct covert operations in North Vietnam in an effort to topple the communist government in power.


He issued an executive order placing a 6-month moratorium on aid to South Vietnam, hoping the South Vietnamese military would be able to defeat the North in a timely fashion.

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