The Carter Years: Toward a New Global Order

By Richard C. Thornton | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 10
After Afghanistan: From Fiasco to Fiasco

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan marked the failure of the strategy that President Carter and Secretary Vance had attempted to pursue. For all intents and purposes -- with a major exception to be discussed below -- the invasion also brought to an end Secretary Vance's substantive role in the formulation of American foreign policy.1 The president's decision to attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran was, of course, the precipitating cause of Vance's actual resignation.

After the Afghanistan invasion, until the end of his term of office, President Carter attempted to straddle two strategies -- the new global order from which he would never completely disengage, and containment, which he refused to fully embrace. His determination to sit on the fence was exemplified in his personnel policy. The same high officials -- except for Vance after April -- who had been responsible for carrying out all of the old policies remained in place.2

For Carter, the Soviet invasion reinforced the decision he had made following the "brigade incident," to contain the Soviet Union without moving fully to containment, per se. But in the aftermath of the invasion he would be pressed hard by Brzezinski to move further than he liked along the path to full-fledged containment. The president's ambivalence produced growing contradictions in almost every facet of American foreign policy. By the time of the election, virtually every major initiative undertaken by Carter from the beginning of his presidency had either failed or was failing, and every important

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