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Rusk TTTTT, Dean Rusk interviewed by Richard Rusk and Tom Ganschow, Part 2, 1986 January 3

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:05 - Prolonged peace negotiations

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Partial Transcript: I was going to ask if Professor Rusk doesn't think that another problem in the limited war period is...

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk discusses the issue of prolonged peace negotiations during and after wartime, and he questions the definition of victory. He explains why achieving ceasefires is difficult

Keywords: British Commonwealth Division; Clausewitz; Korea

00:05:33 - Unequal contributions to collective security

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Partial Transcript: Now there's another point that's very important.

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about the disproportionate provision of U.S. troops to the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He says the U.S. can no longer go to war alone to defend its European allies' interests, including Middle Eastern oil, counterterror in Libya, and economic access to the Warsaw states.

Keywords: British Commonwealth Division; Eastern Europe; Gaddafi; Germany; Persian Gulf; Qaddafi; Russia; terrorism

00:17:01 - Meeting the common danger

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Partial Transcript: Is this where the Secretary of State can make his voice more strongly known, Professor Rusk?

Segment Synopsis: Rusk considers how the secretary of state can promote multilateral engagements and talks about states' continued obligations under collective security treaties. Rusk discusses UN countries' initial willingness to contribute to the Korean War.

Keywords: France; MacArthur; NATO; Pakistan; SEATO; United Nations; isolationism

00:23:48 - Chinese civil war and U.S.-Chinese relations

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Partial Transcript: This is my view now, Rich, that here they say that foreign aid authorized for the Chinese government since V-J Day has amounted to approximately 2.2 million dollars.

Segment Synopsis: Rusk considers whether the nature and quantity of U.S. aid to China could have been altered to prevent the communist takeover and the decline of U.S.-Chinese relations. Rusk claims that the Nationalist Government of China was no longer effective and the U.S. could not have provided enough troops to impose control throughout China. Rusk comments on General Stilwell's white paper.

Keywords: Chiang Kai-shek; Mao Tse-Tung; Truman; Zedong; communism; george Marshall; nationalists

00:29:50 - U.S. intervention in states' domestic policy

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Partial Transcript: You know a lot of your revisionist scholars make the viewpoint that the United States has done this repeatedly in the postwar period.

Segment Synopsis: Rusk considers whether U.S. involvement in other states' domestic politics has been helpful or harmful. He talks about promoting democracy and U.S. interests through foreign intervention, but explains why it is not a good idea to claim diplomatic victories. Rusk details anti-communist involvement in China, South Africa, Angola.

Keywords: Chiang Kai-shek; Cuban Missile Crisis; Tse-tung; White Paper; Zedong; capitalism; communism; diplomacy; nationalism