first report from Saigon, Cronkite told his audience that “first and simplest, the Viet Cong suffered a military defeat.” Walter Cronkite, declared that they could not see in all of this fighting any quick end to the burden of this war. Cronkite’s well known statement, concluded the feelings of the Vietnam War, “We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds…For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience in Vietnam is to end in stalemate. Today that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion.” There are two, interrelated myths surrounding
was going to save money. A wise decision would have been to raise taxes on American citizens in order to raise fund for the war. Lyndon B. Johnson, president of the United States at the time, was unwilling to raise taxes, which resulted in a horrible cycle of inflation4 and debt. Johnson’s arrogance and stubbornness not to raise taxes, consequently led America to a worse economy. This act of arrogance from Johnson further validates the argument: the U.S. should not have invaded Vietnam.
When the North was in power many people lost beliefs on Ngo Dinh Diem (Prime Minister) since he declined the national election. He also outsmarted Bao Dai and became the President of the Republic of Vietnam.(vietnamwar.info). People from South Vietnam then disliked Diem for hate towards Buddhist, and soon after the Viet Cong (National Liberation Front) were created and it was an anti government activists including communists and non-communists (vietnamwar.info). After the war ended, and many people’s lives were ruined many families wanted to immigrate to America and begin a new life in America. People knew they could have more freedom, start over and have a better life with their families.
After Kennedy’s assassination Lyndon Johnson inherited the White House and took the approach that dictatorships should not be appeased. Johnson was reluctant to become involved in Vietnam due to his political interpretation and policy direction are known as “Containment” and his belief that there was a threat of world domination by Communism which had become a very common Cold-War view among American politicians during this time period. But he continued on to help provide economic and military aid and even authorizes covert actions to prove to enemies that America will take a tough stance in Vietnam. As president, he felt he had to take all necessary measures to protect the U.S. from any attack a and to prevent any further
When political decisions are out of the hands of the public, popular ideas about how those decisions are made are likely to be astoundingly wrong. That so many Americans still believe that this country 's military presence in Vietnam was the consequence only of accidents, miscalculations, and basically benign intentions is the most striking recent example. Such popular misconceptions are strengthened by the mass media 's failure to place contemporary events in a larger historical context. While the forms of American expansionism have changed over the past 200 years, and several major shifts in the ideology surrounding U.S. imperialism have occurred, it is possible to trace this history of change systematically. Each era of expansionism
However, the liberal and progressive organizations that usually would have protected the civil liberties of the victims of McCarthyism backed down from the task. Although numerous Americans were disturbed and troubled by McCarthy’s allegations, there was an absence of effective outlets for them to express their opposition. Therefore, liberals and progressives merely did not mount a campaign against McCarthyism nor did they defend the victims’ civil liberties, or when few tried, it was not effective. Schrecker argues, “The destruction of the front groups and the left-led unions may well have had a more deleterious impact on American politics than the decline of the (Communist) party itself.” (Schrecker 105). This is because, as seen in the example of McCarthyism, with the demise of the left-led unions and organizations, the nation lost the network that created a public space where legitimate alternatives to the status quo could be presented.
“Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don 't criticize What you can 't understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin ' Please get out of the new one If you can 't lend your hand For the times they are a-changin” As the Vietnam War progressed, the American public was divided. Young people questioned the validity of American intervention, and those older, particularly veterans of previous foreign wars and their spouses, held to their belief that if the government said this was a just war, it was, and the U.S. needed to be in the fight. A confluence of events changed the latter perception, among them, the Chicago 7, the My Lai massacre, and the Kent State Shootings.
For example, a previous history teacher of mine claimed that the US had indeed come out of the Vietnam War unscathed. We had various discussions from different perspectives about history, but when it came down to Vietnam there was only one victor. It is irrelevant to him that the overwhelming majority of evidence surrounding the war is in opposition of his point of view, he focuses on the hypothesis that wars were won by inflicting the most damage on the enemy. Because the definition of winning a war is so broad, his claim could be supported by evidence of casualties. In this situation, he is taking on a tunnel vision perspective and ignoring surrounding evidence therefore inhibiting his pursuit for
They grouped together, and they were able to be hard, guerilla fighters for communism. The South didn’t want to become a communist country, and the U.S. didn’t want them to either. We continued to help and support the South, but we didn’t directly fight with our troops until later. While John F. Kennedy was president in 1963, the leader of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, was assassinated with his wife and his brother by his own military because he wasn’t the greatest leader. Duong Van Minh was a general that took over when Diem was killed.
Despite America’s military might, the fights showed that America could not solve all of its problems through force and that no matter how brutally the Americans fought, they still could not force their Vietnamese enemies to surrender. This only further eroded the trust between the American public and their government, causing more to criticize America’s involvement in Vietnam and causing a decline of public support of the Vietnam war, leading to the eventual withdrawal of American troops from
By late 1967, U.S. forces had dealt serious blows to the communists, but the fighting continued unabated. President Lyndon Johnson launched a public relations campaign emphasizing that progress was being made in order to bolster public support. In the midst of this campaign, the communists launched the massive Tet Offensive on the Tet (New Year) holiday in 1968. Although American and South Vietnamese forces prevailed, the shock and scope of the attacks stunned the American public and convinced a demoralized Johnson not to run for reelection. Richard Nixon was elected in 1968 largely because he promised to end the war and achieve "peace with honor."
Living in this beautiful country I have come to realize that our government feels as if they need to make up for our past political parties mistakes. Although they had good intentions, it has only made it harder only the majority of the population. America is unknowingly judgmental towards any select person that has a belief or opinion that is not supported at the current time. As an example people have seen the harsh behavior gay people have faced over the last hundred years so they decided to make their beliefs the most important.