The United States believed that it was their responsibility to contain Communism. They wanted to stop the spread of communism across the world. They saw that Vietnam as the start of the spread of Communism so it contributed as one of the reasons of going to war. The Domino theory was a theory that if one country in a region falls to Communism that the surrounding countries would fall to communism as well. The U.S. also saw the Domino Theory in Vietnam.
Before his time in office, the tension was escalating between the North and the South of Vietnam. The North supported Communism and wanted to spread it out to the South and all of Southeast Asia. A war started from this tension but America's involvement came later. Once America had realized the North’s intentions, they feared that Communism would spread over to America and the idea of their Democratic society being taken over by Communism scared them the most. America had to intervene so they decided to support the South.
In my opinion Lemnitzer and his accomplices were not fit for a job in politics. John Glenn was to become the first American to orbit the earth. He was scheduled to lift off on 20th February 1962, Lemnitzer proposed to general Landsdale that they should rig Glens rocket to explode and therefore killing him. This explosion would be blamed on Cuba. Lemnitzer said “the objective is to provide irrevocable proof
The Vietnam War gives valuable lessons that can be used in the present-day war campaigns. For one, the Vietnam War was based on deception that is the trend today as with the insurgents and terrorist groups. Though U.S. and South Vietnamese forces managed to hold off the Communist attacks, the offensive shocked and demoralized not only their forces but as well as the American public and further eroded support for the war effort. The victory gained by the ‘Tet offensive’ (CNN, 1988) that triggered the deliberate and shameful withdrawal of US forces from the region.
Many Americans post-world war II were afraid of the spread of communism because of their belief in the domino theory, if one country falls then the rest will too. Under external and internal pressures such as the failure of the Potsdam conference Harry Truman adopted a foreign policy during the early years of the cold war ( the late 40’s) called containment. The objective was to stop the spread of communism around the world by creating military alliances such as NATO ,and providing aid to unstable/weak countries through the Marshall Plan. Unfortunately, like many other U.S foreign policies it was effective at times, but also dreadfully ineffective. In order to combat the continuous spread of communism, Truman passed the Truman doctrine, which allowed for foreign intervention in countries affected by Communism.
1) This incident, known as the Gulf of Tonkin resolution is considered to be America’s official entrance in the war. The Gulf of Tonkin resolution made it apparent that very few individuals would disagree with the decision to support South Vietnam with the United States military. Protests against the Vietnam War did not start until the draft was increased in October of 1965. Between the months of February and October the draft rate had significantly increased by thirty thousand soldiers a month.
Elijah Fox Dragos Global 2 Due: 1/7/16 Historical Accuracy of “We Were Soldiers” In 1955 a profusely nervous America feared the global spread of communism. This raging fear led them to interfere and attempt to stop Viet Cong’s attempt of a communist takeover of South Vietnam.
The United States got wrapped up in this war because they wanted to prevent communism spreading to different areas in the world. As stated above, one of the sources of media used was the
The Vietnam War lasted for 20 years (1955-1975), more than 2 million lives were lost. 3 million people were wounded, and thousands of children were left orphans. The war destroyed both North and South Vietnam. In my opinion, war is, unnecessary and useless.
Among the reasons for protesting was the fact that they wanted to help America thrive. They knew that the war was not worth it and that there would be lots of casualties. They knew that America as a whole would be more successful if they didn’t fight. They were just trying to get that point across. As said earlier, the only thanks they got in return was pain and punishment.
He increased the number of forces in South Vietnam. The war escalated then he decided to not run for reelection. Nixon used the war to his advantage. He promised to find a way to end the Vietnam War, pledging America would have “peace with honor”. Now he had to uphold this promise and implement a plan, but it didn’t work.
The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that matched the communist regime of North Vietnam and its allies from the South who are known as the Viet Cong who are against South Vietnam and its primary allies the United States. The war began in 1954 after Ho Chi Minh and his communist Viet Minh came into power in North Vietnam. The U.S. government viewed American involvement in war as a war to prevent communist takeover of South Vietnam as it is declared in the Truman doctrine. North Vietnam and the Viet Cong were fighting to reunify Vietnam under communist rule. This war were one of the conflicts that affected the intense cold war of the Soviet Union against the United States which are also known as the two superpowers.
At this point, nearly 500,000 soldiers were deployed, casualties reached over 15,000 and the war was spending roughly $25 billion per year of the taxpaying publics money (History.com Staff). America 's frustration only grew while learning about not just the lives, time, and resources that the war had cost them, but also their taxed dollars. The United States had began to split into two; those who supported the war and those who did not. Even deployed soldiers, enlisted through the draft, have been quoted saying “it was our guys doing the killing” (Colburn) putting the division between support and disgust through everyone involved. In February of 1968, a Gallup poll proved America’s division as 35 percent of the population approved of the war 50 percent disapproved (The New York Times Staff).
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
For Nixon, Vietnam was a two-front war, the battle was in Asia and America. Nixon, “saw himself engaged in a contest with the anti-war movement for the public mind in the United States and the private mind in Hanoi”. Clearly understanding that he would need public support, Nixon astutely identified the “silent majority” of American and gained their support for his policy of Vietnamization to end the Vietnam War. First, Nixon attempted an aggressive assault on North Vietnam with increased bombing raids. Soon it was realized the escalation and warfare would not be successful.