The period from 1960’s to 1970’s was a hardship time for Americans because of Vietnam invasion. In an attempt to contain and defeat communism, the United States, oblivious of the enemy capability and filled with pride, invaded Vietnam at a cost of large financial expense and human lives. North Vietnamese military supported by forces of China and the Soviet Union fought the American force ferociously and was able to force America to end its invasion in 1975. As with most other third world countries, Vietnam also has a long history of colonization by European powers. The territory that occupies modern-day Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, was part of French-Indochina, as one of France’s collection of many colonies. During World War II, France had …show more content…
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. If Johnson had started to tax the citizens, then it would have been far easier to fund for the war and subsequently the soldiers could have better living conditions, food supplies and shelter. This would have boosted the military force morale and this would in turn improve fighting capability and decrease loss of …show more content…
Instead of assigning soldiers to fight, a lottery was needed to decide which soldier would be forced to battle against the dreaded North Vietnamese. The fighting force of the North was not the only petrifying aspect of Vietnam War. The weather conditions during the war were extremely harsh. For example, the temperature could reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in addition to the humidity and torrents of rain7. The types of terrain included marshes, swamps, and jungles. Traps, which were set up by soldiers, women, and even children, were highly deadly8. One trap, called the grenade trap, would have grenades on opposite ends of a stream. These grenades would be connected with a trip wire, which was placed under water. If a person tripped over the wire, the bomb would detonate and result in multiple deaths. The U.S. army was not aware of these traps, which shows U.S. ignorance of the tactics involving traps and capabilities of the North Vietnamese forces. Invasion of Vietnam should not have started before a through intelligence about of the enemy ways and means of fighting back
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Furthermore, United States’ support in Vietnam was initially supposed to be limited to training support (source A). As even United States president, Lyndon Johnson, was aware of the potential escalation of the war in Vietnam if American military forces were to involve themselves in the Vietnamese conflict. President Johnsons statement that “… we could get tied down in a third world war” (source A) substantiates the idea that America feared the worldwide consequence of American support in Vietnam (Source A). Contrary to this however,
O’Brien captures real-life events that he experiences first-hand in Vietnam. Including the incomprehensive presence of brutality, a disturbing lack of value for the lives of innocent Vietnamese civilians, and the soldier’s experiences with guerrilla warfare. These factors together encompass the main points in Tim O’Brien’s argument and give valid evidence that helps the reader grasp that America had little to no morally justifiable reason to become involved in the Vietnam
“What do These Sources have to say about the Origins, Nature, Course or Consequence of the Vietnamese Revolution?” During 1945 Vietnam was in a time of true change which needed to come, there was massive unrests due to famine and unemployment, and with the Japanese surrender and the end of the World War, that time had finally come. The Viet Minh had waited a long time for the opportunity to secure the country for the Vietnamese people and gain their independence, it took fifteen days and on 2nd September Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence. This was not to last, since Indochina was about to become a front line for the Cold War.
Each of us had to carry heavy backpack weighing thirty six kilograms. The backpack had a gas mask in order to be protected from gas attacks from the enemy. There were some grenades with us to protect ourselves. There were some protective clothes which were suitable for trenches.
There was opposition in the United State against intervention in World War II. The war was too far removed from America’s national interests to justify intervention. There was little popular domestic support for intervention in a war in Europe that involved its most powerful industrialized nations. There were many first generation immigrants in the U.S. who were from most of the nations involved, particularly Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy. American entry into World War II would cause a major conflict of national loyalties for those immigrants coming from nations with whom the US would be at war, specifically Germans and Italians.
In my opinion I think that the United States joining the war on the side of England, France, and Russia in April 1917 was a bad idea. I think this for three main reasons. My first reason is because nobody but President Wilson has a say in the war. My second reason is who gets the money and benefits from the entire war. Finally, my last and final reason is because overall we weren’t really ready for the war and we kind of brought it upon ourselves.
also lost the Vietnam War due to lack of support in the our government at the time. The president, Lyndon B. Johnson, lost a lot of supporters by 1967, when a military-funded building in Madison, Wisconsin, was bombed. The bombing was to protest the research of non-ethical weapons used by the U.S. Army during the war. As we can see in Document 10, the educated students of UW-Madison were protesting their own campus building because it represented the unethical weapons used by the US as a whole, including Dow Chemical Company. Dow Chemical Company was contracted by the government to produce napalm B and Agent Orange.
In 2013 when Viet Thanh Nguyen began to write The Sympathizer, it had been 40 years since the Vietnam War. It had been 40 years since French and American military involvement ravaged a once beautiful countryside and littered lush forests with napalm. It had been 40 years since 2 million people were displaced from their country and left to die in the Pacific Ocean. In those 40 years, many works were published about the Vietnam War. These stories came from many, contrasting, perspectives.
On March 16, 1968, American soldiers invaded Vietnam resulting in roughly 350 unarmed Vietnamese deaths (Yanak, Ted, and Pam Cornelison). They demolished the village of My Lai killing and destroying anything in sight. At first, this horrific event was kept a secret, but when information was leaked, America’s character was at risk. This horrific procedure
Even when Americans were victorious they had to be careful. In the victory people are tempted to rip down flags and steal the remaining useful supplies, but the Vietnamese wouldn’t let them get valuables that easily. They added explosives to flag poles, and supplies, even ballpoint pens could be rigged. The soldiers always had to be focused and ready for any kind of situations. These traps could be anywhere so the people first in line, or leading the group, always had to be extremely observant and gained a huge symptom of paranoia.
In The Wednesday Wars, the Vietnam war, which also took place in the 1960s, is mentioned numerous times throughout the novel, causing Mai Thi, a vietnamese student, to face discrimination from her peers and teachers. “On the last day before holiday break, (Mrs.Bigio said) to Mai Thi: ‘... You shouldn’t even be here, sitting like a queen in a refugee home while American boys are sitting in swamps on Christmas Day. They’re the ones who should be here. Not you.’” (Schmidt 95).
The Vietnam War had a crucial impact on the Vietnamese and the Americans’ Home life. Not only did it have an impact on these people but also the impact on the American fighters. Between 1963 and 19 73 the US had sent thousands upon thousands of soldiers to the battle grounds in Vietnam. At the start of the war the American soldiers were fixed on the reasons they were fighting however towards 19 68 the troops were considering the real reasons’ they were involved in the war, due to this 500’000 troops had deserted the war and refused to fight. The fact that these soldiers weren’t volunteered to go and were given slips, didn’t help either.
One such challenge of using technology during the Vietnam War was that the US could not fully utilise the tanks to their advantage as the terrain in the Vietnam jungle was too muddy and soft that hinder the movement of their tanks.3 Thus, the tanks were not fully employed and hardly played a huge role in combat during the war. The US were also overconfident and underestimated the capabilities of the well-trained VC in guerrilla warfare who were very familiar and knowledgeable with the terrains and challenging environmental conditions that caused challenges for the US to engage them. VC forces were very effective and elusive by hiding underground through their extensive network of Cu Chi tunnels to evade the US forces and air bombardment.
The first American president to involve America in Vietnam was President Eisenhower (1953 – 1961). He had decided to create the South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) in order to hinder Communist influence in South East Asia. However it was actually used to create a separate nation in the South of Vietnam in order to fight the communist North. American involvement in Vietnam only further increased when President Kennedy (1961 – 1963) came to office he agreed with the decision made by his predecessors and once again brought up the threat of ‘international communism’. In addition Kennedy also pledged extra aid to Vietnam, including the deployment of Special Forces and US advisors unbeknownst to the public.
The Vietnam War happened in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from 1959 to April 30, 1975. The war was battled between the comrade North Vietnam, upheld by its socialist associates, and the legislature of South Vietnam, bolstered by the United States and other part countries of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO). The Vietcong, the delicately furnished South Vietnamese comrade insurgency, to a great extent battled a guerrilla war against hostile to socialist strengths in the district. The North Vietnamese Army occupied with a more routine war, now and again submitting vast estimated units into fight. U.S. what's more, South Vietnamese powers depended on air prevalence and overpowering capability over behavior seek and-demolish operations,