Domino Theory In The Vietnam War

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Vietnam holds a close relationship to the Domino Theory, at least in America’s eyes around the 1950s. The Domino Theory is presumably what the U.S. government used as justification for their involvement in the Vietnam War, stemming from our support for a non-communist dictatorship in South Vietnam. The Tet Offensive was a collaborate decision between the North Vietnamese soldiers to attack more than a 100 cities and outposts in South Vietnam. Led by North Vietnamese military commander General Vo Nguyen Giap, these soldiers’ main goal was to surprise attack isolated American garrisons and break the stalemate in Vietnam. They hoped for widespread rebellion among the South Vietnamese and though they ultimately didn’t achieve just that, it proved to be a strategic success for the North Vietnamese for it proved the war wasn’t over just yet. The escalation of powers can really only be characterized simply as an increase in large-scale combat forces from the allied forces and the U.S. Tying with this, was Vietnamization. Vietnamization was a type of plan that involved the reduction of American involvement in the Vietnam War and handing over the major responsibilities to South Vietnam. This was brought forward by President Nixon in hopes of putting South Vietnam in a steady place to take care of it’s issues against North Vietnam and safely retreat the American troops. This, however like many things, failed for the South fell to North Vietnam under communist

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