In a time of drastic change in America, adding such a controversial war to the mix of social issues seemed to many like an inappropriate decision. The Vietnam War, which lasted twenty years, from 1955 and 1975, was the battle for liberation of South Vietnam from North Vietnam. The communist North Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh, was backed by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and communist China in an attempt to overtake the South Vietnamese who were led by the Catholic minority, Ngo Dinh Diem. Before 1960, his corrupt and brutal ways were beginning to wear on his people. By 1963, the United States has decided that Diem must go and authorizes and assassination (Osman, 2 October).
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.
It was a very emotion driven war, because the US were only fighting to preserve democracy.The US government wanted to prove to the Soviet Union that democracy wasn’t a dying government. The casualty toll was massive. Soldiers struggled to tell civilians and enemies apart, leading to such a high amount of deaths. 58,000 Americans died during the war, and even more civilian casualties. As the war continued, it took a physical and psychological toll on the soldiers involved.
Saddam controlled a region with a quarter of the worlds oil production7. After six years in Iraq, the US spent billions of dollars on the conflict and lost over 4,000 American lives in the war. Thousands of lives American and foreign were lost over the war in Iraq, a war that was fought under so substantial ground. The United States acted in a way that only supported their self interest and gain (as it relates to Saddam’s oil supply). During the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan felt that America had a duty to be the “shining city on the hill,” an example to the world of what he believed a good and blessed country should be.
The United States had stumbled into another overseas quagmire—history seemed to be repeating itself when, once again, we were led by a group of men who launched wars without exit strategies and fail to understand the nature of their enemy. The United States got involved in order to stop the spread of communism. The belief was that if Vietnam fell, so then would Cambodia, Laos, etc. Vietnam was the longest war the U.S. had ever been it—15 years. In Vietnam, Americans were told that the U.S. was involved because the
The Vietnam War had a long lasting impact on America not only because of the war, but also the impact at home on domestic land and the aftermath of the war. The war opened the eyes of American citizens to not treat their veterans the way that they ended up being treated. The Vietnam War was one of the longest and bloodiest wars in American history. The impact it had on America will remain as one of the most important wars in the history of not only America, but also the entire
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."
I am not saying that this is the only reason that the Vietnam casualty rate was so high but is one of the leading factors. Another thing that causes problems is that the ROEs that are in place now don’t allow our troops the ability to do their job effectively. For example say you are an engineer (the people that do the building in the military community) and your unit is deployed and you are put out on patrol and you see an individual/group carrying a RPG (rocket propelled grenade) and see them heading toward one of you group of people working on a house/building and realize that they have intent to attack your guys but you can engage him because he has not engaged anyone yet that you are aware of. You guy side and you feel as though you are the reason that your brothers died. You could have stopped it.
The 9/11 terrorists attack impacted the culture, politics and, economy of the U.S by their attitude and concerns about safety. Now they have national securities and defense everywhere. Back then we would always go to war after the 9/11 attack, war never ended it’s still going to keep going, but now they just have way more supplies to defend themselves with. Anything you do now as a crime and you are not from this country you’re getting deported .there’s also cameras everywhere now then before they didn’t have as many cameras and didn’t really know about all the crimes happening until after the event of 9/11. So much has been updated since then it’s unbelievable how they know everything that’s going to happen before it even happens, and when
After days of reading passage after passage and watching every video I was able to come across that spoke about the War on Terror, I realized how separated and chaotic this world is. Therefore the solution that I think is best is the one where the United States would help stabilize and build a stronger relationship with the Middle East to combat terrorism by creating and supporting a variety of organizations which will make the U.S. as long-term investments against terrorism. The United States is constantly losing money due to all of the investments we make going towards the military is we would form some kind of alliance with the MIddle East there wouldn 't be so much need of our military fighting over there. We not only be saving money but
The Vietnam War started off with the backing of the American people. Due to the fear of the spread of communism, the American people believed that defending South Vietnamese from the communist north was necessary. However, this way of thinking did not last throughout the war. As the war dragged on, the American people began to realize how more and more soldiers were being killed and yet there was no end to the war in sight. This negativity towards the war was only further fueled by how the television was covered in the war.