Media started to affect the public’s opinion in a negative way, which became a matter of concern for the government. As the war intensified, the numbers of press in Vietnam increased, from a mere 40 in early 1964, all the way to 419 by August of 1965 (Hallon 106). To keep this new influx of press in check the U.S. had to implement stricter rules to keep from leaking sensitive information. In the later months of 1964, the U.S. Mission and Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) chose to appoint an “information czar” by the name of, Barry Zorthian, to improve and enforce information policy (Rhon). From 1965 to 1967, Barry Zorthian, was able to control the media quite well, with most nightly news stations such as CBS, and NBC telling the daily war stories of “the good guys beating up on those communist pigs.” The news stations liked the stories, as did the American public who tuned in the see the heroic tales of the power of modern democracy.
McCarthyism falsely accused people of supporting communism and being unloyal to America(Document D). These claims had no proper evidence which justified the said assertions. Individuals who were accused of being a communist or a spy, even if the facts were not accurate, were looked down upon and occasionally prosecuted. Accused people no longer supported the war, for it led to the government punishing the innocent(Document G). Not only was the government believed to be unreliable, but trust between people was a large issue during the Cold War.
The big failure America in the Vietnam War is the shameful history of tragic scene for arrogant American, whose pain is still difficult to ease. The crucial event also had a profound impact on today 's international situation. It is believed that the failure included political, economic, military and cultural background and other aspects, which are that common. When it comes to the controversial subject, I hope to put forward some fresh views from where I stand. 1.
The many powerful people of the colonies wrote to talk against the formation of Congress. Letters would go into great depths about how Congress would make bad decisions, inefficiency and ultimately let down the American people. Especially, colonies’ individual governments such as Rhode Island spoke about how they do not approve of Congress and its main goals. In fact, the amount of boycott toward the idea of Congress did not allow the people to hear from Congress, but instead their state governments would overpower them with reasons not to allow it. This greatly affected the Congress’s way of communication to the colonialists.
The loving feeling or the caring feeling is not there…that was caused by My Lai.” These were words of Vernado Simpson who was present at My Lai. The soldiers fought in the war to protect the southern Vietnamese from communism, but in this event it was not the South that was protected, rather they were victimized. All of the soldiers who served honorably in Vietnam were unfairly tarred with the brush of the My Lai massacre. That terrible event spoke more about a failure of American leadership, than it did about the American
I do not completely agree with the idea that the incident at My Lai caused the Americans to enter the state of denial. However, I support the thought regarding the growing disbelief among the citizens of the United States that was a result of the cruel and terrible murder of civilians in Vietnam. Nevertheless, it is not surprising that the revealing of the truth about the events was met ambiguously. The supporters of the war spoke about the American soldiers as the heroes who die fighting for the high aims. The respective idea about the Americans in Vietnam expressed Johnson Lyndon spreading the idea that “Americans have gone to far lands to fight for freedom” and there is no other way to establish peace rather than war (Lyndon, Statement, 1).
The U.S. got involved in Vietnam to keep communism from spreading, thus the country was divided because not all Americans agreed with the participation in this war, and the division between Americans made the U.S. foreign policies to change. The United states got involved in the Vietnam war to contain communism. In Document 1 president Harry Truman says, when a country is ruled by the minority with a government that uses terror and oppression, the rights of the majority are being violated, and the United States ' policy must aid them. In communism, the basic human rights are not respected by the government, and the United States have
War, has be around since the beginning of time it’s a part of life. Many people are anti war, but they don’t realize war is a part of life and sometimes cannot be stopped. Since the United States won the revolutionary making our own indempendent counrty know as the USA we have been in and hand full of wars. We have the two major World Wars, World War I and World War II then followed and War that has been the most controversial war so far which is Vietnam that started in the 1960s. Vietnam was a war many people didn 't support and they took their anger out on the troops, which many of whom had now choice, but to serve.
There was a variety of ways that American society realized that war was not a fight that the soldiers should not have been there in the first place. Because of the new modern-age televisions, many people and families could see soldiers interviewed in the middle of battle and even killed. The Tet Offensive was one of the main turning points in the war because of the media coverage, because there were traumatic images being shown all across the country, which made the people realize that they should not have been part of this war by showing that more U.S. soldiers were being killed than we could replace. There were many news reporters that were in the jungles of enemy territory (“Media”). These men were not supposed to record the battles themselves, just the “body counts” of how many enemies the troops had killed that day.
In a way, this happened in the movie Trumbo. Without knowing what communism really is and what these communists really were, the people of America hated on these people. The only thing they had that justified this hate was the propaganda the government fed
Nevertheless, when many of them were returned, inherently, many questions were asked. People felt that their belief and faith were eroded. Especially, the sensational and brutal images from the battlefield in the Tet Offensive, after being widely broadcast, had awoken the public. They understood that their soldiers were fighting in a civil war and it would not gain any benefits. The war itself contained an unresolved conflict going beyond the relationship between media
The American public has deeply mixed feelings about the war. I believe we have all been so wrapped up in the Cold War, in military spending, in anti-Communism, in which, it was perceived that Vietnam was being a threat to our way of life, as being an extension of Soviet imperialism. The governments refusal to understand that it was a nationalist movement that was very difficult to defeat by foreign occupation. I believe now is the time for you to focus more on our domestic issues, starting with poverty, unemployment and tensions with race and civil liberties. If not, many thousands of diversified Americans will continue to protest against these issue that continue adding friction with local police forces around the country who were trying to keep the
9 “The Army of the 1970s was a terrible organization” said Conrad Crane, retired army officer and chief of historical services at the Army Heritage and Education Center.10 Racial tensions and drug abuse were significant issues for the military during the Vietnam War. The draft, which should have been a social equalizer, aided affluent young men to avoid service through college and other deferments. “Some of the Vietnam Era problems were exaggerated” Crane said, “but there is no question that the Army coming out of Vietnam was largely demoralized and lacked discipline.” 11 Morale of the US Army was already lowered by the Tet Offensive, the My Lai incident brought further decline as hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese women, children and elderly were killed by US troops. Once the information was released to the public, antiwar protests increased and Americans pushed to end the war.12 The American People had little trust in the Army at this
The US also got involved to stop communism from spreading from North to South Vietnam. Military advisors were sent to South Vietnam in stemming aggression by communist North Vietnam beginning in 1954, during the Eisenhower administration. The number of the advisers grew consistently until numbering over 15,000 during the administration of John F. Kennedy, who succeeded Eisenhower. Lyndon B. Johnson became president in 1963 after Kennedy was assassinated. He continued the policy, but in 1964 he became concerned that South Vietnam was going to be overrun, he was fearful of being considered soft on communism and was concerned that a
Investigations concerning what happened in My Lai were misleading and superficial, and the info was suppressed. Americans at home really didn 't know what was going on in Vietnam and what they did know, made it seem like we did nothing wrong. In Dear America we lost the public 's support when information about what was actually happening was released. This is when citizens really started to disagree with the government 's choices and with us being in Vietnam. There started to be protesting and there was a huge diversity within the different groups of people.