The foreign policies changed after the Vietnam war; as a consequence of the division in the American society and the lives lost in Vietnam, the Congress passed the War Power Acts that stated that only the Congress can authorize the use of the military, and only in a situation where the country is in danger (Document 7). Many congressmen that served in Vietnam were less likely to use the military without the American people 's support (Document 8), and Americans ' trust in their government was going through a downfall after the Vietnam war. Besides, many Americans didn’t know what they were fighting for when they were being drafted. Therefore, for the U.S. to get involved in other countries ' affairs, would be more
Unfortunately the Viet Minh was still not capable of threatening the French troops especially due to a lack of arms but Ho did not see any other opportunity than launching a war in 1946 against the French. The First Indochina War had started and was a rebellion against the French 's abandonment of the negotiation settlements and their even more violent and oppressing rule than before the World War. Ho, perceived by many scholars as peaceful, had to accept “the inevitable and issued a personal appeal to the 'entire people ' to wage the resistance war”14. The war was a bloody war, costing many lives on the French but especially the Vietnamese side but eventually, although predicted differently lead to the victory of the Vietnamese over the French. A significant moment in history as it was the first time a colonial power was defeated by its colony.
1. Opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War The two events protested the war in Washington, D.C. On 24 April 1971 and Anti-Vietnam War demonstration in 1967 demonstrate a large number of the American population were opposed to U.S. involvement in the South Vietnam during the course of the Vietnam War. Public opinion was strongly against the war from 1967 to 1970, which resulted in only a third of Americans supposed that the U.S made a right decision over participating in Vietnam War. It is why special groups led the anti-war movement to avoid America 's involved in the Vietnam War. The anti-war movement grew increasingly popular in American society, which led to America lost numerous supporters.
The documentary, “Sir! No Sir”!, directed by David Zeiger, is about an anti-war movement of G.I.’s or American soldiers who were against the Vietnam War. It was a movement no one saw coming. In the early 1960’s, the United States had sent combat troops to South Vietnam for the purpose of defending South Vietnam against the communist North Vietnam and to spread Democracy. While in combat many soldiers realized that what they were doing was wrong.
Both the impressment of American Sailors and blocking trade with France was spilling over policies England had adopted during the prosecution of the war with France. And finally England blatant support of Native American groups that preyed on American settlers along the frontier had to be stopped. Although technically no one won the war. All four of Americans goals were
For example, even after the truth was revealed, only “one soldier, Lieutenant William Calley, was found guilty of directing the atrocity” (Foner, GML, 814). With respect to the discussed situation, the people considered it inappropriate for the authorities to refer to thousands of people who died in the war and thousands more who “have been crippled and scarred by war”, and justify the inhumane activities of American troops in Vietnam (Lyndon, Statement, 2). This contributed to the larger extent of division between the opposing sides as far as neither of them was ready to seek consensus and to take the position of the objective truth. In any case, the revealing of the information regarding the My Lai events was an event causing ambivalent reaction of the American
Although they were recognized, they were still segregated during the revolution. Also, from 1963 to 1973, America fought the Vietnam war. Although America had the right to fight, they also weren’t the ones who chose to fight in Vietnam. Dwight Eisenhower was the one who decided to fight the war. He didn’t give the
Many of the protestors supported both campaigns since the War negatively impacted the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning in 1954, the Vietnam War took place over five presidencies, starting during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower and ending, over 20 years later, at the beginning of Gerald Ford’s presidency. It was a conflict that pitted communist North Vietnam and its allies in the South, who were known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its primary ally, the United States of America. At the beginning of the Vietnam War, the United States had already been engaged in the Cold War, fighting the Soviet Union, for seven years. Despite this, the United States still assisted South Vietnam.
Throughout the first paragraph of King’s speech, he used emotional diction with words such as struggle, poverty, and poor to prove that the war in Vietnam was bringing down the American’s and their families fighting overseas. King proved this partly with the quote, “America would never invest the necessary funds… in the rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued…” (King, Beyond, 9). King was establishing his point that America was more troubled about healing and adjusting other countries, but would never invest the same in their own country. He was in the process of proving that it wasn 't a money issue in America, but an equality issue. Along with, “...and the almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam
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.
Although the presidents tried anything in their hopes to assure the country that the attack was nothing to be worried about, the Tet Offensive already proved that there was nothing able to do to make the war winnable. "Only the frantic activity of Vietnamese politicians indicates that the war has moved into a new phase since President Johnson 's peace moves. 'For the first time, ' one of Vietnam 's highest officials told me when I returned to Saigon from Khe Sanh, 'the government is thinking seriously about the possibility of an American pullout’” (Grant). As an American reporter of the Vietnam War, Grant was faced with statements made by the opposing side about the war ending with the victory in Vietnam 's hands. This was an example of the American citizen realizing how the war was soon not winnable and the deaths of
Congress wrote up laws to punish the rebels but because of the Article of Confederation, congress could not raise up an army so that meant that federal government could not stop the rebellion. The government should have come together soon after this and made the decision to make better laws for the government to control the people.I can see why the people rebelled but it was originally the peoples fault for not helping the government fund the war but it was also the government fault for not thinking about all the scenarios before making the law. The rebellion then went on until the state of Massachusetts made up an army and fought Shay’s Rebellion. Shay’s lost the battle and those who survived were put to death. The aftermath of the catastrophe made the people see how weak the Articles of Confederation really was.
President Clinton didn’t receive Congress’s approval to get involved in the conflict in Kosovo, in fact they voted against it several times. Congress ended up giving him approval after a while, which didn’t really matter since he went ahead and sent troops in already. I don’t think he should have violated the War Powers Act because Congress didn’t want to get involved in Kosovo. President Clinton shouldn’t have the power to overrule Congress’s decision over getting involved in a
In McMaster’s words, the battle was, “was lost in Washington, D.C., even before Americans assumed sole responsibility for the fighting in 1965 and before they realized the country was at war; indeed, even before the first American units were deployed.” One of the reasons McMaster decided to study the Vietnam war is because he wanted to learn from the other commander’s mistakes. He did not wish to re-due a poorly strategized war such as Vietnam. He wanted to lead his troop’s confidently, using good and effective war plans that would result in America winning wars--instead of losing them drastically. McMaster expounds in his book about how the military men viewed their commanding officers, such as McNamara, as an enemy instead of an ally. I’m sure that from those mistakes that McNamara made, McMaster has learned to treat the fellow militaire with value and respect.
Congress could not enforce states to pay taxes. In many cases when Congress asked states for taxes for military reasons, the states would not pay anything. Due to the lack of taxes, many War Veterans from the Revolutionary Army who were promised payment from the Government were barely given anything back, this ultimately lead to protests and rebellions. Congress could not do anything about these rebellions and protests because of their lack of funding from the states, and control over the states, so the States ultimately had to deal with this themselves. The United States then quickly made the new Constitution which balanced the power between the State and Congress.