The Tet Offensive exposed how weak and unprepared the American forces in Vietnam were, as the attack completely tore apart any hope of a victory against the Communists. On March 25, 1968, two months after Tet, a Harris poll showed that 60 percent of Americans regarded the Tet Offensive as a defeat for U.S. objectives in Vietnam (North). Already, Americans knew that the war was not going to be won so the efforts in trying to continue the war were greatly opposed. Over half the Americans at the time believed that the Tet Offensive was a defeat even though many politicians argued that it was a victory for the United States. The public had no hope in the government and victory in the war after the attack.
I do this with the more earnestness because no one is more aware than myself of my inability for the duties of my position” (277). To sum up, Document C shows that General Lee abandoned his faith in himself and asked to be replaced; this is significant because Generals Lee’s dampened mood affects his and his soldiers fighting during the war making them unfocused and
To illustrate this idea, the author compares the older soldiers to the young soldiers, when the narrator states, “They have wives, children, occupations and interests...We stood on the threshold of life. And so it would seem. We had as yet taken no root...[We] do not know what the end may be. We know only that in some strange and melancholy way we have become a wasteland” (Remarque 20). This excerpt can be interpreted to mean that the young soldiers are too young to have a real place like home, causing them to feel insignificant, but the older soldiers have a reason to live, for their “wives, children, occupations and interests.” The author uses the phrase, “taken no root,” to convey how the young soldiers have never been anywhere long enough to grow their “roots”, suggesting that they have no safe place, a place like home.
English commanders underestimated the size of the American continent and the lack of infrastructure. In other words, they had poorly map skills. They also underestimated the colonists; they did not have a logical war aim. In addition, supplying the British army was much more difficult task because they had to import the food from Britain and the British had never succeeded in blockading the American ports. Moreover, Britain suffered from national debts throughout the war.
I am writing this to explain the circumstances that resulted in the recent moves, and the frequency of those moves, of me and my family. Furthermore, I will demonstrate that those moves are abnormal to the Army and should not be used as a basis for determining future moves. In 2004, the Army instituted the Force Stabilization Initiative in order to increase readiness and stability for the fighting force, and predictability for their families. This initiative outlined stability for first term Soldiers at approximately six years and second or third term Soldiers at approximately three years. This initiative did not include Outside Continental United States assignments or hardship tours like Korea.
But “when the South attached less significance to its defeat than the North did to its victory, Confederate morale would no longer match the task of maintaining public will at a level necessary for victory.” (Richard Beringer, Herman Hattaway, Archer Jones, and William Still: “Why the South Lost the Civil War” , Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1986, page 49). Additionally, the Confederates lacked a true sense of nationhood, for many Confederates could not agree on why they fought or what the Confederacy actually stood for. The Confederacy was in theory a nation only on paper, for “it was not in the hearts and minds of its would-be citizens. These deficiencies reflected a national will that did not equal the demands placed upon it.” (page 64 of Berringer, Hattaway,
Americans had rarely accepted outsiders as equals, and that was the case with immigrants coming to the U.S in the 1840s to the 1920s. A time in America where immigrants were not considered inferior to native white Americans did not exist. The hatred of anything non-American, especially with the coming of World War I in 1914, would only cause more Americans to despise immigrants. Part of this was rooted simply in racism, which existed towards groups other than African Americans, but much of it was simply that Americans considered themselves the chosen people while everyone else was below them. Thus, despite immigrants being accepted into America, those immigrants were still treated far worse than white citizens between the 1840s and 1920s, for the prejudice against them was obvious even in the laws created.
The Artistic Controversy of the Vietnam War The Vietnam memorial spiked artistic controversy even before it was built in 1982. Veterans and other Americans were against the memorial, calling it a “black gash of shame”(Carhart, 1981). Conversely, others thought it was a beautiful representation of the Vietnam War. The New York Times wrote “But perhaps that is why the V-shaped, black granite lines merging gently with the sloping earth make the winning design seem a lasting and appropriate image of dignity and sadness”(New York Times, 1981). The memorial was not just a memorial but also a piece of art that commemorated the soldiers lost at war.
Peace symbols and their sense of belongingness towards the world population had diminished and this was subjected to the price tag of the product he/she was buying . According to Kolsbun and Sweeney, the country to first commercialize the symbol was America and the most of the companies that use this logo on their products are mainly American based. As, I had talked about the 20th-century population and their inability to perceive world peace, the present population itself hasn’t seen the absolute world peace that the allied forces had fought to achieve. Many underdeveloped and developing countries are still stuck in a debt circle which cannot end due to the basic ideology on which capitalism is based on –
Not many get the treatment needed and are neglected. The government needs to step in and help aid those who went to war for them. After all, the soldiers went to war to support and protect the freedoms of America, why cannot the government do the same for them and end suffering from war
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.
The anti-war movement may have been responsible for the government reevaluating its positions about Vietnam. The government did away with the draft and the military became an all-volunteer force. For the veterans of this controversial war, their return home was mostly unheralded compared to veterans of other wars. They received very little respect from the anti-war movement. Many struggled, as
first report from Saigon, Cronkite told his audience that “first and simplest, the Viet Cong suffered a military defeat.” Walter Cronkite, declared that they could not see in all of this fighting any quick end to the burden of this war. Cronkite’s well known statement, concluded the feelings of the Vietnam War, “We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds…For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience in Vietnam is to end in stalemate. Today that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion.” There are two, interrelated myths surrounding
However, the domino affect was proved wrong because the loss of South Vietnam to communism did not immediately effect what happened in governments of other countries. News of atrocities such as the killings at My Lai, lost the US its claim to having high moral standards, and its status as the world 's defender of freedom and righteousness. Nearly 700,000 Vietnam veterans suffered psychological after-effects. Many of these veterans also were not really ever even properly thanked for their service. The leaders the Vietnam War played a major role in the events that took place.
Bertrand Russell once said, “War doesn’t determine who’s right, only who’s left.” The Vietnam War was one in particular where soldiers often struggled with who the enemy was. War is too often thought of as something to be won, but this novel reveals it is simply something to be survived, and the shell of a person that is left will not be the same one that walked into battle. That is a jarring reality very prominent in Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers. It is a lesson soldier Richard Perry learns all too well on his journey from innocent young boy to Vietnam veteran. Very early it is made clear that Perry is not just a new soldier, but is in a place that can and will change him forever.