Although the U.S. and South Vietnamese forces inflicted heavy losses, Westmoreland had a different view on the situation and even saw it as the start of their victory in his war. He justified it as defeat on the enemy side as they could not possibly replace the men they had lost. But the ambitious Tet Offensive, a coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam that in 31, 1968 disproved Westmoreland’s claims of triumph. Though U.S. and South Vietnamese forces were able to repel the Tet attacks, it was a very clear indication that the Victory for the American was far from
In the eyes of many folks the U.S. began a pointless war that claimed many innocent lives. Though the goal was to contain communism, the U.S. exerted far too much effort and resources for such a disappointing result. Before the anti-war movement picked up steam, artists would use their music to spread a message, in fact “Some of the first organized activities against the Vietnam War centered on the singing of songs at concerts, in clubs, and on campuses,” (Franklin 204). This trend would only grow as the war progressed and soon enough a full-fledge movement had emerged. One of the earlier protest songs of the era, Tom Paxton’s “Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation” directly targeted both Lyndon B. Johnson as well as the action going on overseas.
During this war, because of the advancement in weaponry and technology, the excessive amount of death was a supreisment to the different powers. Specifically, the global war took the life of more than 9 million soldiers and wounded more than 21 million (“World War I history”). In addition, there were about 20 million civil casualties. Although the United States weren’t the who was affected the most in death, the war had an impact on American literature (Dayton). During the war, the American literature started off by author having their perspective on the idea of United States entering the war, which eventually change because of the involvement.
One being that they lead to the retirement of President Johnson and also drove President Nixon to attempt to cover up the harsher realities of the war in an attempt to ease the protests. But the anti-war movement also had far more direct effects on the Vietnam War. The cost of the war was far greater than they otherwise would’ve have been since the Congress felt anxious about providing the necessary funding for the war due to the extreme outrage within America Through the threat of internal terrorism as well as the international eye cast on the US government due to dramatic actions taken by the American public the government and military became increasingly cautious in decision made with regard to the Vietnam War. An example of this type of thought process was President Nixon’s decision to withdraw 100 000 troops on the 7th of April 1971 after threats of a ‘spring offensive’ anti-war movement. The anti-war movement also shaped the war policy in numerous ways.
In Ernst Jünger’s book, Storm of Steel¸ this passage captured his attitude about war: confusion caused by inexperience. This confusion surrounding war comes from the fact that he is an experienced soldier. He and his fellow inexperienced soldiers had shown up to fight with a yearning “for the experience of the extraordinary” and on their first day of the war, they got that experience (Jünger, p. 5). A violent shelling caused Jünger to rethink his initial thoughts of war. He had been sure war would supply him with “the great, the overwhelming, and the hallowed experience” (Jünger, p. 5).
There were many occurrences of this same fear that Sandra felt. One example would be the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and how the nation was shocked and terrified that one person could kill the most powerful man in the world so easily. This fear is also portrayed in the political riots such as the many riots that occurred to oppose the Vietnam draft and war. American men were being drafted and did not want to be fighting a war that was not necessary. Many of these riots ended with the police coming in and fighting the protesters until they left.
The War on Drugs, as imposed by Richard Nixon in 1971, is called many things: an old concept; a never-ending war; a fight for humanity. With drugs all around us, in our schools, communities, and families, many people call for the fight against drugs and drug abuse. On the flip side of the coin, there is a force, equally powerful and just as determined to push back at those who want to break the grip that many believe that drugs have placed on our country. In the almost fifty years since Nixon was in office, many people wonder if the fight is worth the money, time, and pressure to continue. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs.
Background Before the Kent State shooting, the United State was already in a stir because of the Vietnam War that started in 1954. The involvement of the war damaged America in many different ways, one of them being the economy. Over 168 billion dollars were used towards military supplies and trade overseas that caused budget conflicts. The second conflict was the drafting, the Vietnam War took many lives so men of the ages 18 and up were drafted to attend the war in 1969. This caused uprising conflicts between the government and the people.
Vietnam used to be ruled by France but later declared independence after World War II under Ho Chi Minh. During the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the communist North and anti-communist South (Spector). The Vietnam War was the longest war in the United States history because it lasted for nearly twenty years. It caused the death of millions of Vietnamese and Americans. The Vietnam War is also known as the Second Indochina War.
The Vietnam war started on 1 November 1955 and lasted until 30 April 1975. The war was fought between the North Vietnamese Communist government and the South Vietnamese Communist rebels known as the Viet Cong against the non-Communist South Vietnamese government and their ally U.S.A. The war destroyed the life of both, the North and South Vietnamese along with the other nations that took part in it. More than 1 million people were killed, including civilians and over 3 million injured. Thousand were wives were left widows and hundreds of kids orphans.